Balak and Balaam
22:1 And the children of Israel set forward,
and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan [by]
22:2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to
22:3 And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they [were]
many and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.
22:4 And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this
company lick up all [that are] round about us, as the ox licks
up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor [was] king
of the Moabites at that time.
22:5 He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to
Pethor, which [is] by the river of the land of the children of
his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come
out from Egypt behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they
abide over against me
22:6 Come now therefore, I pray ya'll, curse me this people ; for
they [are] too mighty for me perhaps I shall prevail, [that]
we may strike them, and [that] I may drive them out of the land
for I wot that he whom you blesses [is] blessed, and he whom
you curses is cursed.
22:7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed
with the rewards of divination in their hand ; and they came unto
Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak.
22:8 And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will
bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me and the
princes of Moab abode with Balaam.
22:9 And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men [are] these
22:10 And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of
Moab, has sent unto me, [saying],
22:11 Behold, [there is] a people come out of Egypt, which
covers the face of the earth come now, curse me them;
perhaps I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them
22:12 And God said unto Balaam, You will not go with them; you
will not curse the people for they [are] blessed.
22:13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of
Balak, Get you into your land for the LORD refuses to give me
leave to go with you.
22:14 And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak,
and said, Balaam refuses to come with us.
22:15 And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable
22:16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him, This says Balak
the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray ya'll, hinder ya'll from
coming unto me
22:17 For I will promote ya'll unto very great honour, and I will
do what ever you say unto me come therefore, I pray ya'll,
curse me this people.
22:18 And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If
Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot
go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.
22:19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ya'll also here this night,
that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more.
The opposing angel
God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come
to call you, rise up, [and] go with them; but yet the word which
I shall say unto you, that will you do.
22:21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and
went with the princes of Moab.
22:22 And God's anger was kindled
because he went and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an
adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his
two servants [were] with him.
22:23 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way,
and his sword drawn in his hand and the ass turned aside out of
the way, and went into the field and Balaam struck the ass, to
turn her into the way.
22:24 But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards,
a wall [being] on this side, and a wall on that side.
22:25 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust
herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall
and he struck her again.
22:26 And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a
narrow place, where [was] no way to turn either to the right hand
or to the left.
22:27 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down
under Balaam and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he struck the ass
with a staff.
22:28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto
Balaam, What have I done unto you, that you have struck down me
these three times?
22:29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Because you have mocked me I
would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill you.
22:30 And the ass said unto Balaam, [Am] not I your ass, upon
which you have ridden ever since [I was] your unto this day ?
was I ever wont to do so unto you? And he said, Nay.
22:31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the
angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his
hand and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.
22:32 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore have
you struck down your ass these three times? behold, I went out to
withstand you, because [your] way is perverse before me
22:33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times
unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain you,
and saved her alive.
22:34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned ;
for I knew not that you stood in the way against me now
therefore, if it displease you, I will get me back again.
22:35 And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men
but only the word that I shall speak unto you, that you will
speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
Balak entertains Balaam
22:36 And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to
meet him unto a city of Moab, which [is] in the border of Arnon,
which [is] in the utmost coast.
22:37 And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly send unto
you to call you? wherefore came you not unto me? am I not
able indeed to promote you to honour ?
22:38 And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto you have I
now any power at all to say any thing ? the word that God puts
in my mouth, that shall I speak.
22:39 And Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto
22:40 And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and
to the princes that [were] with him.
22:41 And it came to pass the next day, that Balak took Balaam,
and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that there he
might see the utmost [part] of the people.
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