Young's Literal Translation

Numbers 23

Balak's sacrifice.

Numbers 23:1 And Balaam saith unto Balak, 'Build for me in this [place] seven altars, and make ready for me in this [place] seven bullocks and seven rams.' Numbers 23:2 And Balak doth as Balaam hath spoken, and Balak—Balaam also—offereth a bullock and a ram on the altar, Numbers 23:3 and Balaam saith to Balak, 'Station thyself by thy burnt-offering and I go on, it may be Jehovah doth come to meet me, and the thing which He sheweth me—I have declared to thee;' and he goeth [to] a high place. Numbers 23:4 And God cometh unto Balaam, and he saith unto Him, 'The seven altars I have arranged, and I offer a bullock and a ram on the altar;' Numbers 23:5 and Jehovah putteth a word in the mouth of Balaam, and saith, 'Turn back unto Balak, and thus thou dost speak.' Numbers 23:6 And he turneth back unto him, and lo, he is standing by his burnt-offering, he and all the princes of Moab.

Balaam's parables.

Numbers 23:7 And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'From Aram he doth lead me—Balak king of Moab; From mountains of the east: Come—curse for me Jacob, And come—be indignant [with] Israel. Numbers 23:8 What—do I pierce?—God hath not pierced! And what—am I indignant?—Jehovah hath not been indignant! Numbers 23:9 For from the top of rocks I see it, And from heights I behold it; Lo a people! alone it doth tabernacle, And among nations doth not reckon itself. Numbers 23:10 Who hath counted the dust of Jacob, And the number of the fourth of Israel? Let me die the death of upright ones, And let my last end be like his!' Numbers 23:11 And Balak saith unto Balaam, 'What hast thou done to me? to pierce mine enemies I have taken thee—and lo, thou hast certainly blessed;' Numbers 23:12 and he answereth and saith, 'That which Jehovah doth put in my mouth—it do I not take heed to speak?'

Balak's sacrifice.

Numbers 23:13 And Balak saith unto him, 'Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, whence thou dost see it, only its extremity thou dost see, and all of it thou dost not see, and pierce it for me thence;'

Numbers 23:14 and he taketh him [to] the field of Zophim, unto the top of Pisgah, and buildeth seven altars, and offereth a bullock and a ram on the altar. Numbers 23:15 And he saith unto Balak, 'Station thyself here by thy burnt-offering, and I—I meet [Him] there;' Numbers 23:16 and Jehovah cometh unto Balaam, and setteth a word in his mouth, and saith, 'Turn back unto Balak, and thus thou dost speak.' Numbers 23:17 And he cometh unto him, and lo, he is standing by his burnt-offering, and the princes of Moab with him, and Balak saith to him: 'What hath Jehovah spoken?'

Balaam's parables.

Numbers 23:18 And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'Rise, Balak, and hear; Give ear unto me, son of Zippor! Numbers 23:19 God [is] not a man—and lieth, And a son of man—and repenteth! Hath He said—and doth He not do [it]? And spoken—and doth He not confirm it? Numbers 23:20 Lo, to bless I have received: Yea, He blesseth, and I [can] not reverse it. Numbers 23:21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, Nor hath He seen perverseness in Israel; Jehovah his God [is] with him, And a shout of a king [is] in him. Numbers 23:22 God is bringing them out from Egypt, As the swiftness of a Reem is to him; Numbers 23:23 For no enchantment [is] against Jacob, Nor divination against Israel, At the time it is said of Jacob and Israel, What hath God wrought! Numbers 23:24 Lo, the people as a lioness riseth, And as a lion he lifteth himself up, He lieth not down till he eateth prey, And blood of pierced ones doth drink.'

Numbers 23:25 And Balak saith unto Balaam, 'Neither pierce it at all, nor bless it at all;' Numbers 23:26 and Balaam answereth and saith unto Balak, 'Have I not spoken unto thee, saying, All that Jehovah speaketh—it I do?'

Numbers 23:27 And Balak saith unto Balaam, 'Come, I pray thee, I take thee unto another place; it may be it is right in the eyes of God—to pierce it for me from thence.'

Balak's sacrifice.

Numbers 23:28 And Balak taketh Balaam to the top of Peor, which is looking on the front of the wilderness, Numbers 23:29 and Balaam saith unto Balak, 'Build for me in this [place] seven altars, and make ready for me in this [place] seven bullocks and seven rams;' Numbers 23:30 and Balak doth as Balaam said, and he offereth a bullock and a ram on an altar.

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