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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (2013 REVISION)

Numbers 23:1-30

OUTLINE OF CONTENTS

  • Balaam’s 1st proverbial saying (1-12)

  • Balaam’s 2nd proverbial saying (13-30)

23  Then Ba′laam said to Ba′lak: “Build on this spot seven altars,+ and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.”  Ba′lak immediately did just as Ba′laam had said. And Ba′lak and Ba′laam offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.+  Ba′laam then said to Ba′lak: “Stay here by your burnt offering, and I will go. Perhaps Jehovah will get in touch with me. Whatever he reveals to me, I will tell you.” So he went to a barren hill.  Then God got in touch with Ba′laam,+ who said to Him: “I set the seven altars in rows, and I offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.”  Jehovah put this word in the mouth of Ba′laam:+ “Return to Ba′lak, and this is what you are to say.”  So he returned and saw that Ba′lak and all the princes of Mo′ab were standing by his burnt offering.  Then he spoke this proverbial saying:+ “Ba′lak the king of Mo′ab has brought me from A′ram,+ From the mountains of the east: ‘Do come to curse Jacob for me. Yes, come to denounce Israel.’+   How could I put a curse on those whom God has not cursed? And how could I denounce those whom Jehovah has not denounced?+   From the top of the rocks I see them, And from the hills I see them. As a people they dwell there alone;+ They do not count themselves among the nations.+ 10  Who can number the dust particles of Jacob+ Or count even the fourth part of Israel? Let me* die the death of the upright, And let my end be like theirs.” 11  Ba′lak then said to Ba′laam: “What have you done to me? I brought you to put a curse on my enemies, and here you have done nothing but bless them.”+ 12  He answered: “Must I not speak whatever Jehovah puts in my mouth?”+ 13  Ba′lak said to him: “Please come with me to another place from which you can see them. You will see only a part of them; you will not see them all. Put a curse on them for me from there.”+ 14  So he took him to the field of Zo′phim, to the top of Pis′gah,+ and built seven altars and offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.+ 15  So Ba′laam said to Ba′lak: “Stay here by your burnt offering while I get in touch with Him over there.” 16  And Jehovah got in touch with Ba′laam and put this word in his mouth:+ “Return to Ba′lak, and this is what you are to say.” 17  So he came to him and saw that he was waiting by his burnt offering, and the princes of Mo′ab were with him. Ba′lak asked him: “What has Jehovah said?” 18  Then he spoke this proverbial saying:+ “Get up, Ba′lak, and listen. Hear me, O son of Zip′por. 19  God is not a mere man who tells lies,+ Nor a son of man who changes his mind.*+ When he says something, will he not do it? When he speaks, will he not carry it out?+ 20  Look! I have been taken to bless; Now He has blessed,+ and I cannot reverse it.+ 21  He does not tolerate any magical power against Jacob, And he does not allow any trouble against Israel. Jehovah his God is with them,+ And he is loudly hailed as king among them. 22  God is bringing them out of Egypt.+ He is like the horns of a wild bull for them.+ 23  For there are no omens of doom against Jacob,+ Nor any divination against Israel.+ At this time it may be said about Jacob and Israel: ‘Look at what God has done!’ 24  Here is a people who will rise up like a lion, And like the lion, it will raise itself up.+ It will not lie down until it eats prey And drinks the blood of the slain ones.” 25  Ba′lak then said to Ba′laam: “If on the one hand you cannot put any curse on him, then on the other hand you should not bless him either.” 26  Ba′laam answered Ba′lak: “Did I not say to you, ‘I will do all that Jehovah says’?”+ 27  Ba′lak said to Ba′laam: “Please come and let me take you to yet another place. Perhaps it will be right in the eyes of the true God for you to put a curse on him for me from there.”+ 28  So Ba′lak took Ba′laam to the top of Pe′or, which looks toward Je·shi′mon.*+ 29  Then Ba′laam said to Ba′lak: “Build seven altars on this spot, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.”+ 30  So Ba′lak did just as Ba′laam had said, and he offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.

Footnotes

Or “my soul.”
Or “who feels regret.”
Or possibly, “the desert; the wilderness.”