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.
lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him.
3And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam
the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
4He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance,
but having his eyes open:
5How goodly are
thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!
the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted,
and as cedar trees beside the waters.
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.
him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall
break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.
couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is
he that curseth thee.
10And Balak's anger
was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies,
and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times.
11Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD
hath kept thee back from honour.
said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying,
13If 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?
14And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise thee
what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days.
he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
16He 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:
17I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come
a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children
18And Edom shall be a possession,
Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.
19Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the
20And when he looked on Amalek, he took
up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.
21And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy
dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock.
the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.
23And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!
24And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and
shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.
Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.