17 “I see him, but not now;
    I behold him, but not near.(A)
A star will come out of Jacob;(B)
    a scepter will rise out of Israel.(C)
He will crush the foreheads of Moab,(D)
    the skulls[a](E) of[b] all the people of Sheth.[c]

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 24:17 Samaritan Pentateuch (see also Jer. 48:45); the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.
  2. Numbers 24:17 Or possibly Moab, / batter
  3. Numbers 24:17 Or all the noisy boasters

19 A ruler will come out of Jacob(A)
    and destroy the survivors of the city.”

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Israel Fights the Remaining Canaanites(A)

After the death(B) of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, “Who of us is to go up first(C) to fight against the Canaanites?(D)

The Lord answered, “Judah(E) shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.(F)

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18 The Israelites went up to Bethel[a](A) and inquired of God.(B) They said, “Who of us is to go up first(C) to fight(D) against the Benjamites?”

The Lord replied, “Judah(E) shall go first.”

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 20:18 Or to the house of God; also in verse 26

and though Judah(A) was the strongest of his brothers and a ruler(B) came from him, the rights of the firstborn(C) belonged to Joseph)—

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“Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me(A) from my whole family(B) to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah(C) as leader, and from the tribe of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel.(D)

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Gilead(A) is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim(B) is my helmet,
    Judah(C) is my scepter.(D)

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Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet,
    Judah(A) is my scepter.

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