Numbers 23

1Balak's sacrifice. 7Balaam's first parable. 14Balak sacrificeth again. 18Balaam's second parable. 25Balak is displeased with Balaam; but bringeth him to the top of Peor, and sacrificeth there.

1 And 1Balaam said unto Balak, 2Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here 3seven oxen and seven rams.

2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam 1offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.

3 And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy 1burnt offering, and I will go: 2peradventure the Lord will come to meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell thee. And ahe went to an high place.

4 And God 1met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have 2prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram.

5 And the Lord 1put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

6 And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab.

7 And he 1took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me 2from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, 3Come, curse me Jacob, and come, 4defy Israel.

8 How 1shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied?

9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall 1dwell alone, and 2shall not be reckoned among the nations.

10 Who can count 1the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? 2Let ame die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!

11 And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to 1curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.

12 And he answered and said, 1Must I not take heed to speak that which the Lord hath put in my mouth?

13 And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see 1but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence.

14 ¶ And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of aPisgah, and 1built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

15 And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I 1meet the Lord yonder.

16 And the Lord met Balaam, and 1put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus.

17 And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the Lord spoken?

18 And he took up his parable, and said, 1Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor:

19 1God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and 1he hath blessed; and I 2cannot reverse it.

21 He 1hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the 2Lord his God is with him, 3and the shout of a king is among them.

22 1God brought them out of Egypt; 2he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

23 1Surely there is no enchantment aagainst Jacob, neither is there 2any divination against Israel: 3according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!

24 Behold, 1the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: 2he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

25 ¶ And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.

26 But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, 1Told not I thee, saying, All that the Lord speaketh, that I must do?

27 ¶ And Balak said unto Balaam, 1Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence.

28 And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of 1Peor, that looketh toward 2Jeshimon.

29 And 1Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.

30 And Balak 1did as Balaam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.