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1 And Balaam said to Balak, "Build for me here seven altars, and provide for me here seven bulls and seven rams." 1 Balaam said, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."
2 Balak did as Balaam had said; and Balak and Balaam offered on each altar a bull and a ram. 2 Balak did as Balaam said, and the two of them offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
3 And Balaam said to Balak, "Stand beside your burnt offering, and I will go; perhaps the LORD will come to meet me; and whatever he shows me I will tell you." And he went to a bare height. 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 Balaam; and Balaam said to him, "I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered upon each altar a bull and a ram. 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 And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak." 5 The LORD put a message in Balaam's mouth and said, "Go back to Balak and give him this message."
6 And he returned to him, and lo, he and all the princes of Moab were standing beside his burnt offering. 6 So he went back to him and found him standing beside his offering, with all the princes of Moab.
7 And Balaam took up his discourse, and said, "From Aram Balak has brought me, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains: 'Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, denounce Israel!' 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 How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced? 8 How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?
9 For from the top of the mountains I see him, from the hills I behold him; lo, a people dwelling alone, and not reckoning itself among the 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 the dust of Jacob, or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my end be like his!" 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 And Balak said to Balaam, "What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and behold, you have done nothing but bless 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 And he answered, "Must I not take heed to speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?" 12 He answered, "Must I not speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?"
13 And Balak said to him, "Come with me to another place, from which you may see them; you shall see only the nearest of them, and shall not see them all; then curse them for me from there." 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 And he took him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a 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 Balaam said to Balak, "Stand here beside your burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder." 15 Balaam said to Balak, "Stay here beside your offering while I meet with him over there."
16 And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus shall you speak." 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 And he came to him, and, lo, he was standing beside his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, "What has the LORD spoken?" 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 And Balaam took up his discourse, and said, "Rise, Balak, and hear; hearken to me, O son of Zippor: 18 Then he uttered his oracle: "Arise, Balak, and listen; hear me, son of Zippor.
19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it 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 Behold, I received a command to bless: he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it. 20 I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.
21 He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob; nor has he seen trouble in Israel. The LORD their God is with them, and the shout of a king is among them 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 brings them out of Egypt; they have as it were the horns of the wild ox. 22 God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox.
23 For there is no enchantment against Jacob, no divination against Israel; now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel, 'What has God wrought!' 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 Behold, a people! As a lioness it rises up and as a lion it lifts itself; it does not lie down till it devours the prey, and drinks the blood of the slain." 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 And Balak said to Balaam, "Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all." 25 Then Balak said to Balaam, "Neither curse them at all nor bless them at all!"
26 But Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell you, 'All that the LORD says, that I must do'?" 26 Balaam answered, "Did I not tell you I must do whatever the LORD says?"
27 And Balak said to Balaam, "Come now, I will take you to another place; perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me 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 Pe'or, that overlooks the desert. 28 And Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, overlooking the wasteland.
29 And Balaam said to Balak, "Build for me here seven altars, and provide for me here seven bulls and seven rams." 29 Balaam said, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."
30 And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 30 Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.