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Numbers 22

MSG 1 The People of Israel marched on and camped on the Plains of Moab at Jordan-Jericho. NIV 1 Then the Israelites traveled to the plains of Moab and camped along the Jordan across from Jericho. MSG 2 Balak son of Zippor learned of all that Israel had done to the Amorites. NIV 2 Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites, MSG 3 The people of Moab were in a total panic because of Israel. There were so many of them! They were terrorized. NIV 3 and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites. MSG 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." NIV 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, MSG 5 sent emissaries to get Balaam son of Beor, who lived at Pethor on the banks of the Euphrates River, his homeland. NIV 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. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 8 "Stay here for the night," Balaam said. "In the morning I'll deliver the answer that God gives me." The Moabite nobles stayed with him. NIV 8 "Spend the night here," Balaam said to them, "and I will bring you back the answer the LORD gives me." So the Moabite princes stayed with him. MSG 9 Then God came to Balaam. He asked, "So who are these men here with you?" NIV 9 God came to Balaam and asked, "Who are these men with you?" MSG 10 Balaam answered, "Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent them with a message: NIV 10 Balaam said to God, "Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent me this message: MSG 11 'Look, the people that came up out of Egypt are all over the place! Come and curse them for me. Maybe then I'll be able to attack and drive them out of the country.'" NIV 11 'A people that has come out of Egypt covers the face of the land. Now come and put a curse on them for me. Perhaps then I will be able to fight them and drive them away.' " MSG 12 God said to Balaam, "Don't go with them. And don't curse the others - they are a blessed people." NIV 12 But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed." MSG 13 The next morning Balaam got up and told Balak's nobles, "Go back home; God refuses to give me permission to go with you." NIV 13 The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak's princes, "Go back to your own country, for the LORD has refused to let me go with you." MSG 14 So the Moabite nobles left, came back to Balak, and said, "Balaam wouldn't come with us." NIV 14 So the Moabite princes returned to Balak and said, "Balaam refused to come with us." MSG 15 Balak sent another group of nobles, higher ranking and more distinguished. NIV 15 Then Balak sent other princes, more numerous and more distinguished than the first. MSG 16 They came to Balaam and said, "Balak son of Zippor says, 'Please, don't refuse to come to me. NIV 16 They came to Balaam and said: "This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Do not let anything keep you from coming to me, MSG 17 I will honor and reward you lavishly - anything you tell me to do, I'll do; I'll pay anything - only come and curse this people.'" NIV 17 because I will reward you handsomely and do whatever you say. Come and put a curse on these people for me." MSG 18 Balaam answered Balak's servants: "Even if Balak gave me his house stuffed with silver and gold, I wouldn't be able to defy the orders of my God to do anything, whether big or little. NIV 18 But Balaam answered them, "Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the LORD my God. MSG 19 But come along and stay with me tonight as the others did; I'll see what God will say to me this time." NIV 19 Now stay here tonight as the others did, and I will find out what else the LORD will tell me." MSG 20 God came to Balaam that night and said, "Since these men have come all this way to see you, go ahead and go with them. But make sure you do absolutely nothing other than what I tell you." NIV 20 That night God came to Balaam and said, "Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you." MSG 21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went off with the noblemen from Moab. NIV 21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab. MSG 22 As he was going, though, God's anger flared. The angel of God stood in the road to block his way. Balaam was riding his donkey, accompanied by his two servants. NIV 22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. MSG 23 When the donkey saw the angel blocking the road and brandishing a sword, she veered off the road into the ditch. Balaam beat the donkey and got her back on the road. NIV 23 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, she turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat her to get her back on the road. MSG 24 But as they were going through a vineyard, with a fence on either side, NIV 24 Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides. MSG 25 the donkey again saw God's angel blocking the way and veered into the fence, crushing Balaam's foot against the fence. Balaam hit her again. NIV 25 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam's foot against it. So he beat her again. MSG 26 God's angel blocked the way yet again - a very narrow passage this time; there was no getting through on the right or left. NIV 26 Then the angel of the LORD moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. MSG 27 Seeing the angel, Balaam's donkey sat down under him. Balaam lost his temper; he beat the donkey with his stick. NIV 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat her with his staff. MSG 28 Then God gave speech to the donkey. She said to Balaam: "What have I ever done to you that you have beat me these three times?" NIV 28 Then the LORD opened the donkey's mouth, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?" MSG 29 Balaam said, "Because you've been playing games with me! If I had a sword I would have killed you by now." NIV 29 Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now." MSG 30 The donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your trusty donkey on whom you've ridden for years right up until now? Have I ever done anything like this to you before? Have I?" He said, "No." NIV 30 The donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?" "No," he said. MSG 31 Then God helped Balaam see what was going on: He saw God's angel blocking the way, brandishing a sword. Balaam fell to the ground, his face in the dirt. NIV 31 Then the LORD opened Balaam's eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown. MSG 32 God's angel said to him: "Why have you beaten your poor donkey these three times? I have come here to block your way because you're getting way ahead of yourself. NIV 32 The angel of the LORD asked him, "Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. MSG 33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If she hadn't, I would have killed you by this time, but not the donkey. I would have let her off." NIV 33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If she had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared her." MSG 34 Balaam said to God's angel, "I have sinned. I had no idea you were standing in the road blocking my way. If you don't like what I'm doing, I'll head back." NIV 34 Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, "I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back." MSG 35 But God's angel said to Balaam, "Go ahead and go with them. But only say what I tell you to say - absolutely no other word." And so Balaam continued to go with Balak's nobles. NIV 35 The angel of the LORD said to Balaam, "Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you." So Balaam went with the princes of Balak. MSG 36 When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him in the Moabite town that was on the banks of the Arnon, right on the boundary of his land. NIV 36 When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the Moabite town on the Arnon border, at the edge of his territory. MSG 37 Balak said to Balaam, "Didn't I send an urgent message for help? Why didn't you come when I called? Do you think I can't pay you enough?" NIV 37 Balak said to Balaam, "Did I not send you an urgent summons? Why didn't you come to me? Am I really not able to reward you?" MSG 38 Balaam said to Balak, "Well, I'm here now. But I can't tell you just anything. I can speak only words that God gives me - no others." NIV 38 "Well, I have come to you now," Balaam replied. "But can I say just anything? I must speak only what God puts in my mouth." MSG 39 Balaam then accompanied Balak to Kiriath Huzoth (Street-Town). NIV 39 Then Balaam went with Balak to Kiriath Huzoth. MSG 40 Balak slaughtered cattle and sheep for sacrifices and presented them to Balaam and the nobles who were with him. NIV 40 Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and gave some to Balaam and the princes who were with him. MSG 41 At daybreak Balak took Balaam up to Bamoth Baal (The Heights of Baal) so that he could get a good view of some of the people. NIV 41 The next morning Balak took Balaam up to Bamoth Baal, and from there he saw part of the people.