And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian go, and divinations in their hand, and they come in unto Balaam, and speak unto him the words of Balak,
and he saith unto them, `Lodge here to-night, and I have brought you back word, as Jehovah speaketh unto me;' and the princes of Moab abide with Balaam.
And God cometh in unto Balaam, and saith, `Who [are] these men with thee?'
And Balaam saith unto God, `Balak, son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me:
Lo, the people that is coming out from Egypt and covereth the eye of the land, -- now come, pierce it for me; it may be I am able to fight against it, and have cast it out;'
and God saith unto Balaam, `Thou dost not go with them; thou dost not curse the people; for it [is] blessed.'
And Balaam riseth in the morning, and saith unto the princes of Balak, `Go unto your land, for Jehovah is refusing to suffer me to go with you;'
and the princes of Moab rise, and come in unto Balak, and say, `Balaam is refusing to come with us.'
And Balak addeth yet to send princes, more numerous and honoured than these,
and they come in unto Balaam, and say to him, `Thus said Balak son of Zippor, Be not, I pray thee, withheld from coming unto me,
for very greatly I honour thee, and all that thou sayest unto me I do; and come, I pray thee, pierce for me this people.'