Balak's first message for Balaam is refused.
Numbers 22:1 and the children of of Israel remoued & pytched in the feldes of Moab, on the other syde of Iordane, by Iericho.
Numbers 22:2 And Balac the sonne of Ziphor sawe all that Israell had done to the Amorites, Numbers 22:3 and the Moabites were sore afraied of the people bycause they were many, and abhorred the children of Israel. Numbers 22:4 And Moab sayed vnto the Elders of Madian, nowe shall thys companye lycke vp all that are rounde aboute vs, as an oxe lycketh vp the grasses of the fyeld. And Balac the sonne of Ziphor was Kynge of the Moabites at that tyme. Numbers 22:5 And he sent menssengers vnto Balam the sonne of Beor, the interpreter which dwelte vpon the riuer of the lande of the children of hys folke, to call hym saying: beholde, there is a people come out of Egypte which couereth the face of the earth and lyeth euen hard by me. Numbers 22:6 Come nowe a feloweshyp and curse me thys people. For they are to myghty for me, so peraduenture I might be able to smite them & to dryue them out of the Land. For I wot that whom thou blessest shalbe blessed, and whom thou cursest shalbe cursed. Numbers 22:7 And the elders of Moab wente wyth the elders of Madian, & the reward of the sothsayinge in their handes. And they came vnto Balam and tolde hym the wordes of Balac. Numbers 22:8 And he sayed vnto them, tary here al night and I wyll brynge you worde, euen as the Lorde shal saye vnto me. And the Lordes of Moab abode with Balam. Numbers 22:9 And God cam vnto Balam & said: what men are these whych are wyth the? Numbers 22:10 And Balam sayed vnto God: Balac the sonne of Ziphor kyng of Moab hath sente vnto me sayinge: Numbers 22:11 beholde ther is a people come out of Egypt and couereth the face of þe earth: come nowe therefore and curse me them, that so peraduenture I maye be able to ouercome them in battell, & to driue them oute. Numbers 22:12 And God sayed vnto Balam: thou shalt not go wt them, neyther curse the people, for they are blessed. Numbers 22:13 And Balam rose vp in the mornyng and sayd vnto the Lordes of Balac: get you vnto your land, for the Lorde wyll not suffer me to go wt you. Numbers 22:14 And the Lordes of Moab rose vp & went vnto Balac and said. Balam wolde not come wyth vs.
His second message obtaineth him.
Numbers 22:15 And Balac sent againe a greater company of lordes & more honourable then they. Numbers 22:16 And they came to Balam and tolde hym. Thus sayeth Balac the sonne of Ziphor: oh, let nothynge let the to come vnto me, Numbers 22:17 for I wyll greately promote the vnto greate honour. and wyl do whatsoeuer thou sayeste vnto me, come therefore I praye the curse me thys peole. Numbers 22:18 And Balam answered and sayd vnto the seruauntes of Balac. If Balac would gyue me hys house ful of syluer and gold, I can go no further then the worde of the Lorde my God, to do lesse or more. Numbers 22:19 Neuertheles tarye ye here al nyght: that I may wete, what the Lorde wil say vnto me once more. Numbers 22:20 And God came vnto Balam by nyghte and sayd vnto hym: If the men come to fette the ryse vp & go wyth them: but what I say vnto the, that onely thou shalt do. Numbers 22:21 And Balam rose vp early & saddeled hys asse & went wyth the Lordes of Moab.
An angel would have slain him, if his ass had not saved him.
Numbers 22:22 But God was angry bycause he wente. And the angel of the Lorde stode in the way agaynst hym. And he ryd vpon hys asse & .ij. seruauntes wyth him. Numbers 22:23 And when the asse sawe the angel of the Lorde stand in the waye & his swerde drawen in hys hand, she turned a side out of the way & went out into the feld. And Balam smot the asse, to turne hir into the waye. Numbers 22:24 And the angell of the Lord wente & stode in a path betwen the viniyardes, wher was a wal on the one syde, & another on þe other. Numbers 22:25 When the asse sawe the angel of the Lorde, she wrenched vnto the wall and thrust Balams fote vnto the wall, and he smote hyr againe. Numbers 22:26 And the angel of þe Lorde went further and stode in a narrow place, whher was no waye to turne, eyther to the ryghte hande or to the lyfte. Numbers 22:27 And when the asse saw the angel of the lord, she fel downe vnder Balam: and Balam was wrath and smote the asse wyth a staffe. Numbers 22:28 And the Lorde opened the mouth of the asse, & she sayed vnto Balam: what haue I done vnto the, that þu smyteste me thus .iij. tymes? Numbers 22:29 And Balam sayed vnto the asse: bycause thou hast mocked me? I would that I had a swerde in myne hande, that I myght now kyll the. Numbers 22:30 And the asse sayd vnto Balam am I not thyne asse whych thou hast ridden vpon sence thou wast borne vnto this daye? Was I euer wont to do so vnto the? And he sayed naye. Numbers 22:31 And the Lord opened the eyes of Balam that he sawe the angel of the Lord standyng in the waye, wyth hys swerd drawen in hys hande. And he bowed him selfe & fel flatt on hys face. Numbers 22:32 And the angell of the Lorde sayed vnto him. Wherfore smitest thou thyne asse thus .iij. tymes? behold I came out to resiste the for the waye is contrarye vnto me, Numbers 22:33 & the asse sawe me and auoyded me thre tymes: or else (had she not turned fro me). I had surely slayne the and saued hyr a lyue. Numbers 22:34 And Balam sayed vnto the aungell of the Lorde: I haue synned for I wist not that thou stodest in the wai against me. Now therfore if it displease thine eyes, I wyl turne agayne. Numbers 22:35 And the angel sayed vnto Balam, go wyth the men: but in any myse, what I saye vnto the, that saye. And Balam went with the lordes of Balac.
Balak entertaineth him.
Numbers 22:36 And when Balac heard that Balam was come he went out agaynst him vnto a city of Moab that stode in the border of Arnon whiche was the vtmost part of his contrye. Numbers 22:37 And Balac sayd vnto Balam: did I not sende for the, to call the? wherfore camest thou not vnto me? thinkest thou þt I am not able to promote the vnto honour. Numbers 22:38 And Balam sayd vnto Balac: Loo, I am come vnto the. But I can saye nothynge at all saue what God putteth into my mouth that must I speake. Numbers 22:39 And Balam went wyth Balac, & they came vnto the large city. Numbers 22:40 And Balac offered oxen & shepe and sente for Balam and for the Lordes that were with hym. Numbers 22:41 And on the mornynge Balac toke Balam and brought hym vp into the hye place of Baal: and thence he sawe vnto the vtmost part of the people.