1 And Balaam said unto Balak, "Build me here seven altars and provide here seven oxen and seven rams." 2 And Balak did as Balaam said. And Balak and Balaam offered on every altar an ox and a ram. 3 And Balaam said unto Balak, "Stand by the sacrifice, while I go to know whether the LORD will come and meet me; and whatsoever he showeth me, I will tell thee." And he went forthwith.
4 And God came unto Balaam, and Balaam said unto him, "I have prepared seven altars, and have offered upon every altar, an ox and a ram." 5 And the LORD put a saying in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Go again to Balak and say on this wise."
6 And he went again unto him and lo, he stood by his sacrifice: both he and all the lords of Moab.
7 And he began his parable, and said, "Balak the king of Moab hath fetched me from Mesopotamia out of the mountains of the east saying, 'Come and curse me Jacob, come and defy me Israel.' 8 How shall I curse whom God curseth not? And how shall I defy whom the LORD defieth not? 9 From the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: Lo, the people shall dwell by himself and shall not be reckoned among other nations. 10 Who can tell the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? I pray God that my soul may die the death of the righteous, and that my last end may be like his!"
11 And Balak said unto Balaam, "What hast thou done unto me? I fetched thee to curse mine enemies: and behold, thou blessest them!"
12 And he answered, and said, "Must I not keep that and speak it, which the LORD hath put in my mouth?"
13 And Balak said unto him, "Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place: whence thou shalt see them, and shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all and curse me them there." 14 And he brought him into a plain field where men might see far, even to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars and offered an ox and a ram on every altar.
15 And he said unto Balak, "Stand here, by thy sacrifice, while I go yonder."
16 And the LORD met Balaam and put words in his mouth, and said, "Go again unto Balak and thus say."
17 And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his sacrifice: and the lords of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, "What sayeth the LORD?"
18 And he took up his parable and said, "Rise up, Balak, and hear! And hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor! 19 The Lord God is not a man, that he can lie; neither the son of a man, that he can repent! Should he say, and not do? Or should he speak, and not make it good? 20 Behold: I have begun to bless, and have blessed; and cannot go back therefrom. 21 He beheld no wickedness in Jacob, nor saw Idolatry in Israel: The LORD his God is with him, and the tromp of a king among them. 22 God, that brought them out of Egypt, is as the strength of an unicorn unto them! 23 For there is no sorcerer in Jacob, nor soothsayer in Israel. When the time cometh, it will be said of Jacob and of Israel, 'What God hath wrought!' 24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a lioness and heave up himself as a lion; and shall not lie down again, until he have eaten of the prey and drunk of the blood of them that are slain!"
25 And Balak said unto Balaam, "Neither curse them nor bless them."
26 And Balaam answered and said unto Balak, "Told not I thee, saying, 'All that the LORD biddeth me, that I must do?'"
27 And Balak said unto Balaam, "Come, I pray thee; I will bring thee yet unto another place: so peradventure it shall please God that thou mayest curse them there." 28 And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that boweth toward the wilderness.
29 And Balaam said unto Balak, "Make me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams."
30 And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.