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said unto Balaam, I called thee CHAP. XXIV.

to curse mine enemies, and behold Balaam prophesieth Israel's happi- thou hast altogether blessed them ness, 15 and of the Star of Jacob. these three times.

11 Therefore now flee thou to AND when Balaam saw that it thy place : I thought to promote pleased the LORD to bless Israel, thee unto great honour, but lo, he went not as at other times, to the LORD hath kept thee back seek for enchantments, but he set from honour. his face toward the wilderness. * 12 And Balaam said unto Balak,

2 And Balaam lift up his eyes, Spake I not also to thy messengers and he saw Israel abiding in his “which thou sentest unto me, saytents according to their tribes, and ing, the Spirit of God came upon him. 13 If Balak would give me his

3 And he took up his parable, house full of silver and gold, I canand said, Balaam the son of Beor not go beyond the commandment hath said, and the man whose of the LORD, to do either good or eyes are open, hath said

bad of mine own mind; but what 4 He hath said, which heard the Lord saith, that will I speak ? the words of God, which saw the 14 And now, behold, I go unto vision of the Almighty, falling into my people: Come therefore, and a trance, but having his eyes open. I will advertise thee, what this

5 How goodly are thy tents, Opeople shall do to thy people in Jacob, and thy tabernacles, o the latter days, Israel !

15 | And he took up his parable, 6 As the valleys are they spread and said, Balaam the son of Beor forth, as gardens by the river's hath said, and the man whose side, as the trees of lign-aloes eyes are open, hath said ; which the Lord hath planted, and 16 He hath said, which heard the as cedar-trees beside the waters. words of God, and knew the know

7 He shall pour the water outledge of the Most High, which of his buckets, and his seed shall saw the vision of the Almighty be in many waters, and his king falling into a trance, but having his shall be higher than' Agag, and his eyes open. kingdom shall be exalted.

17 I shall see him, but not now: 8 God brought him forth out of I shall behold him, but not nigh: Egypt, he hath as it were the there shall come a Star out of strength of an unicorn : he shall Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise eat up the nations his enemies, and out of Israel, and shall smite the shall break their bones, and pierce corners of Moab, and destroy all them through with his arrows. the children of Sheth.

9 He couched, he lay down as 18 And Edom shall be a possessa lion, and as a great lion : who ion, Seir also shall be a possession shall stir him up? Blessed is he for his enemies, and Israel shall that blesseth thee, and cursed is do valiantly. he that curseth thee.

19 Qut of Jacob shall come he 10 And Balak's anger was kin- that shall have dominion, and shall dled against Balaam, and he smote destroy him that remaineth of the his hands together: and Balak city.

How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed ? because this peculiar nation is descended from such strong and powerful protectors, that it may be said its foundation is impossible to be shaken ; and in their latter times they are to inhent the whole world, and all those that worship idols will be consumed, and they only rçmain : hence, I can find no means of injuring them, neither from




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וַיִּרְא בִּלְעָם כִּי טוֹב בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה לְבָרֵךְ אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל וְלֹא־הָלֵךְ כְּפַעַם־בְּפַעַם לִקְרַאת נָחָשִׁים וַיָּשֶׁת אֶל־־ הַמִּדְבָּר פָּנָיו : 2 וַיִּשָּׂא בִלְעָם אֶת-עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא אֶת־ יִשְׂרָאֵל שׁכֵן לִשְׁבָטֶיו וַתְּהִי עָלָיו רוּחַ אֱלֹהִים: 3 וַיִּשָּׂא מְשָׁלָו וַיֹּאמַר נְאֻם בִּלְעָם בְּנָוֹ בְרֹר וּנְאֵם הַעֲבֵר שְׁתֶם הָעֶיִן : 4 נְאָם שׁמֵעַ אִמְרֵי־אֵל אֲשֶׁר מַחֲזֶה שָׁדַי יִחה נֹפַל וּגְלְוּי עֵינָיִם: 5 מַה־טבוּ אֹהָלֶיךְ יעקב מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל: 6 כִּנְחָלִים נִסָּיוּ כְּגַת עַלִי נָהָר בַּאֲהָלִים נָטַע יְהוָה בַּאֲרָזִיִם עֲלֵי־מָיִם: 7 יול־מַיִם מִדָּלְיָן וְזַרְעוֹ בְּמַיִם רַבִּים וְיָרָם מֵאֲנַג מַלְכּוֹ וְתְנַשָׂא מַלְכָתְוֹ: 8 אֵל מְוֹצִיאוֹ מִמִּצְרַיִם כְּתוֹעֲפַת רְאֵם לְוֹ יאכל גוֹיִם צָרָיו וְעַצְמְתֵיהֶם וְנָרֵם וְחִדָּיו יִמְחַץ : 9 כָּרַע שָׁכַב כַּאֲרִי וּכְלָבִיא מִי יְקִימֶנּוּ מְבָרַכִיךְ בָרוּךְ וְאֹרַרֵיךְ אָרְוּר: 10 וַיִּחַר־־אַף בָּלָק אֶל-בִּלְעָם וַיִּסְפָּק אֶת־כַּפָּיו וַיֹּאמֶר בָּלָק אֶל־בְּלְעָם לָקַב אִיְבַי קְרָאתִיךְ וְהִנֵּה בֵּרַכְתָּ בָרֵךְ זֶה שָׁלֹשׁ פְּעָמִים: 11 וְעַתָּה בְּרַח־לְךְ אֶל־מְקוֹמֵךְ אָמַרְתִּי כַּבֵּד אֲכַבֶּרְךְ וְהִנֵּה מְנָעֵךְ יְהוָה מִכָּבוֹד: 12 וַיֹּאמֶר בִּלְעָם אֶל־בָּלָק הֲלֹא גַם אֶל־מַלְאָכִיךְ אֲשֶׁר־שָׁלַחְתָּ אֵלַי דִּבַּרְתִּי לֵאמֹר: 13 אִם־־יִתֶּן־לִי בָלָק מְלֹא בֵיתוֹ כֶּסֶף וְזָהָב לְא אוּכַל

לַעֲבֹר אֶת־פִּי יְהוָה לַעֲשׂוֹת טוֹבָה אוֹ רָעָה מִלִבִּי אֲשֶׁר־ שביעי יְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֹתוֹ אֲדַבֵּר: 14 וְעַתָּה הִנְנִי הוֹלֵךְ לְעַמִּי

לְכָה אִיעַצְךְ אֲשֶׁר יַעֲשֶׂה הָעָם הַזֶּה לְעַמָּךְ בְּאַחֲרִית י הַיָּמִים : 15 וַיִּשָּׂא מְשָׁלִוֹ וַיֹּאמַר נִאָס בִּלְעָם בְּנָוּ בְער

גר שתם העין : 16 נָאָם שֹׁמֵעַ אִמְרֵי־אֵל וִידֶע דָּעַת עֶלְיוֹן מַחֲזֶה שָׁדַי יִחזה נֹפֵל וּנְלְוּי עֵינָיִם: 17 אֶרְאֶנּוּ וְלֹא עַתָּה אֲשירֵנוּ וְלֹא קָרוֹב דָּרַךְ כּוֹכָב מְיַעֲקב וְקָם שֶׁבֶט מִיִשְׂרָאֵל וּמָחַץ פּאַתִי מוֹאָב וְקַרְקַר כָּל־בְּנֵי־שֶׁת: 18 וְהָיָה אֶדום יְרַשָׁה וְהָיָה יִרַשָׁה שֶׁעִיר אֹיְבָיו וְיִשְׂרָאֵל עשֶׂה חָיִל

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I took thee to curse mine enemies, blessed; and I cannot reverse it. and behold, thou hast blessed them 21 He hath not bebeld iniquity altogether.

in Jacob, neither hath he seen 12 And he answered and said, perverseness in Israel; the LORD Must I not take heed to speak his God is with him, and the shout that which the Lord hath pat in of a king is among them. my mouth?

22 God brought them out of 13 4 And Balak said unto him, Egypt; he hath as it were the Come, I pray thee, with me unto strength of an unicorn. another place, from whence thou 23 Surely there is no enchantmayest see them : thou shalt see ment against Jacob, neither is but the utmost part of them, and there any divination against Israel: shalt not see them all: and curse according to this time it shall be me them from thence,

said of Jacob, and of Israel, What 14 | And he brought him into bath God wrought? the field of Zophim, to the top of 24 Behold, the people shall rise Pisgah, and built seven altars, up as a great lion, and lift up himand offered a bullock and a ram self as a young lion : he shall not on every altar.

lie down until he eat of the prey, 15 And he said unto Balak, and drink the blood of the slain. Stand here by thy burnt-offering, 25 And. Balak said unto while I meet the LORD yonder. Balaam, Neither curse them at all,

16 And the LORD met Balaam, nor bless them at all. and put a word in his mouth, and 26 But Balaam answered and said, Go again unto Balak, and said unto Balak, Told not I thee,

saying, All that the LORD speaketh, 17 And when he came to him, that I must do ? behold, he stood by his burnt- 27 And Balak said unto Balaam, offering, and the princes of Moab Come, I pray thee, I will bring with him. And Balak said unto thee unto another place : peradhim, What hath the LORD spoken? venture it will please God, that

18 And he took up his parable, thou mayest curse me them from and said, Rise up Balak, and hear; thence. hearken unto me thou son of Zip- 28 And Balak brought Balaam por:

unto the top of Peor, that looketh 19 God is not a man, that he toward Jeshimon. should lie; neither the son of man, 29 And Balaam said unto Balak, that he should repent; hath he "Build me here seven altars, and said, and shall he not do it? or prepare me here seven bullocks, hath he spoken, and shall he not and seven raṁs. make it good?

30 And Balak did as Balaam 20 Behold, I have received had said, and offered a bullock commandment to bless; and he hath and a ram on every altar.

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even when they do sin, yet on account of the merit of their ancestors, God doch nut withdraw bis loving kindness from them, as we find by the sin of the molten call, where Moses prayed, and

", , , by ** self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all the land " that I have spoken of, will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.”. And therefore says Balaam, "For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold bim.” By the rocks, says the Rabbins, is meant the Patriarchs, as observed in Micah, chap. vi. ver. 2. And by the hills, he meant the twelve sons of Jacob; and therefore says he, when 'l observe the great merit of their progenitors, I find it impossible to injure them. Having mentioned their noble descent, he proceeds to explain the glory of their latter times thus : Lo, the people that sball dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. So that the sense of the vesse is, $0

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