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1 Then the people of Israel went to the plains of Moab,and they camped near the Jordan River across from Jericho. 1 Then the Israelites traveled to the plains of Moab and camped along the Jordan across from Jericho.
2 Balak son of Zippor saw everything the Israelites had done to the Amorites. 2 Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites,
3 And Moab was scared of so many Israelites; truly, Moab was terrified by them. 3 and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites.
4 The Moabites said to the older leaders of Midian, "These people will take everything around us like an ox eating grass." Balak son of Zippor was the king of Moab at this time. 4 The Moabites said to the elders of Midian, "This horde is going to lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field." So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time,
5 He sent messengers to Balaam son of Beor at Pethor, near the Euphrates River in his native land. Balak said, "A nation has come out of Egypt that covers the land. They have camped next to me, 5 sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor, who was at Pethor, near the River, in his native land. Balak said: "A people has come out of Egypt; they cover the face of the land and have settled next to me.
6 and they are too powerful for me. So come and put a curse on them. Maybe then I can defeat them and make them leave the area. I know that if you bless someone, the blessings happen, and if you put a curse on someone, it happens." 6 Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the country. For I know that those you bless are blessed, and those you curse are cursed."
7 The older leaders of Moab and Midian went with payment in their hands. When they found Balaam, they told him what Balak had said. 7 The elders of Moab and Midian left, taking with them the fee for divination. When they came to Balaam, they told him what Balak had said.
8 Balaam said to them, "Stay here for the night, and I will tell you what the Lord tells me." So the Moabite leaders stayed with him. 8 "Spend the night here," Balaam said to them, "and I will bring you back the answer the LORD gives me." So the Moabite princes stayed with him.
9 God came to Balaam and asked, "Who are these men with you?" 9 God came to Balaam and asked, "Who are these men with you?"
10 Balaam said to God, "The king of Moab, Balak son of Zippor, sent them to me with this message: 10 Balaam said to God, "Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent me this message:
11 'A nation has come out of Egypt that covers the land. So come and put a curse on them, and maybe I can fight them and force them out of my land.'" 11 'A people that has come out of Egypt covers the face of the land. Now come and put a curse on them for me. Perhaps then I will be able to fight them and drive them away.' "
12 But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. Don't put a curse on those people, because I have blessed them." 12 But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed."
13 The next morning Balaam awoke and said to Balak's leaders, "Go back to your own country; the Lord has refused to let me go with you." 13 The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak's princes, "Go back to your own country, for the LORD has refused to let me go with you."
14 So the Moabite leaders went back to Balak and said, "Balaam refused to come with us." 14 So the Moabite princes returned to Balak and said, "Balaam refused to come with us."
15 So Balak sent other leaders -- this time there were more of them, and they were more important. 15 Then Balak sent other princes, more numerous and more distinguished than the first.
16 They went to Balaam and said, "Balak son of Zippor says this: Please don't let anything stop you from coming to me. 16 They came to Balaam and said: "This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Do not let anything keep you from coming to me,
17 I will pay you very well, and I will do what you say. Come and put a curse on these people for me." 17 because I will reward you handsomely and do whatever you say. Come and put a curse on these people for me."
18 But Balaam answered Balak's servants, "King Balak could give me his palace full of silver and gold, but I cannot disobey the Lord my God in anything, great or small. 18 But Balaam answered them, "Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the LORD my God.
19 You stay here tonight as the other men did, and I will find out what more the Lord tells me." 19 Now stay here tonight as the others did, and I will find out what else the LORD will tell me."
20 That night God came to Balaam and said, "These men have come to ask you to go with them. Go, but only do what I tell you." 20 That night God came to Balaam and said, "Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you."
21 Balaam got up the next morning and put a saddle on his donkey. Then he went with the Moabite leaders. 21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.
22 But God became angry because Balaam went, so the angel of the Lord stood in the road to stop Balaam. Balaam was riding his donkey, and he had two servants with him. 22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
23 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a sword in his hand, the donkey left the road and went into the field. Balaam hit the donkey to force her back on the road. 23 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, she turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat her to get her back on the road.
24 Later, the angel of the Lord stood on a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides. 24 Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides.
25 Again the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, and she walked close to one wall, crushing Balaam's foot against it. So he hit her again. 25 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam's foot against it. So he beat her again.
26 The angel of the Lord went ahead again and stood at a narrow place, too narrow to turn left or right. 26 Then the angel of the LORD moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left.
27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam. This made him so angry that he hit her with his stick. 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat her with his staff.
28 Then the Lord made the donkey talk, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to make you hit me three times?" 28 Then the LORD opened the donkey's mouth, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?"
29 Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made me look foolish! I wish I had a sword in my hand! I would kill you right now!" 29 Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now."
30 But the donkey said to Balaam, "I am your very own donkey, which you have ridden for years. Have I ever done this to you before?" "No," Balaam said. 30 The donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?" "No," he said.
31 Then the Lord let Balaam see the angel of the Lord, who was standing in the road with his sword drawn. Then Balaam bowed facedown on the ground. 31 Then the LORD opened Balaam's eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.
32 The angel of the Lord asked Balaam, "Why have you hit your donkey three times? I have stood here to stop you, because what you are doing is wrong. 32 The angel of the LORD asked him, "Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.
33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me three times. If she had not turned away, I would have killed you by now, but I would have let her live." 33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If she had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared her."
34 Then Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, "I have sinned; I did not know you were standing in the road to stop me. If I am wrong, I will go back." 34 Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, "I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back."
35 The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, "Go with these men, but say only what I tell you." So Balaam went with Balak's leaders. 35 The angel of the LORD said to Balaam, "Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you." So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
36 When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at Ar in Moab, which was beside the Arnon, at the edge of his country. 36 When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the Moabite town on the Arnon border, at the edge of his territory.
37 Balak said to Balaam, "I had asked you before to come quickly. Why didn't you come to me? I am able to reward you well." 37 Balak said to Balaam, "Did I not send you an urgent summons? Why didn't you come to me? Am I really not able to reward you?"
38 But Balaam answered, "I have come to you now, but I can't say just anything. I can only say what God tells me to say." 38 "Well, I have come to you now," Balaam replied. "But can I say just anything? I must speak only what God puts in my mouth."
39 Then Balaam went with Balak to Kiriath Huzoth. 39 Then Balaam went with Balak to Kiriath Huzoth.
40 Balak offered cattle and sheep as a sacrifice and gave some meat to Balaam and the leaders with him. 40 Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and gave some to Balaam and the princes who were with him.
41 The next morning Balak took Balaam to Bamoth Baal; from there he could see the edge of the Israelite camp. 41 The next morning Balak took Balaam up to Bamoth Baal, and from there he saw part of the people.