Numbers 22:1-10

1The Israelites traveled on and camped in the plains of Moab near the Jordan across from Jericho. 2Now Balak a son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3 Moab was terrified of the people because they were numerous, and Moab dreaded the Israelites. 4So the Moabites said to the elders of Midian, “This horde will devour everything around us like an ox eats up the green plants in the field.”Since Balak son of Zippor was Moab’s king at that time, 5he sent messengers to Balaam b son of Beor at Pethor, which is by the Euphrates in the land of his people.
Sam, Vg, Syr read of the Ammonites
Or of the Amawites
Balak said to him: “Look, a people has come out of Egypt; they cover the surface of the land and are living right across from me.
6 Please come and put a curse on these people for me because they are more powerful than I am. I may be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that those you bless are blessed and those you curse are cursed.”

7The elders of Moab and Midian departed with fees for
divination: An attempt to foresee future events or discover hidden knowledge by means of physical objects such as water, arrows, flying birds, or animal livers
divination in hand. f They came to Balaam and reported Balak’s words to him.
8He said to them, “Spend the night here, and I will give you the answer the Lord tells me.” So the officials of Moab stayed with Balaam.

9Then God came to Balaam and asked, “Who are these men with you?”

10 Balaam replied to God, “Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent this message to me:
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