Chapter 23: Balaam’s First Prophesy
1 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams”. 2 And Balak did just as Balaam had spoken and Balak and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 3 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stand by your burnt offering and I will go. Perhaps Yah will come to meet me and whatever He shows me I will tell you.” So he went to a desolate height. 4 And Yah met Balaam and he said to Him, “I have prepared the seven altars and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram”. 5 Then Yah put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak and thus you shall speak”. 6 So he returned to him and there he was, standing by his burnt offering, he and all the princes of Moab. 7 And he took up his oracle and said: 8 “How shall I curse whom Yah has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom Yah has not denounced? 9 For from the top of the rocks I see him and from the hills I behold him. There! A people dwelling alone, not reckoning itself among the nations. 10 Who can count the dust of Yahqob or number one-fourth of Ysrayl? Let me die the death of the righteous and let my end be like his”! 11 Then Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies and look, you have blessed them bountifully”! 12 So he answered and said, “Must I not take heed to speak what Yah has put in my mouth”?
Balaam’s Second Prophesy
13 Then Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place from which you may see them. You shall see only the outer part of them and shall not see them all. Curse them for me from there”. 14 So he brought his to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah and built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 15 And he said to Balak, “Stand here by your burnt offering while I meet (call or go and ask Yah) the Almighty over there”. 16 Then Yah met Balaam and put a word in his mouth and said, “Go back to Balak and thus you shall speak.” 17 So he came to him and there he was standing by his burnt offering and the princes of Moab were with him. And Balak said to him, “What has Yah spoken?” 18 Then he took up his oracle and said: “Rise up Balak and hear! Listen to me, son of Zippor!” 19 Yah is not a man, that He should lie nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said and will He not do? Or has He spoken and will He not make it good? 20 Behold, I have received a command to bless. He has blessed and I cannot reverse it. 21 “He has not observed iniquity in Yahqob nor has He seen wickedness in Ysrayl. Yah his Power is with him and the shout of a King is among them. 22 Yah brings them out of Egypt. He has strength like a wild ox”. 23 “For there is no sorcery against Yahqob nor any divination against Ysrayl. It now must be said of Yahqob and of Ysrayl, ‘Oh, what Yah has done’! 24 Look, a people rises like a lioness and lifts itself up like a lion. It shall not lie down until it devours the prey and drinks the blood of the slain”. 25 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Neither curse them at all nor bless them at all”! 26 So Balaam answered and said to Balak, “Did I not tell you saying, ‘All that Yah speaks, that I must do’?”
Balaam’s Third Prophesy
27 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Please come, I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please Yah that you may curse them for me from there”. 28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor that overlooks the wasteland (Hebrew Yeshimon). 29 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build for me here seven altars and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams”. 30 And Balak did as Balaam had said and offered a bull and a ram on every altar.
1 Now when Balaam saw that it pleased Yah to bless Ysrayl, he did not go as at other times, to seek to use sorcery but he set his face toward the wilderness. 2 And Balaam raised his eyes and saw Ysrayl encamped according to their tribes and the Spirit of Yah came upon him. 3 Then he took up his oracle and said: “The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor. The utterance of the man whose eyes are opened. 4 The utterance of him who hears the words of Yah, who sees the vision of the Almighty, who falls down with eyes wide open”. 5 “How lovely are your tents, O Yahqob! Your dwellings, O Ysrayl! 6 Like valleys that stretch out, like gardens by the riverside, like aloes planted by Yah, like cedars beside the waters. 7 He shall pour water from his buckets and his seed shall be in many waters. His king shall be higher than Agag and his kingdom shall be exalted. 8 Yah brings him out of Egypt. He has strength like a wild ox. He shall consume the nations, his enemies. He shall break their bones and pierce them with his arrows. 9 His bows down, he lies down as a lion. And as a lion, who shall rouse him?” (Genesis 49:9). Blessed is he who blesses you and cursed is he who curses you.” (Genesis 12:2-3).
10 Then Balak’s anger was aroused against Balaam and he struck his hands together and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies and look, you have bountifully blessed them these three times! 11 Now therefore, flee to your place. I said I would greatly honor you but in fact, Yah has kept you back from honor”. 12 So 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 Yah, to do good or bad of my own will. What Yah says, that I must speak’?” 14 “And now, indeed, I am going to my people. Come, I will advise you what this people will do to your people in the latter days”.
Balaam’s Fourth Prophesy
15 So 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. 16 The utterance of him who hears the words of Yah and has the knowledge of the Most High, who sees the vision of the Almighty, who falls down with eyes wide open.” 17 “I see Him but not now. I behold Him but not near. A star shall come out of Yahqob. A Scepter shall rise out of Ysrayl and batter the brow of Moab and destroy all the sons of tumult (Hebrew Sheth, compare Yeremiyah 48:45)(This verse is prophesy of Yahoshua). 18 “And Edom shall be a possession. Seir also, his enemies shall be a possession while Ysrayl does valiantly. 19 Out of Yahqob One shall have dominion and destroy the remains of the city”. (This is Yahoshua). 20 Then 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”. 21 Then 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. 22 Nevertheless, Kain shall be burned. How long until Asshur carries you away captive”? 23 Then he took up his oracle and said: “Alas! Who shall live when Yah does this? 24 But ships shall come from the coats of Cyprus (Hebrew Kittim) and they shall afflict Asshur and afflict Eber and so shall Amalek (literally he or that one) until he perishes”. 25 So Balaam rose and departed and returned to his place. Balak also went his way.
*Compare to Nehemiyah 13:1-3.