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Numbers 23

Balak's sacrifice.

Numbers 23:1 And Balaam sayd vnto Balac: bylde me here seuen alters and prepare me here seuen oxen and seuen rammes. Numbers 23:2 And Balac dyd as Balaam sayde. And Balac and Balaam offered on euery alter an oxe and a ram. Numbers 23:3 And Balaam sayd vnto Balac: stande by the sacrifyce, and I wyll goo yf happly the Lorde wyll mete me: and whatsoeuer he sheweth me, I will tell the, and he went forth alone. Numbers 23:4 But God met Balaam, and Balaam sayde vnto hym: I haue prepared seuen alters, and haue offered vpon euery alter, an oxe and a ram. Numbers 23:5 And the Lorde put a sayinge in Balams mouth, and sayde: go agayn to Balac and saye on thys wyse. Numbers 23:6 And whan he went agayne vnto him, loo, he stode by hys sacrifice, he and all the Lordes of Moab.

Balaam's parables.

Numbers 23:7 And he toke vp hys parable and sayde Balac þe kynge of Moab hath fett me from Mesopotamia out of þe mountaynes of þe east (sayinge:) come, curse Iacob for my sake: come, & defye Israel. Numbers 23:8 Howe shall I curse him, whom God hath not cursed? or howe shall I defye him, whom God hath not defyed? Numbers 23:9 from the toppe of the rockes I se hym, and from the hylles I beholde hym: loo, the people shall dwell by them selfe, and shall not be rekened among the nacyons. Numbers 23:10 Who can tell þe dust of Iacob, and the nombre of the fourth parte of Israel? I praye God, that my soule maye dye the death of the ryghteous, & that my last ende maye be lyke hys. Numbers 23:11 And Balac sayde vnto Balaam: what hast thou done vnto me? I fett the to curse myne enemyes, and beholde, thou hast blessed them. Numbers 23:12 He answered and sayde: must I not kepe that & speake it, whych the Lorde hath put in my mouthe?

Balak's sacrifice.

Numbers 23:13 And Balac sayde vnto hym: Come I praye the with me vnto another place, whence thou mayest se them, and thou shalt se but the vtmost parte of them, and shalt not se them all: curse them out of þt place for my sake.

Numbers 23:14 And he brought him into a felde (where men myght se farre of) euen to the toppe of an hyll, and bylt seuen alters, and offered an oxe and a ram on euery alter. Numbers 23:15 And he sayd vnto Balac: stande here by thy sacrifyce, whyle I go yonder. Numbers 23:16 And the Lord mett Balaam, and put a worde in hys mouth & sayd: go agayne vnto Balac, and thus saye. Numbers 23:17 And when he came to hym: beholde, he stode by his sacrifyce, & the Lordes of Moab with hym. And Balac sayde vnto him: what hath the Lorde sayde?

Balaam's parables.

Numbers 23:18 And he toke vp his parable & answered: ryse vp Balac and heare, and herken vnto me thou sonne of Ziphor. Numbers 23:19 God is not a man that he shulde lye, nether the sonne of a man that he shulde repent: shulde he saye, and not doo? or shulde he speake, and not make it good? Numbers 23:20 beholde, I haue taken vpon me to blesse, for he hath blessed, and it is not in my power to alter it. Numbers 23:21 He behelde no vanyte in Iacob, nor sawe trauayll in Israel. The Lorde hys God is wt him, and the presence of the kyng is amonge them. Numbers 23:22 God brought them oute of Egypte, he hath strength as an vnicorne. Numbers 23:23 There is no sorcery in Iacob, nor sothsaying in Israel. It is nowe tolde vnto Iacob & Israel, what God hath wrought. Numbers 23:24 Beholde, the people shal ryse vp as a lyonesse, and heue vp hym selfe as a lyon. He shall not lye downe, vntill he eate of the praye, and drynke the bloude of them that are slayne.

Numbers 23:25 And Balac sayde vnto Balaam: nether curse them nor blesse them. Numbers 23:26 But Balaam answered and sayde vnto Balac: tolde not I the sayinge: all that the Lorde speaketh, that I must doo?

Numbers 23:27 And Balac sayde vnto Balaam: come I praye the, and I wyll brynge the yet vnto another place: yf peraduenture it shall please God, that thou mayst thence curse them for my sake.

Balak's sacrifice.

Numbers 23:28 And Balac broughte Balaam vnto the toppe of Peor, that boweth toward the wyldernesse of Iesymmom. Numbers 23:29 And Balaam sayde vnto Balac: make me here seuen alters, and prepare me here seuen oxen, and seuen rammes. Numbers 23:30 And Balac dyd as Balaam had sayde, and offered an oxe and a ram on euery alter.

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