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Numbers 24:2-7 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and saw Israel encamping tribe by tribe. And the Spirit of God came upon him, and he took up his discourse, and said,

“The oracle of Balaam the son of Be′or,
    the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,[a]
the oracle of him who hears the words of God,
    who sees the vision of the Almighty,
    falling down, but having his eyes uncovered:
How fair are your tents, O Jacob,
    your encampments, O Israel!
Like valleys that stretch afar,
    like gardens beside a river,
like aloes that the Lord has planted,
    like cedar trees beside the waters.
Water shall flow from his buckets,
    and his seed shall be in many waters,
his king shall be higher than Agag,
    and his kingdom shall be exalted.

Footnotes:

  1. Numbers 24:3 Or closed or perfect
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Numbers 24:15-17 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

15 And he took up his discourse, and said,

“The oracle of Balaam the son of Be′or,
    the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,[a]
16 the oracle of him who hears the words of God,
    and knows the knowledge of the Most High,
who sees the vision of the Almighty,
    falling down, but having his eyes uncovered:
17 I see him, but not now;
    I behold him, but not nigh:
a star shall come forth out of Jacob,
    and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;
it shall crush the forehead[b] of Moab,
    and break down all the sons of Sheth.

Footnotes:

  1. Numbers 24:15 Or closed or perfect
  2. Numbers 24:17 Heb corners (of the head)
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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