Numbers 24:3-13 NIV

3 and he uttered his oracle: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,1

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      4 the oracle of one who hears the words of God,2 who sees a vision from the Almighty,a3 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,4 O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!

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          6 "Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river,5 like aloes6 planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters.7

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          7 Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water. "Their king will be greater than Agag;8 their kingdom will be exalted.9

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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;10 with their arrows they pierce them.11

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          9 Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness12--who dares to rouse them? "May those who bless you be blessed13 and those who curse you be cursed!"14

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          10 Then Balak's anger burned15 against Balaam. He struck his hands together16 and said to him, "I summoned you to curse my enemies,17 but you have blessed them18 these three times.19

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          11 Now leave at once and go home!20 I said I would reward you handsomely,21 but the LORD has kept you from being rewarded."

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              12 Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell the messengers you sent me,22

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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 23--and I must say only what the LORD says'?24

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