Numbers

Numbers 23 ©

1Balak's sacrifice. 7Balaam's first parable. 14Balak sacrificeth again. 18Balaam's second parable. 25Balak is displeased with Balaam; but bringeth him to the top of Peor, and sacrificeth there.

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AND aBalaam said unto Balak, bBuild me here seven altars, and prepare me here cseven oxen and seven rams.

b v.29.
2

And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam doffered on every altar a bullock and a ram.

d v.4,14,30.
3

And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy eburnt offering, and I will go: f*peradventure the LORD will come to meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell thee. And 1he went to an high place.

e Le. 1. Ge. 4.4,5. v.15.
f ch. 22.9,20,22,28.
4

And God gmet Balaam: and he said unto him, I have hprepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram.

g ch. 22.9,20. v.16.
5

And the LORD iput a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

6

And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab.

7

And he jtook up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me kfrom Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, lCome, curse me Jacob, and come, mdefy Israel.

k Ge. 24.10. De. 23.4. ch. 22.5.
l ch. 22.6,11,17.
8

How nshall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?

9

For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall odwell alone, and pshall not be reckoned among the nations.

10

Who can count qthe dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? rLet 2me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!

q Ge. 12.2; 13.16; 22.17; 28.14. ch. 26.2-51.
11

And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to scurse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.

12

And he answered and said, tMust I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?

t v.26. Eze. 33.31. Tit. 1.16. Ps. 37.37. ch. 22.20,35,38. v.5.
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And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see ubut the *utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence.

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¶And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of 3Pisgah, and vbuilt seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

v v.1,2,29. Is. 46.6.
15

And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I wmeet the LORD yonder.

w v.3,4,16.
16

And the LORD met Balaam, and xput a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus.

x ch. 22.20,35,38. v.5. ch. 24.1.
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And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the LORD spoken?

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And he took up his parable, and said, yRise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor:

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zGod is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

20

Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and ahe hath blessed; and I bcannot reverse it.

a Ge. 12.3; 22.17. ch. 22.12.
21

He chath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the dLORD his God is with him, eand the shout of a king is among them.

22

fGod brought them out of Egypt; ghe hath as it were the strength of an *unicorn.

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hSurely there is no enchantment 4against Jacob, neither is there iany *divination against Israel: jaccording to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!

24

Behold, kthe people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: lhe shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

25

¶And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.

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But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, mTold not I thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?

m ch. 22.18,38. v.12. 1Ki. 22.14.
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¶And Balak said unto Balaam, nCome, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; *peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence.

n v.13.
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And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of oPeor, that looketh toward pJeshimon.

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And qBalaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.

q 2Pe. 2.14,15. Eze. 33.31. Jude 11. v.1,2,14.
30

And Balak rdid as Balaam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.