Bishops' Bible

Numbers 24

Balaam, leaving divinations, prophesieth the happiness of Israel.

Numbers 24:1 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lorde that he should blesse Israel, he went not as he dyd twise before to meete a soothsaying: but set his face towarde the wyldernesse. Numbers 24:2 And Balaam lift vp his eyes, and loked vpon Israel as he lay accordyng to his tribes, and the spirite of God came vpon hym. Numbers 24:3 And he toke vp his parable and sayd: Balaam the sonne of Beor hath sayde, and the man whose eyes is open hath sayde: Numbers 24:4 He hath sayde whiche heareth the wordes of God, and seeth the visions of the almightie, and falleth downe with open eyes. Numbers 24:5 Howe goodly are thy tentes O Iacob, and thyne habitations O Israel? Numbers 24:6 Euen as the valleys are they layde abrode, & as gardens by the riuers side, as the tentes whiche the Lorde hath pitched, and as cypres trees beside the waters. Numbers 24:7 The water droppeth out of his bucket, & his seede shalbe in many waters, and his king shalbe hier then Agag, and his kingdome shalbe exalted. Numbers 24:8 God brought hym out of Egypt, his strength is as the Unicorne: He shall eate the nations his enemies, & gnawe their bones, and pearce them through with his arrowes. Numbers 24:9 He couched hym selfe, and lay downe as a Lion, and as an elder Lion: who shall stirre hym vp? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.

Balak in anger dismisseth him.

Numbers 24:10 And Balac was wroth with Balaam, and smote his handes together, and Balac said vnto Balaam: I sent for thee to curse mine enemies, and behold thou hast blessed them this three tymes. Numbers 24:11 Therfore nowe get thee quickly vnto thy place: I thought that I would promote thee vnto honour, but lo the Lord hath kept thee backe from worship. Numbers 24:12 Balaam aunswered vnto Balac: Tolde I not thy messengers whiche thou sendedst vnto me, saying: Numbers 24:13 If Balac woulde geue me his house full of siluer and golde, I can not passe the word of the Lord, to do either good or bad of mine owne minde: But what the Lorde sayeth, that wyll I speake. Numbers 24:14 And nowe behold, I go vnto my people: Come therfore, and I wyll aduertise thee what this people shall do to thy folke in the latter dayes.

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

Numbers 24:15 And he toke vp his parable and sayd: Balaam the sonne of Beor hath sayde, the man whose eye is open, hath sayde: Numbers 24:16 He hath said that heareth the wordes of God, and hath the knowledge of the most hygh, and beholdeth the vision of the almightie, and that falleth and his eyes are opened. Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not nowe, I shall beholde him, but not nigh: There shall come a starre of Iacob, and ryse a scepter of Israel, & shall smyte the coastes of Moab, and vndermine all the chyldren of Seth. Numbers 24:18 And Edom shalbe possessed, & Seir shall fall to the possession of their enemies, and Israel shall do manfully. Numbers 24:19 Out of Iacob shall come he that shall haue dominion, and shall destroy the remnaunt of the citie.

Numbers 24:20 And when he loked on Amaleck, he toke vp his parable, and said: Amaleck is the first of the nations, but his latter ende shall perishe vtterly. Numbers 24:21 And he loked on the Kenites, and toke vp his parable, and sayde: Strong is thy dwelling place, and thou puttest thy nest in a rocke. Numbers 24:22 Neuerthelesse, the Kenite shalbe rooted out, vntyll Assur take thee prisoner. Numbers 24:23 And he toke vp his parable, and sayd: Alas, who shall lyue when God doth this? Numbers 24:24 The shippes also shall come out of the coast of Chittim, and subdue Assur, and subdue Eber, and he hym selfe shall perishe at the last. Numbers 24:25 And Balaam rose vp, and went and returned to his place: and Balac also went his way.

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