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And he brought him into the field of Zophim,* to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder.

And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus.

And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and
the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the
LORD spoken?
And he took up his parable, and said,

Rise up, Balak, and hear;
Hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor :
God is not a man, that he should lie ;
Neither the son of man, that he should repent :t
Hath he said, and shall he not do it?
Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good
Behold, I have received commandment to bless :
And he hath blessed ; and I cannot reverse it,
He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob,
Neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel :
The LORD his God is with him,
And the shout of a king is among them.
God brought them out of Egypt :
He hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. I
Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob,
Neither is there any divination against Israel :
According to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What

hath God wrought !
Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion,
And lift up himself as a young lion :
He shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood

of the slain, And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.

But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do ?

And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence.

* The watchmen.

Change his mind.

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BALAAM'S THIRD PROPHECY.

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LESSON LXIII.

BALAAM'S THIRD PROPHECY.

B.C. 1452.-NUM. xxiii. 28—30 ; xxiv. 1-9. And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh towards Jeshimon. *

And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.

And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.

And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him. And he took up his parable, and said,

Balaam the son of Beor hath said,
And the man whose eyes are open hath said :
He hath said, which heard the words of God,
Which saw the vision of the Almighty,
Falling into a trance, but having his eyes open :
How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob,
And thy tabernacles, O Israel !
As the valleys are they spread forth,
As gardens by the river's side,
As the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted,
And as cedar trees beside the waters.
He shall pour the water out of his buckets,
And his seed shall be in many waters,
And his king shall be higher than Agag,
And his kingdom shall be exalted.
God brought him forth out of Egypt;
He hath as it were the strength of an unicorn :
He shall eat up the nations his enemies,
And shall break their bones,
And pierce them through with his arrows.
He couched, he lay down as a lion,
And as a great lion:
Who shall stir him up?
Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.

* The wilderness.

LESSON LXIV.
THE STAR OF JACOB.
B.C. 1452.-NUM. xxiv. 10—25.

And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times.

Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee to great honour; but, lo, the Lord háth kept thee back from honour.

And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying,

If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak?

And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise* thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days. And he took up his parable, and said,

Balaam the son of Beor hath said,
And the man whose eyes are open hath said :
He hath said, which heard the words of God,
And knew the knowledge of the Most High,
Which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance,
But having his eyes open :
I shall see him, but not now:
I shall behold him, but not nigh:
There shall come a Star out of Jacob,
And a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel,
And shall smite the corners of Moab,
And destroy all the children of Sheth.
And Edom shall be a possession,
Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies;
And Israel shall do valiantly.
Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion,

And shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.
And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said,

Amalek was the first of the nations;

But his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.
And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said,

Strong is thy dwellingplace,
And thou puttest thy nest in a rock.
Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted,
Until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.

* Warn.

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THE COUNSEL OF BALAAM.

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And he took up his parašle, and said,

Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!
And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim,
And shall afflict Asshur,
And shall afflict Eber,

And he also shall perish for ever. Ad Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.

LESSON LXV.
THE COUNSEL OF BAL A A M.

NUM. xxv. 9–18; xxxi. 1-12.

And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.

Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace:

And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.

Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, even that was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites.

And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head over a people, and of a chief house in Midian.

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Vex the Midianites, and smite them :

For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague, for Peor's sake.

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.

And Moses spake unto the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves unto the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge the LORD of Midian.

Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war.

So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.

And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand of every tribe, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy instruments, and the trumpets to blow in his hand.

And they warred against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses; and they slew all the males.

And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.

And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods.

And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire.

And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts.

And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by Jordan near Jericho.

LESSON LXVI.

THE APPOINTMENT OF JOSHUA.

B.C. 1452.-NUM. xxvii. 12--23.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, * and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel.

And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered.

For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.

And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying,

Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;

And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.

And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

* The further mountain.

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