Tanach

Bamidbar/Numbers Chapter 24


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 discourse, and said, The speech of Balaam, the son of Beor; the speech of a man whose eyes are open;
4. The speech of him who heard the words of God, who saw the vision of the Almighty, falling down, but having his eyes open;
5. How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, and your tabernacles, O Israel!
6. Like winding brooks, like gardens by the river’s side, as aloes which the Lord has planted, and like 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 out of Egypt; he has as it were the strength of a wild ox; 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 who blesses you, and cursed is he who curses you.
10. And Balak’s anger was kindled against Balaam, and he struck his hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, I called you to curse my enemies, and, behold, you have blessed them these three times.
11. Therefore now flee to your place; I thought to promote you to great honor; but the Lord has kept you back from honor.
12. And Balaam said to Balak, Did I not speak also to your messengers which you sent me, saying,
13. If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not go beyond the command of the Lord, to do either good or bad of my own mind; but what the Lord said, that will I speak?
14. And now, behold, I go to my people; come therefore, and I will advise you what this people shall do to your people in the latter days.
15. And he took up his discourse, and said, The speech of Balaam, the son Beor, and the speech of a man whose eyes are open;
16. The speech of one who heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, who saw the vision of the Almighty, falling down, but having his eyes open;
17. I shall see him, but not now; I shall behold him, but not near; there shall come a star out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall strike the corners of Moab, and destroy all the sons of Seth.
18. And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also, his enemies, shall be a possession; and Israel shall do bravely.
19. Out of Jacob shall come a ruler, and shall destroy he who remains of the city.
20. And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his discourse, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that of everlasting perdition.
21. And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his discourse, and said, Strong is your dwelling place, and you put your nest in a rock.
22. Nevertheless the Kenite shall be destroyed. Where shall Assyria carry you away captive?
23. And he took up his discourse, and said, Alas, who shall live when God does this!
24. And ships shall come from the border of Kittim, and shall afflict Assyria, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish forever.
25. And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.

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