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24 Since Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go to seek omens as on previous occasions, but turned l toward the wilderness. 2 When Balaam looked up and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God m came on him, 3 and he proclaimed his poem:
The * oracle of Balaam son of Beor,
the oracle of the man whose eyes are opened, n
who falls into a trance with his eyes uncovered:
your dwellings, Israel.
6 They stretch out like river valleys, p
like gardens beside a stream,
like aloes the Lord has planted,
like cedars beside the water.
and his seed will be by abundant water.
and his kingdom will be exalted.
He will feed on enemy nations
and gnaw their bones;
he will strike them with his arrows.
or a lioness—who dares to rouse him? u
Those who bless you will be blessed,
and those who curse you will be cursed. v
10 Then Balak became furious with Balaam, struck his hands together, and said to him, “I summoned you to put a curse on my enemies, but instead, you have blessed them these three times. 11 Now go to your home! I said I would reward you richly, w but look, the Lord has denied you a reward.”
12 Balaam answered Balak, “Didn’t I previously tell the messengers you sent me: 13 If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go against the Lord’s command, to do anything good or bad of my own will? I will say whatever the Lord says. x 14 Now I am going back to my people, but first, let me warn you what these people will do to your people in the future.”
15 Then he proclaimed his poem:
The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,
the oracle of the man whose eyes are opened; y
and has knowledge from the * Most High,
who sees a vision from the Almighty,
who falls into a trance with his eyes uncovered: z
17 I see him, a but not now;
I perceive him, b but not near.
A star will come from Jacob,
and a scepter will arise from Israel. c
He will smash the forehead d of Moab
Seir g will become a possession of its enemies,
but Israel will be triumphant.
he will destroy the city’s survivors.
Amalek was first among the nations, h
but his future is destruction.
Your dwelling place is enduring;
your nest is set in the cliffs.
when Asshur takes you captive.
Ah, who can live when God does this?
24 Ships will come from the coast of Kittim; i
they will afflict Asshur and Eber, j
but they too will come to destruction.
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