1Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go as at #Num. 23:3, 15other times, to seek to use sorcery, but he set his face toward the wilderness. 2And Balaam raised his eyes, and saw Israel #Num. 2:2, 34encamped according to their tribes; and #Num. 11:25; 1 Sam. 10:10; 19:20, 23; 2 Chr. 15:1the Spirit of God came upon him.
3#Num. 23:7, 18Then he took up his oracle and said:
“The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor,
The utterance of the man whose eyes are opened,
4The utterance of him who hears the words of God,
Who sees the vision of the Almighty,
Who #Ezek. 1:28falls down, with eyes wide open:
5“How lovely are your tents, O Jacob!
Your dwellings, O Israel!
6Like valleys that stretch out,
#Ps. 1:3; Jer. 17:8Like gardens by the riverside,
Like aloes #Ps. 104:16planted by the Lord,
Like cedars beside the waters.
7He shall pour water from his buckets,
And his seed shall be #Jer. 51:13; Rev. 17:1, 15in many waters.
“His king shall be higher than #1 Sam. 15:8, 9Agag,
And his #2 Sam. 5:12; 1 Chr. 14:2kingdom shall be exalted.
8“God#Num. 23:22 brings him out of Egypt;
He has strength like a wild ox;
He shall #Num. 14:9; 23:24consume the nations, his enemies;
He shall #Ps. 2:9; Jer. 50:17break their bones
And #Ps. 45:5pierce them with his arrows.
9‘He#Gen. 49:9; Num. 23:24 bows down, he lies down as a lion;
And as a lion, who shall rouse him?’
#Gen. 12:3; 27:29“Blessed is he who blesses you,
And cursed is he who curses you.”
10Then Balak’s anger was aroused against Balaam, and he #Ezek. 21:14, 17struck his hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, #Num. 23:11; Neh. 13:2“I called you to curse my enemies, and look, you have bountifully blessed them these three times! 11Now therefore, flee to your place. #Num. 22:17, 37I said I would greatly honor you, but in fact, the Lord has kept you back from honor.”
12So Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not also speak to your messengers whom you sent to me, saying, 13‘If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord, to do good or bad of my own will. What the Lord says, that I must speak’? 14And now, indeed, I am going to my people. Come, #(Mic. 6:5)I will advise you what this people will do to your people in the #Gen. 49:1; Deut. 4:30; Dan. 2:28latter days.”
Balaam’s Fourth Prophecy
15So he took up his oracle and said:
“The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor,
And the utterance of the man whose eyes are opened;
16The utterance of him who hears the words of God,
And has the knowledge of the Most High,
Who sees the vision of the Almighty,
Who falls down, with eyes wide open:
17“I#Rev. 1:7; Matt. 1:2; Luke 3:34 see Him, but not now;
I behold Him, but not near;
#Matt. 2:2A Star shall come out of Jacob;
#Gen. 49:10A Scepter shall rise out of Israel,
And batter the brow of Moab,
And destroy all the sons of tumult.
18“And #2 Sam. 8:14Edom shall be a possession;
Seir also, his enemies, shall be a possession,
While Israel does valiantly.
19#Gen. 49:10; Amos 9:11, 12Out of Jacob One shall have dominion,
And destroy the remains of the city.”
20Then he looked on Amalek, and he took up his oracle and said:
“Amalek was first among the nations,
But shall be last until he perishes.”
21Then he looked on the Kenites, and he took up his oracle and said:
“Firm is your dwelling place,
And your nest is set in the rock;
22Nevertheless Kain shall be burned.
How long until Asshur carries you away captive?”
23Then he took up his oracle and said:
“Alas! Who shall live when God does this?
24But ships shall come from the coasts of #Gen. 10:4; Ezek. 27:6; Dan. 11:30Cyprus,
And they shall afflict Asshur and afflict #Gen. 10:21, 25Eber,
And so shall Amalek, until he perishes.”
25So Balaam rose and departed and #Num. 22:5; 31:8returned to his place; Balak also went his way.