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Numbers 23

Balak's sacrifice.

Numbers 23:1 And Balaam sayd vnto Balak, Builde me here seuen altars, and prepare me here seuen bullockes, and seuen rammes. Numbers 23:2 And Balak did as Balaam sayd, and Balak and Balaam offred on euery altar a bullocke and a ramme. Numbers 23:3 Then Balaam sayde vnto Balak, Stande by the burnt offring, and I will goe, if so be that the Lorde will come and meete me: and whatsoeuer he sheweth me, I will tell thee: so he went forth alone. Numbers 23:4 And God met Balaam, and Balaam sayd vnto him, I haue prepared seuen altars, and haue offred vpon euery altar a bullocke and a ramme. Numbers 23:5 And the Lord put an answere in Balaams mouth, and sayde, Go againe to Balak, and say on this wise. Numbers 23:6 So when he returned vnto him, loe, hee stoode by his burnt offering, he, and all the princes of Moab.

Balaam's parables.

Numbers 23:7 Then he vttered his parable, and sayde, Balak the king of Moab hath brought mee from Aram out of the mountaines of the East, saying, Come, curse Iaakob for my sake: come, and detest Israel. Numbers 23:8 How shal I curse, where God hath not cursed? or howe shall I detest, where the Lorde hath not detested? Numbers 23:9 For from the top of the rocks I did see him, and from the hils I did beholde him: lo, the people shal dwell by themselues, and shal not be reckened among the nations. Numbers 23:10 Who can tell the dust of Iaakob, and the nomber of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last ende be like his. Numbers 23:11 Then Balak saide vnto Balaam, What hast thou done vnto mee? I tooke thee to curse mine enemies, and beholde, thou hast blessed them altogether. Numbers 23:12 And he answered, and said, Must I not take heede to speake that, which the Lord hath put in my mouth?

Balak's sacrifice.

Numbers 23:13 And Balak sayde vnto him, Come, I pray thee, with mee vnto another place, whence thou mayest see them, & thou shalt see but the vtmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: therefore curse them out of that place for my sake.

Numbers 23:14 And he brought him into Sede-sophim to the top of Pisgah, and built seuen altars, and offred a bullocke, and a ramme on euery altar. Numbers 23:15 After, he sayde vnto Balak, Stande here by thy burnt offring, & I wil meete the Lord yonder. Numbers 23:16 And the Lord mette Balaam, and put an answere in his mouth, and sayd, Goe againe vnto Balak, and say thus. Numbers 23:17 And when he came to him, beholde, hee stoode by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him: so Balak sayde vnto him, What hath the Lord sayd?

Balaam's parables.

Numbers 23:18 And he vttered his parable, and sayde, Rise vp, Balak, and heare: hearken vnto me, thou sonne of Zippor. Numbers 23:19 God is not as man, that he should lie, neither as the sonne of man that he shoulde repent: hath he sayde and shal he not do it? and hath he spoken, and shal he not accomplish it? Numbers 23:20 Behold, I haue receiued commandement to blesse: for he hath blessed, and I cannot alter it. Numbers 23:21 Hee seeth none iniquitie in Iaakob, nor seeth no transgression in Israel: the Lord his God is with him, and the ioyfull shoute of a king is among them. Numbers 23:22 God brought them out of Egypt: their strength is as an vnicorne. Numbers 23:23 For there is no sorcerie in Iaakob, nor soothsaying in Israel: according to this time it shalbe sayde of Iaakob and of Israel, What hath God wrought? Numbers 23:24 Behold, the people shal rise vp as a lyon, & lift vp himselfe as a yong lyon: hee shall not lye downe, till he eate of the pray, and till he drinke the blood of the slayne.

Numbers 23:25 Then Balak sayde vnto Balaam, Neither curse, nor blesse them at all. Numbers 23:26 But Balaam answered, & saide vnto Balak, Tolde not I thee, saying, All that the Lorde speaketh, that must I do?

Numbers 23:27 Againe Balak sayd vnto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I wil bring thee vnto another place, if so be it wil please God, that thou mayest thence curse them for my sake.

Balak's sacrifice.

Numbers 23:28 So Balak brought Balaam vnto the top of Peor, that looketh toward Ieshmon. Numbers 23:29 Then Balaam sayde vnto Balak, Make me here seuen altars, and prepare me here seuen bullocks, and seuen rammes. Numbers 23:30 And Balak did as Balaam had sayd, and offred a bullocke and a ram on euery altar.

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