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Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not resort to divination as at other times, but turned his face toward the wilderness.

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

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and he spoke his message: “The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,

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the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty,[fn] who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

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“How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel!

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“Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters.

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Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water. “Their king will be greater than Agag; their kingdom will be exalted.

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“God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. They devour hostile nations and break their bones in pieces; with their arrows they pierce them.

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Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse them? “May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!”

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Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam. He struck his hands together and said to him, “I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed them these three times.

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Now leave at once and go home! I said I would reward you handsomely, but the LORD has kept you from being rewarded.”

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Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not tell the messengers you sent me,

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Now I am going back to my people, but come, let me warn you of what this people will do to your people in days to come.”

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Then he spoke his message: “The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,

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the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

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“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush the foreheads of Moab, the skulls[fn] of[fn] all the people of Sheth.[fn]

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Edom will be conquered; Seir, his enemy, will be conquered, but Israel will grow strong.

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A ruler will come out of Jacob and destroy the survivors of the city.”

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yet you Kenites will be destroyed when Ashur takes you captive.”

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Then he spoke his message: “Alas! Who can live when God does this?[fn]

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Ships will come from the shores of Cyprus; they will subdue Ashur and Eber, but they too will come to ruin.”

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Then Balaam got up and returned home, and Balak went his own way.
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Hebrew Shaddai; also in verse 16
Samaritan Pentateuch (see also Jer. 48:45); the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.
Or possibly Moab, / batter
Or all the noisy boasters
Masoretic Text; with a different word division of the Hebrew The people from the islands will gather from the north.

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