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Numbers 23 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:1 - Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:2 - And Balak did just as Balaam had spoken, and Balak and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:3 - Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stand by your burnt offering, and I will go; perhaps the LORD will come to meet me, and whatever He shows me I will tell you.” So he went to a desolate height.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:4 - And God met Balaam, and he said to Him, “I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:5 - Then the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:6 - So he returned to him, and there he was, standing by his burnt offering, he and all the princes of Moab.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:7 - And he took up his oracle and said:

“Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram,
From the mountains of the east.
‘Come, curse Jacob for me,
And come, denounce Israel!’

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:8 - “How shall I curse whom God has not cursed?
And how shall I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:9 - For from the top of the rocks I see him,
And from the hills I behold him;
There! A people dwelling alone,
Not reckoning itself among the nations.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:10 - “Who can count the dust[fn] of Jacob,
Or number one-fourth of Israel?
Let me die the death of the righteous,
And let my end be like his!”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:11 - Then Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and look, you have blessed them bountifully!”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:12 - So he answered and said, “Must I not take heed to speak what the LORD has put in my mouth?”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:13 - Then Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place from which you may see them; you shall see only the outer part of them, and shall not see them all; curse them for me from there.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:14 - So he brought him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:15 - And he said to Balak, “Stand here by your burnt offering while I meet[fn] the LORD over there.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:16 - Then the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, “Go back to Balak, and thus you shall speak.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:17 - So he came to him, and there he was, standing by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab were with him. And Balak said to him, “What has the LORD spoken?”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:18 - Then he took up his oracle and said:

“Rise up, Balak, and hear!
Listen to me, son of Zippor!

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:19 - “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:20 - Behold, I have received a command to bless;
He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:21 - “He has not observed iniquity in Jacob,
Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel.
The LORD his God is with him,
And the shout of a King is among them.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:22 - God brings them out of Egypt;
He has strength like a wild ox.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:23 - “For there is no sorcery against Jacob,
Nor any divination against Israel.
It now must be said of Jacob
And of Israel, ‘Oh, what God has done!’

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:24 - Look, a people rises like a lioness,
And lifts itself up like a lion;
It shall not lie down until it devours the prey,
And drinks the blood of the slain.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:25 - Then Balak said to Balaam, “Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all!”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:26 - So Balaam answered and said to Balak, “Did I not tell you, saying, ‘All that the LORD speaks, that I must do’?”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:27 - Then Balak said to Balaam, “Please come, I will take you to another place; perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me from there.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:28 - So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, that overlooks the wasteland.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:29 - Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build for me here seven altars, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:30 - And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on every altar.
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Or dust cloud
Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; Syriac reads call; Septuagint reads go and ask God.
Hebrew Jeshimon

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