Numbers 23:2-12 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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?"