Balaam’s Fourth Message

15 Then he spoke his message:

“The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor,
    the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,
16 the prophecy of one who hears the words(A) of God,
    who has knowledge from the Most High,(B)
who sees a vision from the Almighty,
    who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

17 “I see him, but not now;
    I behold him, but not near.(C)
A star will come out of Jacob;(D)
    a scepter will rise out of Israel.(E)
He will crush the foreheads of Moab,(F)
    the skulls[a](G) of[b] all the people of Sheth.[c]
18 Edom(H) will be conquered;
    Seir,(I) his enemy, will be conquered,(J)
    but Israel(K) will grow strong.
19 A ruler will come out of Jacob(L)
    and destroy the survivors of the city.”

Balaam’s Fifth Message

20 Then Balaam saw Amalek(M) and spoke his message:

“Amalek was first among the nations,
    but their end will be utter destruction.”(N)

Balaam’s Sixth Message

21 Then he saw the Kenites(O) and spoke his message:

“Your dwelling place is secure,(P)
    your nest is set in a rock;
22 yet you Kenites will be destroyed
    when Ashur(Q) takes you captive.”

Balaam’s Seventh Message

23 Then he spoke his message:

“Alas! Who can live when God does this?[d]
24     Ships will come from the shores of Cyprus;(R)
they will subdue Ashur(S) and Eber,(T)
    but they too will come to ruin.(U)

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  1. Numbers 24:17 Samaritan Pentateuch (see also Jer. 48:45); the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.
  2. Numbers 24:17 Or possibly Moab, / batter
  3. Numbers 24:17 Or all the noisy boasters
  4. Numbers 24:23 Masoretic Text; with a different word division of the Hebrew The people from the islands will gather from the north.

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