Then Balaam said to Balak, Stand beside your burnt offering, and I will go; perhaps the LORD
will come to meet me, and whatever He shows me I will tell you. So he went to a bare hill.
4Now God met Balaam, and he said to Him, I have set up the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on each altar. 5Then the LORD put a word in Balaams mouth and said, Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus. 6So he returned to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, he and all the leaders of Moab.
7He took up his discourse and said,
From Aram Balak has brought me,
Moabs king from the mountains of the East,
Come curse Jacob for me,
And come, denounce Israel!
8How shall I curse whom God has not cursed?
And how can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?
9As I see him from the top of the rocks,
And I look at him from the hills;
Behold, a people who dwells apart,
And will not be reckoned among the nations.
10Who can count the dust of Jacob,
Or number the fourth part of Israel?
Let me die the death of the upright,
And let my end be like his!
11Then Balak said to Balaam, What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have actually blessed them! 12He replied, Must I not be careful to speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?
13Then Balak said to him, Please come with me to another place from where you may see them, although you will only see the extreme end of them and will not see all of them; and curse them for me from there. 14So he took him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 15And he said to Balak, Stand here beside your burnt offering while I myself meet the LORD over there. 16Then the LORD met Balaam and put a word in his mouth and said, Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak. 17He came to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, and the leaders of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, What has the LORD spoken?
18Then he took up his discourse and said,
Arise, O Balak, and hear;
Give ear to me, O son of Zippor!
19God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
20Behold, I have received a command to bless;
When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.
21He has not observed misfortune in Jacob;
Nor has He seen trouble in Israel;
The LORD his God is with him,
And the shout of a king is among them.
22God brings them out of Egypt,
He is for them like the horns of the wild ox.
23For there is no omen against Jacob,
Nor is there any divination against Israel;
At the proper time it shall be said to Jacob
And to Israel, what God has done!
24Behold, a people rises like a lioness,
And as a lion it lifts itself;
It will not lie down until it devours the prey,
And drinks the blood of the slain.
25Then Balak said to Balaam, Do not curse them at all nor bless them at all! 26But Balaam replied to Balak, Did I not tell you, Whatever the LORD speaks, that I must do?
27Then Balak said to Balaam, Please come, I will take you to another place; perhaps it will be agreeable with God that you curse them for me from there. 28So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor which overlooks the wasteland. 29Balaam said to Balak, Build seven altars for me here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me here. 30Balak did just as Balaam had said, and offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy burnt-offering, and I will go: peradventure Jehovah will come to meet me; and whatsoever he showeth me I will tell thee. And he went to a bare height.
And Balaam said to Balac: Stand a while by thy burnt offering, until I go, to see if perhaps the Lord will meet me, and whatsoever he shall command, I will speak to thee.
Darby Bible Translation
And Balaam said to Balak, Stand by thy burnt-offering, and I will go; perhaps Jehovah will come to meet me; and whatever he shews me I will tell thee. And he went to a hill.
English Revised Version
And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go; peradventure the LORD will come to meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell thee. And he went to a bare height.
Webster's Bible Translation
And Balaam said to Balak, Stand by thy burnt-offering, and I will go: it may be the LORD will come to meet me: and whatever he showeth me I will tell thee. And he went to a high place.
World English Bible
Balaam said to Balak, "Stand by your burnt offering, and I will go: perhaps Yahweh will come to meet me; and whatever he shows me I will tell you." He went to a bare height.
Young's Literal Translation
and Balaam saith to Balak, 'Station thyself by thy burnt-offering and I go on, it may be Jehovah doth come to meet me, and the thing which He sheweth me -- I have declared to thee;' and he goeth to a high place.
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