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Numbers 24:15-19 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Balaam’s Fourth Oracle

15 So he uttered his oracle, saying:

“The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,
    the oracle of the man whose eye is clear,[a]
16 the oracle of one who hears the words of God,
    and knows the knowledge of the Most High,[b]
who sees the vision of the Almighty,[c]
    who falls down, but with his eyes uncovered:
17 I see him, but not now;
    I behold him, but not near—
a star shall come out of Jacob,
    and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;
it shall crush the borderlands[d] of Moab,
    and the territory[e] of all the Shethites.
18 Edom will become a possession,
    Seir a possession of its enemies,[f]
    while Israel does valiantly.
19 One out of Jacob shall rule,
    and destroy the survivors of Ir.”


  1. Numbers 24:15 Or closed or open
  2. Numbers 24:16 Or of Elyon
  3. Numbers 24:16 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  4. Numbers 24:17 Or forehead
  5. Numbers 24:17 Some Mss read skull
  6. Numbers 24:18 Heb Seir, its enemies, a possession
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