18 Then he spoke his message:(A)

“Arise, Balak, and listen;
    hear me, son of Zippor.(B)
19 God is not human,(C) that he should lie,(D)
    not a human being, that he should change his mind.(E)
Does he speak and then not act?
    Does he promise(F) and not fulfill?
20 I have received a command to bless;(G)
    he has blessed,(H) and I cannot change it.(I)

21 “No misfortune is seen in Jacob,(J)
    no misery observed[a] in Israel.(K)
The Lord their God is with them;(L)
    the shout of the King(M) is among them.
22 God brought them out of Egypt;(N)
    they have the strength of a wild ox.(O)
23 There is no divination against[b] Jacob,
    no evil omens(P) against[c] Israel.
It will now be said of Jacob
    and of Israel, ‘See what God has done!’
24 The people rise like a lioness;(Q)
    they rouse themselves like a lion(R)
that does not rest till it devours its prey
    and drinks the blood(S) of its victims.”

Read full chapter


  1. Numbers 23:21 Or He has not looked on Jacob’s offenses / or on the wrongs found
  2. Numbers 23:23 Or in
  3. Numbers 23:23 Or in

Bible Gateway Recommends