1 The Israelites then set out and pitched their camp in the Plains of Moab, beyond the Jordan opposite Jericho.
Deut 1:5 Deut 3:8 Deut 34:1 Deut 34:8 Josh 3:16 Num 21:20 Num 32:19
2 Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites,
Judg 11:25 Num 21:3 Num 21:20-35
3 and Moab was terrified of the people, because there were so many of them. Moab was afraid of the Israelites;
Exod 15:15 Isa 23:5 Deut 2:25 Josh 2:10-11 Josh 2:24 Josh 9:24 Ps 53:5
4 he said to the elders of Midian, 'This horde will soon have cropped everything round us as closely as an ox crops grass in the countryside.' Now Balak son of Zippor was king of Moab at the time.
Num 25:15-18 Num 31:8 Jer 48:38 Josh 13:21-22 Judg 11:25 Num 22:2 Num 22:7
5 He sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor, at Pethor on the River, in the territory of the Amawites, saying, 'Look, a people coming from Egypt has overrun the whole countryside; they have halted at my very door.
Deut 23:4 Josh 24:9 Jude 1:11 Mic 6:5 Josh 13:22 Num 23:7 Rev 2:14
6 I beg you come and curse this people for me, for they are stronger than I am. We may then be able to defeat them and drive them out of the country. For this I know: anyone you bless is blessed, anyone you curse is accursed.'
Num 24:9 Num 23:7-8 1Kgs 22:6 1Kgs 22:8 1Kgs 22:13 1Sam 17:43 Acts 8:9-10
7 The elders of Moab and the elders of Midian set out, taking the fee for the divination with them. They found Balaam and gave him Balak's message.
1Sam 9:7-8 Mic 3:11 1Tim 6:9-10 2Pet 2:15 Ezek 13:19 Isa 56:11 Jude 1:11
8 He said to them, 'Stay the night here, and I will answer as Yahweh directs me.' So the chiefs of Moab stayed with Balaam.
Ezek 33:31 Jer 12:2 Num 12:6 Num 22:19-20 Num 23:12
9 God came to Balaam and said, 'Who are these men staying with you?'
Gen 20:3 Num 22:20 2Kgs 20:14-15 Dan 2:45 Dan 4:31-32 Exod 4:2 Gen 3:9-11
10 Balaam said to God, 'Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent me this message,
11 "Look, a people coming from Egypt has overrun the whole countryside. Come now and curse them for me; I may then be able to defeat them and drive them out." '
12 God said to Balaam, 'You are not to go with them. You are not to curse the people, for they are blessed.'
Gen 12:2 Eph 1:3 Deut 23:5 Deut 33:29 Gen 22:16-18 Job 33:15-17 Matt 27:19
13 In the morning Balaam got up and said to the chiefs sent by Balak, 'Go back to your country, for Yahweh will not let me go with you.'
Deut 23:5 Num 22:14
14 So the chiefs of Moab got up, went back to Balak and said, 'Balaam refuses to come with us.'
Num 22:13 Num 22:37
15 And again Balak sent chiefs, more numerous and more renowned than the first.
Acts 10:7-8 Num 22:7-8
16 They came to Balaam and said, 'A message from Balak son of Zippor, "Now do not refuse to come to me.
17 I will load you with honours and do whatever you say. I beg you come and curse this people for me." '
Num 24:11 Deut 16:9 Esth 5:11 Esth 7:9 Matt 4:8-9 Matt 14:7 Matt 16:26
18 In reply, Balaam said to Balak's envoys, 'Even if Balak gave me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go against the order of Yahweh my God in anything, great or small.
Num 24:13 1Kgs 22:14 2Chr 18:13 Num 23:26 Num 22:38 Acts 8:20 Dan 5:17
19 Now please stay the night here yourselves, and I will learn what else Yahweh has to tell me.'
1Tim 6:9-10 2Pet 2:3 2Pet 2:15 Jude 1:11 Num 22:7-8
20 God came to Balaam during the night and said to him, 'Have not these men come to summon you? Get up, go with them, but do only what I tell you to do.'
Num 23:12 Num 23:26 Num 24:13 Num 22:35 1Sam 8:5-9 1Sam 12:12-19 2Thess 2:9-12
21 Balaam got up and saddled his donkey and set out with the chiefs of Moab.
22 His going kindled Yahweh's anger, and the angel of Yahweh took his stand on the road to bar his way. Balaam was riding his donkey and his two servants were with him.
Exod 4:24 Num 22:32 2Kgs 10:20 Exod 3:2-6 Exod 23:20 Gen 48:15-16 Hos 1:4
23 Now the donkey saw the angel of Yahweh standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, and she turned off the road into the open country. Balaam then struck the donkey to turn her back onto the road.
1Chr 21:16 1Cor 1:27-29 2Kgs 6:17 2Pet 2:16 Acts 22:9 Dan 10:7 Jer 8:7
24 The angel of Yahweh then went and stood on a narrow path among the vineyards, with a wall to the right and a wall to the left.
25 The donkey saw the angel of Yahweh and scraped against the wall, scraping Balaam's foot against it, so he struck her again.
Isa 47:12 Job 5:13-15
26 The angel of Yahweh then moved and stood in a place so narrow that there was no room to pass either to right or left.
Hos 2:6 Isa 26:11
27 When the donkey saw the angel of Yahweh, she lay down under Balaam. Balaam flew into a rage and struck the donkey with his stick.
Jas 1:19 Prov 14:16 Prov 27:3-4
28 Yahweh then gave the donkey the power to talk, and she said to Balaam, 'What harm have I done you, for you to strike me three times like this?'
2Pet 2:16 Luke 1:37 1Cor 1:19 Exod 4:11 Rom 8:22
29 Balaam answered the donkey, 'Because you have been making a fool of me! If I had been carrying a sword, I should have killed you by now.'
Prov 12:10 Eccl 9:3 Matt 15:19 Prov 12:16
30 The donkey said to Balaam, 'Am I not your donkey, and have I not been your mount all your life? Have I ever behaved like this with you before?' 'No,' he replied.
1Cor 1:27-28 2Pet 2:16
31 Yahweh then opened Balaam's eyes and he saw the angel of Yahweh standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand; and he bowed his head and threw himself on his face.
Gen 21:19 Luke 24:16 Luke 24:31 1Chr 21:16 2Kgs 6:17-20 Acts 26:18 Exod 34:8
32 And the angel of Yahweh said to him, 'Why did you strike your donkey three times like that? I myself had come to bar your way; while I am here your road is blocked.
Num 22:22 2Pet 2:14-15 Acts 13:10 Deut 23:4 Deut 25:4 Exod 3:2-6 Jonah 4:11
33 The donkey saw me and turned aside because of me three times. You are lucky she did turn aside, or I should have killed you by now, though I would have spared her.'
1Kgs 13:24-28 Num 14:37 Num 16:33-35
34 Balaam said to the angel of Yahweh, 'I have sinned. I did not know you were standing in the road to stop me. But if what I am doing displeases you, I will go home again.'
Job 34:31-32 1Sam 15:24 2Sam 12:13 1Sam 15:30 1Sam 26:21 1Chr 21:7 1Sam 24:17
35 The angel of Yahweh said to Balaam, 'Go with these men, but say only what I tell you to say.' So Balaam went on with the chiefs sent by Balak.
2Thess 2:9-12 Isa 37:26-29 Num 22:20-21 Ps 81:12
36 Balak learned that Balaam was coming and went out to meet him, in the direction of Ar in Moab, at the Arnon frontier on the country's furthest boundary.
1Sam 13:10 Acts 28:15 Deut 2:24 Deut 3:8 Exod 18:7 Gen 14:17 Gen 18:2
37 Balak said to Balaam, 'Did I not send messengers to summon you? Why did you not come to me? Did you think, perhaps, I could confer no honours on you?'
Num 24:11 John 5:44 Luke 4:6 Matt 4:8-9 Num 22:16-17 Ps 75:6
38 Balaam said to Balak, 'I have come to you after all. I suppose you know I cannot say anything on my own? The words God puts into my mouth are what I shall say.'
Num 22:18 Num 23:16 Num 23:26 1Kgs 22:14 2Chr 18:13 Isa 44:25 Isa 46:10
39 Balaam set out with Balak. They came to Kiriath-Huzoth.
40 Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and offered portions to Balaam and the chiefs who were with him.
Num 23:14 Gen 31:54 Num 23:2 Num 23:30 Prov 1:16
41 Next morning Balak took Balaam and brought him up to Bamoth-Baal, from where he could see the edge of the camp.
Num 23:13 2Chr 11:15 Deut 12:2 Jer 48:35 Num 21:28 Num 25:2-3