Numbers 24:17-24 NIV

17 "I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near.1 A star will come out of Jacob;2 a scepter will rise out of Israel.3 He will crush the foreheads of Moab,4 the skullsa5 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 Edom6 will be conquered; Seir,7 his enemy, will be conquered,8 but Israel9 will grow strong.

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      19 A ruler will come out of Jacob10 and destroy the survivors of the city."

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      Balaam's Final Oracles

      20 Then Balaam saw Amalek11 and uttered his oracle: "Amalek was first among the nations, but he will come to ruin at last."12

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      21 Then he saw the Kenites13 and uttered his oracle: "Your dwelling place is secure,14 your nest is set in a rock;

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      22 yet you Kenites will be destroyed when Asshur15 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;16 they will subdue Asshur17 and Eber,18 but they too will come to ruin.19"

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