Balaam, leaving divinations, prophesieth the happiness of Israel.
Numbers 24:1 When Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to blesse Israel, then he went not, as certaine times before, to set diuinations, but set his face toward the wildernesse. Numbers 24:2 And Balaam lift vp his eyes, & looked vpon Israel, which dwelt according to their tribes, and the Spirit of God came vpon him. Numbers 24:3 And he vttered his parable, and sayd, Balaam the sonne of Beor hath sayde, and the man, whose eyes were shut vp, hath sayd, Numbers 24:4 He hath sayde, which heard the wordes of God, and sawe the vision of the Almightie, and falling in a traunce had his eyes opened: Numbers 24:5 How goodly are thy tentes, O Iaakob, & thine habitations, O Israel! Numbers 24:6 As the valleis, are they stretched forth, as gardes by the riuers side, as the aloe trees, which the Lorde hath planted, as the cedars beside the waters. Numbers 24:7 The water droppeth out of his bucket, & his seede shalbe in many waters, and his king shall be hier then Agag, and his kingdome shall bee exalted. Numbers 24:8 God brought him out of Egypt: his strength shalbe as an vnicorne: he shal eate the nations his enemies, and bruise their bones, & shoote them through with his arrowes. Numbers 24:9 He coucheth and lieth downe as a yong lion, and as a lion: who shall stirre him vp? blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.
Balak in anger dismisseth him.
Numbers 24:10 Then Balak was very angry with Balaam, and smote his handes together: so Balak sayde vnto Balaam, I sent for thee to curse mine enemies, and beholde, thou hast blessed them nowe three times. Numbers 24:11 Therefore nowe flee vnto thy place: I thought surely to promote thee vnto honour, but loe, the Lorde hath kept thee backe from honour. Numbers 24:12 Then Balaam answered Balak, Tolde I not also thy messengers, which thou sentest vnto me, saying, Numbers 24:13 If Balak would giue me his house ful of siluer and gold, I can not passe the commandement of the Lorde, to doe either good or bad of mine owne minde? what the Lord shall commaunde, the same will I speake. Numbers 24:14 And nowe behold, I goe vnto my people: come, I will aduertise thee what this people shall doe to thy folke in the later dayes.
He prophesieth of the Star of Jacob, and the destruction of some nations.
Numbers 24:15 And he vttered his parable, and sayd, Balaam the sonne of Beor hath sayde, and the man whose eyes were shut vp, hath sayd, Numbers 24:16 He hath said that heard the words of God, and hath the knowledge of the most High, and sawe the vision of the Almightie, and falling in a traunce had his eyes opened: Numbers 24:17 I shal see him, but not nowe: I shal behold him, but not neere: there shall come a starre of Iaakob, and a scepter shal rise of Israel, and shall smite the coastes of Moab, and destroy all the sonnes of Sheth. Numbers 24:18 And Edom shalbe possessed, and Seir shall be a possession to their enemies: but Israel shal do valiantly. Numbers 24:19 He also that shall haue dominion shall bee of Iaakob, and shall destroy the remnant of the citie.
Numbers 24:20 And when he looked on Amalek, he vttered his parable, and sayd, Amalek was the first of the nations: but his latter ende shal come to destruction. Numbers 24:21 And he looked on the Kenites, and vttered his parable, and sayde, Strong is thy dwelling place, and put thy nest in the rocke. Numbers 24:22 Neuerthelesse, the Kenite shalbe spoyled vntill Asshur cary thee away captiue. Numbers 24:23 Againe he vttered his parable, and sayd, Alas, who shall liue when God doeth this? Numbers 24:24 The ships also shal come from the coastes of Chittim, and subdue Asshur, and shall subdue Eber, and he also shall come to destruction. Numbers 24:25 Then Balaam rose vp, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.