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NUMBERS, 17
Aaron's rod

17:1     And the Lord said to Moses, 2 Say to the children of Israel that they are to give you rods, one for every family, for every chief, the head of his father's house, making twelve rods ; let every man's name be placed on his rod. 3 And let Aaron's name be placed on the rod of Levi : for there is to be one rod for the head of every family. 4 And let them be stored up in the Tent of meeting, in front of the ark of witness where I come to you. 5 And the rod of that man who is marked out by me for myself will have buds on it ; so I will put a stop to the outcries which the children of Israel make to me against you. 6 So Moses gave these orders to the children of Israel, and all their chiefs gave him rods, one for the head of every family, making twelve rods : and Aaron's rod was among them. 7 And Moses put the rods before the Lord in the Tent of witness.
17:8     Now on the day after, Moses went into the Tent of witness; and he saw that Aaron's rod, the rod of the house of Levi, had put out buds, and was covered with buds and flowers and fruit. 9 Then Moses took out all the rods from before the Lord, and gave them back to the children of Israel: and they saw them, and every man took his rod. 10 And the Lord said to Moses, Put Aaron's rod back in front of the ark of witness, to be kept for a sign against this false-hearted people, so that you may put a stop to their outcries against me, and death may not overtake them. 11 This Moses did: as the Lord gave orders, so he did.
17:12     And the children of Israel said to Moses, Truly, destruction has come on us ; an evil fate has overtaken us all. 13 Death will overtake everyone who comes near, who comes near the House of the Lord: are we all to come to destruction?

NUMBERS, 18
Aaron's priesthood

18:1     And the Lord said to Aaron, You and your sons and your father's family are to be responsible for all wrongdoing in relation to the holy place : and you and your sons are to be responsible for the errors which come about in your work as priests. 2 Let your brothers, the family of Levi, come near with you, so that they may be joined with you and be your servants: but you and your sons with you are to go in before the ark of witness. 3 They are to do your orders and be responsible for the work of the Tent ; but they may not come near the vessels of the holy place or the altar, so that death may not overtake them or you. 4 They are to be joined with you in the care of the Tent of meeting, doing whatever is needed for the Tent: and no one of any other family may come near you. 5 You are to be responsible for the holy place and the altar, so that wrath may never again come on the children of Israel. 6 Now, see, I have taken your brothers the Levites from among the children of Israel : they are given to you and to the Lord, to do the work of the Tent of meeting. 7 And you and your sons with you are to be responsible as priests for the altar and everything on it, and everything inside the veil ; you are to do the work of priests; I have given you your position as priests ; and any other man who comes near will be put to death.
18:8     And the Lord said to Aaron, See, I have given into your care my lifted offerings ; even all the holy things of the children of Israel I have given to you and to your sons as your right for ever, because you have been marked with the holy oil. 9 This is to be yours of the most holy things, out of the fire offerings ; every offering of theirs, every meal offering and sin-offering, and every offering which they make on account of error, is to be most holy for you and your sons. 10 As most holy things they are to be your food: let every male have them for food ; it is to be holy to you. 11 And this is yours : the lifted offering which they give and all the wave offerings of the children of Israel I have given to you and to your sons and to your daughters as your right for ever : everyone in your house who is clean may have them for food. 12 All the best of the oil and the wine and the grain, the first-fruits of them which they give to the Lord, to you have I given them. 13 The earliest produce from their land which they take to the Lord is to be yours ; everyone in your house who is clean may have it for his food. 14 Everything given by oath to the Lord in Israel is to be yours. 15 The first birth of every living thing which is offered to the Lord, of man or beast, is to be yours ; but for the first sons of man payment is to be made, and for the first young of unclean beasts. 16 Payment is to be made for these when they are a month old, at the value fixed by you, a price of five shekels by the scale of the holy place, that is, twenty gerahs to the shekel. 17 But no such payment may be made for the first birth of an ox or a sheep or a goat ; these are holy : their blood is to be dropped on the altar, and their fat burned for an offering made by fire, a sweet smell to the Lord. 18 Their flesh is to be yours ; like the breast of the wave offering and the right leg, it is to be yours. 19 All the lifted offerings of the holy things which the children of Israel give to the Lord, I have given to you and to your sons and to your daughters as a right for ever. This is an agreement made with salt before the Lord, to you and to your seed for ever. 20 And the Lord said to Aaron, You will have no heritage in their land, or any part among them ; I am your part and your heritage among the children of Israel.
18:21     And to the children of Levi I have given as their heritage all the tenths offered in Israel, as payment for the work they do, the work of the Tent of meeting. 22 In future the children of Israel are not to come near the Tent of meeting, so that death may not come to them because of sin. 23 But the Levites are to do the work of the Tent of meeting, and be responsible for errors in connection with it: this is a law for ever through all your generations ; and among the children of Israel they will have no heritage. 24 For the tenths which the children of Israel give as a lifted offering to the Lord I have given to the Levites as their heritage. and so I have said to them, Among the children of Israel they will have no heritage.
18:25     And the Lord said to Moses, 26 Say to the Levites, When you take from the children of Israel the tenth which I have given to you from them as your heritage, a tenth part of that tenth is to be offered as an offering lifted up before the Lord. 27 And this lifted offering is to be put to your credit as if it was grain from the grain-floor and wine from the vines. 28 So you are to make an offering lifted up to the Lord from all the tenths which you get from the children of Israel, giving out of it the Lord's lifted offering to Aaron the priest. 29 From everything given to you, let the best of it, the holy part of it, be offered as a lifted offering to the Lord. 30 Say to them, then, When the best of it is lifted up on high, it is to be put to the account of the Levites as the increase of the grain-floor and of the place where the grapes are crushed. 31 It is to be your food, for you and your families in every place : it is your reward for your work in the Tent of meeting. 32 And no sin will be yours on account of it, when the best of it has been lifted up on high ; you are not to make a wrong use of the holy things of the children of Israel, so that death may not overtake you.

NUMBERS, 19
Purification of the unclean

19:1     And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 2 This is the rule of the law which the Lord has made, saying, Give orders to the children of Israel to give you a red cow without any mark on her, and on which the yoke has never been put : 3 Give her to Eleazar the priest and let him take her outside the tent-circle and have her put to death before him. 4 Then let Eleazar the priest take some of her blood on his finger, shaking the blood seven times in the direction of the front of the Tent of meeting: 5 And the cow is to be burned before him, her skin and her flesh and her blood and her waste are to be burned: 6 Then let the priest take cedar-wood and hyssop and red thread, and put them into the fire where the cow is burning. 7 And the priest, after washing his clothing and bathing his body in water, may come back to the tent-circle, and will be unclean till evening. 8 And he who does the burning is to have his clothing washed and his body bathed in water and be unclean till evening. 9 Then let a man who is clean take the dust of the burned cow and put it outside the tent-circle in a clean place, where it is to be kept for the children of Israel and used in making the water which takes away what is unclean : it is a sin-offering. 10 And he who takes up the dust of the burned cow is to have his clothing washed with water and be unclean till evening: this is to be a law for ever, for the children of Israel as well as for the man from another country who is living among them.
19:11     Anyone touching a dead body will be unclean for seven days : 12 On the third day and on the seventh day he is to make himself clean with the water, and so he will be clean: but if he does not do this on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not be clean. 13 Anyone touching the body of a dead man without making himself clean in this way, makes the House of the Lord unclean; and that man will be cut off from Israel: because the water was not put on him, he will be unclean; his unclean condition is unchanged.
19:14     This is the law when death comes to a man in his tent: everyone who comes into the tent, and everyone who is in the tent, will be unclean for seven days. 15 And every open vessel without a cover fixed on it will be unclean. 16 And anyone touching one who has been put to death with the sword in the open country, or the body of one who has come to his end by a natural death, or a man's bone, or the resting-place of a dead body, will be unclean for seven days. 17 And for the unclean, they are to take the dust of the burning of the sin-offering, and put flowing water on it in a vessel : 18 And a clean person is to take hyssop and put it in the water, shaking it over the tent, and all the vessels, and the people who were there, and over him by whom the bone, or the body of one who has been put to death with the sword, or the body of one who has come to his end by a natural death, or the resting-place was touched. 19 Let the clean person do this to the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day : and on the seventh day he is to make him clean ; and after washing his clothing and bathing himself in water, he will be clean in the evening.
19:20     But the man who, being unclean, does not make himself clean in this way, will be cut off from the meeting of the people, because he has made the holy place of the Lord unclean : the water has not been put on him, he is unclean. 21 This is to be a law for them for ever : he who puts the water on the unclean person is to have his clothing washed; and anyone touching the water will be unclean till evening. 22 Anything touched by the unclean person will be unclean ; and any person touching it will be unclean till evening.

NUMBERS, 20
Water from the rock

20:1     In the first month all the children of Israel came into the waste land of Zin, and put up their tents in Kadesh ; there death came to Miriam, and they put her body to rest in the earth.
2     And there was no water for the people : and they came together against Moses and against Aaron. 3 And the people were angry with Moses and said, If only death had overtaken us when our brothers came to their death before the Lord ! 4 Why have you taken the Lord's people into this waste, for death to come to us and to our cattle there ? 5 Why have you made us come out of Egypt into this evil place ? This is no place of seed or figs or vines or other fruits, and there is no water for drinking. 6 Then Moses and Aaron went away from the people to the door of the Tent of meeting ; and, falling on their faces there, they saw the glory of the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Moses, 8 Take the rod, you and Aaron, your brother, and make all the people come together, and before their eyes give orders to the rock to give out its water ; and so make water come out of the rock for them, and give the people and their cattle drink. 9 And Moses took the rod from before the Lord as he gave him orders.
20:10     Then Moses and Aaron made the people come together in front of the rock, and he said to them, Give ear now, you people whose hearts are turned from the Lord; are we to get water for you out of the rock ? 11 And lifting up his hand, Moses gave the rock two blows with his rod : and water came streaming out, and the people and their cattle had drink enough. 12 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, Because you had not enough faith in me to keep my name holy before the children of Israel, you will not take this people into the land which I have given them. 13 These are the waters of Meribah ; because the children of Israel went against the Lord, and they saw that he was holy among them.
20:14     Then Moses sent men from Kadesh to the king of Edom to say to him, Your brother Israel says, You have knowledge of all the things we have been through ; 15 How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we were living in Egypt for a long time ; and the Egyptians were cruel to us and to our fathers : 16 And the Lord gave ear to the voice of our cry, and sent an angel and took us out of Egypt: and now we are in Kadesh, a town on the edge of your land; 17 Let us now go through your land: we will not go into field or vine-garden, or take the water of the springs ; we will go by the highway, not turning to the right or to the left, till we have gone past the limits of your land. 18 And Edom said, You are not to go through my land, for if you do I will come out against you with the sword. 19 And the children of Israel said to him, We will go up by the highway : and if we or our cattle take of your water, we will give you a price for it : only let us go through on our feet, nothing more. 20 But he said, You are not to go through. And Edom came out against them in his strength, with a great army. 21 So Edom would not let Israel go through his land ; and Israel went in another direction.
20:22     And they went on from Kadesh, and came, with all their people, to Mount Hor. 23 And at Mount Hor, at the edge of the land of Edom, the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 24 Aaron will be put to rest with his people ; he will not go into the land which I have given to the children of Israel, because you went against my word at the waters of Meribah. 25 So take Aaron and Eleazar, his son, up into Mount Hor ; 26 And take Aaron's robes off him and put them on Eleazar, his son : and death will come to Aaron there, and he will be put to rest with his people. 27 So Moses did as the Lord had said, and before the eyes of all the people they went up Mount Hor. 28 And Moses took off Aaron's robes, and put them on Eleazar, his son ; and there on the top of the mountain death came to Aaron: then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain. 29 And when the people saw that Aaron was dead, all the children of Israel gave themselves up to weeping for him for thirty days.

NUMBERS, 21
Fiery serpents

    21:1     And it came to the ears of the Canaanite, the king of Arad, living in the South, that Israel was coming by the way of Atharim, and he came out against them and took some of them prisoners. 2 Then Israel made an oath to the Lord, and said, If you will give up this people into my hands, then I will send complete destruction on all their towns. 3 And the Lord, in answer to the voice of Israel, gave the Canaanites up to them; and they put them and their towns completely to destruction: and that place was named Hormah.
21:4     Then they went on from Mount Hor by the way to the Red Sea, going round the land of Edom: and the spirit of the people was overcome with weariness on the way. 5 And crying out against God and against Moses, they said, Why have you taken us out of Egypt to come to our death in the waste land? For there is no bread and no water, and this poor bread is disgusting to us. 6 Then the Lord sent poison-snakes among the people ; and their bites were a cause of death to numbers of the people of Israel. 7 Then the people came to Moses and said, We have done wrong in crying out against the Lord and against you: make prayer to the Lord to take away the snakes from us. So Moses made prayer for the people. 8 And the Lord said to Moses, Make an image of a snake and put it on a rod, and anyone who has been wounded by the snakes, looking on it will be made well. 9 So Moses made a snake of brass and put it on a rod ; and anyone who had a snakebite, after looking on the snake of brass, was made well.
21:10     Then the children of Israel went on and put up their tents in Oboth. 11 And journeying on again from Oboth, they put up their tents in Iye-abarim, in the waste land before Moab looking east. 12 And moving on from there, they put up their tents in the valley of Zered. 13 From there they went on and put up their tents on the other side of the Arnon, which is on the waste land at the edge of the land of the Amorites ; for the Arnon is the line of division between Moab and the Amorites : 14 As it says in the book of the Wars of the Lord,
    Vaheb in Suphah, and the valley of the Amon ; 15 The slope of the valleys going down to the tents of Ar and touching the edge of Moab. 16 From there they went on to Beer, the water-spring of which the Lord said to Moses, Make the people come together and I will give them water. 17 Then Israel gave voice to this song: Come up, O water-spring, let us make a song to it : 18 The fountain made by the chiefs, made deep by the great ones of the people, with the law-givers' rod, and with their sticks. Then from the waste land they went on to Mattanah: 19 And from Mattanah to Nahaliel : and from Nahaliel to Bamoth: 20 And from Bamoth to the valley in the open country of Moab, and to the top of Pisgah looking over Jeshimon.
21:21     And Israel sent men to Sihon, king of the Amorites, saying, 22 Let me go through your land : we will not go into field or vine-garden, or take the water of the springs ; we will go by the highway till we have gone past the limits of your land. 23 And Sihon would not let Israel go through his land ; but got all his people together and went out against Israel into the waste land, as far as Jahaz, to make war on Israel. 24 But Israel overcame him, and took all his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the country of the children of Ammon, for the country of the children of Ammon was strongly armed. 25 And Israel took all their towns, living in Heshbon and all the towns and small places of the Amorites. 26 For Heshbon was the town of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who had made war against an earlier king of Moab and taken from him all his land as far as the Arnon. 27 So the makers of wise sayings say,
    Come to Heshbon, building up the town of Sihon and making it strong : 28 For a fire has gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the town of Sihon: for the destruction of Ar in Moab, and the lords of the high places of the Arnon. 29 Sorrow is yours, O Moab ! Destruction is your fate, O people of Chemosh : his sons have gone in flight, and his daughters are prisoners, in the hands of Sihon, king of the Amorites. 30 They are wounded with our arrows ; destruction has come on Heshbon, even to Dibon ; and we have made the land waste as far as Nophah, stretching out to Medeba.
21:31     So Israel put up their tents in the land of the Amorites. 32 And Moses sent men secretly to Jazer, and they took its towns, driving out the Amorites who were living there. 33 Then turning they went up by the way of Bashan ; and Og, king of Bashan, went out against them with all his people, to the fight at Edrei. 34 And the Lord said to Moses, Have no fear of him : for I have given him up into your hands, with all his people and his land ; do to him as you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites, at Heshbon. 35 So they overcame him and his sons and his people, driving them all out : and they took his land for their heritage.

NUMBERS, 22
Balaam's ass speaks

22:1     Then the children of Israel, journeying on, put up their tents in the lowlands of Moab, on the other side of Jordan at Jericho. 2 Now Balak, the son of Zippor, saw what Israel had done to the Amorites. 3 And in Moab there was great fear of the people, because their numbers were so great : and the feeling of Moab was bitter against the children of Israel. 4 Then Moab said to the responsible men of Midian, It is clear that this great people will be the destruction of everything round us, making a meal of us as the ox does of the grass of the field. At that time Balak, the son of Zippor, was king of Moab. 5 So he sent men to Balaam, son of Beor, at Pethor by the River in the land of the children of his people, saying to him, See, a people has come out of Egypt, covering all the face of the earth, and they have put up their tents opposite to me : 6 Come now, in answer to my prayer, and put a curse on this people, for they are greater than I : and then I may be strong enough to overcome them and send them out of the land : for it is clear that good comes to him who has your blessing, but he on whom you put your curse is cursed.
22:7     So the responsible men of Moab and Midian went away, taking in their hands rewards for the prophet; and they came to Balaam and said to him what Balak had given them orders to say. 8 And he said to them, Take your rest here tonight, and I will give you an answer after hearing what the Lord says; so the chiefs of Moab kept there with Balaam that night. 9 And God came to Balaam and said, Who are these men with you ? 10 And Balaam said to God, Balak, the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent them to me, saying, 11 See, the people who have come out of Egypt are covering all the earth : now, put a curse on this people for me, so that I may be able to make war on them, driving them out of the land. 12 And God said to Balaam, You are not to go with them, or put a curse on this people, for they have my blessing. 13 In the morning Balaam got up and said to the chiefs of Balak, Go back to your land, for the Lord will not let me go with you. 14 So the chiefs of Moab went back to Balak and said, Balaam will not come with us.
22:15     So Balak sent more chiefs, greater in number and of higher position than the others. 16 And they came to Balaam and said, Balak, son of Zippor, says, Let nothing keep you from coming to me : 17 For I will give you a place of very great honour, and whatever you say to me I will do ; so come, in answer to my prayer, and put a curse on this people. 18 But Balaam, in answer ; said to the servants of Balak, Even if Balak gave me his house full of silver and gold, it would not be possible for me to do anything more or less than the orders of the Lord my God. 19 So take your rest here this night, till I have knowledge what more the Lord has to say to me. 20 And that night God came to Balaam and said to him, If these men have come for you, go with them: but do only what I say to you.
22:21     So in the morning Balaam got up and, making his ass ready, went with the chiefs of Moab. 22 But God was moved to wrath because he went : and the angel of the Lord took up a position in the road to keep him from his purpose. Now he was seated on his ass, and his two servants were with him. 23 And the ass saw the angel of the Lord waiting in the road with his sword in his hand ; and turning from the road, the ass went into the field ; and Balaam gave the ass blows, to get her back on to the road. 24 Then the angel of the Lord took up his position in a narrow road through the vine-gardens, with a wall on this side and on that. 25 And the ass saw the angel of the Lord, and went near the wall, crushing Balaam's foot against the wall ; and he gave her more blows. 26 Then the angel of the Lord went further, stopping in a narrow place where there was no room for turning to the right or to the left. 27 And the ass saw the angel of the Lord and went down on the earth under Balaam; and full of wrath, Balaam gave her hard blows with his stick. 28 Then the Lord gave the ass the power of talking, and opening her mouth she said to Balaam, What have I done to you that you have given me blows these three times? 29 And Balaam said to the ass, You have made me seem foolish : if only I had a sword in my hand I would put you to death. 30 And the ass said to Balaam, Am I not your ass upon which you have gone all your life till this day ? and have I ever done this to you before ? And he said, No.
22:31     Then the Lord made Balaam's eyes open, and he saw the angel of the Lord in the way with his sword in his hand: and he went down on his face to the earth. 32 And the angel of the Lord said to him, Why have you given your ass blows these three times ? See, I have come out against you to keep you back, because your purpose is not pleasing to me. 33 And the ass saw me, turning to one side from me three times : if she had not gone to one side, I would certainly have put you to death and kept her safe. 34 And Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, I have done wrong, for I did not see that you were in the way against me: but now, if it is evil in your eyes, I will go back again. 35 And the angel of the Lord said to Balaam, Go with the men ; but say only what I give you to say. Then Balaam went on with the chiefs of Balak.
22:36     Now Balak, hearing that Balaam had come, went to the chief town of Moab, on the edge of the Arnon, in the farthest part of the land, for the purpose of meeting him. 37 And Balak said to Balaam, Did I not send to you, requesting you with all my heart to come to me ? why did you not come ? am I not able to give you a place of honour ? 38 Then Balaam said to Balak, Now I have come to you ; but have I power to say anything ? Only what God puts into my mouth may I say. 39 And Balaam went with Balak to Kiriath-huzoth. 40 And Balak made offerings of oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam and the chiefs who were with him.
22:41     And in the morning Balak took Balaam up to the high places of Baal, and from there he was able to see the outer limits of the people.

NUMBERS, 23
Baslaam blesses Israel

23:1     And Balaam said to Balak, Make me here seven altars and get ready seven oxen and seven male sheep. 2 And Balak did as Balaam had said ; and Balak and Balaam made an offering on every altar of an ox and a male sheep. 3 Then Balaam said to Balak, Take your place by your burned offering, and I will go and see if the Lord comes to me : and I will give you word of whatever he says to me. And he went to an open place on a hill. 4 And God came to Balaam, and Balaam said to him, I have made ready seven altars, offering an ox and a male sheep on every altar. 5 And the Lord put words in Balaam's mouth, and said, Go back to Balak, and this is what you are to say. 6 So he went back to him where he was waiting by his burned offering with all the chiefs of Moab. 7 And in the words which the Lord had given him he said,
    From Aram Balak has sent for me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East : come, put curses on Jacob for me and be angry with Israel. 8 How may I put curses on him who is not cursed by God ? how may I be angry with him with whom the Lord is not angry ? 9 From the top of the rocks I see him, looking down on him from the hills : it is a people made separate, not to be numbered among the nations. 10 Who is able to take the measure of the dust of Jacob or the number of the thousands of Israel ? May my death be the death of the upright and my last end like his !
23:11     Then Balak said to Balaam, What have you done to me ? I sent for you so that my haters might be cursed, and see, you have given them a blessing. 12 And in answer he said, Am I not ordered to say only what the Lord puts into my mouth ?
23:13     And Balak said to him, Come with me now into another place from which you will not be able to see them all, but only the outskirts of them; and you will send curses on them from there. 14 So he took him into the country of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and there they made seven altars, offering an ox and a male sheep on every altar. 15 Then he said to Balak, Take your place here by your burned offering, while I go over there to the Lord. 16 And the Lord came to Balaam, and put words in his mouth, and said, Go back to Balak, and this is what you are to say. 17 So he came to him where he was waiting by his burned offering with the chiefs of Moab by his side. And Balak said to him, What has the Lord said ? 18 And in the words which the Lord had given him he said, Up ! Balak, and give ear ;
    give attention to me, O son of Zippor : 19 God is not a man, to say what is false ; or the son of man, that his purpose may be changed : what he has said, will he not do ? and will he not give effect to the words of his mouth ? 20 See, I have had orders to give blessing : and he has given a blessing which I have no power to take away. 21 He has seen no evil in Jacob or wrongdoing in Israel : the Lord his God is with him, and the glad cry of a king is among them. 22 It is God who has taken them out of Egypt ; his horns are like those of the mountain ox. 23 No evil power has effect against Jacob, no secret arts against Israel ; at the right time it will be said of Jacob and of Israel, See what God has done ! 24 See, Israel comes up like a she-lion, lifting himself up like a lion : he will take no rest till he has made a meal of those he has overcome, drinking the blood of those he has put to death.
23:25     Then Balak said to Balaam, If you will not put a curse on them, at all events do not give them a blessing. 26 But Balaam in answer said to Balak, Did I not say to you, I may only do what the Lord says ? 27 Then Balak said to Balaam, Come now, I will take you to another place; it may be that God will let you put a curse on them from there. 28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, looking down over the waste land. 29 And Balaam said to Balak, Make me seven altars here and get seven oxen and seven male sheep ready for me. 30 And Balak did as Balaam said, offering an ox and a male sheep on every altar.

NUMBERS, 24
Balaam's prophecy

24:1     Now when Balaam saw that it was the Lord's pleasure to give his blessing to Israel, he did not, as at other times, make use of secret arts, but turning his face to the waste land, 2 And lifting up his eyes, he saw Israel there, with their tents in the order of their tribes: and the spirit of God came on him. 3 And moved by the spirit, he said,
    These are the words of Balaam, son of Beor, the words of the man whose eyes are open : 4 He says, whose ears are open to the words of God, who has seen the vision of the Ruler of all, falling down, but having his eyes open : 5 How fair are your tents, O Jacob, your houses, O Israel ! 6 They are stretched out like valleys, like gardens by the riverside, like flowering trees planted by the Lord, like cedar-trees by the waters. 7 Peoples will be in fear before his strength, his arm will be on great nations : his king will be higher than Agag, and his kingdom made great in honour. 8 It is God who has taken him out of Egypt; his horns are like those of the mountain ox ; the nations warring against him will be his food, their bones will be broken, they will be wounded with his arrows. 9 He took his sleep stretched out like a lion, and like a she-lion: by whom will his rest be broken ? May a blessing be on everyone who gives you blessing, and a curse on everyone by whom you are cursed.
24:10     Then Balak was full of wrath against Balaam, and angrily waving his hands he said to Balaam, I sent for you so that those who are against me might be cursed, but now, see, three times you have given them a blessing. 11 Go back quickly to the place you came from : it was my purpose to give you a place of honour, but now the Lord has kept you back from honour. 12 Then Balaam said to Balak, Did I not say to the men you sent to me, 13 Even if Balak gave me his house full of silver and gold, it would not be possible for me to go outside the orders of the Lord, doing good or evil at the impulse of my mind ; whatever the Lord says I will say ? 14 So now I will go back to my people : but first let me make clear to you what this people will do to your people in days to come. 15 Then he went on with his story and said,
    These are the words of Balaam, the son of Beor, the words of him whose eyes are open : 16 He says, whose ear is open to the words of God, who has knowledge of the Most High, who has seen the vision of the Ruler of all, falling down and having his eyes open: 17 I see him, but not now : looking on him, but not near : a star will come out of Jacob, and a rod of authority out of Israel, sending destruction to the farthest limits of Moab and on the head of all the sons of Sheth. 18 Edom will be his heritage, and he will put an end to the last of the people of Seir. 19 And Israel will go on in strength, and Jacob will have rule over his haters.
24:20     Then, turning his eyes to Amalek, he went on with his story and said, Amalek was the first of the nations, but his part will be destruction for ever.
24:21     And looking on the Kenites he went on with his story and said, Strong is your living-place, and your secret place is safe in the rock. 22 But still the Kenites will be wasted, till Asshur takes you away prisoner.
24:23     Then he went on with his story and said, But who may keep his life when God does this ? 24 But ships will come from the direction of Kittim, troubling Asshur and troubling Eber, and like the others their fate will be destruction.
24:25     Then Balaam got up and went back to his place : and Balak went away.

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