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Numbers 22

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1 And the sons of Israel departed, and rested on the plains of Moab, under the Jordan, against Jericho.
2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel did to the Amorites;
3 and the Moabites were very afraid of this people, because it was numerous; And the Moabites were afraid of the sons of Israel.
4 And the Moabites said to the elders of Midian: this people now eats everything around us, as an ox eats grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor, was king of the Moabites at that time.
5 And he sent ambassadors to Balaam, the son of Veorov, to Pefor, who is on the river [Euphrates], in the land of the sons of his people, to call him [and] to say: behold, the people came out of Egypt and covered the face of the earth, and he lives near me ;
6 come, damn me this people, for they are stronger than me: maybe then I will be able to hit him and drive him out of the ground; I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and who you curse is cursed.
7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian went with gifts in their hands for the sorcery, and they came to Balaam, and told him the words of Balakova.
eight And he said to them: spend the night here, and I will give you the answer, as the Lord will tell me. And the elders of Moab remained at Balaam.
nine And God came to Balaam and said, What kind of people do you have?
ten Balaam said to God: Balak the son of Zipporah, king of Moab, sent [them] to me [say]:
eleven behold, the people came out of Egypt and covered the face of the earth, so come, damn me; maybe then I will be able to fight him and kick him out.
12 And God said to Balaam: Do not go with them, do not curse this people, for they are blessed.
13 And Balaam arose in the morning and said to the princes of Balak: Go to your land, for the Lord does not want to let me go with you.
fourteen And the princes of Moab arose, and came to Balak, and said [to him]: Balaam did not agree to go with us.

fifteen Balak sent more princes, more and more famous of those.
16 And they came to Balaam and said to him: Thus says Balak the son of Zippor: Do not refuse to come to me;
17 I will show you great honor and do [whatever] you tell me; come, damn me this people.
18 And Balaam answered and said to the servants of the Balakovs: even if Balak gave me his full house of silver and gold, I can’t break the commandments of the Lord my God and do something small or great [voluntarily];
19 however, stay here for the night, and I will find out what else the Lord will tell me.
20 And God came to Balaam at night and said to him: If these people came to call you, get up, go with them; but just do what I will tell you.
21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.

22 And the wrath of God kindled because he went, and the angel of the Lord stood on the road to prevent him. He rode on his donkey and with them two of his servants.
23 And the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing on the road with a drawn sword in his hand, and the donkey turned off the road, and went into the field; and Balaam began to beat the donkey in order to return it to the road.
24 And the Angel of the Lord stood on a narrow road, between the vineyards, [where] on one side is a wall and on the other side is a wall.
25 The donkey, having seen the Angel of the Lord, pressed itself against the wall and pressed Balaam's leg against the wall; and again he began to beat her.
26 The angel of the Lord again crossed over and stood in a cramped place, with nowhere to turn, neither right nor left.
27 The donkey, having seen the Angel of the Lord, lay under Balaam. And the anger of Balaam was kindled, and he began to beat the donkey with a stick.
28 And the Lord opened the donkey's mouth, and she said to Balaam: what have I done to you, that you have been beating me for the third time?
29th Balaam said to the donkey: because you had a fight with me; if I had a sword in my hand, I would now kill you.
thirty But the donkey said to Balaam: Am I not your donkey, whom you rode first to this day? did I have a habit of doing this to you? He said no.
31 And the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing on the road with his sword drawn in his hand, and bowed himself, and fell on his face.
32 And the angel of the Lord said unto him, Why have you beaten your donkey three times now? I went out to prevent [you], because [your] path is not right before Me;
33 and the donkey, seeing Me, turned away from Me three times already; if she had not turned away from Me, I would have killed you, but I would have left her alive.
34 And Balaam said to the Angel of the Lord: I have sinned, for I did not know that You were standing against me on the road; so, if it is unpleasant in Your eyes, then I will return.
35 And the angel of the Lord said to Balaam: Go with these people, only say what I will tell you. And Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

36 Balak, having heard that Balaam was coming, went out to meet him in the city of Moab, which is on the border at Arnon, which is at the very limit.
37 And Balak said to Balaam, Did I not send you to call you? why didn’t you come to me? Can't I really honor you?
38 And Balaam said to Balak: behold, I have come to you, but can I say something [from myself]? what God puts into my mouth, I will speak.
39 And Balaam went with Balak, and came to Kiriath-hucoth.
40 And Balak slaughtered the oxen and the sheep, and sent to Balaam and the princes who were with him.
41 The next day, in the morning, Balak took Balaam and elevated him to the heights of Baalova so that he could see from there a part of the people.

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