Balak's first message for Balaam is refused.
Numbers 22:1 Then did the sons of Israel break up,and encamp in the waste plains of Moab, on the other side of the Jordan by Jericho.
Numbers 22:2 And Balak son of Zipper saw all that Israel had done unto the Amorites; Numbers 22:3 and Moab shrank with great fear from the presence of the people, because, many, they were,and Moab was alarmed at the presence of the sons of Israel. Numbers 22:4 So Moab said unto the elders of MidianNow, shall the gathered host lick up all that are round about us, as the ox doth lick up the verdure of the field. But, Balak son of Zippor, was king unto Moab at that time. Numbers 22:5 So he sent messengers unto Balaam son of Boor, to Pethor, which was by the river of the land of the sons of his people, to call him,sayingLo! a people, hath come forth out of Egypt, Lo! he hath covered the eye of the land, Yea, he, is tarrying over against me. Numbers 22:6 Now, therefore, do come, I pray thee, curse me this people, For, stronger, he is, than I, If peradventure I prevail, we shall smite him, That I may drive him out of the land,For I know that, he whom thou dost bless, is to be blessed, And, he whom thou dost curse, is to be cursed. Numbers 22:7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian, went their way, with the rewards of divination in their hand,so they came in unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak. Numbers 22:8 And he said unto themTarry ye here for the night, and I will bring you back word, as Yahweh shall speak unto me. So the princes of Moab abode with Balaam. Numbers 22:9 And God came in unto Balaam,and said, Who are these men, with thee? Numbers 22:10 Then said Balaam unto God,Balak, son of Zipper, king of Moab, hath sent unto me: Numbers 22:11 Lo! the people that hath come forth out of Egypthe covereth the eye of the land. Now, do come, do revile me him, Peradventure I shall prevail in making war with him, And shall drive him out. Numbers 22:12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them,Thou shalt not curse the people, For, blessed, he is. Numbers 22:13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your own land,For Yahweh hath refused, to let me go with you. Numbers 22:14 So the princes of Moab arose, and came in unto Balak,and said, Balaam refused, to come with us.
His second message obtaineth him.
Numbers 22:15 Then added Balak again,to send princes, more and weightier than these. Numbers 22:16 And they came in unto Balaam,and said unto himThus, said Balak son of Zipper, Do not be withheld, I pray thee, from coming unto me: Numbers 22:17 For I will, honour, thee, exceedingly, and, all that thou shalt say unto me, will I do. Do come therefore, I pray thee, oh revile me this people. Numbers 22:18 And Balaam responded, and said unto the servants of Balak, Though Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the bidding of Yahweh my God, to do less or more. Numbers 22:19 Now, therefore, abide here, I pray you, even, ye,for the night,that I may get to know what further Yahweh may be speaking with me. Numbers 22:20 And God came in unto Balaam, by night, and said unto himIf, to call thee, the men have come in, arise, go with them,But only, the thing that I shall speak unto thee, that, shalt thou do. Numbers 22:21 So Balaam arose, in the morning, and saddled his ass,and went with the princes of Moab.
An angel would have slain him, if his ass had not saved him.
Numbers 22:22 Then kindled the anger of God, because he, was going, and the messenger of Yahweh stationed, himself in the way, to withstand him,as he was riding upon his ass, his two young men being with him. Numbers 22:23 And the ass saw the messenger of Yahweh, stationed in the road, with his drawn sword in his hand, so the ass turned aside out of the road, and went into the field,and Balaam smote the ass, to make her turn back into the road. Numbers 22:24 But the messenger of Yahweh took his stand, in a hollow pass of the vineyards,with a fence on this side, and a fence on that side. Numbers 22:25 And, when the ass saw the messenger of Yahweh, she squeezed herself against the wall, and squeezed the foot of Balaam, against the wall,and again, he smote her. Numbers 22:26 And the messenger of Yahweh went on further, and took his stand in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn, to the right hand or to the left. Numbers 22:27 And, when the ass saw the messenger of Yahweh, she sank down under Balaam,then was Balaam's anger kindled, and he smote the ass with the staff. Numbers 22:28 And Yahweh opened the mouth of the ass,and she said unto BalaamWhat have I done to thee, that thou hast smitten me, these three times? Numbers 22:29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Surely thou hast been making sport of me,Would there had been a sword in my hand, for, now, would I have slain thee. Numbers 22:30 Then said the ass unto BalaamAm not, I, thine own ass, on which thou hast ridden all thy life, until this day? Have I, been wont, to do unto thee, thus? And he said, Nay! Numbers 22:31 Then did Yahweh unveil the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the messenger of Yahweh stationed in the road, with his sword drawn, in his hand,so he bent his head and bowed down before him. Numbers 22:32 And the messenger of Yahweh said unto him, Wherefore, hast thou smitten thine ass, these three times? Lo! I myself, am come forth to withstand thee, because headlong, was thy way before me. Numbers 22:33 And the ass hath seen me, and hath turned aside at my presence, these three times: Unless she had turned aside from my presence, yea, now, even thee, had I slain, but, her, had I suffered to live. Numbers 22:34 Then said Balaam unto the messenger of YahwehI have sinned, for I knew not, that, thou, wast stationed to meet me in the road,Now, therefore, if it be displeasing in thine eyes, I must get me back again. Numbers 22:35 And the messenger of Yahweh said unto BalaamGo with the men: Only, the word that I shall speak unto thee, that, shalt thou speak. So Balaam went his way with the princes of Balak.
Balak entertaineth him.
Numbers 22:36 And Balak heard, that Balaam, was coming,so he went forth to meet him, unto a city of Moab which was upon the boundary of Arnon, which was in the utmost part of the boundary. Numbers 22:37 And Balak said unto Balaam: Did I not, send, unto thee, to call thee? Wherefore, didst thou not come unto me? Am I not, in very deed, able to honour thee? Numbers 22:38 And Balaam said unto BalakLo! I am come unto thee, Now, can, I, possibly, promise, anything? The word that God shall put in my mouth, that, must I speak. Numbers 22:39 So Balaam went with Balak,and they entered Kiriath-huzoth. Numbers 22:40 And Balak sacrificed herd and flock,and sent unto Balaam, and unto the princes that were with him. Numbers 22:41 And it came to pass in the morning, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up the high places of Baal,and he saw from thence the utmost part of the people.