THE FOURTH BOOK OF
N U M B E R S
Numbers 22 ©
Balak, the king of the Moabites, sends for Balaam to curse Israel, v. 1, etc. Balaam inquires of the LORD what he should do, 8. Who forbids him to go to Balak, 12. Balak sends for him the second time, 15. And the LORD lets him go, 20. The angel would have killed him had not his she-ass stepped out of the way, 21. And put himself down under him, 27. Balaam’s eyes are opened that he saw the angel, 31. Who rebuked him, 32. And he confesses his fault, and is ready to return, 34. But the angel permits him to go on, 35. Balak comes to meet Balaam and receives him stately, 36. But what honor so ever he bestows upon him, he cannot move him to curse Israel, 38.
AND the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side 1Jordan by Jericho.
¶And 2Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
3And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab 4was distressed because of the children of Israel.
And Moab said unto 5the elders of Midian, Now shall this company 6lick up 7all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.
He sent messengers therefore unto 8Balaama the son of Beor to 9Pethor, which is by the 10river 11of 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 12face of the earth, and they abide over against me:
Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.
And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the 13rewards of divinationb in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak.
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.
And God 14came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee?
And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying,
Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out.
And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.
And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the LORD refuseth to give me leave to go with you.
And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said, 15Balaam refuseth to come with us.
¶And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than 16they.
And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me:
For I will promote thee unto 17very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.
And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, Ifc Balak would give me 18his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond 19the word of the 20LORD my God, to do less or more.
Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye 21also here this night, 22that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more.
And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, 23rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.
And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.
¶And God's anger was kindled 24because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an 25adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.
And the assd saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword 26drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam 27smote the ass, to turn her into the way.
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.
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 smote her again.
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.
And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.
And the LORDe opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?
And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.
And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? 28was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.
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.
And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, 29because thy 30wayf is perverse 31before me:
And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.
And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, 32if it displease thee, 33I will get me back again.
And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
¶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.
And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not 34earnestly send unto thee to call thee? wherefore camest thou not unto me? am I not able indeed to promote thee to honour?
And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: 35have I now any power at all to say 36any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak.
And Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto 37Kirjath-huzoth.
And Balak 38offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.
And it came to pass 39on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part 40of the people.