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Balaam’s Fourth Oracle

15 So he uttered his oracle, saying,

“The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,
    the oracle of the man whose eye is clear,[a]
16 the oracle of one who hears the words of God
    and knows the knowledge of the Most High,[b]
who sees the vision of the Almighty,[c]
    who falls down but with eyes uncovered:
17 I see him but not now;
    I behold him but not near—
a star shall come out of Jacob,
    and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;
it shall crush the foreheads[d] of Moab
    and the heads[e] of all the Shethites.(A)
18 Edom will become a possession,
    Seir a possession of its enemies,
    while Israel does valiantly.(B)
19 One out of Jacob shall rule
    and destroy the survivors of Ir.”(C)

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  1. 24.15 Or closed or open
  2. 24.16 Or of Elyon
  3. 24.16 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  4. 24.17 Or borderlands
  5. 24.17 Or territory