Numbers 23

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The Fourth Book of Moses, called Numbers

Chapter 24

1

And when Balaam saw4 that it pleased 2895 1 the LORD to bless15 Israel, he went1 not, as at other times, 6471 to seek2 for enchantments, but he set4 his face toward the wilderness.

2

And Balaam lifted up4 his eyes, and he saw4 Israel abiding6 [in his tents] according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him.

3

And he took up4 his parable, and said,4 Balaam the son of Beor hath said,7 and the man whose eyes are open7 hath said:7

4

He hath said,7 which heard6 the words of God, which saw4 the vision of the Almighty, falling6 [into a trance], but having his eyes open:7

5

How goodly1 are thy tents, O Jacob, [and] thy tabernacles, O Israel!

6

As the valleys are they spread forth,8 as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted,1 [and] as cedar trees beside the waters.

7

He shall pour4 the water out of his buckets, and his seed [shall be] in many waters, and his king shall be higher4 than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.101

8

God brought him forth56 out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat4 up the nations his enemies, and shall break17 their bones, and pierce4 [them] through with his arrows.

9

He couched,1 he lay down1 as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up?55 Blessed7 [is] he that blesseth18 thee, and cursed7 [is] he that curseth6 thee.

10

And Balak's anger was kindled4 against Balaam, and he smote4 his hands together: and Balak said4 unto Balaam, I called1 thee to curse2 mine enemies,6 and, behold, thou hast altogether15 blessed14 [them] these three times.

11

Therefore now flee3 thou to thy place: I thought1 to promote thee unto great15 honour;17 but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back1 from honour.

12

And Balaam said4 unto Balak, Spake14 I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest1 unto me, saying,2

13

If Balak would give4 me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot 3201 4 go beyond2 the commandment of the LORD, to do2 [either] good or bad of mine own mind; [but] what the LORD saith,17 that will I speak?17

14

And now, behold, I go6 unto my people: come3 [therefore, and] I will advertise4 thee what this people shall do4 to thy people in the latter days.

15

And he took up4 his parable, and said,4 Balaam the son of Beor hath said,7 and the man whose eyes are open7 hath said:7

16

He hath said,7 which heard6 the words of God, and knew6 the knowledge of the most High, [which] saw4 the vision of the Almighty, falling6 [into a trance], but having his eyes open:7

17

I shall see4 him, but not now: I shall behold4 him, but not nigh: there shall come1 a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise1 out of Israel, and shall smite1 the corners of Moab, and destroy43 all the children of Sheth. 8351

18

And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies;6 and Israel shall do6 valiantly.

19

Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion,4 and shall destroy52 him that remaineth of the city.

20

And when he looked4 on Amalek, he took up4 his parable, and said,4 Amalek [was] the first of the nations; but his latter end [shall be] that he perish for ever.

21

And he looked4 on the Kenites, and took up4 his parable, and said,4 Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest3 thy nest in a rock.

22

Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted,15 until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.4

23

And he took up4 his parable, and said,4 Alas, who shall live4 when God doeth2 this!

24

And ships [shall come] from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict14 Asshur, and shall afflict14 Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.

25

And Balaam rose up,4 and went4 and returned4 to his place: and Balak also went1 his way.

Numbers 25