Numbers 24:1-11 NIV

1 Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel,1 he did not resort to sorcery2 as at other times, but turned his face toward the desert.3

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2 When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him4

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3 and he uttered his oracle: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,5

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      4 the oracle of one who hears the words of God,6 who sees a vision from the Almighty,a7 who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

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        • a 24:4 - Hebrew "Shaddai"; also in verse 16
          5 "How beautiful are your tents,8 O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!

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          6 "Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river,9 like aloes10 planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters.11

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          7 Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water. "Their king will be greater than Agag;12 their kingdom will be exalted.13

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          8 "God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. They devour hostile nations and break their bones in pieces;14 with their arrows they pierce them.15

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          9 Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness16--who dares to rouse them? "May those who bless you be blessed17 and those who curse you be cursed!"18

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          10 Then Balak's anger burned19 against Balaam. He struck his hands together20 and said to him, "I summoned you to curse my enemies,21 but you have blessed them22 these three times.23

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          11 Now leave at once and go home!24 I said I would reward you handsomely,25 but the LORD has kept you from being rewarded."

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