1Balaam said to Balak, “Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bulls and seven rams.”
2Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bull and a ram.
3Balaam said to Balak, “Stand by your burnt offering, and I will go; perhaps Yahweh will come to meet me, and whatever he shows me I will tell you.”
He went to a bare height.
4God met Balaam, and he said to him, “I have prepared the seven altars and I have offered up a bull and a ram on every altar.”
5Yahweh put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you are to speak.”
“From Aram has Balak brought me,
the king of Moab from the mountains of the East.
Come, curse Jacob for me.
Come, defy Israel.
How can I defy whom Yahweh has not defied?
From the hills I see him.
Behold, it is a people that dwells alone,
and will not be reckoned among the nations.
or number the fourth part of Israel?
Let me die the death of the righteous!
Let my last end be like his!”Balaam’s Second Message
13Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place, where you may see them; you will see but the utmost part of them, and will not see them all; and curse me them from there.”
14He took him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars and offered up a bull and a ram on every altar.
“Rise up, Balak, and hear!
Listen to me, you son of Zippor.
nor the son of man, that he should repent.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not make it good?
He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.
nor has he seen perverseness in Israel.
Yahweh his God is with him.
The shout of a king is among them.
He has as it were the strength of the wild ox.
nor is there any divination with Israel.
Now it will be said of Jacob and of Israel,
What has God done!
as a lion he lifts himself up.
He will not lie down until he eats of the prey,
and drinks the blood of the slain.”
27Balak said to Balaam, “Come now, I will take you to another place; perhaps it will please God that you may curse me them from there.”
28Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor that looks down on the desert.