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1 When Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not go, as at other times, to look for omens, but set his face 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 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and saw Israel encamping tribe by tribe. And the Spirit of God came upon him, 2 When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him
3 and he took up his discourse, and said, "The oracle of Balaam the son of Be'or, the oracle of the man whose eye is 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 him who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down, but having 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 fair are your tents, O Jacob, your encampments, O Israel! 5 "How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!
6 Like valleys that stretch afar, like gardens beside a river, like aloes that the LORD has planted, like cedar trees beside the waters. 6 "Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters.
7 Water shall flow from his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall 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 brings him out of Egypt; he has as it were the horns of the wild ox, he shall eat up the nations his adversaries, and shall break their bones in pieces, and pierce them through 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 couched, he lay down like a lion, and like a lioness; who will rouse him up? Blessed be every one who blesses you, and cursed be every one who curses you." 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 And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he struck his hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, "I called you to curse my enemies, and behold, 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 Therefore now flee to your place; I said, 'I will certainly honor you,' but the LORD has held you back from honor." 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 And Balaam said to Balak, "Did I not tell your messengers whom you sent to me, 12 Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell the messengers you sent me,
13 'If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not be able to go beyond the word of the LORD, to do either good or bad of my own will; what the LORD speaks, that will I speak'? 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 And now, behold, I am going to my people; come, I will let you know what this people will do to your people in the latter days." 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 And he took up his discourse, and said, "The oracle of Balaam the son of Be'or, the oracle of the man whose eye is 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 him who hears the words of God, and knows the knowledge of the Most High, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down, but having 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 behold him, but not nigh: a star shall come forth out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab, and break down all the sons of Sheth. 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 shall be dispossessed, Se'ir also, his enemies, shall be dispossessed, while Israel does valiantly. 18 Edom will be conquered; Seir, his enemy, will be conquered, but Israel will grow strong.
19 By Jacob shall dominion be exercised, and the survivors of cities be destroyed!" 19 A ruler will come out of Jacob and destroy the survivors of the city."
20 Then he looked on Am'alek, and took up his discourse, and said, "Am'alek was the first of the nations, but in the end he shall come to 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 And he looked on the Ken'ite, and took up his discourse, and said, "Enduring is your dwelling place, and your nest is set in the rock; 21 Then he saw the Kenites and uttered his oracle: "Your dwelling place is secure, your nest is set in a rock;
22 nevertheless Kain shall be wasted. How long shall Asshur take you away captive?" 22 yet you Kenites will be destroyed when Asshur takes you captive."
23 And he took up his discourse, and said, "Alas, who shall live when God does this? 23 Then he uttered his oracle: "Ah, who can live when God does this?
24 But ships shall come from Kittim and shall afflict Asshur and Eber; and he also shall 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 Then Balaam rose, and went back to his place; and Balak also went his way. 25 Then Balaam got up and returned home and Balak went his own way.