NASB — Numbers 24 — KJV

The Prophecy from Peor

1 When Balaam saw that it Ipleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not go as at other times to IIseek aomens but he set his face toward the bwilderness. 2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel Icamping tribe by tribe; and athe Spirit of God came upon him. 3 He took up his Idiscourse and said,
  “aThe oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
  And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened;
  4 The oracle of him who ahears the Iwords of God,
  Who sees the bvision of IIthe Almighty,
  Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered,
  5 How fair are your tents, O Jacob,
  Your dwellings, O Israel!
  6 “Like Ivalleys that stretch out,
  Like gardens beside the river,
  Like aaloes planted by the LORD,
  Like bcedars beside the waters.
  7 “Water will flow from his buckets,
  And his seed [will be] by many waters,
  And his king shall be higher than aAgag,
  bAnd his kingdom shall be exalted.
  8aGod brings him out of Egypt,
  He is for him like the horns of the wild ox.
  bHe will devour the nations [who are] his adversaries,
  And will crush their bones in pieces,
  And shatter [them] with his carrows.
  9aHe Icouches, he lies down as a lion,
  And as a IIlion, who IIIdares rouse him?
  bBlessed is everyone who blesses you,
  And cursed is everyone who curses you.”

[1] ILit was good in the eyes of IILit encounter aNu 22:7; 23:23 bNu 23:28
[2] ILit dwelling aNu 11:26; 1S 19:20; Rv 1:10
[3] ILit parable, and so throughout the ch aNu 24:15, 16
[4] ILit sayings IIHeb Shaddai aNu 22:20 bGn 15:1; Nu 12:6
[6] IOr possibly palm trees aPs 45:8 bPs 1:3
[7] aNu 24:20; 1S 15:8 bPs 145:11-13
[8] aNu 23:22 bNu 23:24; Ps 2:9 cPs 45:5
[9] ILit bows down IIOr lioness IIILit shall aGn 49:9; Nu 23:24 bGn 12:3; 27:29

10 ¶ Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam, and he struck his Ihands together; and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have persisted in blessing them these three times! 11 Therefore, Iflee to your place now. I said I would honor you greatly, but behold, the LORD has held you back from honor.” 12 Balaam said to Balak, “aDid I not tell your messengers whom you had sent to me, saying, 13 ‘Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything contrary to the Icommand of the LORD, either good or bad, aof my own IIaccord. bWhat the LORD speaks, that I will speak’? 14 And now, behold, aI am going to my people; come, [and] I will advise you what this people will do to your people in the Idays to come.”

[10] ILit palms
[11] ILit flee for yourself
[12] aNu 22:18
[13] ILit mouth IILit heart aNu 16:28 bNu 22:20
[14] ILit end of the days aNu 31:8, 16; Jsh 13:22

15 ¶ He took up his discourse and said,
  “aThe oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
  And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
  16 The oracle of him who hears the Iwords of God,
  And knows the knowledge of the IIMost High,
  Who sees the vision of IIIthe Almighty,
  Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered.
  17 “I see him, but not now;
  I behold him, but not near;
  A star shall come forth from Jacob,
  aA scepter shall rise from Israel,
  bAnd shall crush through the Iforehead of Moab,
  And IItear down all the sons of IIISheth.
  18aEdom shall be a possession,
  bSeir, its enemies, also will be a possession,
  While Israel performs valiantly.
  19 “One from Jacob shall have dominion,
  And will destroy the remnant from the city.”

[15] aNu 24:3, 4
[16] ILit sayings IIHeb Elyon IIIHeb Shaddai
[17] ILit corners IIAnother reading is the crown of the head of IIII.e. tumult aGn 49:10 bNu 21:29; Is 15:1-16:14
[18] aGn 27:29; Am 9:11, 12 bGn 32:3

20 ¶ And he looked at Amalek and took up his discourse and said,
  “Amalek was the first of the nations,
  aBut his end [shall be] Idestruction.”

[20] ILit to destroying aNu 24:24

21 ¶ And he looked at the aKenite, and took up his discourse and said,
  “Your dwelling place is enduring,
  And your nest is set in the cliff.
  22 “Nevertheless Kain will be consumed;
  How long will aAsshur Ikeep you captive?”

[21] aGn 15:19
[22] ILit take aGn 10:21, 22

23 ¶ Then he took up his discourse and said,
  “Alas, who can live except God has ordained it?
  24 “But ships [shall come] from the coast of aKittim,
  And they shall afflict Asshur and will afflict bEber;
  cSo they also [will come] to destruction.”

[24] aGn 10:4; Ezk 27:6 bGn 10:21 cNu 24:20

25 ¶ Then Balaam arose and departed and returned to ahis place, and Balak also went his way.

[25] aNu 24:14


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Balaam, leaving divinations, prophesieth the happiness of Israel.

1 ¶ And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness. 2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding [in his tents] according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him. 3 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: 4 He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling [into a trance], but having his eyes open: 5 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, [and] thy tabernacles, O Israel! 6 As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, [and] as cedar trees beside the waters. 7 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed [shall be] in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. 8 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce [them] through with his arrows. 9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed [is] he that blesseth thee, and cursed [is] he that curseth thee.

[1] Nu 22:13; 23:3, 15, 20, 23; 31:16; 1S 24:20; 26:2, 25; Rv 2:14.
[2] Nu 2:2; 11:25; 23:9; 24:5; 1S 10:10; 19:20, 23; 2Ch 15:1; So 6:4, 10; Mt 7:22; 10:4, 8; Lk 10:20; Jn 11:49.
[3] Nu 22:31; 23:7, 18; 24:4, 16.
[4] Gn 15:12; Nu 12:6; 22:31; 1S 19:24; Ps 89:19; Ezk 1:28; Dn 8:17, 26; 10:15; Ac 10:10, 19; 22:17; 2Co 12:1; Rv 1:10, 17.
[6] Gn 2:8; 13:10; Ps 1:3; 92:12; 104:16; So 4:12; 6:11; Is 41:19; 58:11; Jr 17:18; 31:12; Ezk 31:3; 47:12; Jol 3:18.
[7] 1S 15:8, 32; 2S 5:12; 1K 4:21; 1Ch 14:2; Ezr 4:20; Ps 2:6; 18:43; 68:26; 93:3; Pv 5:16; Is 2:2; 9:7; 48:1; Jr 51:13; Dn 2:44; Jn 1:49; Php 2:10; Rv 11:15; 17:1, 15; 19:16.
[8] Nu 14:9; 21:5; 23:22, 24; Dt 7:1; 32:23, 42; Ps 2:9; 21:12; 45:5; Is 38:13; Jr 50:9, 17; Dn 6:24.
[9] Gn 12:3; 27:29; 49:9; Nu 23:24; Jb 38:39; 41:10; Ps 2:12; 122:6; Mt 25:40, 45; Ac 9:5.

Balak in anger dismisseth him.

10 ¶ And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed [them] these three times. 11 Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour. 12 And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying, 13 If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do [either] good or bad of mine own mind; [but] what the LORD saith, that will I speak? 14 And now, behold, I go unto my people: come [therefore, and] I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days.

[10] Nu 22:6, 11, 17; 23:11; Dt 23:4; Jsh 24:9; Ne 13:2; Jb 27:23; Ezk 21:14, 17; 22:13.
[11] Nu 22:17, 37; Mt 19:28; Ac 8:20; Php 3:8; He 11:24; 1P 5:2; 2Jn 1:8.
[12] Nu 22:18, 38.
[14] Gn 49:1; Nu 24:17; 31:7; Is 24:22; Jr 48:47; 49:39; Dn 2:28; 10:14; Ho 3:5; Mi 6:5; Ac 2:17; 2Ti 3:1; Rv 2:10, 14.

He prophesieth of the Star of Jacob, and the destruction of some nations.

15 ¶ And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: 16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, [which] saw the vision of the Almighty, falling [into a trance], but having his eyes open: 17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. 18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. 19 Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.

[15] Nu 23:7, 18; 24:3; Jb 27:1; Mt 13:35.
[16] Nu 24:4; 2S 23:1; 1Co 8:1; 13:2.
[17] Gn 4:25; 5:3; 49:10; 1S 14:38; 2S 8:2; 2K 3:5, 26; 1Ch 18:2; Jb 19:25; Ps 45:6; 72:8; 78:70; 110:2; Is 9:7; Jr 48:45; Zc 10:4; 12:10; Mt 2:2; Lk 1:32, 78; He 1:8; 2P 1:19; Jde 1:11, 14; Rv 1:7; 11:15; 22:16.
[18] Gn 27:29, 40; 2S 8:14; Ps 60:1, 8; Is 34:5; 63:1; Am 9:12.
[19] Gn 49:10; Ps 2:1; 21:7; 72:10; Is 11:10; Mi 5:2, 4; Mt 25:46; 28:18; Lk 19:12, 27; 1Co 15:25; Ep 1:20; Php 2:10; He 1:8; 1P 3:22; Rv 19:16.

20 ¶ And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek [was] the first of the nations; but his latter end [shall be] that he perish for ever. 21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock. 22 Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive. 23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this! 24 And ships [shall come] from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever. 25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.

[20] Ex 17:8, 14, 16; Jg 6:3; 1S 14:48; 15:3, 8; 27:8; 30:1, 17; 1Ch 4:43; Es 3:1; 7:9; 9:14.
[21] Gn 15:19; Jg 1:16; Jb 29:18.
[22] Gn 10:11; Ezr 4:2; Ps 83:8; Ho 14:3.
[23] Nu 23:23; 2K 5:1; Mal 3:2.
[24] Gn 10:4, 21; 14:13; Is 23:1; Dn 2:35, 45; 7:19, 23; 8:5, 21; 9:26; 10:20; 11:30, 45; Mt 24:15; Lk 20:24; 23:29; Jn 11:48; Rv 18:2.
[25] Nu 24:11; 31:8; Jsh 13:22.


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