Numbers 24:15-25 NIV

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 words1 of God, who has knowledge from the Most High,2 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.3 A star will come out of Jacob;4 a scepter will rise out of Israel.5 He will crush the foreheads of Moab,6 the skullsa7 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 Edom8 will be conquered; Seir,9 his enemy, will be conquered,10 but Israel11 will grow strong.

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          19 A ruler will come out of Jacob12 and destroy the survivors of the city."

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          Balaam's Final Oracles

          20 Then Balaam saw Amalek13 and uttered his oracle: "Amalek was first among the nations, but he will come to ruin at last."14

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          21 Then he saw the Kenites15 and uttered his oracle: "Your dwelling place is secure,16 your nest is set in a rock;

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          22 yet you Kenites will be destroyed when Asshur17 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;18 they will subdue Asshur19 and Eber,20 but they too will come to ruin.21"

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                  25 Then Balaam22 got up and returned home and Balak went his own way.

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