Balak's first message for Balaam is refused.
Numbers 22:1 And the chyldren of Israel departed and pytched in the feldes of Moab, on the othersyde of Iordane, ouer against Iericho.
Numbers 22:2 And Balac þe sonne of Ziphor sawe all that Israel had done to the Amorites: Numbers 22:3 and the Moabites were sore afrayed of the people, because they were many, and stode in feare of the chyldren of Israel. Numbers 22:4 And Moab sayde vnto the elders of Madian: now shall this companye lycke vs vp all that are rounde aboute vs, as an oxe lycketh vp the grasse of the felde. And Balac the sonne of Ziphor was kynge of the Moabites at that tyme. Numbers 22:5 He sent messengers therfore vnto Balaam the sonne of Beor in Pethor (whych is by the ryuer in the lande of the chyldren of his folke) to call him, sayinge: beholde, there is a people come oute of Egypte, & beholde, they couer þe face of the erth, & dwell ouer agaynst me. Numbers 22:6 Come nowe therfore & curse thys people for my sake. For they are to myghtie for me, yf so perauenture I myght be able to smyte them & to dryue them oute of the lande. For I wote that he whome thou blessest, is blessed, and whome thou cursest is cursed. Numbers 22:7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Madian departed, hauynge the rewarde of the sothsayinge in theyr hande. And they came vnto Balaam, and tolde him the wordes of Balac. Numbers 22:8 He answered them: tary here thys nyght, and I wyll brynge you worde, euen as the Lord shall saye vnto me. And the Lordes of Moab abode with Balaam. Numbers 22:9 And God came vnto Balaam and sayde, what men are these wyth the? Numbers 22:10 And Balaam sayde vnto God: Balac the sonne of Ziphor kynge of Moab hath sent vnto me, sayinge: Numbers 22:11 beholde, there is a people come out of Egypt and couereth the face of the erth: come nowe therfore, and curse them for my sake, yf so peraduenture I maye be able to ouercome them in batell, and to dryue them oute. Numbers 22:12 And God sayde vnto Balaam: Go not thou with them, nether curse the people, for they are blessed. Numbers 22:13 And Balaam rose vp in the mornynge & sayde vnto the Lordes of Balac: get you vnto youre lande: for the Lorde wyll not suffre me to go wyth you. Numbers 22:14 And þe Lordes of Moab rose vp, & went vnto Balac and sayde: Balaam wolde not come wyth vs.
His second message obtaineth him.
Numbers 22:15 And Balac sent agayne a greatter companye of Lordes and more honorable then they: Numbers 22:16 whyche came to Balaam, and told him: Thus sayeth Balac the sonne of Ziphor: oh, let nothynge let þe, but come vnto me, Numbers 22:17 for I wyll greatly promote the vnto greate honoure, and wyll do whatsoeuer þu sayest vnto me, come I praye the, curse thys people for my sake: Numbers 22:18 And Balaam answered and sayde vnto þe seruauntes of Balac: If Balac wolde geue me hys housefull of syluer and golde, I cannot go beyonde the worde of the Lord my God, to do lesse or moare. Numbers 22:19 Nowe therfore tarye ye here thys nyghte: that I maye wete, what the Lorde wyll saye vnto me moare. Numbers 22:20 And God came vnto Balaam by nyghte, & sayde vnto him: If the men come to call the, ryse vp and go with them: but loke what I saye vnto the, that shalt thou do. Numbers 22:21 And Balaam rose vp early, and sadeld hys asse, & went with the Lordes of Moab.
An angel would have slain him, if his ass had not saved him.
Numbers 22:22 And the countenaunce of God was angrye because he went. And the angell of the Lorde stode in the waye agaynst hym, as he rode vpon hys asse, and hys two seruauntes were with hym. Numbers 22:23 And when the asse sawe the angell of the Lorde stande in the waye, and hauynge a swerde drawen in his hande, the asse turned asyde oute of the waye, and went out into the felde. And Balaam smote the asse, to turne her into the waye. Numbers 22:24 But the angell of the Lord stode in a path betwene the vyneyardes, and there was a wall on the one syde & another on the other. Numbers 22:25 And when the asse sawe þe angell of the Lorde, she wrenched vnto the wall, and thrust Balaams fote vnto the wall, and he smote her agayne. Numbers 22:26 And the angell of þe Lorde went forther and stode in a narowe place, where was no waye to tourne, ether to the ryght hande or to the lyfte. Numbers 22:27 And when the asse sawe the angell of the Lorde, she fell downe vnder Balaam: and Balaam was wroth, and smote the asse with a staffe. Numbers 22:28 And the Lorde opened the mouth of the asse, & she sayed vnto Balaam: what haue I done vnto the, that thou hast smytten me nowe thre tymes? Numbers 22:29 And Balaam sayde vnto the Asse: because thou hast mocked me: I wolde also there were a swerde in myne hande, for euen nowe wolde I kyll the. Numbers 22:30 And the asse sayde vnto Balaam: am not I thyne Asse whyche thou hast rydden vpon sence thou wast borne vnto thys daye? Was I euer wont to do so vnto the? he sayde: nay. Numbers 22:31 And the Lorde opened the eyes of Balaam and he sawe the angell of the Lorde standinge in the waye, hauynge a swerde drawen in hys hande. He bowed hym selfe therfore, and fell flat on hys face. Numbers 22:32 And the angell of the Lorde sayde vnto hym: Wherfore hast thou smyten thyne asse thre tymes? beholde, I came out as an aduersary, because thou makest thy waye contrary vnto me, Numbers 22:33 and the asse sawe me, and went backe fro me thre tymes: or els yf she had not turned fro me I had suerly slayne the, and saued her alyue. Numbers 22:34 Balaam sayd vnto the angell of the Lord: I haue synned: for I wist not that thou stodest in the waye agaynst me Nowe therfore yf it displease the I wyll turne home agayne. Numbers 22:35 The angell sayde vnto Balaam: go with the men: but, what I saye vnto the, that shalt thou speake. And so Balaam went with the Lordes of Balac.
Balak entertaineth him.
Numbers 22:36 And when Balac herde that Balaam was come, he went out to mete hym vnto a cytie of Moab, whiche is in the border of Arnon, euen in the vtmost coast. Numbers 22:37 And Balac sayde vnto Balaam: dyd I not sende for the, to call the? And wherfore camest thou not vnto me? because I am not able to promote the vnto honoure? Numbers 22:38 And Balaam made answere vnto Balac: Loo, I am come vnto the. And can I nowe saye any thinge at all. The worde that God putteth in my mouthe, that shall I speake. Numbers 22:39 And Balaam went wyth Balac, and they came vnto a cytie of stretes. Numbers 22:40 And Balac offered oxen and shepe, and sent for Balaam and for the Lordes þt were with hym. Numbers 22:41 And on the morowe Balac toke Balaam, and brought hym vp into the hye place of Baal, that thence he myght se the vtmost parte of the people.