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18 Balaam recited his poem:

Rise, Balak, and listen;
    give ear to my testimony, son of Zippor!
19 God is not a human being who speaks falsely,
    nor a mortal, who feels regret.
Is God one to speak and not act,
    to decree and not bring it to pass?
20 I was summoned to bless;
    I will bless; I cannot revoke it!

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