Numbers 23:1-12 NIV

Balaam’s First Message

1 Balaam said, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.”

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2 Balak did as Balaam said, and the two of them offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

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      3 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here beside your offering while I go aside. Perhaps the LORD will come to meet with me. Whatever he reveals to me I will tell you.” Then he went off to a barren height.

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          4 God met with him, and Balaam said, “I have prepared seven altars, and on each altar I have offered a bull and a ram.”

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              5 The LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Go back to Balak and give him this word.”

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              6 So he went back to him and found him standing beside his offering, with all the Moabite officials.

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                  7 Then Balaam spoke his message: “Balak brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains. ‘Come,’ he said, ‘curse Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.’

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                  8 How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?

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                  9 From the rocky peaks I see them, from the heights I view them. I see a people who live apart and do not consider themselves one of the nations.

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                  10 Who can count the dust of Jacob or number even a fourth of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and may my final end be like theirs!”

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                  11 Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but you have done nothing but bless them!”

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                  12 He answered, “Must I not speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?”

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