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23 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build me seven altars here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.”a 2 So Balak did as Balaam directed, and they offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 3 Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here by your burnt offering while I am gone. Maybe the Lord will meet with me. I will tell you whatever he reveals to me.” So he went to a barren hill.
4 God met with him and Balaam said to him, “I have arranged seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.” 5 Then the Lord put a message in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak and say what I tell you.”
7 Balaam proclaimed his poem:
Balak brought me from Aram;b
the king of Moab, from the eastern mountains:
“Come, put a curse on Jacob for me;
come, denounce Israel!”c
How can I denounce someone the Lord has not denounced?
and I watch them from the hills.
There is a people living alone;d
it does not consider itself among the nations.
10 Who has counted the dust of Jacobe
or numbered even one-fourth of Israel?
Let me die the death of the upright;
let the end of my life be like theirs.
12 He answered, “Shouldn’t I say exactly what the Lord puts in my mouth?”f
13 Then Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another placeg where you can see them. You will only see the outskirts of their camp; you won’t see all of them. From there, put a curse on them for me.” 14 So Balak took him to Lookout FieldC on top of Pisgah,h built seven altars, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
Balak, get up and listen;
son of Zippor, pay attention to what I say!
or a son of man, that he might change his mind.i
Does he speak and not act,
or promise and not fulfill?j
since he has blessed,D I cannot change it.
he sees no trouble for Israel.E
The Lord their God is with them,k
and there is rejoicing over the King among them.
and no divination against Israel.
It will now be said about Jacob and Israel,
“What great things God has done!”
they rouse themselves like a lion.m
They will not lie down until they devour the prey
and drink the blood of the slain.
26 But Balaam answered him, “Didn’t I tell you: Whatever the Lord says, I must do?”n
27 Again Balak said to Balaam, “Please come. I will take you to another place. Maybe it will be agreeable to God that you can put a curse on them for me there.” 28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, which overlooks the wasteland.A,a
29 Balaam told Balak, “Build me seven altars here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.”b 30 So Balak did as Balaam said and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
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