Numbers 23:7-12

7And Balaam a  took up his discourse and said,

“From b  Aram Balak has brought me,
the king of Moab c  from the eastern mountains:
Come, d  curse Jacob for me,
and come, denounce Israel!’
8How can I curse whom God has not cursed?
How can I denounce whom the  Lord has not denounced?
9For from the top of the crags e  I see him,
from the hills I behold him;
behold f  a people dwelling alone,
and g  not counting itself among the nations!
10 h  Who can count the dust of Jacob
or number the fourth part
Or dust clouds
of Israel?
Let me die j  the death of the upright,
and let my end be like his!”

11And Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? k  I took you to curse my enemies, and behold, you have done nothing but bless them.” 12And he answered and said, l  “Must I not take care to speak what the  Lord puts in my mouth?”

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