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16 the oracle of one who hears the words of God,
    and knows the knowledge of the Most High,[a]
who sees the vision of the Almighty,[b]
    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[c] of Moab,
    and the territory[d] of all the Shethites.
18 Edom will become a possession,
    Seir a possession of its enemies,[e]
    while Israel does valiantly.

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

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