Numbers 24:9-19 NIV

9 Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness1--who dares to rouse them? "May those who bless you be blessed2 and those who curse you be cursed!"3

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10 Then Balak's anger burned4 against Balaam. He struck his hands together5 and said to him, "I summoned you to curse my enemies,6 but you have blessed them7 these three times.8

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11 Now leave at once and go home!9 I said I would reward you handsomely,10 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,11

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

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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."14

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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 words15 of God, who has knowledge from the Most High,16 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.17 A star will come out of Jacob;18 a scepter will rise out of Israel.19 He will crush the foreheads of Moab,20 the skullsa21 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 Edom22 will be conquered; Seir,23 his enemy, will be conquered,24 but Israel25 will grow strong.

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              19 A ruler will come out of Jacob26 and destroy the survivors of the city."

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