Balaam Encounters with Balak – Numbers 22

And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched  in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.  Numbers 22:1  KJV

Numbers 22:2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had  done to the Amorites. 

Numbers 22:3 And Moab was sore afraid of  the people, because they were many: and Moab was  distressed because of the children of Israel. 

Numbers 22:4 And  Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this  company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox  licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of  Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. 

Numbers 22:5 He  sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to  Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of  his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people  come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the  earth, and they abide over against me: 

Numbers 22:6 Come now  therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are  too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we  may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land:  for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he  whom thou cursest is cursed. 

Numbers 22:7 And the elders of  Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of  divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and  spake unto him the words of Balak. 

Numbers 22:8 And he said  unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word  again, as the LORD shall speak unto me: and the princes of  Moab abode with Balaam. 

Numbers 22:9 And God came unto  Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee? 

Numbers 22:10  And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king  of 
Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, 

Numbers 22:11 Behold,  there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the  face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I  shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out.  

Numbers 22:12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with  them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.  

Numbers 22:13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto  the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the LORD  refuseth to give me leave to go with you. 

Numbers 22:14 And the  princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and  said, Balaam refuseth to come with us.  

Numbers 22:15 And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and  more honourable than they. 

Numbers 22:16 And they came to  Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of  Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming  unto me: 

Numbers 22:17 For I will promote thee unto very great  honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come  therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people. 

Numbers 22:18 And  Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If  Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I  cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less  or more. 

Numbers 22:19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also  here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say  unto me more. 

Numbers 22:20 And God came unto Balaam at  night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise  up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say  unto thee, that shalt thou do. 

Numbers 22:21 And Balaam rose up  in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the  princes of Moab.  

Numbers 22:22 And God’s anger was kindled because he went:  and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an  adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and  his two servants were with him. 

Numbers 22:23 And the ass saw  the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword  drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way,  and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn  her into the way. 

Numbers 22:24 But the angel of the LORD stood  in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a  wall on that side. 

Numbers 22:25 And when the ass saw the angel  of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed  Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again.  

Numbers 22:26 And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood  in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the  right hand or to the left. 

Numbers 22:27 And when the ass saw the  angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and  Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a  staff. 

Numbers 22:28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass,  and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that  thou hast smitten me these three times? 

Numbers 22:29 And  Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I  would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I  kill thee. 

Numbers 22:30 And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I  thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was  thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee?  And he said, Nay. 

Numbers 22:31 Then the LORD opened the eyes  of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in  the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed  down his head, and fell flat on his face. 

Numbers 22:32 And the  angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou  smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to  withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:  

Numbers 22:33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these  three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also  I had slain thee, and saved her alive. 

Numbers 22:34 And Balaam  said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew  not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore,  if it displease thee, I will get me back again. 

Numbers 22:35 And  the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men:  but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt  speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.  

Numbers 22:36 And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he  went out to meet him unto a city of Moab, which is in the  border of Arnon, which is in the utmost coast. 

Numbers 22:37  And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly send unto  thee to call thee? wherefore camest thou not unto me? am I  not able indeed to promote thee to honour? 

Numbers 22:38 And  Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I  now any power at all to say any thing? the word that God  putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak. 

Numbers 22:39 And  Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto Kirjathhuzoth.  

Numbers 22:40 And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and  sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.   

Numbers 22:41 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took  Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal,  that thence he might see the utmost part of the people.  

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