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CH A P. XXII.
Balak's first Message for Balaam is refused : 15 His second obtaineth him : 22 An Angel would have sain him, if his Afs had not saved him : 36 Balak entertaineth him.
ed in the Plains of Moab on this Side Jordan by Jericho.
2 And Balak the Son of Zippor faw 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 Meslengers therefore unto Balaam the Son of Beor, to Pethor, which is by the River of the Land of the Children of bis 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 blefleft, is blefied, and he whom thou curseft, 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
12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them, thou shalt not curse the People : for. they are blefled.
13 And Balaam rofe 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.
15 And Balak fent yet again Princes, more, and more honourable than they.
16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus faith 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 Thalt thou do.
21 And Balaam rose up in the Morning, and faddled his Ass, and went with the Princes of Moab.
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 (mote 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 faw the Angel of the LORD, she
thrust herself unto the Wall, and crusht 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 the said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou haft smitten me these three Times ?
29 And Balaam said unto the Afs, Because thou haft mocked me : I would there were a Sword in mine Hand, for now would I kill thee. 30 u And the Ass said unto
1 2 Pet. ii. Is Following the Way Balaam, Am not I thine Ass, loved the Wages of UNRIGHTEOUS
of Balaam the Son of Bozor, who upon which thou hast ridden NESS; ever since I was thine, unto 16 But was rebuked for his Iniqui
ty : the dumb Ass speaking with this Day? was I ever wont Man's Voice, forbad the Madness of to do so unto thee? and he the Prophet. 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 fat on his Face.
32 And the Angel of the Lord said unto him, Wherefore haft 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 flain thee, and saved her alive.
34 And Balaam said unto the Angel of the Lord, I have finned; 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.
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 Hongur?
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 Kirjath-Huzoth.
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.
CH A P. XXIII. 1, 13, 28 Balak's Sacrifice. 7, 18 Balaam's Parable. . Ver. 13 A with me unto another Place, from whence thou
ND Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, mayest see them : thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all : and curse me them from thence.
14 And he brought him into the Field of Zophim, to the Top of Pisgah, and built seven Altars, and offered a Bullock and a Ram on every Altar.
15 And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy Burntoffering, while I meet the LORD yonder.
16 And the LORD mat Balaam, and put a Word in his Mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus.
17. 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?
18 And he took up his Parable, and said, Rise up Balak, and hear; hearken unto me thou Son of Zippor:
19 God 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 he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it.
21 He hath not beheld Iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen Perverseness in Ifraél, the LORD bis God is with him, and the Shout of a King is among them.
22 God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the Strength of an Unicorn.
23 Surely there is no Enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any Divination against Israel : according to this Time it shall be faid of Jacob, and of Israel, What hath God wrought ?
24 Behold the People shall rise up as a great Lion, and lift
up himself as a young Lion : he 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.
26 But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thce, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?
27 And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another Place ; peradventure it will please God, that thou mayest curse me them from thence.
28. And Balak brought Balaam unto the Top of Peor, that looketh toward Jeshimon.
29 And Balaam faid unto Balak, Build me here seven Altars, and prepare me here seven Bullocks and sever Rams.
30 And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a Bullock and a Ram on every Altar.
CH A P. XXIV.
ND w when Balaam * Micah vi. 3 O my People, what
have I done unto thee, and wherein the LORD to bless Israel, he ine. went not as at other Times,
4 For I brought thee ap out of the
Land of Egypt, and REDEEMED thee to feck for Enchantments, but
out of the House of Servants, and I he set his Face toward the sent before thee MOSES, Aaron, and Wilderness.
MIRIAM. 2 And Balaam lift up his what Balax King of Moab consulted,
so my People, remember now Eyes, and he saw Israel abid- and what Balsam the Son of Bcor ing in his Tents according answered him from Shiecim unto Gilto their Tribes, and the Spi- OUSNESS of the LORD.
gal, that ye may know the RIGHTI rit 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: