Numbers 23:13-30

Balaam's Second Oracle

13 And Balak said to him, "Please come with me to another place, from which you may see them. You shall see only a fraction of them and shall not see them all. Then curse them for me from there."
14 And he took him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, 1and built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar
15 Balaam said to Balak, 2"Stand here beside your burnt offering, while I meet the LORD over there."
16 And the LORD met Balaam and 3put a word in his mouth and said, "Return to Balak, and thus shall you speak."
17 And he came to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, "What has the LORD spoken?"
18 And Balaam took up his discourse and said, "Rise, Balak, and hear; give ear to me, O son of Zippor:
19 4God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
20 Behold, I received a command to bless: 5he has blessed, and 6I cannot revoke it.
21 7He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob, nor has he seen trouble in Israel. The LORD their God is with them, and the shout of a king is among them.
22 8God brings them out of Egypt and is for them like 9the horns of the wild ox.
23 For there is no enchantment against Jacob, no 10divination against Israel; now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel, 11'What has God wrought!'
24 Behold, a people! 12As a lioness it rises up and as a lion it lifts itself; 13it does not lie down until it has devoured the prey and drunk the blood of the slain."
25 And Balak said to Balaam, "Do not curse them at all, and do not bless them at all."
26 But Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell you, 14'All that the LORD says, that I must do'?"
27 And Balak said to Balaam, 15"Come now, I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me from there."
28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of 16Peor, which overlooks 17the desert.a
29 And Balaam said to Balak, 18"Build for me here seven altars and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams."
30 19And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
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