Balaam’s Third Message (continued)
24:1 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.
24:2 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.
24:3 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son
of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath
24:4 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:
24:5 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy
tabernacles, O Israel!
24:6 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.
24:7 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.
24:8 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.
24:9 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.
24:10 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.
24:11 Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to
promote thee unto great honor; but, lo, the LORD hath kept
thee back from honor.
24:12 And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy
messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying,
24:13 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?
24:14 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.
Balaam’s Fourth Message
24:15 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam
the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open
24:16 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:
24:17 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.
24:18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a
possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.
24:19 Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion,
and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.
Balaam’s Fifth Message
24:20 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.
Balaam’s Sixth Message
24:21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his
parable, and said, Strong is thy dwelling place, and thou
puttest thy nest in a rock.
24:22 Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur
shall carry thee away captive.
Balaam’s Seventh Message
24:23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas,
who shall live when God doeth this!
24:24 And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and
shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also
shall perish for ever.
24:25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his
place: and Balak also went his way.