Numbers 22:1–7

Balak Sends for Balaam

22 Then athe children of Israel moved, and camped in the plains of Moab on the side of the Jordan across from Jericho.

Now bBalak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. And cMoab was exceedingly afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was sick with dread because of the children of Israel. So Moab said to dthe elders of Midian, “Now this company will 1lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.” And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. Then ehe sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor at fPethor, which is near 2the River in the land of 3the sons of his people, to call him, saying: “Look, a people has come from Egypt. See, they cover the face of the earth, and are settling next to me! gTherefore please come at once, hcurse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.”

So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with ithe diviner’s fee in their hand, and they came to Balaam and spoke to him the words of Balak.

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