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How can I curse whom God has not cursed?
    How can I denounce those whom the Lord has not denounced?

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12 God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.”

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12 Stand fast in your enchantments
    and your many sorceries,
    with which you have labored from your youth;
perhaps you may be able to succeed,
    perhaps you may inspire terror.
13 You are wearied with your many consultations;
    let those who study[a] the heavens
stand up and save you,
    those who gaze at the stars,
and at each new moon predict
    what[b] shall befall you.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 47:13 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  2. Isaiah 47:13 Gk Syr Compare Vg: Heb from what

25 who frustrates the omens of liars,
    and makes fools of diviners;
who turns back the wise,
    and makes their knowledge foolish;

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23 Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob,
    no divination against Israel;
now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel,
    ‘See what God has done!’

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20 See, I received a command to bless;
    he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.

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