23 Bible Verses about Oracles
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Balaam responded to Balak's entourage by saying, "Even if Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I won't double-cross the command of the LORD my God in even the slightest way. Meanwhile, stay here overnight so I may learn what the LORD might say to me."
"What are you doing to me?" Balak asked Balaam. "I brought you to curse my enemies, not pronounce a blessing!" But in response, Balaam asked, "Shouldn't I be careful to communicate only what the LORD puts in my mouth?"
But Balaam replied to Balak, "I told your messengers, "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.'
looked up, and saw Israel encamped in their respective tribal order. Just then, the spirit of God came upon him. Balaam uttered this prophetic statement: "A declaration by Beor's son Balaam, a declaration by the strong, blind man. 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.
Then Balaam instructed Balak, "Stand by your offering and leave me alone by myself. Perhaps the LORD will come to meet me. I'll tell you whatever he reveals to me." And so he went to a high place, where the LORD met with Balaam, who told him, "I've prepared seven altars and offered bulls and rams on an altar." Then the LORD gave Balaam this message. "Return to Balak and speak to him."
Then Balaam uttered this prophetic statement: "The declaration by Beor's son Balaam, a declaration by the strong, blind man. 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.
So Balaam returned to where Balak had been standing, that is, next to his offerings, accompanied by all the Moabite officials. Then Balaam uttered this prophetic statement: "King Balak of Moab brought me from Aram, from the eastern mountains, and told me, "Come and curse Jacob for me. Come and curse Israel.' But how can I curse those whom God hasn't cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD hasn't denounced?read more.
I saw them from the top of the rocks. I watched them from the hills. Truly this is a people that lives by itself and doesn't matter among the nations. Who can count the dust of Jacob? Who can number the dust of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and may I end up like him."
In response, Balaam uttered this prophetic statement: "Stand up, Balak, and pay attention! Listen to me, you son of Zippor! God is not a human male he doesn't lie, nor is he a human being he never vacillates. Once he speaks up, he's going to act, isn't he? Once he makes a promise, he'll fulfill it, won't he? Look! I've received a blessing, and so I will bless. I won't withdraw it.read more.
He has not responded to iniquity in Jacob or gazed at mischief in Israel. The LORD his God is with them, and the triumphant cry of a king is among them. From Egypt God brought them his strength was like a wild ox! No Satanic plan against Jacob nor divination against Israel can ever prevail. When the time is right, it is to be asked about Jacob and Israel, "What has God accomplished?' Look! The people are like lions. Like the lion, he rises up! He does not lie down again until he has consumed his prey and drunk the blood of the slain."
looked up, and saw Israel encamped in their respective tribal order. Just then, the spirit of God came upon him. Balaam uttered this prophetic statement: "A declaration by Beor's son Balaam, a declaration by the strong, blind man. 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.read more.
Jacob, your tents are so fine, as well as your dwelling places, O Israel! They're spread out like valleys, like gardens along river banks, like aloe planted by the LORD, or like cedars beside water. 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. 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. He crouches, laying low like a lion. Who would awaken him? Those who bless you are blessed, and those who curse you are cursed."
In the year that King Ahaz died this message came:
A message concerning the pasture by the Sea. "Like whirlwinds in the Negev sweep on, it comes from the desert, from a distant land. A dire vision has been announced to me: the traitor betrays, and the plunderer takes loot. Get up, Elam! Attack, Media! I am putting a stop to all the groaning she has caused. Therefore my body is racked with pain; pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman in labor; I am so upset that I cannot hear; I am so frightened that I cannot see while I'm reeling around.read more.
And as for my heart, horror has terrified me; the twilight I longed for has started to make me tremble. They set the tables; they spread the carpets; they eat, they drink! Get up, you officers! Oil the shields!" For this is what the LORD told me: "Go post a lookout. Have him report what he sees. When he sees chariots, each man with a pair of horses, riders on donkeys or riders on camels, let him pay attention, full attention." Then the lookout shouted: "Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord, continually by day, and I am stationed at my post throughout the night. Look! Here come riders, each man with a pair of horses!" They're shouting out the answer: "Babylon has fallen, has fallen, and they have shattered all the images of her gods on the ground! O my downtrodden people, my wall! I'll tell you what I have heard from the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel." A message concerning Dumah. "Someone is calling to me from Seir: "Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?' The watchman replies: "Morning is coming, but also the night. If you want to ask, then ask; come back again.'" A message concerning Arabia. "You will camp in the thickets in Arabia, you caravans of the Dedanites. Bring water for the thirsty, you who live in the land of Tema. Meet the fugitive with bread, For he has fled from swords, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow, and from the heat of battle." For this is what the LORD is saying to me: "Within three years, according to the years of a contract worker, the pomp of Kedar will come to an end. And there will be few archers, those who are descendants of Kedar, who survive, because the LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken."
An oracle about the animals of the Negev: "Through a land of trouble, dryness, and distress, of lionesses and roaring lions, where there is no water, a land of vipers and darting snakes, he carries their riches on donkeys' backs, and their treasures on the humps of camels, to a nation that cannot benefit them, to Egypt, which gives help that is worthless and useless. Therefore I call her, "Rahab, who just sits still.'" "Go now, and write it down on a tablet in their presence, inscribing it in a book, so that for times to come it may be an everlasting witness.read more.
For they are a rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to hear the LORD's instruction. They say to the seers, "Don't see visions,' and to the prophets, "Don't give us visions of what is right! Instead, tell us welcome things, prophesy illusions, get out of the way, turn aside from the path, and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel."
I did just as I was commanded. I brought out the luggage as if it were luggage for exile. I did this during the day. Then in the evening I dug a hole in the wall with my hand and brought the luggage out in total darkness and carried it out on my shoulder while they were watching. The next morning, this message came to me from the LORD: "Son of Man, didn't the house of Israel, that rebellious house, ask you, "What are you doing?' read more.
Answer them, "This is what the Lord GOD says, "This oracle concerns the prince of Jerusalem and the whole of Israel's house that is in their midst. Tell them, "I'm a sign for you. Just as I enacted it, it's going to happen to them. They'll go into exile and captivity.
Your prophets look on your behalf; they see false and deceptive visions. They did not expose your sins in order to restore what had been captured. Instead, they crafted oracles for you that are false and misleading.
"Jeremiah, when these people, the prophet, or a priest ask you, "What is the oracle of the LORD?' say to them, "You are the burden, and I'll cast you out,'" declares the LORD. "As for the prophet, the priest, or the people who say, "I have an oracle of the LORD,' I'll judge that person and his household. This is what you should say to one another and among yourselves, "What has the LORD answered?' or "What has the LORD said?' read more.
But you are to no longer mention the oracle of the LORD, because the oracle is only for the person to whom the LORD gives his message, and you have overturned the words of the living God, the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, our God. This is what you should say to the prophet, "What has the LORD answered?' or "What has the LORD said?' Since you're saying, "We have an oracle of the LORD,' therefore this is what the LORD says: He will answer your message with this message, "Burden of the LORD,' and I'll send you away with these words: "Don't say, "Oracle of the LORD."' Therefore I'll surely forget you and cast you and the city I gave you and your ancestors out of my presence. I'll bring on you everlasting reproach and everlasting humiliation that won't ever be forgotten."
This was David's last composition: The oracle of David, son of Jesse, an oracle by the valiant one who was exalted anointed by the God of Jacob, the contented psalm writer of Israel. The Spirit of the LORD speaks within me; his word is on my tongue! The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has talked to me. "When one is governing men justly, he fears God while governing.read more.
He is like dawn's first light, like bright sun blazing on a cloudless morning, glistening on grassland that flourishes after a rain shower.