Balaam's Third Oracle1 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not resort to sorcery as on previous occasions, but he turned his face toward the wilderness. 2 When Balaam looked up and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him, 3 and he lifted up an oracle, saying: “ [This is] the prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of a man whose eyes are open, 4 the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, ▼
▼Hebrew Shaddai; also in verse 16who bows down with eyes wide open: 5 How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel! 6 They spread out like palm groves, ▼
▼Or valleyslike gardens beside a stream, like aloes the LORD has planted, like cedars beside the waters. 7 Water will flow from his buckets, and his seed will have abundant water. His king will be greater than Agag, and his kingdom will be exalted. 8 God brought him out of Egypt with strength like a wild ox , to devour hostile nations and crush their bones, to pierce them with arrows. 9 He crouches, he lies down like a lion; like a lioness, who dares to rouse him? Blessed are those who bless you and cursed are those who curse you.”
Balak Dismisses Balaam10 Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam, and he struck his hands together and said to Balaam, “I summoned you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have persisted in blessing [them] these three times. 11 Therefore, flee at once to your home! I said I would richly reward you, but instead the LORD has denied your reward.” 12 Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not already tell the messengers you sent me 13 that even if Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the LORD? I will speak whatever the LORD says. 14 Now I am going back to my people, but come, let me warn you what this people will do to your people in the days to come.”
Balaam's Fourth Oracle15 Then [Balaam] lifted up an oracle, saying, “ [This is] the prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of a man whose eyes are open, 16 the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who bows down with eyes wide open: 17 I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob, and a scepter will arise from Israel. He will crush the skulls ▼
▼SP foreheads; Hebrew corners (of the head)of Moab and strike down all the sons of Sheth. 18 Edom will become a possession, Seir will be owned by his enemies, but Israel will perform with valor. 19 A ruler will come from Jacob and destroy the remnant of the city.”
Balaam's Final Three Oracles20 Then Balaam saw Amalek and lifted up an oracle, saying: “Amalek was first among the nations, but his end [shall be] destruction.” 21 Next he saw the Kenites and lifted up an oracle, saying: “Your dwelling place is secure, and your nest is set in a cliff. 22 Yet Kain will be destroyed when Asshur takes you captive.” 23 Once more [Balaam] lifted up an oracle, saying: “Ah, who can live unless God has ordained it? 24 Ships [will come] from the coast of Kittim; they will subdue Asshur and Eber, but they too will perish forever.” 25 Then Balaam arose and returned to his homeland, and Balak also went on his way.
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