1 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.
1 When Balaam noticed that the LORD was pleased that Balaam was blessing Israel, he didn't behave as he had time after time before, that is, to practice divination. Instead, he turned with his face to the wilderness,
1 When Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go as he had done each time before [superstitiously] to seek omens and signs [in the natural world], but he set his face toward the wilderness (desert).
2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him.
2 looked up, and saw Israel encamped in their respective tribal order. Just then, the spirit of God came upon him.
2 And Balaam raised his eyes and he saw Israel living in their tents tribe by tribe; and the Spirit of God came on him.
3 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
3 Balaam uttered this prophetic statement: "A declaration by Beor's son Balaam, a declaration by the strong, blind man.
3 He took up his [third] discourse (oracle) and said:“The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened [at last, to see clearly the purpose and will of God],
4 He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:
4 A declaration from one who hears what God has to say, who saw the vision that the Almighty revealed, who keeps stumbling with open eyes.
4 The oracle of one who hears the words of God,Who sees the vision of the Almighty,Falling down, but having his eyes open and uncovered,
5 How fair are your tents, O Jacob,Your dwellings, O Israel!
5 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!
5 How beautiful are your tents, Jacob,your dwellings, Israel.
5 Jacob, your tents are so fine, as well as your dwelling places, O Israel!
5 How fair are your tents, O Jacob,And your tabernacles, O Israel!
6 As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.
6 They're spread out like valleys, like gardens along river banks, like aloe planted by the LORD, or like cedars beside water.
7 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.
7 He will pour water from his buckets, and his descendants will stream forth like abundant water. His king will be more exalted than Agag when he exalts his own kingdom.
8 “(K)God brings him out of Egypt,He is for him like the horns of the wild ox.(L)He will devour the nations who are his adversaries,And will crush their bones in pieces,And shatter them with his (M)arrows.
8 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.
8 God is bringing them out of Egypt with the strength of an ox. He'll devour enemy nations, break their bones, and impale them with arrows.
9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.
9 He crouches, laying low like a lion. Who would awaken him? Those who bless you are blessed, and those who curse you are cursed."
10 Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam, and he struck his (k)hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have persisted in blessing them these three times!
10 And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times.
10 Then Balak became furious with Balaam, struck his hands together, and said to him, “I summoned you to put a curse on my enemies, but instead, you have blessed them these three times.
10 Balak flew into a rage and he started hitting his fists together. "I called you to curse my enemies," he yelled at Balaam. "But look here! You've blessed them three times!
10 Then Balak’s anger was kindled against Balaam, and he struck his hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have done nothing but bless them these three times.
11 Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour.
11 Now get out of here! I had promised you that I would definitely honor you, but now the LORD has kept me from doing that!"
11 Therefore now flee to your place! I had intended to honor you greatly, but behold, the Lord has held you back from honor.”
12 And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying,
12 Balaam answered Balak, “Didn’t I previously tell the messengers you sent me:
12 But Balaam replied to Balak, "I told your messengers,
12 Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not tell your messengers whom you had sent to me,
13 ‘Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything contrary to the (m)command of the Lord, either good or bad, (Q)of my own (n)accord. (R)What the Lord speaks, that I will speak’?
13 If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak?
13 "Even if Balak gives me his palace full of silver and gold, I won't double-cross the command of the LORD and do anything whether good or evil on my own initiative, because I'm going to say whatever the LORD says.'
13 ‘Even if Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the command of the Lord, to do either good or bad of my own accord. What the Lord speaks, that I will speak?’
14 And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days.
14 Now I am going back to my people, but first, let me warn you what these people will do to your people in the future.”
14 Meanwhile, since I have to return to my people, come and listen while I tell you what this people will be doing to your people in the last days."
14 And now, look, I am going to my people; come, I will advise you as to what this people [Israel] will do to your people [Moab] in the days to come.”
15 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
15 Then Balaam uttered this prophetic statement: "The declaration by Beor's son Balaam, a declaration by the strong, blind man.
15 He took up his [fourth] discourse (oracle) and said:“The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,The oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:
16 A declaration from one who hears what God has to say, who knows what the Most High knows, who saw the vision that the Almighty revealed, who keeps stumbling with open eyes.
17 “I see him, but not now;I behold him, but not near;A star shall come forth from Jacob,(U)A scepter shall rise from Israel,(V)And shall crush through the (s)forehead of Moab,And (t)tear down all the sons of (u)Sheth.
17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
17 I see him,(g) but not now;I perceive him,(h) but not near.A star will come from Jacob,and a scepter will arise from Israel.(J)He will smash the forehead(i) of Moaband strike down(j) all the Shethites.(k)
17 I can see him, but not right now. I observe him, but from a distance. A star streams forth from Jacob; a scepter arises from Israel. He will crush Moab's forehead, along with all of Seth's descendants.
18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.
18 Edom will be a conquered nation and Seir will be Israel's defeated foe, while Israel performs valiantly.
18 “Edom shall be [taken as] a possession,[Mount] Seir, Israel’s enemies, also will be a possession,While Israel performs valiantly.
19 “One from Jacob shall have dominion,And will destroy the remnant from the city.”
19 Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.
19 One who comes from Jacob will rule;he will destroy the city’s survivors.
19 He will rule over Jacob, annihilating those who survive in the city."
19 “One from [the descendants of] Jacob shall have dominionAnd will destroy the remnant from the city.”
20 And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.
20 Next, Balaam looked directly at Amalek and then uttered this prophetic statement: "Even though Amalek is an international leader, his future is permanent destruction."
21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock.
21 Next he saw the Kenites and proclaimed his poem:Your dwelling place is enduring;your nest is set in the cliffs.
21 Balaam also uttered this prophetic statement about the Kenites: "Your dwelling places are stable, because your nest is carved in solid rock.
21 And Balaam looked at the Kenites and took up his [sixth] discourse (oracle) and said:“Strong is your dwelling place,And you set your nest in the cliff.
22 Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.
22 Kain will be destroyedwhen Asshur takes you captive.
22 Nevertheless, Kain will be incinerated. How long will it take until Asshur takes you hostage?"
22 “Nevertheless the Kenites will be consumed.How long will Asshur (Assyria) keep you (Israel) captive?”
23 Then he took up his discourse and said,“Alas, who can live except God has ordained it?
23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!
23 Once more he proclaimed his poem:Ah, who can live when God does this?
23 Finally, he uttered this prophetic statement: "Ah, who can live, unless God makes it happen?
23 Then he took up his [seventh] discourse (oracle) and said:“Alas, who can live unless God has ordained it?
24 And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.
24 Ships under control of Kittim will devastate Asshur and Eber, until they are permanently destroyed."
25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.
25 Balaam then arose and went back to his homeland, and Balak also went his way.
25 Then Balaam got up, returned to his country, and Balak went on his way.
25 Then Balaam arose and departed and returned to his place, and Balak also went on his way.
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