Numbers 23

VIN(i) 1 Balaam said to Balak, “Build here seven altars for me, and prepare here seven bulls and seven rams for me.” 2 Balak did as he was told. He and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 3 And Balaam said to Balak, Stand by your burnt offering and I will go. Perhaps the LORD will come to meet me and whatever he shows me I will tell you. And he went to a bare height. 4 And God met Balaam. And he said to Him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon the altar a bull and a ram. 5 And the LORD put a saying in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Go again to Balak and say on this wise." 6 He went back to Balak and found him standing beside his burnt offering with all the princes of Moab. 7 Balaam delivered this message: "Balak brought me from Aram. The king of Moab summoned me from the eastern mountains. Come and curse Jacob for me," he said. 'Come and condemn Israel. 8 "'How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I condemn those whom the LORD has not condemned? 9 Because from the top of the rocks I see him, from hilltops I watch him. Behold, a people who dwell alone, they do not consider themselves among the nations. 10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his! 11 Balak responded to Balaam: "What have you done to me? I brought you here to curse my enemies, but all you have done is bless them!" 12 He answered and said, "Should I not speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?" 13 Balak said: "Please come with me to another place, where you can see the Israelites. You will see only some of them, not all of them. Curse them for me from there." 14 So he took him to the field of Zophim to the top of Pisgah, and he built seven altars, and he offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 15 Then Balaam said to Balak: "Stay here beside your burnt offering while I meet with God over there." 16 The LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and say this." 17 So he returned and found Balak still standing by his burnt offering. He was with the leaders of Moab. Balak asked what the LORD said. 18 Then he uttered his oracle, and said, "Stand up, Balak, and hear; listen to me, son of Zippor! 19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of humankind, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? And has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? 20 Look, I have received a command to bless. He has blessed, and I can't reverse it. 21 He has not seen iniquity in Jacob, neither has He seen perverseness in Israel. the LORD his God is with him, the shout of a king is among them. 22 God brought them out of Egypt; he has as it were the strength of a wild ox. 23 For there is not a spell against Jacob, nor any divination against Israel. Now it is said of Jacob and Israel, See what God has done! 24 Look! the people will rise like the lion; he raises himself and will not lie down until he eats the prey and drinks the blood of the slain." 25 And Balak said to Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all. 26 Balaam answered: "Did I not tell you that I must do everything the LORD tells me?" 27 And Balak said to Balaam, Come now, I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me from there. 28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, looking down over the waste land. 29 Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me here.” 30 Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered up a bull and a ram on every altar.