Balaam, leaving divinations, prophesieth the happiness of Israel.
Numbers 24:1 And, when Balaam saw that it was good in the eyes of Yahweh, to bless Israel, he went not as at other times, to invoke enchantments,but set, towards the desert, his face. Numbers 24:2 So Balaam lifted up his eyes, and saw Israel, dwelling, according to his tribes,then came upon him, the Spirit of God; Numbers 24:3 and he took up his parable, and said,The oracle of Balaam, son of Beor, Yea the oracle of the man, of opened eye; Numbers 24:4 The oracle of one hearing sayings of GOD, Who, the sight of the Almighty, receiveth in vision, Who, falleth down, but hath unveiled eyes: Numbers 24:5 How pleasing are thy tents, O Jacob,Thy habitations, O Israel: Numbers 24:6 Like ravines extended, Like gardens by a river,Like aloe-trees Yahweh hath planted, Like cedars by waters: Numbers 24:7 He poureth forth water from his buckets, And, his seed, is among many waters,And taller than Agag is his King, And exalted is his kingdom. Numbers 24:8 GOD having brought him forth out of Egypt, The very horns of the buffalo, are his,He eateth up nations that assail him, And, the bones of them, he breaketh, And, the loins of him, he crusheth: Numbers 24:9 He hath knelthath lain down, Like a strong lion, yea like a lioness, Who shall rouse him up? Such as bless thee, are each one blessed, But, such as curse thee, are each one cursed.
Balak in anger dismisseth him.
Numbers 24:10 Then kindled the anger of Balak against Balaam, and he smote together his hands,and Balak said unto BalaamTo revile my foes, I called thee, And lo! thou hast, kept on blessing, these three times. Numbers 24:11 Now, therefore, flee thou unto thy place,I said, I will, highly honour, thee; but lo! Yahweh hath kept thee back from honour. Numbers 24:12 And Balaam said unto Balak,Was it not so, that, even unto thy messengers whom thou didst send unto me, I spake, saying Numbers 24:13 Though Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, yet could I not go beyond the bidding of Yahweh, to do good or ill, out of my own heart,what Yahweh shall speak, that, must I speak? Numbers 24:14 Now, therefore, behold me! going to my own people,Come now! let me advise thee, what this people shall do unto thy people, in the afterpart of the days.
He prophesieth of the Star of Jacob, and the destruction of some nations.
Numbers 24:15 So he took up his parable and said,The oracle of Balaam, son of Beor, Yea the oracle of the man, of opened eye; Numbers 24:16 The oracle of one hearing sayings of GOD, And knowing the knowledge of the Most High,Who, the sight of the Almighty, receiveth in vision, Who falleth down, but hath unveiled eyes: Numbers 24:17 I see One, who is not now, I observe One, who is not nigh,There hath marched forth a Star out of Jacob. And arisen a Sceptre out of Israel, That hath dishonoured the beard of Moab, Yea the crown of the head of all the tumultuous; Numbers 24:18 So Edom hath become a possession, Yea a possession is Seir to his foes,But, Israel, is doing valiantly; Numbers 24:19 Yea One wieldeth dominion out of Jacob,Who hath destroyed the remnant out of the fortress.
Numbers 24:20 And, when he saw Amalek, he took up his parable, and saidThe beginning of nations,Amalek, But, his latter end, is even to perish. Numbers 24:21 And, when he saw the Kenite, he took up his parable, and said,Enduring, thy dwelling-place, Set thou, then, in the crag, thy nest; Numbers 24:22 Yet shall it be for destruction, O Kain,How long shall Assyria hold thee captive? Numbers 24:23 And he took up his parable, and said,Alas! who shall survive its fulfillment by GOD; Numbers 24:24 When, ships, [come] from the coast of the isles, And humble Assyria, and humble the Hebrew,And he too, is even to perish? Numbers 24:25 Then Balaam arose, and went, and returned unto his place,and, Balak also, went his way.