And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me
here seven oxen and seven rams.
And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every
altar a bullock and a ram.
And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go:
peradventure the LORD will come to meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I
will tell thee. And he went to an high place.
And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars,
and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram.
And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak,
and thus thou shalt speak.
And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he,
and all the princes of Moab.
And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought
me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me
Jacob, and come, defy Israel.
How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the
LORD hath not defied?
For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him:
lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the
Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of
Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like
And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to
curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.
And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the
LORD hath put in my mouth?
And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place,
from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see but the utmost part of
them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence.
And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and
built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.
And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder.
And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak,
and say thus.
(23:16) "The LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth."
And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the
princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the LORD
And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken
unto me, thou son of Zippor:
23:19God is not a man,
that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent:
hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not
make it good?