And he replied, “Rise up, Balak, and hear: Listen to me, you son of Zippor. God is not a man, that he should lie; He doesn’t change his mind like humans do. Has he ever promised, Without doing what he said? Look! I have received a command to bless them, For God has blessed them, And I cannot reverse it! He has not seen sin in Jacob. He will not trouble Israel! Jehovah their God is with them. He is their king! God has brought them out of Egypt. Israel has the strength of a wild ox. No curse can be placed on Jacob, And no magic shall be done against him. For now it shall be said of Israel, ‘What wonders God has done for them!’ These people rise up as a lion; They shall not lie down Until they have eaten what they capture And have drunk the blood of the slain!”
Balaam returned and found him stationed beside his Whole-Burnt-Offering and the nobles of Moab with him. Balak said to him, “What did God say?” Then Balaam spoke his message-oracle: On your feet, Balak. Listen, listen carefully son of Zippor: God is not man, one given to lies, and not a son of man changing his mind. Does he speak and not do what he says? Does he promise and not come through? I was brought here to bless; and now he’s blessed—how can I change that? He has no bone to pick with Jacob, he sees nothing wrong with Israel. God is with them, and they’re with him, shouting praises to their King. God brought them out of Egypt, rampaging like a wild ox. No magic spells can bind Jacob, no incantations can hold back Israel. People will look at Jacob and Israel and say, “What a great thing has God done!” Look, a people rising to its feet, stretching like a lion, a king-of-the-beasts, aroused, Unsleeping, unresting until its hunt is over and it’s eaten and drunk its fill.
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