Balaam, leaving divinations, prophesieth the happiness of Israel.
Numbers 24:1 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at the other times, to meet with enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness. Numbers 24:2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him. Numbers 24:3 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, And the man whose eye was closed saith: Numbers 24:4 He saith, which heareth the words of God, Which seeth the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, and having his eyes open: Numbers 24:5 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, Thy tabernacles, O Israel! Numbers 24:6 As valleys are they spread forth, As gardens by the river side, As lign-aloes which the LORD hath planted, As cedar trees beside the waters. Numbers 24:7 Water shall flow from his buckets, And his seed shall be in many waters, And his king shall be higher than Agag, And his kingdom shall be exalted. Numbers 24:8 God bringeth him forth out of Egypt; He hath as it were the strength of the wild-ox: He shall eat up the nations his adversaries, And shall break their bones in pieces, And smite [them] through with his arrows. Numbers 24:9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, And as a lioness; who shall rouse him up? Blessed be every one that blesseth thee, And cursed be every one that curseth thee.
Balak in anger dismisseth him.
Numbers 24:10 And 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. Numbers 24:11 Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour. Numbers 24:12 And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying, Numbers 24:13 If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; what the LORD speaketh, that will I speak? Numbers 24:14 And now, behold, I go unto my people: come, [and] I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days.
He prophesieth of the Star of Jacob, and the destruction of some nations.
Numbers 24:15 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, And the man whose eye was closed saith: Numbers 24:16 He saith, which heareth the words of God, And knoweth the knowledge of the Most High, Which seeth the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, and having his eyes open: Numbers 24:17 I see him, but not now: I behold him, but not nigh: There shall come forth a star out of Jacob, And a sceptre shall rise out of Israel, And shall smite through the corners of Moab, And break down all the sons of tumult. Numbers 24:18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession, [which were] his enemies; While Israel doeth valiantly. Numbers 24:19 And out of Jacob shall one have dominion, And shall destroy the remnant from the city.
Numbers 24:20 And he looked on Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; But his latter end shall come to destruction. Numbers 24:21 And he looked on the Kenite, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwelling place, And thy nest is set in the rock. Numbers 24:22 Nevertheless Kain shall be wasted, Until Asshur shall carry thee away captive. Numbers 24:23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this? Numbers 24:24 But ships [shall come] from the coast of Kittim, And they shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, And he also shall come to destruction. Numbers 24:25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.