King James VersionNumbers22


1 And the chil­dren of Is­rael set for­ward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jor­dan by Jeri­cho. 2 And Bal­ak the son of Zip­por saw all that Is­rael had done to the Amor­ites. 3 And Moab was sore afraid of the peo­ple, be­cause they were many: and Moab was dis­tressed be­cause of the chil­dren of Is­rael. 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. 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: 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. 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. 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. 9 And God came unto Bal­aam, and said, What men are these with thee? 10 And Bal­aam said unto God, Bal­ak the son of Zip­por, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, 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. 12 And God said unto Bal­aam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the peo­ple: for they are blessed. 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. 14 And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Bal­ak, and said, Bal­aam re­fuseth to come with us. 15 And Bal­ak sent yet again princes, more, and more hon­ourable than they. 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: 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. 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. 19 Now there­fore, I pray you, tar­ry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more. 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. 21 And Bal­aam rose up in the morn­ing, and sad­dled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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? 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. 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. 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. 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: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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? 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. 39 And Bal­aam went with Bal­ak, and they came unto Kir­jath­hu­zoth. 40 And Bal­ak of­fered oxen and sheep, and sent to Bal­aam, and to the princes that were with him. 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.