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Numbers 24 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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Since Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not go to seek omens as on previous occasions, but turned[fn] toward the wilderness.

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When Balaam looked up and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him,

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and he proclaimed his poem:

The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,

the oracle of the man whose eyes are opened,[fn]

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the oracle of one who hears the sayings of God,

who sees a vision from the Almighty,

who falls into a trance with his eyes uncovered:

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How beautiful are your tents, Jacob,

your dwellings, Israel.

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They stretch out like river valleys,[fn]

like gardens beside a stream,

like aloes the LORD has planted,

like cedars beside the water.

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Water will flow from his buckets,

and his seed will be by abundant water.

His king will be greater than Agag,[fn]

and his kingdom will be exalted.

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God brought him out of Egypt;

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

He will feed on enemy nations

and gnaw their bones;

he will strike them with his arrows.

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He crouches, he lies down like a lion

or a lioness — who dares to rouse him?

Those who bless you will be blessed,

and those who curse you will be cursed.

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Then Balak became furious with Balaam, struck his hands together, and said to him, “I summoned you to put a curse on my enemies, but instead, you have blessed them these three times.

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Now go to your home! I said I would reward you richly, but look, the LORD has denied you a reward.”

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Balaam answered Balak, “Didn’t I previously tell the messengers you sent me:

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If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go against the LORD’s command, to do anything good or bad of my own will? I will say whatever the LORD says.

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Now I am going back to my people, but first, let me warn you what these people will do to your people in the future.”

  
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Then he proclaimed his poem:

The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,

the oracle of the man whose eyes are opened;[fn]

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the oracle of one who hears the sayings of God

and has knowledge from the Most High,

who sees a vision from the Almighty,

who falls into a trance with his eyes uncovered:

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I see him,[fn] but not now;

I perceive him,[fn] but not near.

A star will come from Jacob,

and a scepter will arise from Israel.

He will smash the forehead[fn] of Moab

and strike down[fn] all the Shethites.[fn]

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Edom will become a possession;

Seir will become a possession of its enemies,

but Israel will be triumphant.

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One who comes from Jacob will rule;

he will destroy the city’s survivors.

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Then Balaam saw Amalek and proclaimed his poem:

Amalek was first among the nations,

but his future is destruction.

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Next he saw the Kenites and proclaimed his poem:

Your dwelling place is enduring;

your nest is set in the cliffs.

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Kain will be destroyed

when Asshur takes you captive.

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Once more he proclaimed his poem:

Ah, who can live when God does this?

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Ships will come from the coast of Kittim;

they will afflict Asshur and Eber,

but they too will come to destruction.

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Balaam then arose and went back to his homeland, and Balak also went his way.

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Lit set his face
LXX reads true ; Vg reads closed
Or like date palms
Sam, LXX, Sym, Theod read Gog
Or He has
LXX reads true ; Vg reads closed
Or Him
Or Him
Or frontiers
Sam reads and the skulls of ; Jr 48:45
Or Sethites

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