Numbers 24:12-24 NIV

12 Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell the messengers you sent me,1

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13 '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 LORD 2--and I must say only what the LORD says'?3

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14 Now I am going back to my people, but come, let me warn you of what this people will do to your people in days to come."4

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Balaam's Fourth Oracle

15 Then he uttered his oracle: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,

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      16 the oracle of one who hears the words5 of God, who has knowledge from the Most High,6 who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

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      17 "I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near.7 A star will come out of Jacob;8 a scepter will rise out of Israel.9 He will crush the foreheads of Moab,10 the skullsa11 ofb all the sons of Sheth.c

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        • b 24:17 - Samaritan Pentateuch (see also Jer. 48:45); the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.
        • c 24:17 - Or possibly "Moab, / batter"
        • d 24:17 - Or "all the noisy boasters"
          18 Edom12 will be conquered; Seir,13 his enemy, will be conquered,14 but Israel15 will grow strong.

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          19 A ruler will come out of Jacob16 and destroy the survivors of the city."

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          Balaam's Final Oracles

          20 Then Balaam saw Amalek17 and uttered his oracle: "Amalek was first among the nations, but he will come to ruin at last."18

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          21 Then he saw the Kenites19 and uttered his oracle: "Your dwelling place is secure,20 your nest is set in a rock;

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          22 yet you Kenites will be destroyed when Asshur21 takes you captive."

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          23 Then he uttered his oracle: "Ah, who can live when God does this?d

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            • e 24:23 - Masoretic Text; with a different word division of the Hebrew "A people will gather from the north".
              24 Ships will come from the shores of Kittim;22 they will subdue Asshur23 and Eber,24 but they too will come to ruin.25"

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