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1 And they went forward and encamped in the plains of Moab, over against where Jericho is situate beyond the Jordan. 1 Then the Israelites traveled to the plains of Moab and camped along the Jordan across from Jericho.
2 And Balac the son of Sephor, seeing all that Israel had done to the Amorrhite, 2 Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites,
3 And that the Moabites were in great fear of him, and were not able to sustain his assault, 3 and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites.
4 He said to the elders of Madian: So will this people destroy all that dwell in our borders, as the ox is wont to eat the grass to the very roots. Now he was at that time king in Moab. 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 therefore messengers to Balaam the son of Beor, a soothsayer, who dwelt by the river of the land of the children of Ammon, to call him, and to say: Behold a people is come out of Egypt, that hath covered the face of the earth, sitting over against 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 Come therefore, and curse this people, because it is mightier than I: if by any means I may beat them and drive them out of my land: for I know that he whom thou shalt bless is blessed, and he whom thou shalt curse is cursed. 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 And the ancients of Moab, and the elders of Madian, went with the price of divination in their hands. And where they were come to Balaam, and had told him all the words of Balac: 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 He answered: Tarry here this night and I will answer whatsoever the Lord shall say to me. And while they stayed with Balaam, God came and said to 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 What mean these men that are with thee? 9 God came to Balaam and asked, "Who are these men with you?"
10 He answered: Balac the son of Sephor king of the Moabites hath sent to me, 10 Balaam said to God, "Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent me this message:
11 Saying: Behold a people that is come out of Egypt, hath covered the face of the land: come and curse them, if by any means I may fight with them and drive them away. 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 And God said to Balaam: Thou shalt not go with them, nor shalt thou curse the people: because it is blessed. 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 And he rose in the morning and said to the princes: Go into your country, because the Lord hath forbid me to come 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 The princes returning, said to Balac: Balaam would not come with us. 14 So the Moabite princes returned to Balak and said, "Balaam refused to come with us."
15 Then he sent many more and more noble than he had sent before: 15 Then Balak sent other princes, more numerous and more distinguished than the first.
16 Who, when they were come to Balaam, said: Thus saith Balac the son of Sephor, Delay not to come 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 For I am ready to honour thee, and will give thee whatsoever thou wilt: come and curse this people. 17 because I will reward you handsomely and do whatever you say. Come and put a curse on these people for me."
18 Balaam answered: If Balac would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot alter the word of the Lord my God, to speak either more or less. 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 I pray you to stay here this night also, that I may know what the Lord will answer me once more. 19 Now stay here tonight as the others did, and I will find out what else the LORD will tell me."
20 God therefore came to Balaam in the night, and said to him: If these men be come to call thee, arise and go with them: yet so, that thou do what I shall command thee. 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 arose in the morning, and saddling his ass went with them. 21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.
22 And God was angry. And an angel of the Lord stood in the way against Balaam, who sat on the ass, and 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 The ass seeing the angel standing in the way, with a drawn sword, turned herself out of the way, and went into the field. And when Balaam beat her, and had a mind to bring her again to the way, 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 The angel stood in a narrow place between two walls, wherewith the vineyards were enclosed. 24 Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides.
25 And the ass seeing him, thrust herself close to the wall, and bruised the foot of the rider. But he beat 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 And nevertheless the angel going on to a narrow place, where there was no way to turn aside either to the right hand or to the left, stood to meet him. 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 And when the ass saw the angel standing, she fell under the feet of the rider: who being angry beat her sides more vehemently with a staff. 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 And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said: What have I done to thee? Why strikest thou me, lo, now this third time? 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: Because thou hast deserved it, and hast served me ill: I would I had a sword that I might kill thee. 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 The ass said: Am not I thy beast, on which thou hast been always accustomed to ride until this present day? tell me if I ever did the like thing to thee. But he said: Never. 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 Forthwith the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel standing in the way with a drawn sword, and he worshipped him falling flat 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 And the angel said to him: Why beatest thou thy ass these three times? I am come to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse, and contrary to me: 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 And unless the ass had turned out of the way, giving place to me who stood against thee, I had slain thee, and she should have lived. 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 Balaam said: I have sinned, not knowing that thou didst stand against me: and now if it displease thee that I go, I will return. 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 said: Go with these men, and see thou speak no other thing than what I shall command thee. He went therefore with the princes. 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 And when Balac heard it he came forth to meet him in a town of the Moabites, that is situate in the uttermost borders of Arnon. 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 And he said to Balaam: I sent messengers to call thee, why didst thou not come immediately to me? was it because I am not able to reward thy coming? 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 He answered him: Lo, here I am: shall I have power to speak any other thing but that which God shall put in my mouth? 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 So they went on together, and came into a city, that was in the uttermost borders of his kingdom. 39 Then Balaam went with Balak to Kiriath Huzoth.
40 And when Balac had killed oxen and sheep, he sent presents to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him. 40 Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and gave some to Balaam and the princes who were with him.
41 And when morning was come, he brought him to the high places of Baal, and he beheld the uttermost part of the people. 41 The next morning Balak took Balaam up to Bamoth Baal, and from there he saw part of the people.