10 And Balac was angry with Balaam, and clapped his hands together; and Balac said to Balaam, I called thee to curse my enemy, and behold thou hast decidedly blessed him this third time. 11 Now therefore flee to thy place: I said, I will honour thee, but now the Lord has deprived thee of glory. 12 And Balaam said to Balac, Did I not speak to thy messengers also whom thou sentest to me, saying, 13 If Balac should give me his house full of silver and gold, I shall not be able to2 transgress the word of the Lord to make it good or bad by myself; whatsoever things God shall say, them will I speak. 14 And now, behold, I return to my place;
15 And he took up his parable and said,
Balaam the son of Beor says, the man who sees truly says, 16 hearing the oracles of God, 3receiving knowledge from the Most High, and having seen a vision of God in sleep; his eyes were 4opened. 17 I will point to him, but not now; I bless him, but he draws not near: a star shall rise out of Jacob, a man shall spring out of Israel; and shall crush the princes of Moab, and shall spoil all the sons of Seth. 18 And Edom shall be an inheritance, and Esau his enemy shall be an inheritance of Israel, and Israel wrought valiantly. 19 And one shall arise out of Jacob, and destroy out of the city him that escapes. 20 And having seen Amalec, he took up his parable and said, Amalec is the first of the nations; yet his seed shall perish. 21 And having seen the Kenite, he took up his parable and said, Thy dwelling-place is strong; yet though thou shouldest put thy nest in a rock, 22 and though Beor should have a 5 skilfully contrived hiding-place, the Assyrians shall carry thee away captive. 23 And he looked upon Og, and took up his parable and said, Oh, oh, who shall live, when God shall 6do these things? 24 And one shall come forth from the hands of the Citians, and shall afflict Assur, and shall afflict the 7Hebrews, and they shall perish together. 25 And Balaam rose up and departed and returned to his place, and Balac went 8to his own home.
1 Gr. suck the marrow of their fat bones.
2 Or, go beyond.
3 Gr. knowing knowledge.
4 Or, unveiled.
5 Gr. nest of cunning.
6 Gr. put.
7 Or, men of Heber.
8 Gr. q. d. chez lui.
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