Balaam’s First Message

23 Balaam said, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams(A) for me.” Balak did as Balaam said, and the two of them offered a bull and a ram on each altar.(B)

Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here beside your offering while I go aside. Perhaps the Lord will come to meet with me.(C) Whatever he reveals to me I will tell you.” Then he went off to a barren height.

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When Balak son of Zippor,(A) the king of Moab, prepared to fight against Israel, he sent for Balaam son of Beor(B) to put a curse on you.(C)

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25 Are you any better than Balak son of Zippor,(A) king of Moab? Did he ever quarrel with Israel or fight with them?(B)

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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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14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you:(A) There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam,(B) who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols(C) and committed sexual immorality.(D)

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