18 And Balaam took up his discourse and said,

“Rise, Balak, and hear;
    give ear to me, O son of Zippor:

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and he (A)took up his discourse and said,

“The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
    the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 24:3 Or closed, or perfect; also verse 15

Balaam's Final Oracle

15 (A)And he took up his discourse and said,

“The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
    the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,

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20 Then he looked on Amalek and (A)took up his discourse and said,

“Amalek was the first among the nations,
    (B)but its end is utter destruction.”

21 And he looked on the Kenite, and took up his discourse and said,

“Enduring is your dwelling place,
    and your nest is set in the rock.

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23 And he took up his discourse and said,

“Alas, who shall live when God does this?

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Job Continues: I Will Maintain My Integrity

27 And Job again (A)took up his discourse, and said:

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Job's Summary Defense

29 And Job again (A)took up his discourse, and said:

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I will incline my ear to (A)a proverb;
    I will solve my (B)riddle to the music of the lyre.

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(A)I will open my mouth (B)in a parable;
    I will utter dark sayings from of old,

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you will take up this (A)taunt against the king of Babylon:

“How the oppressor has ceased,
    (B)the insolent fury[a] ceased!

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 14:4 Dead Sea Scroll (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate); the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain

In that day (A)they shall take up a taunt song against you
    and moan bitterly,
and say, “We are utterly ruined;
    (B)he changes the portion of my people;
(C)how he removes it from me!
    (D)To an apostate he allots our fields.”

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27 Therefore the (A)ballad singers say,

“Come to (B)Heshbon, let it be built;
    let the city of Sihon be established.

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