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Numbers 24 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:1 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:2 - When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:3 - and he spoke his message: “The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:4 - 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:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:5 - “How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel!
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:6 - “Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:7 - Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water. “Their king will be greater than Agag; their kingdom will be exalted.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:8 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:9 - 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!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:10 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:11 - Now leave at once and go home! I said I would reward you handsomely, but the LORD has kept you from being rewarded.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:12 - Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not tell the messengers you sent me,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:13 - ‘Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the LORD—and I must say only what the LORD says’?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:14 - 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.”

Balaam’s Fourth Message

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:15 - Then he spoke his message: “The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:16 - 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:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:17 - “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]
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:18 - Edom will be conquered; Seir, his enemy, will be conquered, but Israel will grow strong.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:19 - A ruler will come out of Jacob and destroy the survivors of the city.”

Balaam’s Fifth Message

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:20 - Then Balaam saw Amalek and spoke his message: “Amalek was first among the nations, but their end will be utter destruction.”

Balaam’s Sixth Message

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:21 - Then he saw the Kenites and spoke his message: “Your dwelling place is secure, your nest is set in a rock;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:22 - yet you Kenites will be destroyed when Ashur takes you captive.”

Balaam’s Seventh Message

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:23 - Then he spoke his message: “Alas! Who can live when God does this?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:24 - Ships will come from the shores of Cyprus; they will subdue Ashur and Eber, but they too will come to ruin.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:25 - Then Balaam got up and returned home, and Balak went his own way.
NIV Footnotes
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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