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Numbers 24 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 By now Balaam realized that God wanted to bless Israel. So he didn't work in any sorcery as he had done earlier. He turned and looked out over 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 As Balaam looked, he saw Israel camped tribe by tribe. The Spirit of God came on him, 2 When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him
3 and he spoke his oracle-message: Decree of Balaam son of Beor, yes, decree of a man with 20/20 vision; 3 and he uttered his oracle: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,
4 Decree of a man who hears God speak, who sees what The Strong God shows him, Who falls on his face in worship, who sees what's really going on. 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 What beautiful tents, Jacob, oh, your homes, Israel! 5 "How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!
6 Like valleys stretching out in the distance, like gardens planted by rivers, Like sweet herbs planted by the gardener God, like red cedars by pools and springs, 6 "Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters.
7 Their buckets will brim with water, their seed will spread life everywhere. Their king will tower over Agag and his ilk, their kingdom surpassingly majestic. 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 them out of Egypt, rampaging like a wild ox, Gulping enemies like morsels of meat, crushing their bones, snapping their 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 Israel crouches like a lion and naps, king-of-the-beasts - who dares disturb him? Whoever blesses you is blessed, whoever curses you is 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 Balak lost his temper with Balaam. He shook his fist. He said to Balaam: "I got you in here to curse my enemies and what have you done? Blessed them! Blessed them 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 Get out of here! Go home! I told you I would pay you well, but you're getting nothing. You can blame God." 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 said to Balak, "Didn't I tell you up front when you sent your emissaries, 12 Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell the messengers you sent me,
13 'Even if Balak gave me his palace stuffed with silver and gold, I couldn't do anything on my own, whether good or bad, that went against God's command'? 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 I'm leaving for home and my people, but I warn you of what this people will do to your people in the days to come." 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 spoke his oracle-message: Decree of Balaam son of Beor, decree of the man with 20/20 vision, 15 Then he uttered his oracle: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,
16 Decree of the man who hears godly speech, who knows what's going on with the High God, Who sees what The Strong God reveals, who bows in worship and sees what's real. 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 right now, I perceive him, but not right here; A star rises from Jacob a scepter from Israel, Crushing the heads of Moab, the skulls of all the noisy windbags; 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 I see Edom sold off at auction, enemy Seir marked down at the flea market, while Israel walks off with the trophies. 18 Edom will be conquered; Seir, his enemy, will be conquered, but Israel will grow strong.
19 A ruler is coming from Jacob who'll destroy what's left in the city. 19 A ruler will come out of Jacob and destroy the survivors of the city."
20 Then Balaam spotted Amalek and delivered an oracle-message. He said, Amalek, you're in first place among nations right now, but you're going to come in last, ruined. 20 Then Balaam saw Amalek and uttered his oracle: "Amalek was first among the nations, but he will come to ruin at last."
21 He saw the Kenites and delivered his oracle-message to them: Your home is in a nice secure place, like a nest high on the face of a cliff. 21 Then he saw the Kenites and uttered his oracle: "Your dwelling place is secure, your nest is set in a rock;
22 Still, you Kenites will look stupid when Asshur takes you prisoner. 22 yet you Kenites will be destroyed when Asshur takes you captive."
23 Balaam spoke his final oracle-message: Doom! Who stands a chance when God starts in? 23 Then he uttered his oracle: "Ah, who can live when God does this?
24 Sea-Peoples, raiders from across the sea, will harass Asshur and Eber, But they'll also come to nothing, just like all the rest. 24 Ships will come from the shores of Kittim; they will subdue Asshur and Eber, but they too will come to ruin."
25 Balaam got up and went home. Balak also went on his way. 25 Then Balaam got up and returned home and Balak went his own way.