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3 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here beside your offering while I go aside. Perhaps the Lord will come to meet with me.g Whatever he reveals to me I will tell you.” Then he went off to a barren height.
4 God met with him,h and Balaam said, “I have prepared seven altars, and on each altar I have offered a bull and a ram.”
“Balak brought me from Aram,n
the king of Moab from the eastern mountains.o
‘Come,’ he said, ‘curse Jacob for me;
come, denounce Israel.’p
those whom God has not cursed?q
How can I denounce
those whom the Lord has not denounced?r
from the heights I view them.s
I see a people who live apart
and do not consider themselves one of the nations.t
10 Who can count the dust of Jacobu
or number even a fourth of Israel?
Let me die the death of the righteous,v
and may my final end be like theirs!w”
12 He answered, “Must I not speak what the Lord puts in my mouth?”z
13 Then Balak said to him, “Come with me to another placea where you can see them; you will not see them all but only the outskirts of their camp.b And from there, curse them for me.c” 14 So he took him to the field of Zophim on the top of Pisgah,d and there he built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.e
16 The Lord met with Balaam and put a word in his mouthf and said, “Go back to Balak and give him this word.”
17 So he went to him and found him standing beside his offering, with the Moabite officials.g Balak asked him, “What did the Lord say?”
18 Then he spoke his message:h
“Arise, Balak, and listen;
hear me, son of Zippor.i
not a human being, that he should change his mind.l
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promisem and not fulfill?
20 I have received a command to bless;n
21 “No misfortune is seen in Jacob,q
The Lord their God is with them;s
the shout of the Kingt is among them.
22 God brought them out of Egypt;u
they have the strength of a wild ox.v
23 There is no divination againstb Jacob,
It will now be said of Jacob
and of Israel, ‘See what God has done!’
24 The people rise like a lioness;x
they rouse themselves like a liony
that does not rest till it devours its prey
and drinks the bloodz of its victims.”
26 Balaam answered, “Did I not tell you I must do whatever the Lord says?”a
27 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Come, let me take you to another place.b Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them for mec from there.” 28 And Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor,d overlooking the wasteland.
29 Balaam said, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.” 30 Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.e
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