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1 Balaam said to King Balak, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven young bulls and seven rams for a sacrifice." 1 Balaam said, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."
2 Balak followed his instructions, and the two of them sacrificed a young bull and a ram on each altar. 2 Balak did as Balaam said, and the two of them offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
3 Then Balaam said to Balak, "Stand here by your burnt offerings, and I will go to see if the LORD will respond to me. Then I will tell you whatever he reveals to me." So Balaam went alone to the top of a hill, 3 Then Balaam said to Balak, "Stay here beside your offering while I go aside. Perhaps the LORD will come to meet with me. Whatever he reveals to me I will tell you." Then he went off to a barren height.
4 and God met him there. Balaam said to him, "I have prepared seven altars and have sacrificed a young bull and a ram on each altar. 4 God met with him, and Balaam said, "I have prepared seven altars, and on each altar I have offered a bull and a ram.
5 Then the LORD gave Balaam a message for King Balak and said, "Go back to Balak and tell him what I told you." 5 The LORD put a message in Balaam's mouth and said, "Go back to Balak and give him this message."
6 When Balaam returned, the king was standing beside his burnt offerings with all the officials of Moab. 6 So he went back to him and found him standing beside his offering, with all the princes of Moab.
7 This was the prophecy Balaam delivered: "Balak summoned me to come from Aram; the king of Moab brought me from the eastern hills. 'Come,' he said, 'curse Jacob for me! Come and announce Israel's doom.' 7 Then Balaam uttered his oracle: "Balak brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains. 'Come,' he said, 'curse Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.'
8 But how can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I condemn those whom the LORD has not condemned? 8 How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?
9 I see them from the cliff tops; I watch them from the hills. I see a people who live by themselves, set apart from other nations. 9 From the rocky peaks I see them, from the heights I view them. I see a people who live apart and do not consider themselves one of the nations.
10 Who can count Jacob's descendants, as numerous as dust? Who can count even a fourth of Israel's people? Let me die like the righteous; let my life end like theirs." 10 Who can count the dust of Jacob or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and may my end be like theirs!"
11 Then King Balak demanded of Balaam, "What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies. Instead, you have blessed them!" 11 Balak said to Balaam, "What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but you have done nothing but bless them!"
12 But Balaam replied, "Can I say anything except what the LORD tells me?" 12 He answered, "Must I not speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?"
13 Then King Balak told him, "Come with me to another place. There you will see only a portion of the nation of Israel. Curse at least that many!" 13 Then Balak said to him, "Come with me to another place where you can see them; you will see only a part but not all of them. And from there, curse them for me."
14 So Balak took Balaam to the plateau of Zophim on Pisgah Peak. He built seven altars there and offered a young bull and a ram on each altar 14 So he took him to the field of Zophim on the top of Pisgah, and there he built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
15 Then Balaam said to the king, "Stand here by your burnt offering while I go to meet the LORD." 15 Balaam said to Balak, "Stay here beside your offering while I meet with him over there."
16 So the LORD met Balaam and gave him a message. Then he said, "Go back to Balak and give him this message." 16 The LORD met with Balaam and put a message in his mouth and said, "Go back to Balak and give him this message."
17 So Balaam returned to the place where the king and the officials of Moab were standing beside Balak's burnt offerings. "What did the LORD say?" Balak asked eagerly. 17 So he went to him and found him standing beside his offering, with the princes of Moab. Balak asked him, "What did the LORD say?"
18 This was the prophecy Balaam delivered: "Rise up, Balak, and listen! Hear me, son of Zippor. 18 Then he uttered his oracle: "Arise, Balak, and listen; hear me, son of Zippor.
19 God is not a man, that he should lie. He is not a human, that he should change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through 19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill
20 I received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot reverse it! 20 I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.
21 No misfortune is in sight for Jacob; no trouble is in store for Israel. For the LORD their God is with them; he has been proclaimed their king 21 "No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel. The LORD their God is with them; the shout of the King is among them
22 God has brought them out of Egypt; he is like a strong ox for them. 22 God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox.
23 No curse can touch Jacob; no sorcery has any power against Israel. For now it will be said of Jacob, 'What wonders God has done for Israel!' 23 There is no sorcery against Jacob, no divination against Israel. It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, 'See what God has done!'
24 These people rise up like a lioness; like a majestic lion they stand. They refuse to rest until they have feasted on prey, drinking the blood of the slaughtered!" 24 The people rise like a lioness; they rouse themselves like a lion that does not rest till he devours his prey and drinks the blood of his victims."
25 Then Balak said to Balaam, "If you aren't going to curse them, at least don't bless them!" 25 Then Balak said to Balaam, "Neither curse them at all nor bless them at all!"
26 But Balaam replied, "Didn't I tell you that I must do whatever the LORD tells me?" 26 Balaam answered, "Did I not tell you I must do whatever the LORD says?"
27 Then King Balak said to Balaam, "Come, I will take you to yet another place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them from there." 27 Then Balak said to Balaam, "Come, let me take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them for me from there."
28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Mount Peor, overlooking the wasteland. 28 And Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, overlooking the wasteland.
29 Balaam again told Balak, "Build me seven altars and prepare me seven young bulls and seven rams for a sacrifice." 29 Balaam said, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."
30 So Balak did as Balaam ordered and offered a young bull and a ram on each altar. 30 Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.