23:1 1 Balaam said to Balak, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.” 23:2 So Balak did just as Balaam had said. Balak and Balaam then offered on each2 altar a bull and a ram. 23:3 Balaam said to Balak, “Station yourself3 by your burnt offering, and I will go off; perhaps the Lord will come to meet me, and whatever he reveals to me4 I will tell you.”5 Then he went to a deserted height.6
23:4 Then God met Balaam, who7 said to him, “I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram.” 23:5 Then the Lord put a message8 in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and speak what I tell you.”9
23:6 So he returned to him, and he was still10 standing by his burnt offering, he and all the princes of Moab. 23:7 Then Balaam11 uttered12 his oracle, saying,
“Balak, the king of Moab, brought me13 from Aram,
out of the mountains of the east, saying,
‘Come, pronounce a curse on Jacob for me;
come, denounce Israel.’14
23:8 How15 can I curse16 one whom God has not cursed,
or how can I denounce one whom the Lord has not denounced?
23:9 For from the top of the rocks I see them;17
from the hills I watch them.18
Indeed, a nation that lives alone,
and it will not be reckoned19 among the nations.
23:10 Who20 can count21 the dust22 of Jacob,
Or number23 the fourth part of Israel?
Let me24 die the death of the upright,25
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