Numbers 24

The Prophecy from Peor

1When Balaam saw that it
Lit was good in the eyes of
pleased the  Lord to bless Israel, he did not go as at other times to
Lit encounter
seek c  omens but he set his face toward the d  wilderness.
2And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel
Lit dwelling
camping tribe by tribe; and f  the Spirit of God came upon him.
3He took up his
Lit parable, and so throughout the ch
discourse and said, h  The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened;
4The oracle of him who i  hears the
Lit sayings
words of God,
Who sees the k  vision of
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty,
Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered,
5How fair are your tents, O Jacob,
Your dwellings, O Israel!
Or possibly palm trees
valleys that stretch out,
Like gardens beside the river,
Like n  aloes planted by the  Lord,
Like o  cedars beside the waters.
7Water will flow from his buckets,
And his seed will be by many waters,
And his king shall be higher than p  Agag,
q  And his kingdom shall be exalted.
8 r  God brings him out of Egypt,
He is for him like the horns of the wild ox.
s  He will devour the nations who are his adversaries,
And will crush their bones in pieces,
And shatter them with his t  arrows.
9 u  “He
Lit bows down
couches, he lies down as a lion,
And as a
Or lioness
lion, who
Lit shall
dares rouse him?
y  Blessed is everyone who blesses you,
And cursed is everyone who curses you.”

10Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam, and he struck his
Lit palms
hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have persisted in blessing them these three times!
Lit flee for yourself
flee to your place now. I said I would honor you greatly, but behold, the  Lord has held you back from honor.”
12Balaam said to Balak ab  Did I not tell your messengers whom you had sent to me, saying, 13Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything contrary to the
Lit mouth
command of the  Lord, either good or bad, ad  of my own
Lit heart
accord. af  What the  Lord speaks, that I will speak’?
14And now, behold, ag  I am going to my people; come, and I will advise you what this people will do to your people in the
Lit end of the days
days to come.”

15He took up his discourse and said, ai  The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
16The oracle of him who hears the
Lit sayings
words of God,
And knows the knowledge of the
Heb Elyon
Most High,
Who sees the vision of
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty,
Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered.
17I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near;
A star shall come forth from Jacob,
am  A scepter shall rise from Israel,
an  And shall crush through the
Lit corners
forehead of Moab,
Another reading is the crown of the head of
tear down all the sons of
I.e. tumult
18 ar  Edom shall be a possession,
as  Seir, its enemies, also will be a possession,
While Israel performs valiantly.
19One from Jacob shall have dominion,
And will destroy the remnant from the city.”

20And he looked at Amalek and took up his discourse and said, Amalek was the first of the nations,
at  But his end shall be
Lit to destroying

21And he looked at the av  Kenite, and took up his discourse and said, Your dwelling place is enduring,
And your nest is set in the cliff.
22Nevertheless Kain will be consumed;
How long will aw  Asshur
Lit take
keep you captive?”

23Then he took up his discourse and said, Alas, who can live except God has ordained it?
24But ships shall come from the coast of ay  Kittim,
And they shall afflict Asshur and will afflict az  Eber;
ba  So they also will come to destruction.”

25Then Balaam arose and departed and returned to bb  his place, and Balak also went his way.
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