|Nu 24:1||Balaam, leaving divinations, prophesies the happiness of Israel. |
¶ And when Balaam saw1 that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times2, to seek for enchantments3, but he set his face toward the wilderness.
And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding4 in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit5 of God came upon him.
And he took up6 his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said7:
He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw8 the vision of the Almighty, falling9 into a trance, but having his eyes open:
How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!
As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens10 by the river's side, as the trees11 of lign aloes which the12 LORD hath planted, and as cedar13 trees beside the waters.
He shall pour14 the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters15, and his king16 shall be higher than Agag17, and his kingdom18 shall be exalted.
God19 brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat20 up the nations his enemies, and shall break21 their bones, and pierce22 them through with his arrows.
He couched23, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall24 stir him up? Blessed25 is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.
|Nu 24:10||Balak, in anger, dismisses him. |
¶ And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote26 his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called27 thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times.
Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought28 to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD29 hath kept thee back from honour.
30And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying,
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?
And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise31 thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter32 days.
|Nu 24:15||He prophesies of the Star of Jacob, and the destruction of some nations. |
¶33And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
34He 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:
I shall see him,35 but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star36 out of Jacob, and a Sceptre37 shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab38, and destroy all the children40 of Sheth.
42And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.
Out of Jacob43 shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy44 him that remaineth of the city.
¶ And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations45; but his latter end46 shall be that he perish for ever47.
And he looked on the Kenites48, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock.
Nevertheless the Kenite49 shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.
And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God50 doeth this!
And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim51, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber52, and he also53 shall perish for ever.
54And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.