Numbers 22

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The Fourth Book of Moses, called Numbers

Chapter 23

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And Balaam said4 unto Balak, Build3 me here seven altars, and prepare54 me here seven oxen and seven rams.

2

And Balak did4 as Balaam had spoken;14 and Balak and Balaam offered55 on [every] altar a bullock and a ram.

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And Balaam said4 unto Balak, Stand100 by thy burnt offering, and I will go:4 peradventure the LORD will come11 to meet2 me: and whatsoever he sheweth55 me I will tell52 thee. And he went4 to an high place.

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And God met11 Balaam: and he said4 unto him, I have prepared1 seven altars, and I have offered55 upon [every] altar a bullock and a ram.

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And the LORD put4 a word in Balaam's mouth, and said,4 Return3 unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.17

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And he returned4 unto him, and, lo, he stood12 by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab.

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And he took up4 his parable, and said,4 Balak the king of Moab hath brought55 me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, [saying], Come,3 curse3 me Jacob, and come,3 defy3 Israel.

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How shall I curse,4 whom God hath not cursed?1 or how shall I defy,4 [whom] the LORD hath not defied?1

9

For from the top of the rocks I see4 him, and from the hills I behold4 him: lo, the people shall dwell4 alone, and shall not be reckoned101 among the nations.

10

Who can count1 the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth [part] of Israel? Let me die4 the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!

11

And Balak said4 unto Balaam, What hast thou done1 unto me? I took1 thee to curse2 mine enemies,6 and, behold, thou hast blessed14 [them] altogether.15

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And he answered4 and said,4 Must I not take heed4 to speak15 that which the LORD hath put4 in my mouth?

13

And Balak said4 unto him, Come,3 I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see4 them: thou shalt see4 but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see4 them all: and curse3 me them from thence.

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And he brought4 him into the field of Zophim, 6822 6 to the top of Pisgah, and built4 seven altars, and offered55 a bullock and a ram on [every] altar.

15

And he said4 unto Balak, Stand100 here by thy burnt offering, while I meet11 [the LORD] yonder.

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And the LORD met11 Balaam, and put4 a word in his mouth, and said,4 Go again3 unto Balak, and say17 thus.

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And when he came4 to him, behold, he stood12 by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said4 unto him, What hath the LORD spoken?14

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And he took up4 his parable, and said,4 Rise up,3 Balak, and hear;3 hearken54 unto me, thou son of Zippor:

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God [is] not a man, that he should lie;17 neither the son of man, that he should repent:101 hath he said,1 and shall he not do4 [it]? or hath he spoken,14 and shall he not make it good?55

20

Behold, I have received1 [commandment] to bless:15 and he hath blessed;14 and I cannot reverse55 it.

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He hath not beheld52 iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen1 perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God [is] with him, and the shout of a king [is] among them.

22

God brought them out56 of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

23

Surely [there is] no enchantment against Jacob, neither [is there] any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said11 of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!1

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Behold, the people shall rise up4 as a great lion, and lift up101 himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down4 until he eat4 [of] the prey, and drink4 the blood of the slain.

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And Balak said4 unto Balaam, Neither curse4 them at all,2 nor bless17 them at all.15

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But Balaam answered4 and said4 unto Balak, Told14 not I thee, saying,2 All that the LORD speaketh,17 that I must do?4

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And Balak said4 unto Balaam, Come,3 I pray thee, I will bring4 thee unto another place; peradventure it will please4 5869 God that thou mayest curse1 me them from thence.

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And Balak brought4 Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh12 toward Jeshimon.

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And Balaam said4 unto Balak, Build3 me here seven altars, and prepare54 me here seven bullocks and seven rams.

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And Balak did4 as Balaam had said,1 and offered55 a bullock and a ram on [every] altar.

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