24 And Balaam saw that ⌊it pleased⌋a Yahweh to bless Israel, and he did not go ⌊as other times⌋b ⌊to seek out⌋c sorcery; instead, he set his face toward the desert. 2 Balaam lift up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling according to its tribes, and the spirit of God was upon it.d 3 He ⌊uttered⌋e his oracle and said,
“The declaration of Balaam son Beor,
the declaration of the man whose eyes are closed,
4 the declaration of the hearer of God’s words,f
who sees the revelation of Shaddai,g
falling down but whose eyes are uncovered.
your dwellings, O Israel!
like gardens on a river,
like aloes planted by Yahweh,
like cedars at the waters.
and his offspring will be like many waters;
his king will be higher than Agag,
and his kingdom will be exalted.
is like the strengthh of a wild ox for him.
He will devour the nations who are his enemies;
he will break their bones;
he will pierce them with his arrows.
and like a lioness, who will rouse him?
They who bless you will be blessed,
and they who curse you will be cursed.”
10 Then ⌊Balak became angry with⌋i Balaam, and he clapped his hands and said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, but look, you have surely blessed them these three times. 11 ⌊Flee⌋j to your place now. I said I would richly honor you, but look, Yahweh has withheld honor from you.” 12 Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not speak to your messengers whom you sent to me, saying, 13 ‘If Balak gave to me the fullness of his house full of silver and gold, I am not able to go beyond ⌊the command of Yahweh⌋k to do good or evil, from my heart; what Yahweh speaks, I will speak’?l 14 And now, look, I am about to go to my people; I will advise you what this people will do to your people ⌊in the following days⌋.”m
15 And he ⌊uttered⌋n his oracle and said,
“The declaration of Balaam son of Beor,
and the declaration of the man whose eye is closed,
16 the declaration of the hearer of God’s words,o
and the knower of the knowledge of the Most High,
who sees the vision of Shaddai,p
who is falling, and his eyes are revealed.
I behold him, but not near;
a star will go out from Jacob,
and a scepter will rise from Israel;
it will crush the foreheads of Moab
and destroy all the children of Seth.
Seir, its enemies, will be a captive,
and Israel will be acting ⌊courageously⌋.q
19 Someoner from Jacob will rule
and will destroy a remnants from the city.”
20 And he looked at Amalek, ⌊uttered⌋t his oracle, and said,
“Amalek is firstu of the nations,
but his future will be forever ruin.”
“Steady is your dwelling place;
in the rock is your nest.
how long will Asshur keepx you captive?”
23 Again he ⌊uttered⌋y his oracle and said,
“Woe, who will live when God establishes this?z
and they will afflict Asshur and will afflict Eber;
also he will be forever ruin.”
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