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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Numbers 24:1-25

24  When Ba′laam got to see that it was good in the eyes of Jehovah to bless Israel, he did not go away as at the other times+ to come upon any unlucky omens,*+ but he directed his face to the wilderness.  When Ba′laam raised his eyes and saw Israel tabernacling by his tribes,+ then the spirit of God came to be upon him.+  Hence he took up his proverbial utterance+ and said: “The utterance of Ba′laam the son of Be′or, And the utterance of the able-bodied man* with the eye unsealed,*+   The utterance of the one hearing the sayings of God,*+ Who got to see a vision of the Almighty+ While falling down with the eyes uncovered:+   How good-looking are your tents, O Jacob, your tabernacles, O Israel!+   Like torrent valleys they have extended a long way,+ Like gardens* by the river.+ Like aloe plants* that Jehovah has planted, Like cedars by the waters.+   Water keeps trickling from his two leather buckets, And his seed is by many waters.+ His king+ also will be higher than A′gag,*+ And his kingdom will be lifted up.+   God is bringing him out of Egypt; The swift course of a wild bull* is his.+ He will consume the nations, his oppressors,+ And their bones he will gnaw,+ and he will break them to pieces with his arrows.*+   He bowed down, he lay down like the lion,* And, like a lion,* who dares rouse him?+ Those blessing you are the ones blessed,+ And those cursing you are the ones cursed.”+ 10  At that Ba′lak’s anger blazed against Ba′laam and he clapped his hands,+ and Ba′lak went on to say to Ba′laam: “It was to execrate+ my enemies that I called you, and, look! you have blessed them to the limit these three times. 11  And now run your way off to your place. I had said to myself I was without fail going to honor you,+ but, look! Jehovah has held you back from honor.” 12  In turn Ba′laam said to Ba′lak: “Was it not also to your messengers whom you sent to me that I spoke, saying, 13  ‘If Ba′lak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I should not be able to pass beyond the order of Jehovah so as to do something good or bad out of my own heart. Whatever Jehovah may speak is what I shall speak’?+ 14  And now here I am going away to my people. Do come, let me advise you+ what this people will do to your people afterward in the end of the days.”+ 15  So he took up his proverbial utterance+ and said: “The utterance of Ba′laam the son of Be′or, And the utterance of the able-bodied man* with the eye unsealed,*+ 16  The utterance of the one hearing the sayings of God,*+ And the one knowing the knowledge of the Most High— A vision of the Almighty he got to see+ While falling down with the eyes uncovered:+ 17  I shall see him,+ but not now; I shall behold him, but not near. A star*+ will certainly step forth* out of Jacob, And a scepter* will indeed rise out of Israel.+ And he will certainly break apart the temples of Mo′ab’s [head]+ And the cranium of all the sons of tumult of war.* 18  And E′dom must become a possession,+ Yes, Se′ir+ must become the possession of his enemies,+ While Israel is displaying his courage. 19  And out of Jacob one will go subduing,*+ And he must destroy any survivor from the city.”+ 20  When he got to see Am′a·lek, he carried further his proverbial utterance and went on to say:+ “Am′a·lek was the first one* of the nations,+ But his end afterward will be even his perishing.”*+ 21  When he got to see the Ken′ites,+ he carried further his proverbial utterance and went on to say: “Durable is your dwelling, and set on the crag is your abode.* 22  But there will come to be one to burn Ka′in*+ down. How long will it be till As·syr′i·a will carry you away captive?”+ 23  And he carried further his proverbial utterance and went on to say: “Woe! Who will survive when God* causes it?+ 24  And there will be ships from the coast of Kit′tim,+ And they will certainly afflict As·syr′i·a,+ And they will indeed afflict E′ber.* But he too will eventually perish.” 25  After that Ba′laam got up and went and returned to his place.+ And Ba′lak also went his own way.

Footnotes

Or, “spells,” that is, against Israel.
“The able-bodied man.” Heb., hag·ge′ver, a virile person; Gr., an′thro·pos; Lat., ho′mo.
“Eye unsealed.” Or, “unrelenting eye.” See VT, Vol. III, 1953, pp. 78, 79. Also in vs 15.
“God.” Heb., ʼEl; LXXBagster, “the Mighty One”; Lat., De′i.
“Paradises,” LXX(Gr., pa·ra′dei·soi)Sy.
“Aloe plants,” M. Possibly, “vigorous trees; big trees.” LXXSyVg, “tents.”
“Agag,” MSyVg; SamLXX, “Gog.”
Or, “buffalo.” LXX, “unicorn”; Vg, “rhinoceros.”
“Arrows,” MVg; LXX, “missiles.”
The African lion. See 23:24 ftn, “The lion.”
The Asian lion. See 23:24 ftn, “A lion.”
See vs 3 ftn, “Man.”
See vs 3 ftn, “Unsealed.”
“God.” Heb., ʼEl; Gr., The·ou′; Lat., De′i.
“Star,” MSamLXXSyVg; TJ, “king.”
Or, “march forth,” MSam; LXXSyVg, “arise.”
“Scepter,” M; Vg, “rod”; TJ, “Messiah”; LXX, “man”; Sy, “head one.”
“Sons of tumult of war,” to agree with Jer 48:45; MSamLXXSyVg, “sons of Seth.”
Possibly, “And Jacob will subdue his enemies.” Vg, “Out of Jacob there will be one who will rule.”
Or, “the chief; the beginning.”
Possibly, “be to perish forever.”
Or, “nest.”
That is, the tribe of the Kenites.
“God.” Heb., ʼEl; Gr., ho The·os′; Lat., De′us.
“Eber,” MSam; LXXSyVg, “the Hebrews.” “Eber” may be referring to the land, or people, on the other side, that is, of the Euphrates.