21:2Then Israel vowed a vow to Jehovah, and said, If thou give this people wholly into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.
21:3And Jehovah listened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them, and their cities. And they called the name of the place Hormah.
21:4And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to go round the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became impatient on the way;
21:5and the people spoke against God, and against Moses, Why have ye brought us up out of Egypt that we should die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, and no water, and our soul loathes this light bread.
21:6Then Jehovah sent fiery serpents among the people, which bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
21:7And the people came to Moses and said, We have sinned, in that we have spoken against Jehovah, and against thee: pray to Jehovah that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
21:8And Jehovah said to Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole; and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, and looketh upon it, shall live.
21:10And the children of Israel journeyed, and encamped in Oboth.
21:11And they removed from Oboth, and encamped at Ijim-Abarim, in the wilderness that is before Moab, toward the sun-rising.
21:12From thence they removed, and encamped at the torrent Zered.
21:13From thence they removed, and encamped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that comes out of the border of the Amorites. For the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
21:14Therefore it is said in the book of the wars of Jehovah, Vaheb in Suphah, and the brooks of Arnon;
21:16And from thence to Beer: that is the well of which Jehovah spoke to Moses, Assemble the people, and I will give them water.
21:17Then Israel sang this song, Rise up, well! sing unto it:
21:18Well which princes digged, which the nobles of the people hollowed out at the word of the lawgiver, with their staves. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah;
21:19and from Mattanah to Nahaliel; and from Nahaliel to Bamoth;
21:20and from Bamoth to the valley that is in the fields of Moab, to the top of Pisgah, which looks over the surface of the waste.
21:21And Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying,
21:22Let us pass through thy land; we will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink water out of the wells; on the king's road will we go until we have passed thy border.
21:23But Sihon would not suffer Israel to go through his border; and Sihon gathered all his people, and went out against Israel into the wilderness, and came to Jahaz, and fought against Israel.
21:24And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, even unto the children of Ammon; for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.
21:25And Israel took all these cities, and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, at Heshbon, and in all its dependent villages.
21:26For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites; and he had fought against the former king of Moab, and had taken all his land out of his hand, even unto the Arnon.
21:27Therefore the poets say, Come to Heshbon; let the city of Sihon be built and established.
21:28For there went forth fire from Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon; It consumed Ar of Moab, the lords of the high places of the Arnon.
21:29Woe to thee, Moab! thou art undone, people of Chemosh: He gave his sons that had escaped, and his daughters into captivity to Sihon the king of the Amorites.
21:31And Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites.
21:32And Moses sent to spy out Jaazer, and they took its dependent villages, and he dispossessed the Amorites that were there.
21:33And they turned and went up by the way to Bashan; and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, for battle to Edrei.
21:34And Jehovah said to Moses, Fear him not! for into thy hand have I given him, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Sihon the king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.
21:35And they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, so that they left him none remaining, and took possession of his land.
22:1And the children of Israel journeyed, and encamped in the plains of Moab on the other side of the Jordan from Jericho.
22:2And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
22:3And Moab was much afraid of the people, because they were many; and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.
22:4And Moab said to the elders of Midian, Now will this company lick up all that is round about us, as an ox licks up the green herb of the field. Now Balak the son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time.
22:5And he sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor, to Pethor, which is on the river in the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, a people is come out from Egypt; behold, they cover the face of the land, and they abide over against me.
22:6And now come, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are mightier than I: perhaps I may be able to smite them, and drive them out of the land; for I know that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.
22:7And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed, having the rewards of divination in their hand. And they came to Balaam, and spoke to him the words of Balak.
22:8And he said to them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, according as Jehovah shall speak unto me. And the princes of Moab abode with Balaam.
22:9And God came to Balaam, and said, Who are these men with thee?
22:10And Balaam said to God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me,
22:11Behold, a people is come out of Egypt, and it covers the face of the land. Now come, curse me them: perhaps I may be able to fight against them, and drive them out.
22:12And God said to Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people; for they are blessed.
22:13And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said to the princes of Balak, Go into your land; for Jehovah refuses to give me leave to go with you.
22:14And the princes of Moab rose up; and they went to Balak, and said, Balaam has refused to come with us.
22:15Then sent Balak yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they.
22:16And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus says Balak the son of Zippor: Suffer not thyself, I pray thee, to be restrained from coming to me;
22:17for very highly will I honour thee, and whatever thou shalt say to me will I do; come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.
22:18And Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, If Balak give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the commandment of Jehovah my God, to do less or more.
22:19And now, I pray you, abide ye also here this night, and I shall know what Jehovah will say to me further.
22:20Then God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, If the men have come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but only what I shall say unto thee shalt thou do.
22:21And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.
22:22And God's anger was kindled because he went; and the Angel of Jehovah set himself in the way to withstand him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two young men were with him.
22:23And the ass saw the Angel of Jehovah 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 the way.
22:24And the Angel of Jehovah stood in a hollow of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.
22:25And the ass saw the Angel of Jehovah, and she pressed herself against the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall; and he smote her again.
22:26Then the Angel of Jehovah went still further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.
22:27And the ass saw the Angel of Jehovah, and lay down under Balaam; and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with his staff.
22:28And Jehovah opened the mouth of the ass, and she said to Balaam, What have I done to thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?
22:29And Balaam said to the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in my hand, for now would I kill thee!
22:30And the ass said to Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine to this day? was I ever wont to do so to thee? And he said, No.
22:31Then Jehovah opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the Angel of Jehovah standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand; and he bowed and prostrated himself on his face.
22:32And the Angel of Jehovah said to him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, it was I who came forth to withstand thee, for the way thou walkest in is for ruin before me.
22:33And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times; had she not turned from me, I had now certainly slain thee, and saved her alive.
22:34And Balaam said to the Angel of Jehovah, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me; and now, if it be evil in thine eyes, I will get me back again.
22:35And the Angel of Jehovah said to Balaam, Go with the men, but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that shalt thou speak. And Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
22:36And when Balak heard that Balaam came, he went out to meet him, to the city of Moab, which is on the border of the Arnon, which is at the extremity of the border.
22:37And Balak said to Balaam, Did I not earnestly send to thee to call thee? why didst thou not come to me? am I not surely able to honour thee?
22:38And Balaam said to Balak, Lo, I am come to thee; but shall I now be able at all to say anything? the word that God puts in my mouth, that shall I speak.
22:39And Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kirjath-huzoth.
22:40And Balak offered oxen and small cattle, and sent to Balaam and to the princes that were with him.
22:41And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up to the high places of Baal, and he saw from thence the extremity of the people.
23:1And Balaam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.
23:2And Balak did as Balaam had said; and Balak and Balaam offered up a bullock and a ram on each altar.
23:3And Balaam said to Balak, Stand by thy burnt-offering, and I will go; perhaps Jehovah will come to meet me; and whatever he shews me I will tell thee. And he went to a hill.
23:4And God met Balaam; and Balaam said to him, I have disposed seven altars, and have offered up a bullock and a ram upon each altar.
23:5And Jehovah put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return to Balak, and thus shalt thou speak.
23:6And he returned to him, and behold, he was standing by his burnt-offering, he, and all the princes of Moab.
23:8How shall I curse whom łGod hath not cursed? or how shall I denounce whom Jehovah doth not denounce?
23:9For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: Lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone and shall not be reckoned among the nations.
23:10Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let my soul die the death of the righteous, and let my end be like his!
23:11And Balak said to Balaam, What hast thou done to me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.
23:12And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which Jehovah puts in my mouth?
23:13And Balak said to him, Come, I pray thee, with me to another place, from whence thou wilt see them; thou shalt see only the extremity of them and shalt not see them all, and curse me them from thence.
23:14And he took him to the watchmen's field, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered up a bullock and a ram on each altar.
23:15And Balaam said to Balak, Stand here by thy burnt-offering, and I will go to meet yonder.
23:16And Jehovah met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Return to Balak, and thus shalt thou speak.
23:17And he came to him, and behold, he was standing by his burnt-offering, and the princes of Moab with him; and Balak said to him, What has Jehovah spoken?
23:18Then he took up his parable and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear! hearken unto me, son of Zippor!
23:19łGod is not a man, that he should lie; neither a son of man, that he should repent. Shall he say and not do? and shall he speak and not make it good?
23:20Behold, I have received mission to bless; and he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it.
23:21He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen wrong in Israel; Jehovah his God is with him, and the shout of a king is in his midst.
23:23For there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel. At this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath łGod wrought!
23:24Lo, the people will rise up as a lioness, and lift himself up as a lion. He shall not lie down until he have eaten the prey and drunk the blood of the slain.
23:25And Balak said to Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.
23:26And Balaam answered and said to Balak, Did I not tell thee, saying, All that Jehovah shall speak, that will I do?
23:27And Balak said to Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee to another place; perhaps it will be right in the sight of God that thou curse me them from thence.
23:28And Balak brought Balaam to the top of Peor, which looks over the surface of the waste.
23:29And Balaam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.
23:30And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered up a bullock and a ram on each altar.
24:1And Balaam saw that it was good in the sight of Jehovah to bless Israel, and he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.
24:2And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel dwelling in tents according to his tribes; and the Spirit of God came upon him.
24:4He saith, who heareth the words of łGod, who seeth the vision of the Almighty, who falleth down, and who hath his eyes open:
24:5How goodly are thy tents, Jacob, and thy tabernacles, Israel!
24:6Like valleys are they spread forth, like gardens by the river side, Like aloe-trees which Jehovah hath planted, like cedars beside the waters.
24:7Water shall flow out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in great waters, And his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.
24:9He stooped, he lay down like a lion, and like a lioness: who will stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.
24:10Then Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times!
24:11And now flee thou to thy place; I said I would very highly honour thee, and behold, Jehovah has kept thee back from honour.
24:12And Balaam said to Balak, Did I not also speak to thy messengers whom thou sentest to me, saying,
24:13If Balak gave me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the commandment of Jehovah to do good or bad out of my heart: what Jehovah shall say, that will I speak?
24:14And now behold, I go to my people: come, I will admonish thee what this people will do to thy people at the end of days.
24:16He saith, who heareth the words of łGod, who knoweth the knowledge of the Most High, Who seeth the vision of the Almighty, who falleth down, and who hath his eyes open:
24:17I shall see him, but not now; I shall behold him, but not nigh: There cometh a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and he shall cut in pieces the corners of Moab, and destroy all the sons of tumult.
24:18And Edom shall be a possession, and Seir a possession, -- they, his enemies; but Israel will do valiantly.
24:19And one out of Jacob shall have dominion, and will destroy out of the city what remaineth.
24:20And he saw Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, Amalek is the first of the nations, but his latter end shall be for destruction.
24:21And he saw the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Firm is thy dwelling-place, and thy nest fixed in the rock;
24:22But the Kenite shall be consumed, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.
24:23And he took up his parable, and said, Alas! Who shall live when łGod doeth this?
24:24And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and afflict Asshur, and afflict Eber, and he also shall be for destruction.
24:25And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.