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