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So Moab was afraid of the people, because they were so numerous. Moab was terrified because of the Israelites. Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this assembly will eat up everything around us, just as cattle eat up the grass in the field.”

Balak son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time. He sent messengers to summon Balaam, the son of Beor, from Pethor by the Euphrates River, in the land of his own people.[a]

He said, “Look, a people came out of Egypt. They cover the surface of the land, and they are settling right across from me.

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  1. Numbers 22:5 Or in the land of Amaw