1611 King James Bible

Numbers 24

Balaam, leaving divinations, prophesieth the happiness of Israel.

Numbers 24:1 And when Balaam sawe that it pleased the LORD to blesse Israel, hee went not, as at other times to seeke for inchantments, but hee set his face toward the wildernesse. Numbers 24:2 And Balaam lift vp his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents, according to their Tribes: and the Spirit of God came vpon him. Numbers 24:3 And he tooke vp his parable, and said, Balaam the sonne of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: Numbers 24:4 Hee hath said, [which] heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almightie, falling [into a trance], but hauing his eyes open: Numbers 24:5 How goodly are thy tents, O Iacob, [and] thy Tabernacles, O Israel! Numbers 24:6 As the valleyes are they spread forth, as gardens by the riuer side, as the trees of Lign-Aloes which the LORD hath planted, [and] as Cedar trees beside the waters. Numbers 24:7 He shall powre the water out of his buckets, and his seed [shall be] in many waters, and his King shall be higher then Agag, and his Kingdome shall be exalted. Numbers 24:8 God brought him forth out of Egypt, he hath as it were the strength of an Unicorne: he shall eate vp the nations his enemies, and shall breake their bones, and pierce [them] thorow with his arrowes. Numbers 24:9 Hee couched, he lay downe as a Lyon, and as a great Lyon: who shal stirre him vp? Blessed [is] hee that blesseth thee, and cursed [is] hee that curseth thee.

Balak in anger dismisseth him.

Numbers 24:10 And Balaks anger was kindled against Balaam, and hee smote his hands together: and Balak said vnto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and behold, thou hast altogether blessed [them] these three times. Numbers 24:11 Therefore now, flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee vnto great honour, but loe, the LORD hath kept thee backe from honour. Numbers 24:12 And Balaam said vnto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest vnto me, saying, Numbers 24:13 If Balak would give mee his house full of siluer and gold, I cannot goe beyond the commandement of the LORD, to doe either good or bad of mine owne mind? [but] what the LORD saith, that will I speake. Numbers 24:14 And now beholde, I goe vnto my people: come therefore, and I will aduertise thee, what this people shall doe to thy people in the latter dayes.

He prophesieth of the Star of Jacob, and the destruction of some nations.

Numbers 24:15 And hee tooke vp his parable, and said, Balaam the sonne of Beor hath said, and the man [whose] eyes are open, hath said: Numbers 24:16 He hath said which heard the words of God, and knewe the knowledge of the most High, [which] sawe the vision of the Almightie, falling into a trance, but hauing his eyes open. Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: There shall come a starre out of Iacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. Numbers 24:18 And Edom shall bee a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies, and Israel shall doe valiantly. Numbers 24:19 Out of Iacob shall come he that shall haue dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the citie.

Numbers 24:20 And when he looked on Amalek, he tooke vp his parable, and sayd, Amalek [was] the first of the nations, but his latter end [shall bee], that hee perish for euer. Numbers 24:21 And hee looked on the Kenites, and tooke vp his parable, and saide, Strong is thy dwelling place, and thou puttest thy nest in a rocke: Numbers 24:22 Neuerthelesse, the Kenite shall be wasted, vntil Asshur shal carie thee away captiue. Numbers 24:23 And he tooke vp his parable, and said, Alas! who shall liue when God doeth this? Numbers 24:24 And shippes [shall come] from the coast of Chittim, and shal afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and hee also shall perish for euer. Numbers 24:25 And Balaam rose vp, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.

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