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1 Since Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go to seek omens as on previous occasions, but turned toward the wilderness. 1 Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not resort to sorcery as at other times, but turned his face toward the desert.
2 When Balaam looked up and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God descended on him, 2 When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him
3 and he proclaimed his poem: The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eyes are opened, 3 and he uttered his oracle: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,
4 the oracle of one who hears the sayings of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls [into a trance] with [his] eyes uncovered: 4 the oracle of one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:
5 How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwellings, Israel. 5 "How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!
6 they stretch out like river valleys, like gardens beside a stream, like aloes the Lord has planted, like cedars beside the water. 6 "Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters.
7 Water will flow from his buckets, and his seed will be by abundant water. His king will be greater than Agag, and his kingdom will be exalted. 7 Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water. "Their king will be greater than Agag; their kingdom will be exalted.
8 God brought him out of Egypt; He is like the horns of a wild ox for them. He will feed on enemy nations and gnaw their bones; he will strike [them] with his arrows. 8 "God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. They devour hostile nations and break their bones in pieces; with their arrows they pierce them.
9 He crouches, he lies down like a lion or a lioness-who dares to rouse him? Those who bless you will be blessed, and those who curse you will be cursed. 9 Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness--who dares to rouse them? "May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!"
10 Then Balak became furious with Balaam, struck his hands together, and said to him, "I summoned you to put a curse on my enemies, but instead, you have blessed [them these three times]. 10 Then Balak's anger burned against Balaam. He struck his hands together and said to him, "I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed them these three times.
11 Now go to your home! I said I would reward you richly, but look, the Lord has denied you a reward." 11 Now leave at once and go home! I said I would reward you handsomely, but the LORD has kept you from being rewarded."
12 Balaam answered Balak, "Didn't I previously tell the messengers you sent me: 12 Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell the messengers you sent me,
13 If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go against the Lord's command, to do [anything] good or bad of my own will? I will say whatever the Lord says. 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--and I must say only what the LORD says'?
14 Now I am going back to my people, but first, let me warn you what these people will do to your people in the future." 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."
15 Then he proclaimed his poem: The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eyes are opened; 15 Then he uttered his oracle: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,
16 the oracle of one who hears the sayings of God and has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls [into a trance] with [his] eyes uncovered: 16 the oracle of one who hears the words of God, who has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:
17 I see him, but not now; I perceive him, but not near. A star will come from Jacob, and a scepter will arise from Israel. He will smash the forehead of Moab and strike down all the Shethites. 17 "I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush the foreheads of Moab, the skulls of all the sons of Sheth.
18 Edom will become a possession; Seir will become a possession of its enemies, but Israel will be triumphant. 18 Edom will be conquered; Seir, his enemy, will be conquered, but Israel will grow strong.
19 One who comes from Jacob will rule; he will destroy the city's survivors. 19 A ruler will come out of Jacob and destroy the survivors of the city."
20 Then Balaam saw Amalek and proclaimed his poem: Amalek was first among the nations, but his future is destruction. 20 Then Balaam saw Amalek and uttered his oracle: "Amalek was first among the nations, but he will come to ruin at last."
21 Next he saw the Kenites and proclaimed his poem: Your dwelling place is enduring; your nest is set in the cliffs. 21 Then he saw the Kenites and uttered his oracle: "Your dwelling place is secure, your nest is set in a rock;
22 Kain will be destroyed when Asshur takes you captive. 22 yet you Kenites will be destroyed when Asshur takes you captive."
23 Once more he proclaimed his poem: Ah, who can live when God does this? 23 Then he uttered his oracle: "Ah, who can live when God does this?
24 Ships will come from the coast of Kittim; they will afflict Asshur and Eber, but they too will come to destruction. 24 Ships will come from the shores of Kittim; they will subdue Asshur and Eber, but they too will come to ruin."
25 Balaam then arose and went back to his homeland, and Balak also went his way. 25 Then Balaam got up and returned home and Balak went his own way.