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nave ye brought us up out of Egypt 19 And from Mattanah to Nahaliel; to die in the wilderness? for there is and from Nahaliel to Bamoth; no bread, neither is there any water; 20 And from Bamoth in the valley, and our soul loatheth this light bread. that is in the country of Moab, to the

6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents top of Pisgah, which looketh toward among the people, and they bit the Jeshimon. people; and much people of Israel 21 And Israel sent messengers unto died.

Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, 7 Therefore the people came to Mo- 22 Let me pass through thy land; ses, and said, We have sinned, for we we will not turn into the fields, or have spoken against the Lord, and into the vineyards; we will not drink against thee; pray unto the Lord, of the waters of the well; but we will that he take away the serpents from go along by the king's high way, unus. And Moses prayed for

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til we be past thy borders. people.

23 And Sihon would not suffer Is8 And the Lord said unto Moses, rael to pass through his border; but Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it Sihon gathered all his people together, upon a pole ; and it shall come to and went out against Israel into the pass, that every one that is bitten, wilderness; and he came to Jahaz, when he looketh upon it, shall live. and fought against Israel.

9 And Moses made a serpent of 24 And Israel smote him with the brass, and put it upon a pole; and it edge of the sword, and possessed his came to pass, that if a serpent had land from Arnon unto Jabbok, even bitten any man, when he beheld the unto the children of Ammon; for the serpent of brass, he lived.

border of the children of Ammon was 10 And the children of Israel set strong. forward, and pitched in Ohoth. 25 And Israel took all these cities;

11 And they journeyed from Ohoth, and Israel dwelt in all the cities of and pitched at Ije-abarim, in the wild the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all derness which is before Moab, toward the villages thereof. the sunrising

26 For Heshhon was the city of Si12 From thence they removed, and hon the king of the Amorites, who pitched in the valley of Zared. had fought against the former king 13 From thence they removed and of Moab, and taken all his land out pitched on the other side of Arnon, of his band, even unto Arnon. which is in the wilderness that com- 27 Wherefore they that speak in eth out of the coasts of the Amorites; proverbs say, Come into Heshbon, for Arnon is the border of Moab, be- let the city of Sihon be built and tween Moab and the Amorites. prepared ;

14 Wherefore is it said in the book 28 For there is a fire gone out of of the wars of the Lord, What he did Heshbon, a flame from the city of in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Sihon; it hath consumed Ar of Moab, Arnon,

and the lords of the high places of 15 And at the stream of the brooks Arnon. that goeth down to the dwelling of 29 Woe to thee, Moab! thou art Ar, and lieth upon the border of undone, 0 people of Chemosh; he Moab.

hath given his sons that escaped, and 16 And from thence they went to his daughters, into captivity unto Beer; that is the well whereof the Sihon king of the Amorites. Lord spake unto Moses, Gather the 30 We have shot at them; Heshbon people together, and I will give them is perished even unto Dibon, and we water.

have laid them waste even unto No17 Then Israel sang this song, pbah, which reacheth unto Medeba. Spring up, 0 well; sing ye unto it; 31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of

18 The princes digged the well, the the Amorites. nobles of the people digged it, by the 32 And Moses sent to spy out Jasdirection of the lawgiver, with their zer, and they took the villages therestaves. And from the wilderness they of, and drove out the Amorites that went to Mattanah;

were there.

33 And they turned and went up by word again, as the Lord shall speak the way of Basban; and Og the king unto me; and the princes of Moab of Bashan went out against them, he, abode with Balaam. and all his people, to the battle at 9 And God came unto Balaam, and Edrei.

said, What men are these with thee? 34 And the Lord said unto Moses, 10 And Balaam said unto God, Fear bim not; for I bave delivered Balak the son of Zippor, king of him into thy hand, and all his peo- Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, ple, and his land ; and thou shalt do 11 Behold, there is a people come to him as thou didst unto Sihon king out of Egypt, which covereth the of the Amorites, which dwelt at Hesh- face of the earth ; come now, curse bon.

me them; peradventure I shall be 35 So they smote him, and his sons, able to overcome them, and drive and all his people, until there was them out. pone left him alive; and they pos- 12 And God said unto Balaam, sessed his land.

Thou shalt not go with them; thou CHAPTER XXII.

shalt not curse the people; for they Balak desireth Balaam In curse Israel-An

are blessed. angel opweeth Bulaam.

13 And Balaam rose up in the ND the children of Israel set for- morning, and said unto the princes

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of Moab on this side Jordan by for the Lord refuseth to give me Jericho.

leave to go with you. 2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw 14 And the princes of Moab rose all that Israel bad done to the Amor- up, and they went unto Balak, and ites.

said, Balaam refuseth to come with 3 And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many ;

and 15 And Balak sent yet again Moab was distressed because of the princes, more, and more honourable children of Israel.

than they. 4 And Moab said unto the elders of 16 And they came to Balaam, and Midian, Now shall this company lick said to him, Thus saith Balak the son up all that are round about us, as the of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, oi lieketh up the grass of the field. hinder thee from coming unto me; And Balak the son of Zippor was 17 For I will promote thee unto king of the Moabites at that time. very great honour, and I will do

5 He sent messengers therefore unto whatsoever thou_sayest unto me; Balaain the son of Beor to Pethor, come therefore, I pray thee, curse which is by the river of the land of me this people. the children of his people, to call 18 And Balaam answered and said bim, saying, Bebold, there is a peo- unto the servants of Balak, If Baple come out from Egypt; behold, lak would give me his house full of theç cover the face of the earth, and silver and gold, I cannot go beyond they abide over against me;

the word of the Lord my God, to do 6 Cume now therefore, I pray thee, less or more. eurre me this people ; for they are 19 Now therefore, I pray you, tartoo nighty for ine; peradventure I ry ye also here this niglit, that I may eball prevail, that we may smite know what the Lord will them, and that I may drive them out of tbe land; for I know that he whom 20 And God came unto Balaam at thou blessest is blessed, and he whom night, and said unto him, If the men tbou cursest is cursed.

come to call thee, rise up, if thou 7 And the elders of Moab and the wilt go with them ; but yet the word elders of Midian departed with the which I shall say unto thee, shalt rewards of divination in their hand; thou speak. and tbey came unto Balaam, and 21 And Balaam rose up in the spake unto him the words of Balak. morning, and saddled his ass, and

& Aud he said unto them, Lodge went with the princes of Moab. here this night, and I will bring you 22 And God's anger was kindled

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because he went; and the angel of | also I had slain thee, and saved her the Lord stood in the way for an alive. adversary against him. Now he was 34 And Balaam said unto the anriding upon his ass, and his two ser- gel of the Lord, I have sinned; for I vants were with him.

knew not that thou stoodest in the 23 And the ass saw the angel of the way against me; now therefore, if Lord standing in the way, and his it displease thee, I will get me back sword drawn in his hand; and the again. ass turned aside out of the way, and 35 And the angel of the Lord said went into the field; and Balaam unto Balaam, Go with the men ; but sinote the ass, to turn her into the only the word that I shall speak un. way.

to thee, that thou shalt speak. So 24 But the angel of the Lord stood Balaam went with the princes of in a path of the vineyards,

wall be- Balak. ing on this side, and a wall on that 36 And when Balak heard that B&side.

laam was come, he went out to meet 25 And when the ass saw the an- him unto a city of Moab, which is in gel of the Lord, she thrust herself the border of Arnon, which is in the unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's utmost coast. foot against the wall; and he smote 37 And Balak said unto Balaan, her again.

Did I not earnestly send unto thee 26 And the angel of the Lord went to call thee? wherefore camest thou further, and stood in a narrow place, not unto me? am I not able indeed where was no way to turn either to to promote thee to honour ? the right hand or to the left,

38 And Balaam said unto Balak, 27 And when the ass saw the angel Lo, I am come unto thee; have I now of the Lord, she fell down under Ba- any power at all to say anything? laam; and Balaam's anger was kin the word that God putteth in my dled, and he smote the ass with a mouth, that shall I speak. staff.

39 And Balaam went with Balak, 28 And the Lord opened the mouth and they came unto Kirjath-huzoth. of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, 40 And Balak offered oxen and What have I done unto thee, that sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to thou hast smitten me these three the princes that were with him. times?

41 And it came to pass on the mor29 And Balaam said unto the ass. row, that Balak took Balaam, and Because thou hast mocked me; I brought him up into the high places would there were a sword in mine of Baal, that thence he might see the band, for now would I kill thee. atmost part of the people. 30 And the ass said unto Balaam,

CILAPTER XXIII. Am not I thine ass, upon which thou Baluk's sacrifice-Balaam' parable. hast ridden ever since I was thine ND Balaan said unto Balak, unto this day? was I ever wont to do Build me here seven altars, so unto thee? And he said, Nay. and prepare me here seven oxen and

31. Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of 2 And Balak did as Balaam bad the Lord standing in the way, and spoken; and Balak and Balaam ofhis sword drawn in his hand; and fered on every altar a bullock and a he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

3 And Balaam said unto Balak, 32 And the angel of the Lord said Stand by thy burnt offering, and I unto him, Wherefore bast thou smit- will go; peraulventure the Lord will ten thine ass these three times? De- come to meet me; and whatsoever hold, I went out to withstand thee, he showeth me I will tell thee. And because thy way is perverse before he went to a high place.

4 And God met Balaam; and he 33 And the ass saw me, and turned said unto him, I have prepared seven from me these three times; unless altars, and I have offered upon every she had turned from me, surely now

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5 And the Lord put a word in Ba- | should repent; hath he said, and shall laam's mouth, and said, Return unto he not do it? or bath ne opoken, and Balak, and thus thou shalt speak. shall he not make it good ?

6 And he returned unto him, and, 20 Behold, I have received comlo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, mandment to bless; and he hath bless. and all the princes of Moab.

ed; and I cannot reverse it. 7 And be took up his parable, and 21 He hath not beheld iniquity in said, Balak the king of Moab hath Jacob, neither hath he seen perversebrought me from Aram, out of the ness in Israel; the Lord his God is mountains of the east, saying, Come, with him, and the shout of a king is curse me Jacob, and come, defy Is- among them. rael

22 God brought them out of Egypt; 8 How shall I curse, whom God he bath as it were the strength of a bath not cursed ? or how shall I defy, unicorn. whom the Lord hath not defied ? 23 Surely there is no enchantment

9 For from the top of the rocks I against Jacob, neither is there any disee him, and from the hills I behold vination against Israel; according to him; lo, the people shall dwell alone, this time it shall be said of Jacob and and shall not be reckoned among the of Israel, What hath God wrought! nations,

24 Behold, the people shall rise up 10 Who can count the dust of Ja- as a great lion, and lift up himself as cob, and the number of the fourth a young lion; he shall not lie down part of Israel? Let me die the death until he eat of the prey, and drink of the righteous, and let my last end the blood of the slain. be like his!

25 And Balak said unto Balaam, 11 And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless What hast thou done unto me? I them at all. took thee to curse mine enemies, 26 But Balaam answered and said and, behold, thou hast blessed them unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, altogether.

All that the Lord speaketh, that I 12 And he answered and said, Must must do ? I not take heed to speak that which 27 And Balak said unto Balaam, the Lord bath put in my mouth? Come, I pray thee, I will bring theo

13 And Balak said unto him, Come, unto another place; peradventure it I pray thee, with me unto another will please God that thou mayest curse place, from whence thou mayest see me them from thence. them; thou shalt see but the utmost 28 And Balak brought Balaam unto part of them, and shalt not see them the top of Poor, that looketh toward all; and curse me them from thence. Jeshimon.

14 And he brought him into the 29 And Balaam said unto Balak, feld of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, Build me here seven altars, and preand built seven altars, and offered a pare me here seven bullocks and sevbullock and a ram on every altar.

15 And he said unto Balak, Stand 30 And Balak did as Balaam had here by thy burnt offering, while I said, and offered a bullock and a ram meet the Lord yonder.

on every altar. 16 And the Lord met Balaam, and

CHAPTER XXIV. put a word in his mouth, and said, Baluam prophesieth-Bulak dismisseth him Go again unto Balak, and say thus.

-Star of Jacob.

saw hold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. he went not, as at other times, to seek And Balak said unto him, What hath for enchantments, but he set his face the Lord spoken?

toward the wilderness. 18 And he took up his parable, and

2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; heark- and he saw Israel abiding in his tents en unto me, thou son of Zippor; according to their tribes; and the 19 God is not a man, that he should Spirit of God came upon him. lie; neither the son of man, that he 3 And he took up his parable, and

en rams.

17 And when he came to him, he: A pleased the Lord to bless Israel,

said, Balaam the son of Beor hath , ledge of the Most High, which saw the Baid, and the man whose eyes are open vision of the Almighty, falling into a bath said;

trance, but having his eyes open ; 4 He hath said, which heard the 17 I shall see him, but not now; I words of God, which saw the vision shall behold him, but not nigh; there of the Almighty, falling into a trance, shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a but having his eyes open ;

Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and 5 How goodly are thy tents, 0 Ja- shall smite the corners of Moab, and cob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel ! destroy all the children of Shetb.

6 As the valleys are they spread 18 And Edom shall be a possession, forth, as gardens by the river's side, Seir also shall be a possession for his as the trees of lignaloes which the enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly, Lord bath planted, and as cedar trees 19 Out of Jacob shall come he that beside the waters.

sball have dominion, and shall de7 He shall pour the water out of his stroy him that remaineth of the city, buckets, and his seed shall be in many 20. And when he looked on Amalek, waters, and his king shall be higher he took up his parable, and said, than Agag, and his kingdom shall be Amalek was the first of the nations; exalted.

but his latter end shall be that he 8 God brought him forth out of perish for ever. Egypt; he hath as it were the strength 21 And he looked on the Kenites, of a unicorn ; he shall eat up the na- and took up his parable, and said, tions his enemies, and shall break Strong is thy dwelling-place, and thou their bones, and pierce them through puttest thy nest in a rock. with his arrows.

22 Nevertheless the kenite shall be 9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee and as a great lion; who shall stir away captive. him up? Blessed is he that blesseth 23 And he took up his parable, and thee, and cursed is he that curseth said, Alas, who shall live when God thee.

doeth this! 10 And Balak's anger was kindled 24 And ships shall come from the against Balaam, and he smote his coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Ashands together; and Balak said unto shur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also Balaam, I called thee to curse mine shall perish for ever. enemies, and, behold, thou hast alto- 25 And Balaam rose up, and went gether blessed them these three times. and returned to his place; and Balak 11 Therefore now flee thou to thy also went his way. place; I thought to promote thee unto

CHAPTER XXV. great honour; but, lo, the Lord bath

Israel commit whoredom and idolatry kept thee back from honour.

Phinehas killeth Zimri and Cozbi.- The 12 And Balaam said unto Balak, Midianites are to be vered. Spake I not also to thy messengers A

ND Israel abode in Shittim, and which thou sentest unto me, saying, the people began to commit

13 If Balak would give me his house whoredom with the daughters of full of silver and gold, I cannot go Moab. beyond the commandment of the Lord, 2 And they called the people unto to do either good or bad of mine own the sacrifices of their gods; and the mind; but what the Lord saith, that people did eat, and bowed down to will I speak?

their gods. 14 And now, behold, I go unto my 3 And Israel joined himself unto people; come therefore, and I will Baal-peor; and the anger of the Lord adrertise thee what this people shall was kindled against Israel. do to thy people in the latter days. 4 And the Lord said unto Moses,

15 And he took up his parable, and Take all the heads of the people, said, Balaam the son of Beor, hath and hang them up before the Lord said, and the man whose eyes are open against the sun, that the fierce anger hath said ;

of the Lord may be turned away from 16 He hath said, which heard the Israel. words of God, and knew the know- 5 And Moses said unto the judges

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