and he uttered his oracle: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,14
the oracle of one who hears the words of God,2 who sees a vision from the Almighty,a3 who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:
"How beautiful are your tents,4 O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!
"Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river,5 like aloes6 planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters.77
Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water. "Their king will be greater than Agag;8 their kingdom will be exalted.98
"God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. They devour hostile nations and break their bones in pieces;10 with their arrows they pierce them.119
Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness12--who dares to rouse them? "May those who bless you be blessed13 and those who curse you be cursed!"1410
Then Balak's anger burned15 against Balaam. He struck his hands together16 and said to him, "I summoned you to curse my enemies,17 but you have blessed them18 these three times.1911
Now leave at once and go home!20 I said I would reward you handsomely,21 but the LORD has kept you from being rewarded."
Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell the messengers you sent me,2213
'Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the LORD23--and I must say only what the LORD says'?24