the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.
2And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
3And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed
because of the children of Israel.
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.
5He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land
of the children of his 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:
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 blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest
7And 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.
8And 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.
9And God came unto Balaam, and said, What
men are these with thee?
10And Balaam said
unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying,
11Behold, 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 out.
12And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they
13And Balaam rose 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.
14And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said, Balaam refuseth
to come with us.
15And Balak sent yet again
princes, more, and more honourable than they.
they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming
17For 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.
18And 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.
19Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what
the LORD will say unto me more.
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 shalt thou do.
Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.
22And 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.
23And 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 smote the ass, to turn her into
24But the angel of the LORD stood
in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.
25And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's
foot against the wall: and he smote her again.
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
27And 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.
28And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have
I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?
Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.
30And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine
ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? and he said, Nay.
31Then 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
flat on his face.
32And the angel of the LORD
said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy
way is perverse before me:
33And the ass saw
me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.
34And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD,
I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me
35And 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.
36And 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.
37And 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 honour?
38And 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.
39And Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto Kirjathhuzoth.
40And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that
were with him.
41And 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.