Bible: Numbers 23:1-12

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Balaam Blesses Israel

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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 2  altar a bull and a ram. 23:3 Balaam said to Balak, “Station yourself 3  by your burnt offering, and I will go off; perhaps the Lord will come to meet me, and whatever he reveals to me 4  I will tell you.” 5  Then he went to a deserted height. 6 

23:4 Then God met Balaam, who 7  said to him, “I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram.” 23:5 Then the Lord put a message 8  in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and speak what I tell you.” 9 

23:6 So he returned to him, and he was still 10  standing by his burnt offering, he and all the princes of Moab. 23:7 Then Balaam 11  uttered 12  his oracle, saying,

Balak, the king of Moab, brought me 13  from Aram,

out of the mountains of the east, saying,

‘Come, pronounce a curse on Jacob for me;

come, denounce Israel.’ 14 

23:8 How 15  can I curse 16  one whom God has not cursed,

or how can I denounce one whom the Lord has not denounced?

23:9 For from the top of the rocks I see them; 17 

from the hills I watch them. 18 

Indeed, a nation that lives alone,

and it will not be reckoned 19  among the nations.

23:10 Who 20  can count 21  the dust 22  of Jacob,

Or number 23  the fourth part of Israel?

Let me 24  die the death of the upright, 25 

and let the end of my life 26  be like theirs.” 27 

Balaam Relocates

23:11 Then Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but on the contrary 28  you have only blessed them! 29  23:12 Balaam replied, 30 Must I not be careful 31  to speak what the Lord has put in my mouth? 32 

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