Numbers 241Now when Balaam saw that it pleased God to bless Israel, he did not go according to his custom, to seek to use sorcery, but turned his face toward the wilderness. 2And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and beheld Israel encamped by their tribes. And the Spirit of God came upon him. 3And he took up his parable and said, The utterance of Balaam son of Beor, the man whose eyes are truly open says, 4he who hears the oracle of the Mighty One, who saw a vision of God in sleep; his eyes were opened: 5How wonderful are your tents, O Jacob, and your dwellings, O Israel! 6As shady groves, and as gardens by a river, and as tents which God pitched, and as cedars by the waters. 7There shall come a man out of his seed, and he shall rule over many nations; and the kingdom of God shall be exalted, and his kingdom shall be increased. 8God led him out of Egypt; he has as it were the glory of a unicorn. He shall consume the nations of his enemies, and he shall drain their marrow, and with his darts he shall shoot through the enemy. 9He lies down, he rests as a lion; and as a young lion, who shall rouse him? Those that bless you are blessed, and those that curse you are cursed. 10And Balak was angry with Balaam, and clapped his hands together. And Balak said to Balaam, I called you to curse my enemy, and behold you have decidedly blessed him this third time. 11Now therefore flee to your place. I said, I will honor you, but now the Lord has deprived you of glory. 12And Balaam said to Balak, Did I not speak to your messengers also whom you sent to me, saying, 13If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I shall not be able to transgress the word of the Lord to make it good or bad by myself; whatsoever things God shall say, them will I speak. 14And now, behold, I return to my place; come, I will advise you of what this people shall do to your people in the last days. 15And he took up his parable and said, The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor, the man whose eyes are truly open, 16hearing the oracles of God, receiving knowledge from the Most High, and having seen a vision of God in sleep; his eyes were opened. 17I will point to Him, but not now; I bless Him, but He draws not near: a Star shall arise out of Jacob, a Man shall spring forth out of Israel; and shall crush the princes of Moab, and shall spoil all the sons of Seth. 18And Edom shall be an inheritance, and Esau his enemy shall be an inheritance of Israel, and Israel does valiantly. 19And One shall arise out of Jacob, and destroy out of the city him that escapes. 20And having seen Amalek, he took up his parable and said, Amalek is the first of the nations; yet his seed shall perish. 21And having seen the Kenite, he took up his parable and said, Your dwelling place is strong; yet though you should put your nest in a rock, 22and though Beor should have a skillfully contrived hiding place, the Assyrians shall carry you away captive. 23And he looked upon Og, and took up his parable and said, Alas, who shall live, when God shall do these things? 24And one shall come forth from the hands of the Cyprians, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict the Hebrews, and they shall perish together. 25And Balaam rose up and departed and returned to his place, and Balak went to his own home.
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