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27 Wherefore they that speak in proverbs, f say,Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and prepared:

k Je.48.18,22.
1 ch.32.1.

m De.3.1,&c.

24 And d Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from Arnon unto Jabbok, even unto the children of Ammon: for the border of the children of Ammon was strong. 25 And Israel took all these cities: and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and m all the 14 villages thereof. 26 For Heshbon e was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and taken all his and out of his hand, even unto Ammon.

n

28 For gthere is a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Shon: it hath consumed Ar h of Moab, and the lords of the high places of Arnon.

34 And the LORD said unto Moses, Fear him not: for I have delivered him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt 13 or, the wildo to him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.

derness.

a De.2.26,27.
Ju.11.19,
20.

ƒ Hab.2.6.

g Je.48.45,46.
h De.2.9, 18.
Is. 15. 1,2.

i Ju. 11.24.
2Ki.23.13.

Deut.29.7.

Jos. 13.12.
Ps. 135. 10,
11.
136.20.

(CHAP. 22.)
a ch.33.48.

b Ju.11.25.

e Ex. 15.15.
Deut.2.25.

d ch.31.8.
Jos. 13.21,
22.

Og overcome. 30 We have shot at them: Heshbon is perished even unto Dibon, k and we have laid them waste even unto Nophah, which reacheth unto Medeba.

e Deut.23.4.
Jos.24.9.

31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites.

32 And Moses sent to spy out Jazer; and they took the villages thereof, and drove out the Amorites that were there.

1 eye.

29 Woe to thee, Moab! thou art
undone, O people of Chemosh: i
he hath given his sons that escap-
ed, and his daughters, into captivi- fch.23.7.
ty unto Sihon king of the Amorites.

33 And m they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to the battle at Edrei.

35 So n they smote him, and his sons, and all his people until there was none left him alive; and they possessed his land.

that time.

5 He sent e messengers, therefore, unto Balaam, the son of Beor, to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the 1 face of the earth, and they abide over against me.

6 Come now, therefore, I pray thee, curse f me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may Ne. 13.1,2. drive them out of the land; for I

Mi.6.5.

wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.

7 And the elders of Moab, and the elders of Midian, departed with the

CHAPTER XXII.

1 Balak's message for Balaam. 22 An angel would have slain him, if his ass had not saved him.

AND a the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab, on this side Jordan by Jericho.

2 And Balak b the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.

3 And c Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

4 And Moab said unto the elders d of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at

NUMBERS, XXII.

Balaam's ass speaketh. B. C. 1452. | adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.

23 And the ass saw q the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.

24 But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.

25 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her again.

26 And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.

Balaam goeth to Balak.

rewards g of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak.

8 And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam.

9 And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee?

10 And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying,

11 Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; 2 peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out.

12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for h they are blessed.

13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the LORD refuseth i to give me leave to go with you.

us.

15 And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they.

16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, 3 Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto

g 18a.9.7,8.
Mi.3.11.
Jude 11.

2

me more.

20 And n God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet o the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.

peradven-
ture I shall
prevail in
fighting
against
him.

h Ge.22.16

18.
Deut.33.29.

i Deut.23.5.
3 Be not thou
letted.

k ver.6.

7 ch.24.13.

m ch.23.26.
24.13.
1Ki.22.14.

14 And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said, Balaam refuseth to come with

q

n ver.9.

ver.35. ch.23. 12. p Ex.4.24.

2Ki.6.17.
Dan. 10.7.

Acts 22.9.
ICo,1.27-
29.

r 2Pet.2.16.
Ps. 12.10.

4 or, who

hast rid-
den upon

me.

8 be evil in thine eyes. z Job 34,31, 32.

27 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.

me:

wast.

17 For I will promote thee unto 5 or, thou very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto met Ge.21.19. come k therefore, I pray thee, curse 2Ki.6.17. me this people. Lu.24.16, 31.

18 And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Ba-u Ex.34.8.

lak would give me his house full of
silver and gold, I m cannot go be-
yond the word of the LORD my
God, to do less or more.

6 or, bowed
himself.

v Ps. 145.9
to be an

32 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore has thou smitten thine ass v these three times? behold, I went out 7 to withadversary stand thee, because thy w way is

19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto

unto thee. w 2Pet.2.14.

perverse x before me:

x Pr. 14.2.
28.18.
y 1Sa. 15.24,

30.
26.21.

21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.

22 T And God's anger was kindled because he went: and p the angel a Is.47.12. of the LORD stood in the way for an

28 And the LORD opened r the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?

29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, s for now would I kill thee.

30 Ánd the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, 4 upon which thou hast ridden ever since 5 I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.

31 Then the LORD opened t the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand and he bowed u down his head, and 6 fell flat on his face.

33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.

34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I y have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it & displease thee, I z will get me back again.

35 And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go a with the men:

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NUMBERS, XXIII.
Balaam's parables.
hath not cursed? or how shall I
defy, whom the LORD hath not de-
fied?

B. C. 1452.

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

Balak's sacrifice.

but b only the word that I shall
speak unto thee, that thou shalt
speak so Balaam went with the
princes of Balak.

b ver.20.

36 And when Balak heard that
Balaam was come, he went out to
meet him unto a city of Moab,

c ver. 17.
ch.24.11.
Ps.75.6.
Jno.5.44.
d ver. 18.

which is in the border of Arnon, 9 or, a city of among the nations.

which is in the utmost coast.

streets.

e Deut. 12.2.

37 And Balak said unto Balaam,
Did I not earnestly send unto thee
to call thee? wherefore camest
thou not unto me? am I not able
indeed to promote c thee to ho-
nour?

38 And Balaam said unto Balak,
Lo, I am come unto thee: have id
now any power at all to say any
thing? the word d that God putteth
in my mouth, that shall I speak.
39 And Balaam went with Balak,
and they came unto 9 Kirjath-
huzoth.

40 And Balak offered oxen and
sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to
the princes that were with him.
41 And it came to pass on the
morrow, that Balak took Balaam,
and brought him up into the high e
places of Baal, that thence he
might see the utmost part of the
people.

(CHAP. 23.)
a ver.29.

b ver. 14,30.

c ver. 15.

or, solitary.
ver. 16.

4 And d 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.

e ch.22.35.

Deut. 18.18.

Jer. 1.9. f ver. 18.

ch.24.3,15,
23.

Job 27.1.
29.1.
Ps.78.2.
Eze. 17.2.
Mi.2.4.
Hab.2.6.
Mat. 13.33,
35.

1Sa. 17.10. g Pr.26.2.

i Is.47. 12, 13.

2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered b on every altar a bullock and a ram.

Pr. 14.32.
2Cor.5.1.
0 ch.22.11.

3 And Balaam said unto Balak, cp ch.22.38.
Stand by thy burnt offering, and I q IKI.20.23.
will go; peradventure the LORD or, the hill.
will come to meet me: and what-r ver. 1,2.
soever he sheweth me I will tells Is. 1.11.
thee. And he went 1 to an high t ver.5.
place.
u 1Sam.3.17.
Jer.37.17.
v Ju.3.20.

CHAPTER XXIII.

1, 13 Balak's sacrifice. 7, 18 Ba-k Deut.33.28. on every altar.

laam's parable.

said

Build me here seven altars, and
prepare me here seven oxen and

Ex.33.16.
Ezra 9.2.
Ep.2.14.
m Ge. 13. 16.
12 my soul,
or, my life.

seven rams.

n Ps.37.37.

Mi.7.20.

5 And the LORD put word in
Balaam's mouth, and said, Return y ch.22.12.
unto Balak, and thus shalt thou z Jno. 10.28,
speak.

29.

6 And he returned unto him, and, Ro.8.38,39.
lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, a Ps. 103. 12.
he, and all the princes of Moab.

b Ex.29.45,

7 And he took up his parable, f
and said, Balak the king of Moab
hath brought me from Aram, out
of the mountains of the east, saying,
Come, curse g me Jacob, and come,
defy h Israel
8 How i shall I curse, whom God

46. c Ps. 118.15.

d ch.24.8.

10 Who m can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let 4 me die the death n of the righteous, and let my last end be like his ! 11 And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I o took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.

12 And he answered and said, p Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth.

e Deut.33.17.
4 or, in.
Mat. 12.25,

27.

13 And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto q 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.

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 u hath the LORD spoken?

18 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise v up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor:

19 God w is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man,

18.15.29. that he should repent: hath he
said, and shall he not do it? or hath z
1Ch.17.27. he spoken, and shall he not make
it good?

Ps.89.35.
Ro.11.29.

20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless, and he y hath blessed; and I cannot z reverse it.

21 He a hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD b his God is with him, and the shout c of a king is among them.

22 God d brought them out of Egypt he hath e as it were the strength of an unicorn.

163

14 And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of 3 Pisgah, and built r seven altars, and offered s a bullock and a ram

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

Putt a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus.

23 Surely there is no enchantment 4 against Jacob, neither is there

Balaam prophesieth.

any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What ƒhath God wrought!

f Ps.31.19.

g Ge.49.9.
Mi.5.8.

24 Behold, the people shall rise up g
as a great lion, and lift up him-
self as a young hon: he shall not
he down h until he eat of the prey,
and drink the blood of the slain.
25 T And Balak said unto Balaam,
Neither curse them at all, nor blessi ver. 12, 13.
them at all.

h Ge.49.27.

NUMBERS, XXIV.
B. C. 1452.

26 But Balaam answered i and (CHAP. 24.) said unto Balak, Told not i thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, 1 to the that I must do?

meeting of.

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.

CHAPTER XXIV.

Balaam prophesieth Israel's happi-d Ps.2.9.

ness.

ND when Balaam saw that it

a 1Sa. 10.10.

2 who had
his eyes
shut, but
now open

ed.

28 And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh toward Jeshimon.

12 And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying. 13 If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the conimandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what

29 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and b Ps. 1.3. prepare me here seven bullocks Jer. 17.8. and seven rams.

30 And Balak did as Balaam had c Ps.92.12-14. the LORD saith, that will I speak? said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

14 And now, behold, I go unto my people come therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days. 15 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:

16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the Most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

17 I i shall see him, but not now; I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Stark out of Jacob, and a Sceptre I shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite 3 the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

A

Israel, he went not, as at other
f ch.23.24.
times, 1 to seek for enchantments,
but he set his face toward the g Ge.12.3.
wilderness.

2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, h Ne. 13.2.
and he saw Israel abiding in hist
tents, according to their tribes; and a i Rev.1.7.
the spirit of God came upon him.

3 And he took up his parable, and k Rev.22.16. said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man 2 whose eyes are open hath said;

4 He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

5 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!

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e Ps.45.5.

Ps. 110.2.

3 or, through
the princes.

m Ps.60.8-
12.

against
Israel,
Ex.17.8,16.

Balak dismisseth him. up the nations his enemies,and shal! break d their bones, and pierce e them through with his arrows.

9 He couched, he lay down as fa lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed g is he that blesseth thee, and cursed as he that curseth thee.

5 or, even to
destruction,

Ex.17.14.
1Sam. 15.3.

n Ge. 15.19.

6 Kain.

10 And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, hehoid, h thou hast altogether blessed them these three times.

4 or, the na-do valiantly.
tions that
warred

11 Therefore now flee thou to thy place I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour.

18 And Edom m shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies: and Israel shall

19 Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.

20 T And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of 4 the nations; but his latter end shall be 5 that he perish for ever. 21 And he looked on the Kenites,n and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwelling place, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock.

22 Nevertheless 6 the Kenite shall

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Zimri and Cozbi slain.

be wasted, 7 until Asshur shall car- B. C. 1452. ry thee away captive.

23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who o shall live when God doeth this!

NUMBERS, XXV, XXVI. The Midianites are vexed.

unto him o my covenant of peace: 13 And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an p everlasting priesthood; because he was q zealous for his God, and made an r atonement for the children of Israel.

14 Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, even that was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince

25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and (CHAP. 25.) of a 2 chief house among the SiBalak also went his way. CHAPTER XXV.

meonites.

21 And ships p shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict q Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, r and he also shall perish for

ever.

or, how
long shall
it be ere.

o Mal.3.2.

P Da. 11.30.
9 Ge. 10.4.
r Ge. 10.21,

25.

a ch.33.49.
Mi.6.5.

b ch.31.16.

The Israelites' whoredom and idol-
atry.
6 Zimri and Cozbi slain.
ND Israel abode in Shittim, a

1 Cor.10.8.

A and the people began to come Ex.34.15,

16.

mit whoredom b with the daughters of Moab.

d Ex.20.5.

e Jos.22.17.
Ps. 106.28,
29.
Hos.9.10.
f De. 13.6-9.
g Deut. 13.17.
h Ex.32 27.
i Joel 2.17.
k Ps. 106.30.
I Deut.4.3.
1Cor. 10.7.
m Ps. 106.23.
Jno.3.36.

2 And c they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowedd down to their gods.

3 And Israel joined e himself unto Baal-peor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.

4 And the LORD said unto Moses, f Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierceg anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.

5 And Moses said unto the judges
of Israel, Slay h ye every one his with my
men that were joined unto Baal-
peor.

zeal.

6 And behold, one of the children of Israel came, and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman, in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping i before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

7 And when Phinehas, k the son
of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the o Mal.2.4,5.
priest, saw it, he rose up from p Ex.40.15.
among the congregation, and took
q Ps.69.9.
a javelin in his hand;

8 And he went after the man of Heb.2.17.
Israel into the tent, and thrust 2 house of a
both of them through, the man of father.
Israel, and the woman through hers
belly. So the plague was stayed]
from the children of Israel.

ch.31.8.

Jos. 13.21.

9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.

10 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

n Ex.20.5.
Deut.32. 16,
21.
1Ki. 14.22.
Ps. 78.58.
Eze. 16.38.
Zep.1.18.
3.8.

t ch.31 2.
u ch.31.16.
Rev.2.14.

v ver.8.

(CHAP. 26.)
a ch.1.2.3.
Ex.30.12.
38.25,26.
b ver.63.

ch.35.1.

11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned m my wrath away from the children of Israel, (while he was zealous 1 for my sake among them,) that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. nc Ge.46.8. 12 Wherefore say, Behold I give

15 And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; s he was head over a people, and of a chief house in Midian.

16 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

17 Vex t the Midianites, and smite them:

18 For they vex you u with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain v in the day of the plague for Peor's sake.

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