But God was very angry1 when he went, and the angel of the LORD 2 stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
References for Numbers 22:22
When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword3 in his hand, she turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat her4 to get her back on the road.
References for Numbers 22:23
Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides.
When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam's foot against it. So he beat her again.
Then the angel of the LORD moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left.
When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam, and he was angry5 and beat her with his staff.
References for Numbers 22:27
Then the LORD opened the donkey's mouth,6 and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?7"
References for Numbers 22:28
Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.8"
References for Numbers 22:29
The donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?" "No," he said.
Then the LORD opened Balaam's eyes,9 and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.
References for Numbers 22:31
The angel of the LORD asked him, "Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.
References for Numbers 22:32
The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If she had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now,10 but I would have spared her."
References for Numbers 22:33