Amplified Bible

Numbers 23

The Prophecies of Balaam

1Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here, and prepare for me seven bulls and seven rams here.” Balak did just as Balaam had said, and Balak and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar. Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stand beside your burnt offering and I will go. Perhaps the Lord will come to meet me; and whatever He shows me I will tell you.” So he went to a desolate hill.

Now God met Balaam, who said to Him, “I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered a bull and a ram on each altar.” Then the Lord put a speech in Balaam’s mouth, and said, “Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus.” Balaam returned to Balak, and behold, he was standing by his burnt sacrifice, he and all the leaders of Moab. Balaam took up his [first] discourse (oracle) and said:

“Balak, the king of Moab, has brought me from Aram (Syria),
from the mountains of the east, [saying,]
‘Come, curse [the descendants of] Jacob for me;
And come, [violently] denounce Israel.’

“How shall I curse those whom God has not cursed?
Or how can I [violently] denounce those the Lord has not denounced?

“For from the top of the rocks I see Israel,
And from the hills I look at him.
Behold, the people [of Israel] shall dwell alone
And will not be reckoned among the nations.
“Who can count the dust (the descendants) of Jacob
And the number of even the fourth part of Israel?
Let me die the death of the righteous [those who are upright and in right standing with God],
And let my end be like his!”

11 Then Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but here you have [thoroughly] blessed them instead!” 12 Balaam answered, “Must I not be obedient and careful to speak what the Lord has put in my mouth?”

13 Balak said to him, “Come with me, I implore you, to another place from where you can see them, although you will see only the nearest and not all of them; and curse them for me from there.” 14 So he took Balaam to the field of Zophim to the top of [Mount] Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 15 Balaam said to Balak, “Stand here beside your burnt offering while I go to meet the Lord over there.” 16 Then the Lord met Balaam and put a speech in his mouth, and said, “Go back to Balak and you shall speak thus.” 17 When Balaam returned to Balak, he was standing beside his burnt offering, and the leaders of Moab were with him. And Balak said to him, “What has the Lord spoken?” 18 Balaam took up his [second] discourse (oracle) and said:

“Rise up, O Balak, and hear;
Listen [closely] to me, son of Zippor.
“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken and will He not make it good and fulfill it?
“Behold, I have received His command to bless [Israel].
He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.
“God has not observed wickedness in Jacob [for he is forgiven],
Nor has He seen trouble in Israel.
The Lord their God is with Israel,
And the shout of their King is among the people.
“God brought them out of Egypt;
They have the strength of a wild ox.
“For there is no enchantment or omen against Jacob,
Nor is there any divination against Israel.
At the proper time it shall be said to Jacob
And to Israel, what has God done!
“Behold, a people rises up like a lioness
And lifts itself up like a lion;
He will not lie down until he devours the prey
And drinks the blood of the slain.”

25 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Neither curse them at all nor bless them at all!” 26 But Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not say to you, ‘All that the Lord speaks, that I must do?’”

27 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Please come; I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them for me from there.” 28 So Balak brought Balaam to the top of [Mount] Peor, that overlooks the wasteland. 29 And Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here, and prepare for me seven bulls and seven rams here.” 30 Balak did just as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

民數記 23


1巴蘭對巴勒說:「你在這裡為我築七座祭壇,預備七頭公牛和七隻公綿羊。」 巴勒就照巴蘭的話做了。他們二人在每座壇上獻上一頭公牛和一隻公綿羊, 巴蘭對巴勒說:「你留在燔祭旁邊,我到前面去,也許耶和華會來見我。無論祂有什麼指示,我必告訴你。」 上帝果然向巴蘭顯現。巴蘭對上帝說:「我已經預備了七座祭壇,每座祭壇上獻了一頭公牛和一隻公綿羊。」 耶和華告訴他當說的話,命他回去轉告巴勒。 巴蘭就回到巴勒那裡,看見他和摩押的臣僕們都站在燔祭旁邊。 巴蘭吟詩預言說:

10 雅各的子孫多如塵土,

11 巴勒對巴蘭說:「你這是做什麽?我請你來咒詛我的仇敵,你竟祝福他們!」 12 巴蘭說:「耶和華讓我說的話,我豈能不說?」


13 巴勒說:「請你跟我去另一個地方,那裡看不見全部以色列人,只能看見一部分,你要在那裡為我咒詛他們。」 14 他領巴蘭上到毗斯迦山頂的瑣腓田,在那裡築了七座祭壇,每座壇上都獻了一頭公牛和一隻公綿羊。 15 巴蘭對巴勒說:「你留在這些燔祭旁邊,我到那邊去見耶和華。」 16 耶和華向巴蘭顯現,告訴他當說的話,讓他轉告巴勒。 17 巴蘭回到巴勒那裡,看見他和摩押的臣僕們都站在燔祭旁邊。巴勒問道:「耶和華說了什麼?」 18 巴蘭吟詩預言說:

19 上帝並非世人,祂不撒謊;
20 我奉命祝福,祂已賜福,
21 雅各的子孫中未見有罪惡,
22 上帝把他們帶出埃及,
23 沒有邪術能害雅各,
24 看啊,這民族挺身如母獅,

25 巴勒對巴蘭說:「你可以不咒詛他們,但也不該為他們祝福啊!」 26 巴蘭回答說:「我不是說過,我必須按耶和華的指示做嗎?」

27 巴勒說:「來吧,我帶你去另一個地方,也許上帝會同意你在那裡為我咒詛他們。」 28 他領著巴蘭登上俯瞰曠野的毗珥山頂。 29 巴蘭對巴勒說:「你在這裡為我築七座祭壇,預備七頭公牛和七隻公綿羊。」 30 巴勒就照巴蘭的話在每座祭壇上獻了一頭公牛和一隻公綿羊。

Notas al pie

  1. 23·22 」有古卷作「他們」。