Bible: Numbers 22-24
Balaam Refuses to Curse Israel
The Israelites traveled on 2 and camped in the plains of Moab on the side of the Jordan River 3 across from Jericho. 4 22:2 Balak son of Zippor saw all that the Israelites had done to the Amorites. 22:3 And the Moabites were greatly afraid of the people, because they were so numerous. The Moabites were sick with fear because of the Israelites.
22:4 So the Moabites said to the elders of Midian, “Now this mass of people 5 will lick up everything around us, as the bull devours the grass of the field. Now Balak son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at this time. 22:5 And he sent messengers to Balaam 6 son of Beor at Pethor, which is by the Euphrates River 7 in the land of Amaw, 8 to summon him, saying, “Look, a nation has come out of Egypt. They cover the face 9 of the earth, and they are settling next to me. 22:6 So 10 now, please come and curse this nation 11 for me, for they are too powerful for me. Perhaps I will prevail so that we may conquer them 12 and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, 13 and whoever you curse is cursed.”
22:7 So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the fee for divination in their hand. They came to Balaam and reported 14 to him the words of Balak. 22:8 He replied to them, “Stay 15 here tonight, and I will bring back to you whatever word the
22:13 So Balaam got up in the morning, and said to the princes of Balak, “Go to your land, 21 for the
Balaam Accompanies the Moabite Princes
22:15 Balak again sent princes, 24 more numerous and more distinguished than the first. 25 22:16 And they came to Balaam and said to him, “Thus says Balak son of Zippor: ‘Please do not let anything hinder you from coming 26 to me. 22:17 For I will honor you greatly, 27 and whatever you tell me I will do. So come, put a curse on this nation for me.’”
22:18 Balaam replied 28 to the servants of Balak, “Even if Balak would give me his palace full of silver and gold, I could not transgress the commandment 29 of the
God Opposes Balaam
22:22 Then God’s anger was kindled 33 because he went, and the angel of the
22:24 Then the angel of the
22:26 Then the angel of the
22:28 Then the
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 51 to you to summon you? Why did you not come to me? Am I not able to honor you?” 52 22:38 Balaam said to Balak, “Look, I have come to you. Now, am I able 53 to speak 54 just anything? I must speak 55 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 56 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. 57 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 59 altar a bull and a ram. 23:3 Balaam said to Balak, “Station yourself 60 by your burnt offering, and I will go off; perhaps the
23:4 Then God met Balaam, who 64 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 70 from Aram,
out of the mountains of the east, saying,
‘Come, pronounce a curse on Jacob for me;
come, denounce Israel.’ 71
or how can I denounce one whom the
23:9 For from the top of the rocks I see them; 74
from the hills I watch them. 75
Indeed, a nation that lives alone,
and it will not be reckoned 76 among the nations.
Or number 80 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 85 you have only blessed them!” 86 23:12 Balaam replied, 87 “Must I not be careful 88 to speak what the
23:14 So Balak brought Balaam 90 to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, 91 where 92 he built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 23:15 And Balaam 93 said to Balak, “Station yourself here 94 by your burnt offering, while I meet the
Balaam Prophesies Again
“Rise up, 99 Balak, and hear;
Listen to me, son of Zippor:
23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie,
nor a human being, 100 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? 101
23:20 Indeed, I have received a command 102 to bless;
nor has he seen trouble 107 in Israel.
his acclamation 108 as king is among them.
23:22 God brought them 109 out of Egypt.
They have, as it were, the strength of a wild bull. 110
23:23 For there is no spell against 111 Jacob,
nor is there any divination against Israel.
and of Israel, ‘Look at 114 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 115 prey,
and drink the blood of the slain.” 116
Balaam Relocates Yet Again
23:27 Balak said to Balaam, “Come, please; I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God 121 to let you curse them for me from there.” 122 23:28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, that looks toward the wilderness. 123 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 131 of Balaam son of Beor;
the oracle of the man whose eyes are open; 132
24:4 the oracle of the one who hears the words of God,
who sees a vision from the Almighty,
24:5 ‘How 135 beautiful are your tents, O Jacob,
and your dwelling places, O Israel!
like gardens by the river’s side,
like aloes 138 that the
and like cedar trees beside the waters.
24:7 He will pour the water out of his buckets, 139
their king will be greater than Agag, 142
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 143
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, 144 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. 145 Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and look, you have done nothing but bless 146 them these three times! 24:11 So now, go back where you came from! 147 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 148 the commandment 149 of the
Balaam Prophesies a Fourth Time
24:15 Then he uttered this oracle: 153
“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. 154
and a scepter 157 will rise out of Israel.
He will crush the skulls 158 of Moab,
24:18 Edom will be a possession,
Seir, 161 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.’” 162
Balaam’s Final Prophecies
“Amalek was the first 165 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 166 is set on a rocky cliff.
24:22 Nevertheless the Kenite will be consumed. 167
How long will Asshur take you away captive?”
24:23 Then he uttered this oracle:
“O, who will survive when God does this! 168
24:24 Ships will come from the coast of Kittim, 169
and will afflict Asshur, 170 and will afflict Eber,
and he will also perish forever.” 171
24:25 Balaam got up and departed and returned to his home, 172 and Balak also went his way.