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Numbers 23

MSG 1 Balaam said, "Build me seven altars here, and then prepare seven bulls and seven rams." NIV 1 Balaam said, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.” MSG 2 Balak did it. Then Balaam and Balak sacrificed a bull and a ram on each of the altars. NIV 2 Balak did as Balaam said, and the two of them offered a bull and a ram on each altar. MSG 3 Balaam instructed Balak: "Stand watch here beside your Whole-Burnt-Offering while I go off by myself. Maybe God will come and meet with me. Whatever he shows or tells me, I'll report to you." Then he went off by himself. NIV 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. MSG 4 God did meet with Balaam. Balaam said, "I've set up seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. NIV 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.” MSG 5 Then God gave Balaam a message: "Return to Balak and give him this message." NIV 5 The LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Go back to Balak and give him this word.” MSG 6 He went back and found him stationed beside his Whole-Burnt-Offering and with him all the nobles of Moab. NIV 6 So he went back to him and found him standing beside his offering, with all the Moabite officials. MSG 7 Then Balaam spoke his message-oracle: Balak led me here from Aram, the king of Moab all the way from the eastern mountains. "Go, curse Jacob for me; go, damn Israel." NIV 7 Then Balaam spoke his message: “Balak brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains. ‘Come,’ he said, ‘curse Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.’ MSG 8 How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I damn whom God has not damned? NIV 8 How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced? MSG 9 From rock pinnacles I see them, from hilltops I survey them: Look! a people camping off by themselves, thinking themselves outsiders among nations. NIV 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. MSG 10 But who could ever count the dust of Jacob or take a census of cloud-of-dust Israel? I want to die like these right-living people! I want an end just like theirs! NIV 10 Who can count the dust of Jacob or number even a fourth of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and may my final end be like theirs!” MSG 11 Balak said to Balaam, "What's this? I brought you here to curse my enemies, and all you've done is bless them." NIV 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!” MSG 12 Balaam answered, "Don't I have to be careful to say what God gives me to say?" NIV 12 He answered, “Must I not speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?” MSG 13 Balak said to him, "Go with me to another place from which you can only see the outskirts of their camp - you won't be able to see the whole camp. From there, curse them for my sake." NIV 13 Then Balak said to him, “Come with me to another place where you can see them; you will not see them all but only the outskirts of their camp. And from there, curse them for me.” MSG 14 So he took him to Watchmen's Meadow at the top of Pisgah. He built seven altars there and offered a bull and a ram on each altar NIV 14 So he took him to the field of Zophim on the top of Pisgah, and there he built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. MSG 15 Balaam said to Balak, "Take up your station here beside your Whole-Burnt-Offering while I meet with him over there." NIV 15 Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here beside your offering while I meet with him over there.” MSG 16 God met with Balaam and gave him a message. He said, "Return to Balak and give him the message." NIV 16 The LORD met with Balaam and put a word in his mouth and said, “Go back to Balak and give him this word.” MSG 17 Balaam returned and found him stationed beside his Whole-Burnt-Offering and the nobles of Moab with him. Balak said to him, "What did God say?" NIV 17 So he went to him and found him standing beside his offering, with the Moabite officials. Balak asked him, “What did the LORD say?” MSG 18 Then Balaam spoke his message-oracle: On your feet, Balak. Listen, listen carefully son of Zippor: NIV 18 Then he spoke his message: “Arise, Balak, and listen; hear me, son of Zippor. MSG 19 God is not man, one given to lies, and not a son of man changing his mind. Does he speak and not do what he says? Does he promise and not come through NIV 19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? MSG 20 I was brought here to bless; and now he's blessed - how can I change that? NIV 20 I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it. MSG 21 He has no bone to pick with Jacob, he sees nothing wrong with Israel. God is with them, and they're with him, shouting praises to their King NIV 21 “No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel. The LORD their God is with them; the shout of the King is among them. MSG 22 God brought them out of Egypt, rampaging like a wild ox. NIV 22 God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. MSG 23 No magic spells can bind Jacob, no incantations can hold back Israel. People will look at Jacob and Israel and say, "What a great thing has God done!" NIV 23 There is no divination against Jacob, no evil omens against Israel. It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, ‘See what God has done!’ MSG 24 Look, a people rising to its feet, stretching like a lion, a king-of-the-beasts, aroused, Unsleeping, unresting until its hunt is over and it's eaten and drunk its fill. NIV 24 The people rise like a lioness; they rouse themselves like a lion that does not rest till it devours its prey and drinks the blood of its victims.” MSG 25 Balak said to Balaam, "Well, if you can't curse them, at least don't bless them." NIV 25 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Neither curse them at all nor bless them at all!” MSG 26 Balaam replied to Balak, "Didn't I tell you earlier: 'All God speaks, and only what he speaks, I speak'?" NIV 26 Balaam answered, “Did I not tell you I must do whatever the LORD says?” MSG 27 Balak said to Balaam, "Please, let me take you to another place; maybe we can find the right place in God's eyes where you'll be able to curse them for me." NIV 27 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Come, let me take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them for me from there.” MSG 28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, with a vista over the Jeshimon (Wasteland). NIV 28 And Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, overlooking the wasteland. MSG 29 Balaam said to Balak, "Build seven altars for me here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for sacrifice." NIV 29 Balaam said, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.” MSG 30 Balak did it and presented an offering of a bull and a ram on each of the altars. NIV 30 Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

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