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Balaam is sent for by Balak. CHAP. XXII. His ass speaks to him. was distressed because of the children of| 19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarty ye Israel.

also here this night, that I may know 4 And Moab said unto the elders of Mi- what the LORD will say unto me more. dian, Now shall this company lick up all that 20 And God came unto Balaam at night, are round about us, as the ox licketh up the and said unto him, If the men come to call grass of the field. And Balak the son of thee, rise up, and go with them ; but yet Zipporwas king of the Moabites at that time. the word which I shall say unto thee, that

5 He sent messengers therefore unto sbalt thou do. Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which 21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, is by the river of the land of the children and saddled his ass, and went with the of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, princes of Moab. there is a people come out from Egypt: 22 | And God's anger was kindled be behold, they cover the face of the earth, cause he went : and the angel of the LORD and they abide over against me: stood in the way for an adversary against

6 Come now therefore, I pray thee, him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and Curse me this people; for they are too his two servants were with him. mighty for me : peradventure I shall pre- 23 And the ass saw the angel of the vail, that we may smite them, and that I LORD standing in the way, and his sword may drive thein out of the land: for I wot drawn in his hand: and the ass turned that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and aside out of the way, and went into the be whom thou cursest is cursed.

field : and Balaam smote the ass, to turn 7 And the elders of Moab and the elders her into the way. of Midian departed with the rewards of 24 But the angel of the Lord stood in divination in their hand; and they came a path of the vineyards, a wall being on unto Balaam, and spake unto him the this side, and a wall on that side. words of Balak.

25 And when the ass saw the angel of 8 And he said unto them, Lodge here the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, this night, and I will bring you word again, and crushed Balaam's foot against the as the LORD shall speak unto me: and the wall: and he smote her again. princes of Moab alode with Balaam. 26 And the angel of the Lord went

9 And God came unto Balaam, and further, and stood in a narrow place, where said, What men are these with thee? was no way to turn either to the right hand

10 And Balaam said unto God, Balak or to the left. the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath 27 And when the ass saw the angel of sent unto me, saying,

the Lord, she fell down under Balaam : 11 Behold, there is a people come out and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he of Egypt, which covereth the face of the smote the ass with a staff. earth: come now, curse me them; perad- 28 And the LORD opened the mouth of venture I shall be able to overcome them, the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What and drive them out.

have I done unto thee, that thou hast smit, 12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou ten me these three times ? shalt not go with them ; thou shalt not 29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Be. curse the people: for they are blessed. cause thou hast mocked me: I would

13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, there were a sword in my hand, for now and said unto the princes of Balak, Get would I kill thee. you into your land: for the Lord refuseth 30 And the ass said unto Balaam, An to give me leave to go with u.

not I thine ass, upon which thou hast rid14 And the princes of Moab rose up, den ever since I was thine unto this day? and they went unto Balak, and said, Ba-was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And laam refuseth to come with us.

he said, Nay. 15 | And Balak seni yet again prince3, 31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of more, and more honourable than they. Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD

16 And they came to Balaam, and said standing in the way, and his sword drawn to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zip- in his hand : and he bowed down his head, por, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee and fell Alat on his face. from coming unto me:

32 And the angel of the LORD said unto 17 For I will promote thee unto very him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine great honour, and I will do whatsoever ass these three times? behold, I went out thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I to withstand because thy way is perpray thee, curse me this people.

verse before me: 18 And Balaam answered and said unto 33 And the ass saw me, and turned the servants of Balak, If Balak would give from me these three times : unless she had me his house full of silver and gold, I can- turned from me, surely now also I had not go beyond the word of the LORD my slain thee, and saved her alive. God, to do less or more.

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Balaam's parables the Lord, I have sinned; for I knew not the people shall dwell alone, and shall no that thou stoodest in the way against me: be reckoned among the nations. now therefore, if it displease thee, I will 10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, get me back again.

and the number of the fourth part of Is35 And the angel of the LORD said unto rael ? Let me die the death of the rightBalaam, Go with the men: but only the eous, and let my last end be like his ! word that I shall speak unto thee, that 11 And Balak said unto Balaain, What thou shalt speak: so Balaam went with hast thou done unto me? I took thee to the princes of Balak.

curse mine enemies, and behold, thou hast 36 And when Balak heard that Ba- blessed them altogether. laam was come, he went out to meet him 12 And he answered and said, Must I urto a city of Moab, which is in the border not take heed to speak that which the of Arnon, which is in the utmost coast. Lord hath put in my mouth?

37 | And Balak said unto Balaam, Did 13 And Balak said unto him, Come, I I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? pray thee, with me unto another place, wherefore camest thou not unto me? am Ifrom whence thou mayest see them: thou not able indeed to promote thee to ho- sbalt see but the utmost part of them, and

shalt not see them all: and curse me them 38 And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, 1 from thence. am come unto thee: have I now any 14 | And he brought him into the field power at all to say any thing the word of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I seven altars, and offered a bullock and a speak.

ram on every altar. 39 And Balaam went with Balak, and 15 And he said unto Balak, Stand bere they came unto Kirjath-buzoth. by thy burnt-offering, while I meet the

40 And Balak offered oxen and sheep, LORD yonder. and sent to Balaam, and to the princes 16 And the LORD met Balaam, and put that were with him.

a word in bis mouth, and said, Go again 41 And it came to pass on the morrow, unto Balak, and say thus. that Balak took Balaam, and brought him 17 And when he came to him, bebold, up into the high places of Baal, that he stood by his burnt-offering, and the thence he might see the utmost part of the princes of Moab with him. And Balak people.

said unto him, What hath the Lord spoken! CHAP. XXIII.

18 And he took up his parable, and ND Balaam said unto Balak, Build said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken me here seven oxen and seven rams. 19 God is not a man, that he should lie;

2 And Balak did as_Balaam had spo- neither the son of man, that he should re. ken; and Balak and Balaam offered on pent: hath he said, and shall he not do every altar a bullock and a ram,

it? or bath he spoken, and shall be not 3 And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand make it good ? by thy burnt-offering, and I will go : per- 20 Behold, I have received commandadventure the LORD will come to meet ment to bless: and he hath blessed, and I me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I will cannot reverse it. tell thee. And he went to a high place, 21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Ja.

4 And God met Balaam: and he said cob, neither hath he seen perverseness in unto him, I have prepared seven altars, Israel : the LORD his God is with him, and and I have offered upon every altar a bul- the shout of a king is among them. lock and a ram.

22 God brought them out of Egypt; he 5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam's bath as it were the strength of a unicorn. mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and 23 Surely there is no enchantment thus thou shalt speak.

against Jacob, neither is there any divina6 And he returned unto him, and lo, be tion against Israel: according to this time stood by his burnt-sacrifice, he, and all the it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, princes of Moab.

What hath God wrought! ? And he took up bis parable, and said, 24 Behold, the people shall rise up as Balak the king of Moab hath brought in a great lion, and lift up himself as a young from Aram, out of the mountains of the lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and the prey, and drink the blood of the slain. come, defy Ísrael.

25 T And Balak said unto Balaam, Nei8 How shall I curse, whom God hath ther curse them at all, nor bless them at all. nol cursed ? or how shall I defy, whoin the 26 But Balaam answered and said unLORD hath not defied !

to Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All thal 9 For from the top of the rocks I see the Lord speaketh, that I inust do? bion and from the hills i behold him : lo, 27 | And Balak said unto Balaam.

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