Numbers 22 ©
The Israelites encamp in the plains of Moab. Balak's first message for Balaam is refused. His second message prevaileth. An angel opposeth Balaam on the way; his ass seeth the angel, and endeavoureth to avoid him; Balaam smiteth the ass; God openeth the ass's mouth; the angel reproveth Balaam, but suffereth him to proceed on his journey. Balak goeth out to meet him.
AND the children of Israel aset forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.
He esent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to fPethor, 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 gcover the 1face of the earth, and they abide over against me:
Come now therefore, I pray thee, hcurse 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 Balaam said unto God, lBalak 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 2I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out.
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, Balaam refuseth to come with us.
¶And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they.
And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, 3Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me:
And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, 4upon which thou hast ridden 5ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever *wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.
And Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto 9Kirjath-huzoth.