21:1¤ And when king Arad the Chanaanite, who dwelt towards the south, had heard this, to wit, that Israel was come by the way of the spies, he fought against them, and overcoming them carried off their spoils.
21:2But Israel binding himself by vow to the Lord, said: If thou wilt deliver this people into my hand, I will utterly destroy their cities.
21:3And the Lord heard the prayers of Israel, and delivered up the Chanaanite, and they cut them off and destroyed their cities: and they called the name of that place Horma, that is to say, Anathema.
21:4And they marched from mount Hor, by the way that leadeth to the Red Sea, to compass the land of Edom. And the people began to be weary of their journey and labour:
21:5And speaking against God and Moses, they said: Why didst thou bring us out of Egypt, to die in the wilderness? There is no bread, nor have we any waters: our soul now loatheth this very light food.
21:6Wherefore the Lord sent among the people fiery serpents, which bit them and killed many of them.
21:7Upon which they came to Moses, and said; We have sinned, because we have spoken against the Lord and thee: pray that he may take away these serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
21:8And the Lord said to him: Make a brazen serpent, and set it up for a sign: whosoever being struck shall look on it, shall live.
21:9Moses therefore made a brazen serpent, and set it up for a sign: which when they that were bitten looked upon, they were healed.
21:10And the children of Israel setting forwards camped in Oboth.
21:11And departing thence they pitched their tents in Jeabarim, in the wilderness, that faceth Moab toward the east.
21:12And removing from thence, they came to the torrent Zared:
21:13Which they left and encamped over against Arnon, which is in the desert and standeth out on the borders of the Amorrhite. For Arnon is the border of Moab, dividing the Moabites and the Amorrhites.
21:14Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord: As he did in the Red Sea, so will he do in the streams of Arnon.
21:15The rocks of the torrents were bowed down that they might rest in Ar, and lie down in the borders of the Moabites.
21:16When they went from that place, the well appeared whereof the Lord said to Moses: Gather the people together, and I will give them water.
21:17Then Israel sung this song: Let the well spring up. They sung thereto:
21:18The well, which the princes dug, and the chiefs of the people prepared by the direction of the lawgiver, and with their staves. And they marched from the wilderness to Mathana.
21:19From Mathana unto Nahaliel: from Nahaliel unto Bamoth.
21:20From Bamoth, is a valley in the country of Moab, to the top of Phasga, which looked towards the desert.
21:21And Israel sent messengers to Sehon king of the Amorrhites, saying:
21:22I beseech thee that I may have leave to pass through thy land: we will not go aside into the fields or the vineyards, we will not drink waters of the wells, we will go the king's highway, till we be past thy borders.
21:23And he would not grant that Israel should pass by his borders: but rather gathering an army, went forth to meet them in the desert, and came to Jasa and fought against them.
21:24And he was slain by them with the edge of the sword, and they possessed his land from the Arnon unto the Jeboc, and to the confines of the children of Ammon: for the borders of the Ammonites, were kept with a strong garrison.
21:25So Israel took all his cities, and dwelt in the cities of the Amorrhite, to wit, in Hesebon, and in the villages thereof.
21:26Hesebon was the city of Sehon the king of the Amorrhites, who fought against the king of Moab: and took all the land, that had been of his dominion, as far as the Arnon.
21:27Therefore it is said in the proverb: Come into Hesebon, let the city of Sehon be built and set up:
21:28A fire is gone out of Hesebon, a flame from the city of Sehon, and hath consumed Ar of the Moabites, and the inhabitants of the high places of the Arnon.
21:29Woe to thee Moab: thou art undone, O people of Chamos. He hath given his sons to flight, and his daughters into captivity to Sehon the king of the Amorrhites.
21:30Their yoke is perished from Hesebon unto Dibon, they came weary to Nophe, and unto Medaba.
21:31So Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorrhite.
21:32And Moses sent some to take a view of Jazer: and they took the villages of it, and conquered the inhabitants.
21:33And they turned themselves, and went up by the way of Basan, and Og the king of Basan came against them with all his people, to fight in Edrai.
21:34And the Lord said to Moses: Fear him not, for I have delivered him and all his people, and his country into thy hand: and thou shalt do to him as thou didst to Sehon the king of the Amorrhites, the inhabitant of Hesebon.
21:35So they slew him also with his sons, and all his people, not letting any one escape, and they possessed his land.
22:1¤ And they went forward and encamped in the plains of Moab, over against where Jericho is situate beyond the Jordan.
22:2And Balac the son of Sephor, seeing all that Israel had done to the Amorrhite,
22:3And that the Moabites were in great fear of him, and were not able to sustain his assault,
22:4He said to the elders of Madian: So will this people destroy all that dwell in our borders, as the ox is wont to eat the grass to the very roots. Now he was at that time king in Moab.
22:5He sent therefore messengers to Balaam the son of Beor, a soothsayer, who dwelt by the river of the land of the children of Ammon, to call him, and to say: Behold a people is come out of Egypt, that hath covered the face of the earth, sitting over against me.
22:6Come therefore, and curse this people, because it is mightier than I: if by any means I may beat them and drive them out of my land: for I know that he whom thou shalt bless is blessed, and he whom thou shalt curse is cursed.
22:7And the ancients of Moab, and the elders of Madian, went with the price of divination in their hands. And when they were come to Balaam, and had told him all the words of Balac:
22:8He answered: Tarry here this night and I will answer whatsoever the Lord shall say to me. And while they stayed with Balaam, God came and said to him:
22:9What mean these men that are with thee?
22:10He answered: Balac the son of Sephor king of the Moabites hath sent to me,
22:11Saying: Behold a people that is come out of Egypt, hath covered the face of the land: come and curse them, if by any means I may fight with them and drive them away.
22:12And God said to Balaam: Thou shalt not go with them, nor shalt thou curse the people: because it is blessed.
22:13And he rose in the morning and said to the princes: Go into your country, because the Lord hath forbid me to come with you.
22:14The princes returning, said to Balac: Balaam would not come with us.
22:15Then he sent many more and more noble than he had sent before:
22:16Who, when they were come to Balaam, said: Thus saith Balac the son of Sephor, Delay not to come to me:
22:17For I am ready to honour thee, and will give thee whatsoever thou wilt: come and curse this people.
22:18Balaam answered: If Balac would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot alter the word of the Lord my God, to speak either more or less.
22:19I pray you to stay here this night also, that I may know what the Lord will answer me once more.
22:20God therefore came to Balaam in the night, and said to him: If these men be come to call thee, arise and go with them: yet so, that thou do what I shall command thee.
22:21Balaam arose in the morning, and saddling his ass went with them.
22:22And God was angry. And an angel of the Lord stood in the way against Balaam, who sat on the ass, and had two servants with him.
22:23The ass seeing the angel standing in the way, with a drawn sword, turned herself out of the way, and went into the field. And when Balaam beat her, and had a mind to bring her again to the way,
22:24The angel stood in a narrow place between two walls, wherewith the vineyards were enclosed.
22:25And the ass seeing him, thrust herself close to the wall, and bruised the foot of the rider. But he beat her again:
22:26And nevertheless the angel going on to a narrow place, where there was no way to turn aside either to the right hand or to the left, stood to meet him.
22:27And when the ass saw the angel standing, she fell under the feet of the rider: who being angry beat her sides more vehemently with a staff.
22:28And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said: What have I done to thee? Why strikest thou me, lo, now this third time?
22:29Balaam answered: Because thou hast deserved it, and hast served me ill: I would I had a sword that I might kill thee.
22:30The ass said: Am not I thy beast, on which thou hast been always accustomed to ride until this present day? tell me if I ever did the like thing to thee. But he said: Never.
22:31Forthwith the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel standing in the way with a drawn sword, and he worshipped him falling flat on the ground.
22:32And the angel said to him: Why beatest thou thy ass these three times? I am come to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse, and contrary to me:
22:33And unless the ass had turned out of the way, giving place to me who stood against thee, I had slain thee, and she should have lived.
22:34Balaam said: I have sinned, not knowing that thou didst stand against me: and now if it displease thee that I go, I will return.
22:35The angel said: Go with these men, and see thou speak no other thing than what I shall command thee. He went therefore with the princes.
22:36And when Balac heard it he came forth to meet him in a town of the Moabites, that is situate in the uttermost borders of Arnon.
22:37And he said to Balaam: I sent messengers to call thee, why didst thou not come immediately to me? was it because I am not able to reward thy coming?
22:38He answered him: Lo, here I am: shall I have power to speak any other thing but that which God shall put in my mouth?
22:39So they went on together, and came into a city, that was in the uttermost borders of his kingdom.
22:40And when Balac had killed oxen and sheep, he sent presents to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.
22:41And when morning was come, he brought him to the high places of Baal, and he beheld the uttermost part of the people.
23:1¤ And Balaam said to Balac: Build me here seven altars, and prepare as many calves, and the same number of rams.
23:2And when he had done according to the word of Balaam, they laid together a calf and a ram upon every altar.
23:3And Balaam said to Balac: Stand a while by thy burnt offering, until I go, to see if perhaps the Lord will meet me, and whatsoever he shall command, I will speak to thee.
23:4And when he was gone with speed, God met him. And Balaam speaking to him, said: I have erected seven altars, and have laid on everyone a calf and a ram.
23:5And the Lord put the word in his mouth, and said: Return to Balac, and thus shalt thou speak.
23:6Returning he found Balac standing by his burnt offering, with all the princes of the Moabites:
23:7And taking up his parable, he said: Balac king of the Moabites hath brought me from Aram, from the mountains of the east: Come, said he, and curse Jacob: make haste and detest Israel.
23:8How shall I curse him, whom God hath not cursed? By what means should I detest him, whom the Lord detesteth not?
23:9I shall see him from the tops of the rocks, and shall consider him from the hills. This people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.
23:10Who can count the dust of Jacob, and know the number of the stock of Israel? Let my soul die the death of the just, and my last end be like to them.
23:11And Balac said to Balaam: What is this that thou dost? I sent for thee to curse my enemies: and thou contrariwise blessest them.
23:12He answered him: Can I speak any thing else but what the Lord commandeth?
23:13Balac therefore said: Come with me to another place from whence thou mayest see part of Israel, and canst not see them all: curse them from thence.
23:14And when he had brought him to a high place, upon the top of mount Phasga, Balaam built seven altars, and laying on every one a calf and a ram,
23:15He said to Balac: Stand here by thy burnt offering while I go to meet him.
23:16And when the Lord had met him, and had put the word in his mouth, he said: Return to Balac, and thus shalt thou say to him.
23:17Returning he found him standing by his burnt sacrifice, and the princes of the Moabites with him. And Balac said to him: What hath the Lord spoken?
23:18But he taking up his parable, said: Stand, O Balac, and give ear: hear, thou son of Sephor:
23:19God is not a man, that he should lie, nor is the son of man, that he should be changed. Hath he said then, and will he not do? hath he spoken, and will he not fulfil?
23:20I was brought to bless, the blessing I am not able to hinder.
23:21There is no idol in Jacob, neither is there an image god to be seen in Israel. The Lord his God is with him, and the sound of the victory of the king in him.
23:22God hath brought him out of Egypt, whose strength is like to the rhinoceros.
23:23There is no soothsaying in Jacob, nor divination in Israel. In their times it shall be told to Jacob and to Israel what God hath wrought.
23:24Behold the people shall rise up as a lioness, and shall lift itself up as a lion: it shall not lie down till it devour the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.
23:25And Balac said to Balaam: Neither curse, nor bless him.
23:26And he said: Did I not tell thee, that whatsoever God should command me, that I would do?
23:27And Balac said to him: Come and I will bring thee to another place; if peradventure it please God that thou mayest curse them from thence.
23:28And when he had brought him upon the top of mount Phogor, which looketh towards the wilderness,
23:29Balaam said to him: Build me here seven altars, and prepare as many calves, and the same number of rams.
23:30Balac did as Balaam had said: and he laid on every altar, a calf and a ram.
24:1¤ And when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord that he should bless Israel, he went not as he had gone before, to seek divination: but setting his face towards the desert,
24:2And lifting up his eyes, he saw Israel abiding in their tents by their tribes: and the spirit of God rushing upon him,
24:3He took up his parable and said: Balaam the son of Beor hath said: The man hath said, whose eye is stopped up:
24:4The hearer of the words of God hath said, he that hath beheld the vision of the Almighty, he that falleth, and so his eyes are opened:
24:5How beautiful are thy tabernacles O Jacob, and thy tents, O Israel!
24:6As woody valleys, as watered gardens near the rivers, as tabernacles which the Lord hath pitched, as cedars by the waterside.
24:7Water shall flow out of his bucket, and his seed shall be in many waters. For Agag his king shall be removed, and his kingdom shall be taken away.
24:8God hath brought him out of Egypt, whose strength is like to the rhinoceros. They shall devour the nations that are his enemies, and break their bones, and pierce them with arrows.
24:9Lying down he hath slept as a lion, and as a lioness, whom none shall dare to rouse. He that blesseth thee, shall also himself be blessed: he that curseth thee shall be reckoned accursed.
24:10And Balac being angry against Balaam, clapped his hands together and said: I called thee to curse my enemies, and thou on the contrary hast blessed them three times.
24:11Return to thy place. I had determined indeed greatly to honour thee, but the Lord hath deprived thee of the honour designed for thee.
24:12Balaam made answer to Balac: Did I not say to thy messengers, whom thou sentest to me:
24:13If Balac would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to utter any thing of my own head either good or evil: but whatsoever the Lord shall say, that I will speak?
24:14But yet going to my people, I will give thee counsel, what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days.
24:15Therefore taking up his parable, again he said: Balaam the son of Beor hath said: The man whose eye is stopped up, hath said:
24:16The hearer of the words of God hath said, who knoweth the doctrine of the Highest, and seeth the visions of the Almighty, who falling hath his eyes opened:
24:17I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not near. A STAR SHALL RISE out of Jacob and a sceptre shall spring up from Israel: and shall strike the chiefs of Moab, and shall waste all the children of Seth
24:18And he shall possess Idumea: the inheritance of Seir shall come to their enemies, but Israel shall do manfully.
24:19Out of Jacob shall he come that shall rule, and shall destroy the remains of the city.
24:20And when he saw Amalec, he took up his parable, and said: Amalec the beginning of nations, whose latter ends shall be destroyed.
24:21He saw also the Cinite: and took up his parable, and said: Thy habitation indeed is strong: but though thou build thy nest in a rock,
24:22And thou be chosen of the stock of Cin, how long shalt thou be able to continue? For Assur shall take thee captive.
24:23And taking up his parable, again he said: Alas, who shall live when God shall do these things?
24:24They shall come in galleys from Italy, they shall overcome the Assyrians, and shall waste the Hebrews, and at the last they themselves also shall perish.
24:25And Balaam rose, and returned to his place: Balac also returned the way that he came.