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of the children of his people, the earth: come now, curse to call him, saying, Behold, me them ; peradventure I there is a people come out shall be able to overcome from Egypt: behold, they them, and drive them out. cover the face of the earth,

God said unto and they abide over against Balaam, Thou shalt not go

with them, thou shalt not 6 Come now therefore, I curse the people: for they pray thee, curse me this peo- are blessed. ple; for they are too mighty 13 And Balaam rose up for me: peradventure I shall in the morning, and said, prevail, that we may fmite unto the princes of Balak, them, and that I may drive Get ye into your land : for them out of the land: for I the Lord refuseth to give me wot that he whom thou bles- leave to go with

you. sest is blessed, and he whom 14 And the princes of thou curseft, is cursed. Moab rose up, and they went

7 And the elders of Moab unto Balak, and said, Balaam and the elders of Midian de- refuseth to come with us. parted, with the rewards of

15 And Balak sent yet divination in their hand; and again princes, more, and they came unto Balaam, and more honourable than they. spake unto him the words of

16 And they came to BaBalak.

laam, and said to him, Thus 8 And he said unto them, saith Balak the son of ZipLodge here this night, and por, Let nothing, I pray I will bring you word again thee, hinder thee from comas the Lord shall speak un-Jing unto me:

And the princes of 17 For I will promote Moab abode with Balaam. thee unto very great honour,

9 And God came unto and I will do whatsoever thou Balaam, and faid, What men sayest unto me. Come thereare there with thee?

fore, I pray thee, curse me 10 And Balaain said unto this people. God, Balak the son of Zip 18 And Balaam answered por, king of Moab, hath sent and said unto the servants of unto me, saying,

Balak, If Balak would give 11 Behold, there is a peo- me his house full of silver ple come of Egypt, and gold, I cannot go bewhich covereth the face of yond the word of the Lord


to me.


my God, to do less or the angel of the Lord, she more.

thrust herself unto the wall, 19 Now therefore, I pray and crushed Balaam's foot you, tarry ye also here this against the wall. And he night, that I may know what smote her again. the Lord will say unto me 26 And the angel of more.

the Lord went further, and 20 And God came unto stood in a narrow place, Balaam at night, and said where was no way to turn unto him, If the men come either to the right hand or to call thee, rise up, and go to the left. with them; but yet the word 27 And when the ass faw which I shall say unto thee, the angel of the Lord, she that shalt thou do.

fell down under Balaam. 21 And Balaam rose

And Balaam's

anger was in the morning, and saddled kindled, and he smote the his ass, and went with the ass with a staff. princes of Moab.

28 And the Lord opened 22 And God's anger the mouth of the ass, and was kindled because he went: she said unto Balaam, What and the angel of the Lord have I done unto thee, that stood in the way for an ad- thou hast smitten me these versary against him. Now three times ? he was riding upon his afs, 29 And Balaam said unto and his two servants were the ass, Because thou hast with him.

mocked me: I would there 23 And the ass saw the were a sword in mine hand; angel of the Lord standing for now would I kill thee. in the way, and his sword 30 And the ass said unto drawn in his hand : and the Balaam, Am not I thine afs, ass turned aside out of the upon which thou hast ridden way, and went into the field. ever since I was thine unto And Balaam smote the ass, this day? was I ever wont to turn her into the way.

to do so unto thee? and he 24 But the angel of the faid, Nay. Lord stood in a path of the 31 Then the Lord openvineyards, a wall being oned the eyes of Balaam, and this side, and a wall on that he faw the angel of the Lord fide.

standing in the way, and his 25 And when the ass law sword drawn in his hand :

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and he bowed down his head, indeed to promote thee to and fell flat on his face. honour?

32 And the angel of the 38 And Balaam said unto Lord said unto him, Where- Balak, Lo, I am come unto fore hast thou smitten thine thee: have I now any power ass these three times ? be- at all to say any thing? the hold, I went out to withstand word that God putteth in thee, because thy way is per- my mouth, that shall I speak. verse before me.

39 And Balaam went with 33 And the ass saw me, Balak, and they came unto and turned from me these Kirjath-huzoth. three times : unless he had 40 And Balak offered oxen turned from me, surely now and sheep, and sent to Balaam, also I had flain thee, and and to the princes that were saved her alive.

with him. 34 And Balaam said unto 41 And it came to pass the angel of the Lord, Il on the morrow, that Balak have finned; for I knew not took Balaam, and brought that thou stoodest in the way him up into the high places against me; now therefore of Baal, that thence he might if it displease thee, I will get see the utmost part of the me back again.

people. 35 And the angel of the Lord said unto Balaam, Go

CHAP. XXIII. with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto ND Balaam said unto

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So Balaam went with the seven altars, and prepare me princes of Balak,

here seven oxen, and seven 36 And when Balak rams, heard that Balaam was coine, 2 And Balak did as Bar he went out to meet him, laam had spoken ; and Balak unto a city of Moab, which and Balaam offered on every is in the border of Arnon, altar a bullock and a ram. which is in the utmost coast. 3 And Balaam said unto

37 And Balak said unto Balak, Stand by thy burntBalaam, Did I not earnestly offering, and I will go: perfend unto thee, to call thee : adventure the Lord will wherefore camcít thou not come to meet me: and whatunto me? am I not able foever he sheweth me, I will


tell thee. And he went to done unto me? I took thee an high place.

to curfe mine enemies, and 4 And God met Balaam : behold, thou hast blessed them and he said unto him, I have altogether. prepared feven altars, and I 12 And he answered and have offered upon every altar | said, Must I not take heed a bullock and a ram.

to speak that which the Lord 5 And the LORD put a hath put


mouth? word in Balaam's mouth, 13 And Balak said unto and said, Return unto Balak, him, Come, I pray thee, and thus thou shalt speak. with me unto another place,

6 And he returned unto from whence thou mayest see him, and lo, he stood by his them : thou shalt see but the burnt-facrifice, he, and all utmost part of them, and the princes of Moab. fhalt not see them all : and

7 g And he took up his curse me them from thence. parable, and said, Balak the 14 And he brought him king of Moab hath brought into the field of Zophim, to me from Aram, out of the the top of Pisgah, and built mountains of the east, saying, seven altars, and offered a. Come, curse me Jacob, and bullock and a ram on every come, defy Ifrael.

altar. 8 How shall I curse, whom 15 And he said unto Balak, God hath not cursed? or Stand here by thy burnthow shall I defy, whom the offering, while I meet the Lord hath not defied ?

LORD yonder. 9 For from the top of the 16 And the Lord met rocks I fee him, and from Balaam, and put a word in the hills I behold him : lo, his mouth, and said, Go the people shall dwell alone, again unto Balak, and fay and shall not be reckoned thus. among the nations.

17 And when he came to 10 Who can count the him, behold, he stood by his duft of Jacob, and the num- burnt-offering, and the prinber of the fourth part of ces of Moab with him. And Israel? Let me die the death Balak said unto him, What of the righteous, and let my hath the Lord spoken? last end be like his !

18 q And he took


his 11 And Balak said unto parable, and said, Rise up, Balaam, What hast thou Balak, and hear'; hearken

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unto me, thou son of Zip- not I thee, saying, All that por :

the Lord speaketh, that I 19 God is not a man, must do? that he should lie; neither 27 And Balak said unto the son of man, that he should Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I repent : hath he said, and will bring thee unto another shall he not do it? or hath place: peradventure it will he spoken, and shall he not please God, that thou mayest make good

curse me them from thence. 20 Behold, I have receiv 28 g And Balak brought ed commandment to bless; and Balaam unto the top of Peor, he hath blessed: and I can- that looketh toward Jeshinot reverse it.

21 He hath not beheld 29 And Balaam said unto iniquity in Jacob, neither Balak, Build me here seven hath he seen perverseness in altars, and prepare me here Israel : the Lord his God is feven bullocks, and seven with him, and the shout of rams. kingmong them. 30 And Balak did as Ba

22 God brought them out laam had said, and offered a of Egypt; he hath as it were bullock and a rạm on every the strength of an unicorn. altar.

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CHAP. XXIV. ther is there any divination

int:ccording to ND when Balaam law this time it shall be said of that, it pleased the Jacob and of Israel, What Lord to bless Ifrael, he hath dwught

went not as at other times, 24 Behold, the people shall to seek for inchantments, but

granadh face toward the lift up himself as a young wilderness. lion: he shall not lie down 2 And Balaam lift


his until he eat of the prey, and eyes, and he saw Israel abiddrink the blood of the flain. ing in his tents according to

25 And Balak faid unto their tribes; and the Spirit Balaam, Neither curse them of God came upon him. at all, nor bless them at all. 3 And he took

up 26 But Balaam answered rable, and said, Balaam the and said unto Balak, Told son of Beor hath faid, and



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