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Numbers 23 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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Balaam’s Oracles

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Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build me seven altars here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.”

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So Balak did as Balaam directed, and they offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

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Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here by your burnt offering while I am gone. Maybe the LORD[fn] will meet with me. I will tell you whatever He reveals to me.” So he went to a barren hill.

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God[fn] met with him and Balaam said to Him, “I have arranged seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.”

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Then the LORD put a message in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak and say what I tell you.”

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So he returned to Balak, who was standing there by his burnt offering with all the officials of Moab.

  
Balaam’s First Oracle

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Balaam proclaimed his poem:

Balak brought me from Aram;

the king of Moab, from the eastern mountains:

“Come, put a curse on Jacob for me;

come, denounce Israel! ”

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How can I curse someone God has not cursed?

How can I denounce someone the LORD has not denounced?

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I see them from the top of rocky cliffs,

and I watch them from the hills.

There is a people living alone;

it does not consider itself among the nations.

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Who has counted the dust of Jacob

or numbered the dust clouds[fn] of Israel?

Let me die the death of the upright;

let the end of my life be like theirs.

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“What have you done to me? ” Balak asked Balaam. “I brought you to curse my enemies, but look, you have only blessed them! ”

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He answered, “Shouldn’t I say exactly what the LORD puts in my mouth? ”

  
Balaam’s Second Oracle

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Then Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place where you can see them. You will only see the outskirts of their camp; you won’t see all of them. From there, put a curse on them for me.”

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So Balak took him to Lookout Field[fn] on top of Pisgah, built seven altars, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

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Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here by your burnt offering while I seek the LORD over there.”

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The LORD met with Balaam and put a message in his mouth. Then He said, “Return to Balak and say what I tell you.”

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So he returned to Balak, who was standing there by his burnt offering with the officials of Moab. Balak asked him, “What did the LORD say? ”

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Balaam proclaimed his poem:

Balak, get up and listen;

son of Zippor, pay attention to what I say!

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God is not a man who lies,

or a son of man who changes His mind.

Does He speak and not act,

or promise and not fulfill?

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I have indeed received a command to bless;

since He has blessed,[fn] I cannot change it.

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He considers no disaster for Jacob;

He sees no trouble for Israel.[fn]

The LORD their God is with them,

and there is rejoicing over the King among them.

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God brought them out of Egypt;

He is like the horns of a wild ox for them.[fn]

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There is no magic curse against Jacob

and no divination against Israel.

It will now be said about Jacob and Israel,

“What great things God has done! ”

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A people rise up like a lioness;

They rouse themselves like a lion.

They will not lie down until they devour the prey

and drink the blood of the slain.

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Then Balak told Balaam, “Don’t curse them and don’t bless them! ”

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But Balaam answered him, “Didn’t I tell you: Whatever the LORD says, I must do? ”

  
Balaam’s Third Oracle

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Again Balak said to Balaam, “Please come. I will take you to another place. Maybe it will be agreeable to God that you can put a curse on them for me there.”

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So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, which overlooks the wasteland.[fn]

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Balaam told Balak, “Build me seven altars here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.”

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So Balak did as Balaam said and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

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HCSB Footnotes
DSS, LXX, Sam read Maybe God
DSS, Sam read The Angel of God
Or numbered a fourth
Or to the field of Zophim
Sam, LXX read since I will bless
Or not observe sin in Jacob; not see wrongdoing
Or Egypt; they have the horns of a wild ox
Or overlooks Jeshimon

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