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3 He took up his 1discourse and said,
“aThe oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened;
Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered,
Your dwellings, O Israel!
6 “Like 1valleys that stretch out,
Like gardens beside the river,
Like aaloes planted by the Lord,
Like bcedars beside the waters.
And his seed will be by many waters,
And his king shall be higher than aAgag,
bAnd his kingdom shall be exalted.
8 “aGod brings him out of Egypt,
He is for him like the horns of the wild ox.
bHe will devour the nations who are his adversaries,
And will crush their bones in pieces,
And shatter them with his carrows.
bBlessed is everyone who blesses you,
And cursed is everyone who curses you.”
10 Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam, and he struck his 1hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have persisted in blessing them these three times!
11 “Therefore, 1flee to your place now. I said I would honor you greatly, but behold, the Lord has held you back from honor.”
12 Balaam said to Balak, “aDid I not tell your messengers whom you had sent to me, saying,
13 ‘Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything contrary to the 1command of the Lord, either good or bad, aof my own 2accord. bWhat the Lord speaks, that I will speak’?
“aThe oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
16 The oracle of him who hears the 1words of God,
And knows the knowledge of the 2Most High,
Who sees the vision of 3the Almighty,
Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered.
I behold him, but not near;
A star shall come forth from Jacob,
aA scepter shall rise from Israel,
18 “aEdom shall be a possession,
bSeir, its enemies, also will be a possession,
While Israel performs valiantly.
And will destroy the remnant from the city.”
“Amalek was the first of the nations,
21 And he looked at the aKenite, and took up his discourse and said,
“Your dwelling place is enduring,
And your nest is set in the cliff.
“Alas, who can live except God has ordained it?
24 “But ships shall come from the coast of aKittim,
And they shall afflict Asshur and will afflict bEber;
cSo they also will come to destruction.”
25 Then Balaam arose and departed and returned to ahis place, and Balak also went his way.
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