Bible: Numbers 22:36-24:25
Balaam Meets Balak
22:36 When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at a city of Moab which was on the border of the Arnon at the boundary of his territory. 22:37 Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not send again and again 1 to you to summon you? Why did you not come to me? Am I not able to honor you?” 2 22:38 Balaam said to Balak, “Look, I have come to you. Now, am I able 3 to speak 4 just anything? I must speak 5 only the word that God puts in my mouth.” 22:39 So Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth. 22:40 And Balak sacrificed bulls and sheep, and sent some 6 to Balaam, and to the princes who were with him. 22:41 Then on the next morning Balak took Balaam, and brought him up to Bamoth Baal. 7 From there he saw the extent of the nation.23:1
Balaam Blesses Israel
Balaam said to Balak, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.” 23:2 So Balak did just as Balaam had said. Balak and Balaam then offered on each 9 altar a bull and a ram. 23:3 Balaam said to Balak, “Station yourself 10 by your burnt offering, and I will go off; perhaps the
23:4 Then God met Balaam, who 14 said to him, “I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram.” 23:5 Then the
“Balak, the king of Moab, brought me 20 from Aram,
out of the mountains of the east, saying,
‘Come, pronounce a curse on Jacob for me;
come, denounce Israel.’ 21
or how can I denounce one whom the
23:9 For from the top of the rocks I see them; 24
from the hills I watch them. 25
Indeed, a nation that lives alone,
and it will not be reckoned 26 among the nations.
Or number 30 the fourth part of Israel?
23:11 Then Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but on the contrary 35 you have only blessed them!” 36 23:12 Balaam replied, 37 “Must I not be careful 38 to speak what the
23:14 So Balak brought Balaam 40 to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, 41 where 42 he built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 23:15 And Balaam 43 said to Balak, “Station yourself here 44 by your burnt offering, while I meet the
Balaam Prophesies Again
“Rise up, 49 Balak, and hear;
Listen to me, son of Zippor:
23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie,
nor a human being, 50 that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not make it happen? 51
23:20 Indeed, I have received a command 52 to bless;
nor has he seen trouble 57 in Israel.
his acclamation 58 as king is among them.
23:22 God brought them 59 out of Egypt.
They have, as it were, the strength of a wild bull. 60
23:23 For there is no spell against 61 Jacob,
nor is there any divination against Israel.
and of Israel, ‘Look at 64 what God has done!’
23:24 Indeed, the people will rise up like a lioness,
and like a lion raises himself up;
they will not lie down until they eat their 65 prey,
and drink the blood of the slain.” 66
Balaam Relocates Yet Again
23:27 Balak said to Balaam, “Come, please; I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God 71 to let you curse them for me from there.” 72 23:28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, that looks toward the wilderness. 73 23:29 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars here for me, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams.” 23:30 So Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.24:1
Balaam Prophesies Yet Again
When Balaam saw that it pleased the
“The oracle 81 of Balaam son of Beor;
the oracle of the man whose eyes are open; 82
24:4 the oracle of the one who hears the words of God,
who sees a vision from the Almighty,
24:5 ‘How 85 beautiful are your tents, O Jacob,
and your dwelling places, O Israel!
like gardens by the river’s side,
like aloes 88 that the
and like cedar trees beside the waters.
24:7 He will pour the water out of his buckets, 89
their king will be greater than Agag, 92
and their kingdom will be exalted.
24:8 God brought them out of Egypt.
They have, as it were, the strength of a young bull;
they will devour hostile people 93
and will break their bones
and will pierce them through with arrows.
24:9 They crouch and lie down like a lion,
and as a lioness, 94 who can stir him?
Blessed is the one who blesses you,
and cursed is the one who curses you!’”
24:10 Then Balak became very angry at Balaam, and he struck his hands together. 95 Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and look, you have done nothing but bless 96 them these three times! 24:11 So now, go back where you came from! 97 I said that I would greatly honor you; but now the
24:12 Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not also tell your messengers whom you sent to me, 24:13 ‘If Balak would give me his palace full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond 98 the commandment 99 of the
Balaam Prophesies a Fourth Time
24:15 Then he uttered this oracle: 103
“The oracle of Balaam son of Beor;
the oracle of the man whose eyes are open;
24:16 the oracle of the one who hears the words of God,
and who knows the knowledge of the Most High,
who sees a vision from the Almighty,
although falling flat on the ground with eyes open:
24:17 ‘I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not close at hand. 104
and a scepter 107 will rise out of Israel.
He will crush the skulls 108 of Moab,
24:18 Edom will be a possession,
Seir, 111 his enemies, will also be a possession;
but Israel will act valiantly.
24:19 A ruler will be established from Jacob;
he will destroy the remains of the city.’” 112
Balaam’s Final Prophecies
“Amalek was the first 115 of the nations,
but his end will be that he will perish.”
24:21 Then he looked on the Kenites and uttered this oracle:
“Your dwelling place seems strong,
and your nest 116 is set on a rocky cliff.
24:22 Nevertheless the Kenite will be consumed. 117
How long will Asshur take you away captive?”
24:23 Then he uttered this oracle:
“O, who will survive when God does this! 118
24:24 Ships will come from the coast of Kittim, 119
and will afflict Asshur, 120 and will afflict Eber,
and he will also perish forever.” 121
24:25 Balaam got up and departed and returned to his home, 122 and Balak also went his way.