1 Dixitque Balaam ad Balac: "Aedifica mihi hic septem aras et para totidem vitulos eiusdemque numeri arietes"
2 Cumque fecisset iuxta sermonem Balaam, imposuerunt vitulum et arietem super aram.
3 Dixitque Balaam ad Balac: "Sta paulisper iuxta holocaustum tuum, donec vadam, si forte occurrat mihi Dominus; et, quodcumque imperaverit, loquar tibi" Cumque abiisset in collem nudum,
4 occurrit illi Deus. Locutusque ad eum Balaam: "Septem, inquit, aras erexi et imposui vitulum et arietem desuper"
5 Dominus autem posuit verbum in ore eius et ait: "Revertere ad Balac et haec loqueris"
6 Reversus invenit stantem Balac iuxta holocaustum suum et omnes principes Moabitarum;
7 assumptaque parabola sua, dixit: "De Aram adduxit me Balac, rex Moabitarum de montibus orientis: "Veni, inquit, et maledic pro me Iacob; propera et detestare Israel!".
8 Quomodo maledicam, cui non maledixit Deus? Qua ratione detester, quem Dominus non detestatur?
9 De summis silicibus video eum et de collibus considero illum: populus solus habitabit et inter gentes non reputabitur.
10 Et quis dinumerare possit pulverem Iacob et quis numeravit arenam Israel? Moriatur anima mea morte iustorum, et fiant novissima mea horum similia"
11 Dixitque Balac ad Balaam: "Quid est hoc, quod agis? Ut malediceres inimicis meis, vocavi te, et tu e contrario benedicis eis!"
12 Cui ille respondit: "Num aliud possum loqui, nisi quod iusserit Dominus?"
13 Dixit ergo Balac: "Veni mecum in alterum locum, unde partem Israel videas et totum videre non possis; inde maledicito ei"
14 Cumque duxisset eum in campum speculatorum super verticem montis Phasga, aedificavit septem aras imposuitque supra vitulum atque arietem.
15 Et dixit Balaam ad Balac: "Sta hic iuxta holocaustum tuum, donec ego obvius pergam"
16 Cui cum Dominus occurrisset posuissetque verbum in ore eius, ait: "Revertere ad Balac et haec loqueris ei "
17 Reversus invenit eum stantem iuxta holocaustum suum et principes Moabitarum cum eo. Ad quem Balac: "Quid, inquit, locutus est Dominus?"
18 At ille, assumpta parabola sua, ait: "Surge, Balac, et ausculta; audi, fili Sephor.
19 Non est Deus quasi homo, ut mentiatur, nec ut filius hominis, ut mutetur. Numquid dixit et non faciet? Locutus est et non implebit?
20 Ad benedicendum adductus sum, benedictionem prohibere non valeo.
21 Non conspicitur malum in Iacob, nec videtur calamitas in Israel. Dominus Deus eius cum eo est, et clangor regis in illo.
22 Deus eduxit illum de Aegypto, sicut cornua bubali est ei.
23 Non est augurium in Iacob, nec divinatio in Israel. Temporibus suis dicetur Iacob et Israeli quid operatus sit Deus.
24 Ecce populus ut leaena consurget, et quasi leo erigetur; non accubabit, donec devoret praedam et occisorum sanguinem bibat"
25 Dixitque Balac ad Balaam: "Nec maledicas ei, nec benedicas!"
26 Et ille ait: "Nonne dixi tibi quod, quidquid mihi Dominus imperaret, hoc facerem?"
27 Et ait Balac ad eum: "Veni, et ducam te ad alium locum, si forte placeat Deo, ut inde maledicas ei"
28 Cumque duxisset eum super verticem montis Phegor, qui respicit solitudinem,
29 dixit ei Balaam: "Aedifica mihi hic septem aras et para totidem vitulos eiusdemque numeri arietes "
30 Fecit Balac, ut Balaam dixerat, imposuitque vitulos et arietes per singulas aras.
King James Version
1 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.
2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.
3 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.
4 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.
5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.
6 And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab.
7 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.
8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?
9 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 nations.
10 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 his!
11 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.
12 And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?
13 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.
14 ¶ 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.
15 And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder.
16 And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus.
17 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 spoken?
18 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor:
19 God 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?
20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.
21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.
22 God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.
23 Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!
24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.
25 ¶ And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.
26 But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?
27 ¶ And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence.
28 And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh toward Jeshimon.
29 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.
30 And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.