1 And Balaam seeth that it is good in the eyes of Jehovah to bless Israel, and he hath not gone as time by time to meet enchantments, and he setteth towards the wilderness his face; 2and Balaam lifteth up his eyes, and seeth Israel tabernacling, by its tribes, and the Spirit of God is upon him, 3and he taketh up his simile, and saith: ‘An affirmation of Balaam son of Beor—And an affirmation of the man whose eyes are shut— 4An affirmation of him who is hearing sayings of God—Who a vision of the Almighty seeth, Falling—and eyes uncovered: 5How good have been thy tents, O Jacob, Thy tabernacles, O Israel; 6As valleys they have been stretched out, As gardens by a river; As aloes Jehovah hath planted, As cedars by waters; 7He maketh water flow from his buckets, And his seed is in many waters; And higher than Agag is his king, And exalted is his kingdom. 8God is bringing him out of Egypt; As the swiftness of a Reem is to him, He eateth up nations his adversaries, And their bones he breaketh, And with his arrows he smiteth, 9He hath bent, he hath lain down as a lion, And as a lioness: who doth raise him up? He who is blessing thee is blessed, And he who is cursing thee is cursed.’
10 And the anger of Balak burneth against Balaam, and he striketh his hands; and Balak saith unto Balaam, ‘To pierce mine enemies I called thee, and lo, thou hast certainly blessed—these three times; 11and now, flee for thyself unto thy place; I have said, I do greatly honour thee, and lo, Jehovah hath kept thee back from honour.’ 12And Balaam saith unto Balak, ‘Did I not also unto thy messengers whom thou hast sent unto me, speak, saying, 13If Balak doth give to me the fulness of his house of silver and gold, I am not able to pass over the command of Jehovah, to do good or evil of mine own heart—that which Jehovah speaketh—it I speak? 14and, now, lo, I am going to my people; come, I counsel thee concerning that which this people doth to thy people, in the latter end of the days.’
15 And he taketh up his simile, and saith: ‘An affirmation of Balaam son of Beor—And an affirmation of the man whose eyes are shut— 16An affirmation of him who is hearing sayings of God—And knowing knowledge of the Most High; A vision of the Almighty he seeth, Falling—and eyes uncovered: 17I see it, but not now; I behold it, but not near; A star hath proceeded from Jacob, And a sceptre hath risen from Israel, And hath smitten corners of Moab, And hath destroyed all sons of Sheth. 18And Edom hath been a possession, And Seir hath been a possession, for its enemies, And Israel is doing valiantly; 19And one doth rule out of Jacob, And hath destroyed a remnant from Ar.’ 20And he seeth Amalek, and taketh up his simile, and saith: ‘A beginning of the Goyim is Amalek; And his latter end—for ever he perisheth.’ 21And he seeth the Kenite, and taketh up his simile, and saith: ‘Enduring is thy dwelling, And setting in a rock thy nest, 22But the Kenite is for a burning; Till when doth Asshur keep thee captive?’ 23And he taketh up his simile, and saith: ‘Alas! who doth live when God doth this? 24And—ships are from the side of Chittim, And they have humbled Asshur, And they have humbled Eber, And it also for ever is perishing.’ 25And Balaam riseth, and goeth, and turneth back to his place, and Balak also hath gone on his way.
About Young’s Literal Translation
Robert Young is best known for his monumental work, Young’s Analytical Concordance To The Bible. Young’s Literal Translation is a very good work to add to your Bible collection for text comparisons. Since this is a very literal translation, it offers a good contrast and comparison to a dynamic equivalent translation like the NIV.