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Balak Sends for Balaam

1 aThen the sons of Israel journeyed, and camped in the plains of Moab beyond the Jordan [opposite] Jericho.

[1] aNu 33:48, 49

2 ¶ Now aBalak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3 aSo Moab was in great fear because of the people, for they were numerous; and Moab was in dread of the sons of Israel. 4 Moab said to the elders of aMidian, “Now this Ihorde will lick up all that is around us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field.” And Balak the son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time. 5 So he sent messengers to aBalaam the son of Beor, at bPethor, which is near the IRiver, [in] the land of the sons of his people, to call him, saying, “Behold, a people came out of Egypt; behold, they cover the surface of the land, and they are living opposite me. 6 aNow, therefore, please come, bcurse this people for me since they are too Imighty for me; perhaps I may be able to IIdefeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.”

[2] aJg 11:25
[3] aEx 15:15
[4] ILit assembly aNu 25:15-18; 31:1-3
[5] II.e. Euphrates aJsh 24:9; 2P 2:15f; Jde 11 bDt 23:4
[6] IOr numerous IILit smite aNu 22:17; 23:7, 8 bNu 22:12; 24:9

7 ¶ So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the [fees for] adivination in their hand; and they came to Balaam and Irepeated Balak’s words to him. 8 He said to them, “Spend the night here, and I will bring word back to you as the LORD may speak to me.” And the leaders of Moab stayed with Balaam. 9 Then aGod came to Balaam and said, “Who are these men with you?” 10 Balaam said to God, “Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent [word] to me, 11 ‘Behold, there is a people who came out of Egypt and they cover the surface of the land; now come, curse them for me; perhaps I may be able to fight against them and drive them out.’” 12 God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them; ayou shall not curse the people, for they bare blessed.” 13 So Balaam arose in the morning and said to Balak’s leaders, “Go back to your land, for the LORD has refused to let me go with you.” 14 The leaders of Moab arose and went to Balak and said, “Balaam refused to come with us.”

[7] ILit spoke aNu 23:23; 24:1; Jsh 13:22
[9] aGn 20:3
[12] aNu 23:8; 24:9 bGn 12:2; 22:17

15 ¶ Then Balak again sent leaders, more numerous and more distinguished than Ithe former. 16 They came to Balaam and said to him, “Thus says Balak the son of Zippor, ‘Let nothing, I beg you, hinder you from coming to me; 17 for I will indeed honor you richly, and I will do whatever you say to me. aPlease come then, curse this people for me.’” 18 Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, “aThough Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything, either small or great, contrary to the Icommand of the LORD my God. 19 Now please, you also stay here tonight, and I will find out what else the LORD will speak to me.” 20 God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men have come to call you, rise up [and] go with them; but aonly the word which I speak to you shall you do.”

[15] ILit these
[17] aNu 22:6
[18] ILit mouth aNu 22:38; 24:13; 1K 22:14; 2Ch 18:13
[20] aNu 22:35; 23:5, 12, 16, 26; 24:13

21aSo Balaam arose in the morning, and saddled his donkey and went with the leaders of Moab.

[21] a2P 2:15

The Angel and Balaam

22 But God was angry because he was going, aand the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as an adversary against him. Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him. 23 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand, the donkey turned off from the way and went into the field; but Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back into the way. 24 Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path of the vineyards, [with] a wall on this side and a wall on that side. 25 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed herself to the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall, so he struck her again. 26 The angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn to the right hand or the left. 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam; so aBalaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick. 28 And athe LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” 29 Then Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have made a mockery of me! If there had been a sword in my hand, aI would have killed you by now.” 30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden all your life to this day? Have I ever been accustomed to do so to you?” And he said, “No.”

[22] aEx 23:20
[27] aJm 1:19
[28] a2P 2:16
[29] aPv 12:10; Mt 15:19

31 ¶ Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw athe angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand; and he bowed Iall the way to the ground. 32 The angel of the LORD said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out as an adversary, because your way was Iacontrary to me. 33 But the donkey saw me and turned aside from me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, I would surely have killed you just now, and let her live.” 34 Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, “aI have sinned, for I did not know that you were standing in the way against me. Now then, if it is displeasing to you, I will turn back.” 35 But the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but ayou shall speak only the word which I Itell you.” So Balaam went along with the leaders of Balak.

[31] ILit and prostrated himself to his face aJsh 5:13-15
[32] ILit reckless a2P 2:15
[34] aNu 14:40
[35] IOr speak to aNu 22:20

36 ¶ When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the city of Moab, which is on the Arnon border, Iat the extreme end of the border. 37 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not urgently send to you to call you? Why did you not come to me? Am I really unable to honor you?” 38 So Balaam said to Balak, “Behold, I have come now to you! aAm I able to speak anything at all? The word that God puts in my mouth, that I shall speak.” 39 And Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth. 40 Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent [some] to Balaam and the leaders who were with him.

[36] ILit which is at
[38] aNu 22:18

41 ¶ Then it came about in the morning that Balak took Balaam and brought him up to Iathe high places of Baal, and he saw from there IIa bportion of the people.

[41] IOr Bamoth-baal IILit the end of the camp aNu 21:28 bNu 23:13


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Balak's first message for Balaam is refused.

1 ¶ And the children of Israel set forward,¬ and pitched¬ in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan [by] Jericho.

[1] Nu 21:20; 32:19; 33:48; 34:15; 36:13; Dt 1:5; 3:8; 34:1, 8; Jsh 3:16.

2 ¶ And Balak the son of Zippor saw¬ all that Israel had done¬ to the Amorites. 3 And Moab was sore afraid¬ of the people, because they [were] many: and Moab was distressed¬ because of the children of Israel. 4 And Moab said¬ unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up¬ all [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. 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: 6 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.¬ 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. 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. 9 And God came¬ unto Balaam, and said,¬ What men [are] these with thee? 10 And Balaam said¬ unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent¬ unto me, [saying], 11 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.¬ 12 And God said¬ unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go¬ with them; thou shalt not curse¬ the people: for they [are] blessed.¬ 13 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. 14 And the princes of Moab rose up,¬ and they went¬ unto Balak, and said,¬ Balaam refuseth¬ to come¬ with us.

[2] Nu 21:3, 20; Jg 11:25.
[3] Ex 15:15; Dt 2:25; Jsh 2:10, 24; 9:24; Ps 53:5; Is 23:5.
[4] Nu 22:2, 7; 24:17; 25:15; 31:8; Jsh 13:21; Jg 11:25; Jr 48:38.
[5] Gn 13:16; Ex 1:7; Nu 23:7; Dt 23:4; Jsh 13:22; 24:9; Ne 13:1; Ps 105:24; Mi 6:5; 2P 2:15; Jde 1:11; Rv 2:14.
[6] Gn 12:3; 27:29; Nu 23:7; 24:9; Dt 23:4; Jsh 24:9; 1S 17:43; 1K 22:6, 8, 13; Ne 13:2; Ps 109:17, 28; Pv 26:2; Is 47:12; Ezk 13:6; Ac 8:9; 16:16.
[7] 1S 9:7; Is 56:11; Ezk 13:19; Mi 3:11; Ro 16:18; 1Ti 6:9; Tit 1:11; 2P 2:15; Jde 1:11.
[8] Nu 12:6; 22:19; 23:12; Jr 12:2; Ezk 33:31.
[9] Gn 3:9; 4:9; 16:8; 20:3; 31:24; 41:25; Ex 4:2; Nu 22:20; 2K 20:14; Dn 2:45; 4:31; Mt 7:22; 24:24; Jn 11:51.
[10] Nu 22:4.
[11] Nu 22:11.
[12] Gn 12:2; 22:16; Nu 22:19, 20; 23:3, 13, 19, 20, 23; Dt 23:5; 33:29; Jb 33:15; Ps 144:15; 146:5; Mi 6:5; Mt 27:19; Ro 4:6; 11:29; Ep 1:3.
[13] Nu 22:14; Dt 23:5.
[14] Nu 22:13, 37.

His second message obtaineth him.

15 ¶ And Balak sent¬ yet again¬ princes, more, and more honourable¬ than they. 16 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: 17 For I will promote¬ thee unto very great¬ honour,¬ and I will do¬ whatsoever thou sayest¬ unto me: come¬ therefore, I pray thee, curse¬ me this people. 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. 19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry¬ ye also here this night, that I may know¬ what the LORD will say¬ unto me more.¬ 20 And God came¬ unto Balaam at night, and said¬ unto him, If the men come¬ to call¬ thee, rise up,¬ [and] go¬ with them; but yet the word which I shall say¬ unto thee, that shalt thou do.¬ 21 And Balaam rose up¬ in the morning, and saddled¬ his ass, and went¬ with the princes of Moab.

[15] Nu 22:7; Ac 10:7.
[16] Nu 22:16.
[17] Nu 22:6; 23:2, 29; 24:11; Dt 16:9; Es 5:11; 7:9; Mt 4:8; 14:7; 16:26.
[18] Nu 23:26; 24:13; 1K 22:14; 2Ch 18:13; Dn 5:17; Ac 8:20; Tit 1:16.
[19] Nu 22:7; 1Ti 6:9; 2P 2:3, 15; Jde 1:11.
[20] Nu 22:9, 35; 23:12, 26; 24:13; 1S 8:5; 12:12; Ps 33:10; 78:30; 81:12; Is 37:29; Ezk 14:2; Ho 13:11; 2Th 2:9.
[21] Pv 1:15.

An angel would have slain him, if his ass had not saved him.

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. 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 smote¬ the ass, to turn¬ her into the way. 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. 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 smote¬ her again.¬ 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. 27 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. 28 And the LORD 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? 29 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. 30 And the ass said¬ unto Balaam, [Am] not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden¬ ever since [I was] thine unto this day? was I ever¬ wont¬ to do so¬ unto thee? And he said,¬ Nay. 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. 32 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, because [thy] way is perverse¬ before me: 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¬ thee, and saved her alive.¬ 34 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, if it displease thee,¬ I will get me back again.¬ 35 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.

[22] Gn 48:15; Ex 3:2; 4:24; Nu 22:32, 35; 2K 10:20; Lm 2:4; Ho 1:4; 12:4.
[23] 2K 6:17; 1Ch 21:16; Jr 8:7; Dn 10:7; Ac 22:9; 1Co 1:27; 2P 2:16; Jde 1:11.
[25] Jb 5:13; Is 47:12.
[26] Is 26:11; Ho 2:6.
[27] Pv 14:16; 27:3.
[28] Ex 4:11; Lk 1:37; Ro 8:22; 1Co 1:19; 2P 2:16.
[29] Pv 12:10, 16; Ec 9:3.
[30] 1Co 1:27; 2P 2:16.
[31] Gn 21:19; Ex 34:8; Nu 24:4, 16; 2K 6:17; 1Ch 21:16; Ps 9:20; Lk 24:16, 31; Jn 18:6; Ac 26:18.
[32] Ex 3:2; Nu 22:20, 22, 28, 35; Dt 23:4; 25:4; Ps 36:6; 145:9; 147:9; Pv 14:2; 28:6, 18; Jna 4:11; Mi 6:5; Ac 13:10; 2P 2:14.
[33] Nu 14:37; 16:33; 1K 13:24.
[34] Ex 9:27; 10:16; Nu 11:1; 22:12; 1S 15:24, 30; 24:17; 26:21; 2S 12:13; 1Ch 21:7; Jb 34:31; Ps 78:34; Pv 24:18; Mt 27:4.
[35] Nu 22:20; Ps 81:12; Is 37:26; 2Th 2:9.

Balak entertaineth him.

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. 37 And Balak said¬ unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly¬ send¬ unto thee to call¬ thee? wherefore camest¬ thou not unto me? am I not able¬ indeed to promote thee to honour?¬ 38 And Balaam said¬ unto Balak, Lo, I am come¬ unto thee: have I now any power¬ at all¬ to say¬ any thing? the word that God putteth¬ in my mouth, that shall I speak.¬ 39 And Balaam went¬ with Balak, and they came¬ unto Kirjathhuzoth. 40 And Balak offered¬ oxen and sheep, and sent¬ to Balaam, and to the princes that [were] with him. 41 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took¬ Balaam, and brought him up¬ into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see¬ the utmost [part] of the people.

[36] Gn 14:17; 18:2; 46:29; Ex 18:7; Nu 21:13; Dt 2:24; 3:8; Jg 11:18; 1S 13:10; Is 16:2; Jr 48:20; Ac 28:15.
[37] Nu 22:16; 24:11; Ps 75:6; Mt 4:8; Lk 4:6; Jn 5:44.
[38] Nu 22:18; 23:16, 26; 24:13; 1K 22:14; 2Ch 18:13; Ps 33:10; 76:10; Pv 19:21; Is 44:25; 46:10; 47:12.
[39] Nu 22:39.
[40] Gn 31:54; Nu 23:2, 14, 30; Pv 1:16.
[41] Nu 21:19; 23:13; 25:2; Dt 12:2; 2Ch 11:15; Jr 48:35.


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