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Numbers 22:1-7 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The People of Israel marched on and camped on the Plains of Moab at Jordan-Jericho. 1 Then the Israelites traveled to the plains of Moab and camped along the Jordan across from Jericho.
2 Balak son of Zippor learned of all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 2 Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites,
3 The people of Moab were in a total panic because of Israel. There were so many of them! They were terrorized. 3 and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites.
4 Moab spoke to the leaders of Midian: "Look, this mob is going to clean us out - a bunch of crows picking a carcass clean." 4 The Moabites said to the elders of Midian, "This horde is going to lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field." So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time,
5 sent emissaries to get Balaam son of Beor, who lived at Pethor on the banks of the Euphrates River, his homeland. 5 sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor, who was at Pethor, near the River, in his native land. Balak said: "A people has come out of Egypt; they cover the face of the land and have settled next to me.
6 Come and curse them for me - they're too much for me. Maybe then I can beat them; we'll attack and drive them out of the country. You have a reputation: Those you bless stay blessed; those you curse stay cursed." 6 Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the country. For I know that those you bless are blessed, and those you curse are cursed."
7 The leaders of Moab and Midian were soon on their way, with the fee for the cursing tucked safely in their wallets. When they got to Balaam, they gave him Balak's message. 7 The elders of Moab and Midian left, taking with them the fee for divination. When they came to Balaam, they told him what Balak had said.