and he spoke his message:

“The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor,
    the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,(A)
the prophecy of one who hears the words of God,(B)
    who sees a vision from the Almighty,[a](C)
    who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

“How beautiful are your tents,(D) Jacob,
    your dwelling places, Israel!

“Like valleys they spread out,
    like gardens beside a river,(E)
like aloes(F) planted by the Lord,
    like cedars beside the waters.(G)
Water will flow from their buckets;
    their seed will have abundant water.

“Their king will be greater than Agag;(H)
    their kingdom will be exalted.(I)

“God brought them out of Egypt;
    they have the strength of a wild ox.
They devour hostile nations
    and break their bones in pieces;(J)
    with their arrows they pierce them.(K)
Like a lion they crouch and lie down,
    like a lioness(L)—who dares to rouse them?

“May those who bless you be blessed(M)
    and those who curse you be cursed!”(N)

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 24:4 Hebrew Shaddai; also in verse 16

Then Balaam(A) spoke his message:(B)

“Balak brought me from Aram,(C)
    the king of Moab from the eastern mountains.(D)
‘Come,’ he said, ‘curse Jacob for me;
    come, denounce Israel.’(E)
How can I curse
    those whom God has not cursed?(F)
How can I denounce
    those whom the Lord has not denounced?(G)
From the rocky peaks I see them,
    from the heights I view them.(H)
I see a people who live apart
    and do not consider themselves one of the nations.(I)
10 Who can count the dust of Jacob(J)
    or number even a fourth of Israel?
Let me die the death of the righteous,(K)
    and may my final end be like theirs!(L)

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18 Then he spoke his message:(A)

“Arise, Balak, and listen;
    hear me, son of Zippor.(B)
19 God is not human,(C) that he should lie,(D)
    not a human being, that he should change his mind.(E)
Does he speak and then not act?
    Does he promise(F) and not fulfill?
20 I have received a command to bless;(G)
    he has blessed,(H) and I cannot change it.(I)

21 “No misfortune is seen in Jacob,(J)
    no misery observed[a] in Israel.(K)
The Lord their God is with them;(L)
    the shout of the King(M) is among them.
22 God brought them out of Egypt;(N)
    they have the strength of a wild ox.(O)
23 There is no divination against[b] Jacob,
    no evil omens(P) against[c] Israel.
It will now be said of Jacob
    and of Israel, ‘See what God has done!’
24 The people rise like a lioness;(Q)
    they rouse themselves like a lion(R)
that does not rest till it devours its prey
    and drinks the blood(S) of its victims.”

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 23:21 Or He has not looked on Jacob’s offenses / or on the wrongs found
  2. Numbers 23:23 Or in
  3. Numbers 23:23 Or in