Balaam, leaving divinations, prophesieth the happiness of Israel.
Numbers 24:1 And Balaam seeth that [it is] good in the eyes of Jehovah to bless Israel, and he hath not gone as time by time to meet enchantments, and he setteth towards the wilderness his face; Numbers 24:2 and Balaam lifteth up his eyes, and seeth Israel tabernacling, by its tribes, and the Spirit of God is upon him, Numbers 24:3 and he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'An affirmation of Balaam son of BeorAnd an affirmation of the man whose eyes are shut Numbers 24:4 An affirmation of him who is hearing sayings of GodWho a vision of the Almighty seeth, Fallingand eyes uncovered: Numbers 24:5 How good have been thy tents, O Jacob, Thy tabernacles, O Israel; Numbers 24:6 As valleys they have been stretched out, As gardens by a river; As aloes Jehovah hath planted, As cedars by waters; Numbers 24:7 He maketh water flow from his buckets, And his seed [is] in many waters; And higher than Agag [is] his king, And exalted is his kingdom. Numbers 24:8 God is bringing him out of Egypt; As the swiftness of a Reem is to him, He eateth up nations his adversaries, And their bones he breaketh, And [with] his arrows he smiteth, Numbers 24:9 He hath bent, he hath lain down as a lion, And as a lioness: who doth raise him up? He who is blessing thee [is] blessed, And he who is cursing thee [is] cursed.'
Balak in anger dismisseth him.
Numbers 24:10 And the anger of Balak burneth against Balaam, and he striketh his hands; and Balak saith unto Balaam, 'To pierce mine enemies I called thee, and lo, thou hast certainly blessedthese three times; Numbers 24:11 and now, flee for thyself unto thy place; I have said, I do greatly honour thee, and lo, Jehovah hath kept thee back from honour.' Numbers 24:12 And Balaam saith unto Balak, 'Did I not also unto thy messengers whom thou hast sent unto me, speak, saying, Numbers 24:13 If Balak doth give to me the fulness of his house of silver and gold, I am not able to pass over the command of Jehovah, to do good or evil of mine own heartthat which Jehovah speakethit I speak? Numbers 24:14 and, now, lo, I am going to my people; come, I counsel thee [concerning] that which this people doth to thy people, in the latter end of the days.'
He prophesieth of the Star of Jacob, and the destruction of some nations.
Numbers 24:15 And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'An affirmation of Balaam son of BeorAnd an affirmation of the man whose eyes [are] shut Numbers 24:16 An affirmation of him who is hearing sayings of GodAnd knowing knowledge of the Most High; A vision of the Almighty he seeth, Fallingand eyes uncovered: Numbers 24:17 I see it, but not now; I behold it, but not near; A star hath proceeded from Jacob, And a sceptre hath risen from Israel, And hath smitten corners of Moab, And hath destroyed all sons of Sheth. Numbers 24:18 And Edom hath been a possession, And Seir hath been a possession, [for] its enemies, And Israel is doing valiantly; Numbers 24:19 And [one] doth rule out of Jacob, And hath destroyed a remnant from Ar.'
Numbers 24:20 And he seeth Amalek, and taketh up his simile, and saith: 'A beginning of the Goyim [is] Amalek; And his latter endfor ever he perisheth.' Numbers 24:21 And he seeth the Kenite, and taketh up his simile, and saith: 'Enduring [is] thy dwelling, And setting in a rock thy nest, Numbers 24:22 But the Kenite is for a burning; Till when doth Asshur keep thee captive?' Numbers 24:23 And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'Alas! who doth live when God doth this? Numbers 24:24 Andships [are] from the side of Chittim, And they have humbled Asshur, And they have humbled Eber, And it also for ever is perishing.' Numbers 24:25 And Balaam riseth, and goeth, and turneth back to his place, and Balak also hath gone on his way.