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and he uttered his oracle, saying,

“The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,
    the oracle of the man whose eye is clear,[a](A)
the oracle of one who hears the words of God,
    who sees the vision of the Almighty,[b]
    who falls down but with eyes uncovered:(B)
How fair are your tents, O Jacob,
    your encampments, O Israel!
Like palm groves that stretch far away,
    like gardens beside a river,
like aloes that the Lord has planted,
    like cedar trees beside the waters.(C)
Water shall flow from his buckets,
    and his seed shall have abundant water;
his king shall be higher than Agag,
    and his kingdom shall be exalted.(D)
God, who brings him out of Egypt,
    is like the horns of a wild ox for him;
he shall devour the nations that are his foes
    and break their bones.
    He shall strike with his arrows.[c](E)
He crouched; he lay down like a lion
    and like a lioness; who will rouse him up?
Blessed is everyone who blesses you,
    and cursed is everyone who curses you.”(F)

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  1. 24.3 Or closed or open
  2. 24.4 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  3. 24.8 Meaning of Heb uncertain