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Numbers 24 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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The Prophecy from Peor

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:1 - When Balaam saw that it [fn]pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not go as at other times to [fn]seek omens but he set his face toward the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:2 - And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel [fn]camping tribe by tribe; and the Spirit of God came upon him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:3 - He took up his [fn]discourse and said,
“The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:4 - The oracle of him who hears the [fn]words of God,
Who sees the vision of [fn]the Almighty,
Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:5 - How fair are your tents, O Jacob,
Your dwellings, O Israel!
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:6 - “Like [fn]valleys that stretch out,
Like gardens beside the river,
Like aloes planted by the LORD,
Like cedars beside the waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:7 - “Water will flow from his buckets,
And his seed will be by many waters,
And his king shall be higher than Agag,
And his kingdom shall be exalted.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:8 - “God brings him out of Egypt,
He is for him like the horns of the wild ox.
He will devour the nations who are his adversaries,
And will crush their bones in pieces,
And shatter them with his arrows.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:9 - “He [fn]couches, he lies down as a lion,
And as a [fn]lion, who [fn]dares rouse him?
Blessed is everyone who blesses you,
And cursed is everyone who curses you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:10 - Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam, and he struck his [fn]hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have persisted in blessing them these three times!
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:11 - “Therefore, [fn]flee to your place now. I said I would honor you greatly, but behold, the LORD has held you back from honor.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:12 - Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not tell your messengers whom you had sent to me, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:13 - ‘Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything contrary to the [fn]command of the LORD, either good or bad, of my own [fn]accord. What the LORD speaks, that I will speak’?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:14 - “And now, behold, I am going to my people; come, and I will advise you what this people will do to your people in the [fn]days to come.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:15 - He took up his discourse and said,
“The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:16 - The oracle of him who hears the [fn]words of God,
And knows the knowledge of the [fn]Most High,
Who sees the vision of [fn]the Almighty,
Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:17 - “I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near;
A star shall come forth from Jacob,
A scepter shall rise from Israel,
And shall crush through the [fn]forehead of Moab,
And [fn]tear down all the sons of [fn]Sheth.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:18 - “Edom shall be a possession,
Seir, its enemies, also will be a possession,
While Israel performs valiantly.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:19 - “One from Jacob shall have dominion,
And will destroy the remnant from the city.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:20 - And he looked at Amalek and took up his discourse and said,
“Amalek was the first of the nations,
But his end shall be [fn]destruction.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:21 - And he looked at the Kenite, and took up his discourse and said,
“Your dwelling place is enduring,
And your nest is set in the cliff.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:22 - “Nevertheless Kain will be consumed;
How long will Asshur [fn]keep you captive?”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:23 - Then he took up his discourse and said,
“Alas, who can live except God has ordained it?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:24 - “But ships shall come from the coast of Kittim,
And they shall afflict Asshur and will afflict Eber;
So they also will come to destruction.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:25 - Then Balaam arose and departed and returned to his place, and Balak also went his way.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: was good in the eyes of
Literally: encounter
Literally: dwelling
Literally: parable, and so throughout the chapter
Literally: sayings
Hebrew: Shaddai
Or, possibly palm trees
Literally: bows down
Or, lioness
Literally: shall
Literally: palms
Literally: flee for yourself
Literally: mouth
Literally: heart
Literally: end of the days
Literally: sayings
Hebrew: Elyon
Hebrew: Shaddai
Literally: corners
Another reading is the crown of the head of
I.e. tumult
Literally: to destroying
Literally: take

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