The elders of Moab and Midian left, taking with them the fee for divination.(A) When they came to Balaam, they told him what Balak had said.

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25 Then Balaam(A) got up and returned home, and Balak went his own way.

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Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba(A)—the five kings of Midian.(B) They also killed Balaam son of Beor(C) with the sword.(D)

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16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice(A) and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident,(B) so that a plague(C) struck the Lord’s people.

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For they did not come to meet you with bread and water(A) on your way when you came out of Egypt, and they hired Balaam(B) son of Beor from Pethor in Aram Naharaim[a](C) to pronounce a curse on you.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 23:4 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia

22 In addition to those slain in battle, the Israelites had put to the sword Balaam son of Beor,(A) who practiced divination.(B)

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because they had not met the Israelites with food and water but had hired Balaam(A) to call a curse down on them.(B) (Our God, however, turned the curse into a blessing.)(C)

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My people, remember
    what Balak(A) king of Moab plotted
    and what Balaam son of Beor answered.
Remember your journey from Shittim(B) to Gilgal,(C)
    that you may know the righteous acts(D) of the Lord.”

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15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam(A) son of Bezer,[a] who loved the wages of wickedness.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Peter 2:15 Greek Bosor

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