The Word of God: Numbers 24:12-25 – July 4, 2020

12And Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not tell your messengers whom you sent to me, 13’If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not be able to go beyond the word of the LORD, to do either good or bad of my own will; what the LORD says, that is what I will say’? 14So now, I am going to my people; let me advise you what this people will do to your people in days to come.”

15So he uttered his oracle, saying: “The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eye is clear, 16the oracle of one who hears the words of God, and knows the knowledge of the Most High, who sees the vision of the Almighty, who falls down, but with his eyes uncovered: 17I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near – a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the borderlands of Moab, and the territory of all the Shethites. 18Edom will become a possession, Seir a possession of its enemies, while Israel does valiantly. 19One out of Jacob shall rule, and destroy the survivors of Ir.”

20Then he looked on Amalek, and uttered his oracle, saying: “First among the nations was Amalek, but its end is to perish forever.”

21Then he looked on the Kenite, and uttered his oracle, saying: “Enduring is your dwelling place, and your nest is set in the rock; 22yet Kain is destined for burning. How long shall Asshur take you away captive?”

23Again he uttered his oracle, saying: “Alas, who shall live when God does this? 24But ships shall come from Kittim and shall afflict Asshur and Eber; and he also shall perish forever.”

25Then Balaam got up and went back to his place, and Balak also went his way.

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