Numbers 24

1Since Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go to seek omens as on previous occasions, but turned
Lit set his face
toward the wilderness.
2When Balaam looked up and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God b came on him, 3and he proclaimed his poem:

oracle: A prophetic speech of a threatening or menacing character, often against the nations
oracle of Balaam son of Beor,
the oracle of the man whose eyes are opened,
LXX reads true; Vg reads closed

4 the oracle of one who hears the sayings of God,
who sees a vision from the
God Almighty: The Hebrew word is El Shaddai; El = "God," but the meaning of Shaddai is disputed; traditionally it is translated "Almighty".
Almighty, f
who falls into a trance with his eyes uncovered:
5 How beautiful are your tents, Jacob,
your dwellings, Israel.
6 They stretch out like river valleys,
Or like date palms

like gardens beside a stream,
like aloes the Lord has planted,
like cedars beside the water.
7 Water will flow from his buckets,
and his seed will be by abundant water.
His king will be greater than Agag,
Sam, LXX, Sym, Theod read Gog
and his kingdom will be exalted.
8 God brought him out of Egypt;
He is like
Or He has
the horns of a wild ox for them. k
He will feed on enemy nations
and gnaw their bones;
he will strike them with his arrows.
9 He crouches, he lies down like a lion
or a lioness – who dares to rouse him? l
Those who bless you will be blessed,
and those who curse you will be cursed. m

10Then Balak became furious with Balaam, struck his hands together, and said to him, “I summoned you to put a curse on my enemies, but instead, you have blessed them these three times. 11 Now go to your home! I said I would reward you richly, n but look, the Lord has denied you a reward.”

12 Balaam answered Balak, “Didn’t I previously tell the messengers you sent me: 13 If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go against the Lord’s command, to do anything good or bad of my own will? I will say whatever the Lord says. o 14 Now I am going back to my people, but first, let me warn you what these people will do to your people in the future.”

Balaam’s Fourth Oracle

15 Then he proclaimed his poem:

The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,
the oracle of the man whose eyes are opened;
LXX reads true; Vg reads closed

16 the oracle of one who hears the sayings of God
and has knowledge from the
Most High: The Hebrew word is Elyon. It is often used with other names of God, such as El (God) or Yahweh (Lord); it is used to refer to God as the supreme being.
Most High,
who sees a vision from the Almighty,
who falls into a trance with his eyes uncovered: r
17 I see him,
Or Him
but not now;
I perceive him,
Or Him
but not near.
A star will come from Jacob,
and a scepter will arise from Israel. u
He will smash the forehead
Or frontiers
of Moab
and strike down
Sam reads and the skulls of; Jr 48:45
all the Shethites.
Or Sethites

18 Edom will become a possession;
Seir y will become a possession of its enemies,
but Israel will be triumphant.
19 One who comes from Jacob will rule;
he will destroy the city’s survivors.

20Then Balaam saw Amalek and proclaimed his poem:

Amalek was first among the nations, z
but his future is destruction.

21Next he saw the Kenites and proclaimed his poem:

Your dwelling place is enduring;
your nest is set in the cliffs.
22 Kain will be destroyed
when Asshur takes you captive.

23Once more he proclaimed his poem:

Ah, who can live when God does this?
24 Ships will come from the coast of Kittim; aa
they will afflict Asshur and Eber, ab
but they too will come to destruction.

25 Balaam then arose and went back to his homeland, and Balak also went his way.
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