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Numbers 23 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:1 - And Balaam said to Balak, "Build for me here seven altars, and provide for me here seven bulls and seven rams."
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:2 - Balak did as Balaam had said; and Balak and Balaam offered on each altar a bull and a ram.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:3 - And Balaam said to Balak, "Stand beside your burnt offering, and I will go; perhaps the LORD will come to meet me; and whatever he shows me I will tell you." And he went to a bare height.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:4 - And God met Balaam; and Balaam said to him, "I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered upon each altar a bull and a ram."
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:5 - And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak."
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:6 - And he returned to him, and lo, he and all the princes of Moab were standing beside his burnt offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:7 - And Balaam took up his discourse, and said, "From Aram Balak has brought me, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains: 'Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, denounce Israel!'
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:8 - How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:9 - For from the top of the mountains I see him, from the hills I behold him; lo, a people dwelling alone, and not reckoning itself among the nations!
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:10 - Who can count the dust of Jacob, or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my end be like his!"
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:11 - And Balak said to Balaam, "What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and behold, you have done nothing but bless them."
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:12 - And he answered, "Must I not take heed to speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?"
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:13 - And Balak said to him, "Come with me to another place, from which you may see them; you shall see only the nearest of them, and shall not see them all; then curse them for me from there."
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:14 - And he took 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 - Balaam said to Balak, "Stand here beside your burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder."
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:16 - And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus shall you speak."
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:17 - And he came to him, and, lo, he was standing beside his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, "What has the LORD spoken?"
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:18 - And Balaam took up his discourse, and said, "Rise, Balak, and hear; hearken to me, O son of Zippor:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:19 - God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:20 - Behold, I received a command to bless: he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:21 - He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob; nor has he seen trouble in Israel. The LORD their God is with them, and the shout of a king is among them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:22 - God brings them out of Egypt; they have as it were the horns of the wild ox.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:23 - For there is no enchantment against Jacob, no divination against Israel; now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel, 'What has God wrought!'
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:24 - Behold, a people! As a lioness it rises up and as a lion it lifts itself; it does not lie down till it devours the prey, and drinks the blood of the slain."
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:25 - And Balak said to Balaam, "Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all."
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:26 - But Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell you, 'All that the LORD says, that I must do'?"
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:27 - And Balak said to Balaam, "Come now, 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 Pe'or, that overlooks the desert.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:29 - And Balaam said to Balak, "Build for me here seven altars, and provide 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 each altar.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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