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into 'vineyardı; we will not drink of 35 dwelt at Heshbon. So they smote the Iwateri of the 'wells! : we will go him, and his sons, and all his people,

by the king's high way, until we have until there was none left him Tremain23) passedi thy 'borderi. °And Sihon ing' : and they possessed his land.

would not suffer Israel to pass through 221 °And the children of Israel 'jourhis border: but Sihon gathered all neyedl, and pitched in the plains his people together, and went out of Moab Ibeyond thel Jordan lati against Israel into the wilderness, Jericho.

and came to Jahaz: and he fought 2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw 24 against Israel. 'And Israel smote all that Israel had done to the Amo

him with the edge of the sword, and 3 rites. 'And Moab was sore afraid of possessed his land from Arnon unto the people, because they were many : Jabbok, even unto the children of and Moab was distressed because

Ammon: for the border of the chil- 4 of the children of Israel. °And Moab 25 dren of Ammon was strong. And said unto the elders of Midian, Now

Israel took all these cities : and Is- shall 6this 'multitudel lick up all that rael dwelt in all the cities of the list round about us, as the ox licketh

Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the up the grass of the field. And Balak 26 11 towns thereof. 'For Heshbon was the son of Zippor was king of Moab!

the city of Sihon the king of the 5 at that time. Andi he sent messenAmorites, who had fought against gers unto Balaam the son of Beor, to the former king of Moab, and taken Pethor, which is by the River, ito!

all his land out of his hand, even unto the land of the children of his people, 27 Arnon. "Wherefore they that speak to call him, saying, Behold, there is a in proverbs say,

people come out from Egypt: behold, Come 'ye toi Heshbon,

they cover the face of the earth, and Let the city of Sihon be built and 6 they abide over against me: °come Testablished! :

now therefore, I pray thee, curse me (28) For a fire is gone out of Heshbon, this people; for they are too mighty A flame from the city of Sihon:

for me: peradventure I shall prevail, It hath 'devoured' Ar of Moab,

that we may smite them, and that The lords of the high places of I


drive them out of the land : for Arnon.

I knowi that he whom thou blessest 29 Woe to thee, Moab!

is blessed, and he whom thou cursest Thou art undone, ( people of 7 is cursed. And the elders of Moab Chemosh:

and the elders of Midian departed He hath given his sons las fugi- with the rewards of divination in their tives,

hand; and they came unto Balaam, And his daughters into captivity, and spake unto him the words of

Unto Sihon king of the Amorites. 8 Balak. And he said unto them, (30 We have shot at them; Heshbon is Lodge here this night, and I will perished even unto Dibon,

bring you word again, as the LORD And we have laid waste even unto shall speak unto me: and the princes Nophah,

9 of Moab abode with Balaam. And 8Which reacheth unto Medeba.

God came unto Balaam, and said, 31 °Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the 10 What men are these with thee? "And 32 Amorites. °And Moses sent to spy Balaam said unto God, Balak the son

out "Jazer', and they took the Itowns of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent

thereof, and drove out the Amorites 11) unto me, saying, °Behold, 'the people 33 that were there. 'And they turned Ithat is come out of Egypt, 'itcover

and went up by the way of Bashan : eth the face of the earth : now, come and Og the king of Bashan went out curse me them; peradventure I shall

against them, he and all his people, to be able to 'fight against them, and 34 battle at Edrei. "And the LORD said 12 'shall! drive them out. "And God

unto Moses, Fear him not: for I have said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go delivered him into thy hand, and all with them; thou shalt not curse the his people, and his land; and thou 13 people: for they are blessed. And shalt do to him as thou didst unto Balaam rose up in the morning, and Sihon king of the Amorites, which said unto the princes of Balak, Get

o Heb. eye.

1 Heb. daughters. ? Or, I Bamoth,

* Some ancient authorities have, Fire

reached unto.

• Or, labhorredi
5 Heb. the assembly.

VERSION OF 1611.- the vineyards . . waters.. well: but.. (along).. be past. . borders ; 25 villages; 27 into. . prepared ; 28 (there)..consumed . . (And); 29 that escaped; 30 (them); 32 Jaazer . . villages; 35 alive. XXII. 1 set forward..on this side . . by; 4 company .. are.. the Moabites; 5 therefore ..of; 6 wot; 11 there is a.. which.. overcome. =

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you into your land: for the LORD

refuseth to give me leave to go with 14 you. And the princes of Moab rose

up, and they went unto Balak, and

said, Balaam refuseth to come with 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, Let nothing, I pray thee,

hinder thee from coming unto me: 11) for I will promote thee unto very

great honour, and whatsoever thou sayest unto me I will do: come there

fore, I pray thee, curse me this people. 18 And Balaam answered and said unto

the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word

of the LORD my God, to do less or 19 more. "Now therefore, I pray you,

tarry ye also here this night, that

I may know what the LORD will (20 Ispeaki unto me

°And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men 'bel come to call thee, rise up, go with them; but lonly!

the word which I 'speakunto thee, 21 that shalt thou do. And Balaam

rose up in the morning, and saddled

his ass, and went with the princes 22 of Moab. 'And God's anger was

kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD 'placed himselfi in the way for an adversary against bim. Now he was riding upon his

ass, and his two servants were with 3 him. "And the ass saw the angel

of the LORD standing in the way, Twith 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 24 into the way. Then the angel of

the LORD stood in a 'hollow way between the vineyards, a 'fencel being

on this side, and a 'fencel on that 3 side. And the ass saw the angel

of the LORD, 'and' she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's

foot against the wall: and he smote 28 her again.

°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 21 left. And the ass saw the angel

of the LORD, land' she llayi down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger

was kindled, and he smote the ass 2 with Thisl staff. And the LORD

opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done

unto thee, that thou hast smitten me 29 these three times ? °And Balaam

said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a

sword in mine hand, for now I had 30 killedi thee. And the ass said unto

Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden 'all thy life long unto this day? was I ever wont

to do so unto thee? And he said, (31 Nay. °Then the LORD opened the

eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, Twith his sword drawn in his hand :

and he bowed his head, and fell on 32 his face. And the angel of the LORD

said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times ? behold, I lam come forth for an adver

saryl, because thy way is perverse 33 before me: 'and the ass saw me, and

turned laside beforel me these three times : unless she had turned lasidel

from me, surely now I had leven! 34 slain thee, and saved her alive. And

Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against

me : now therefore, if it displease 35 thee, I will get me back again. °And

the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam

went with the princes of Balak. 36 "And when Balak heard that Balaam

was come, he went out to meet him unto Ithe City of Moab, which is lon!

the border of Arnon, which is in the 37 utmost 'part of the borderl. 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 thee 38 to honour ? 'And Balaam said unto

Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to 'speaki

any thing? the word that God putteth 39 in my mouth, that shall I speak. °And

Balaam went with Balak, and they 40 came unto 'Kiriathl-huzoth. "And

Balak Isacrificedi oxen and sheep,

and sent to Balaam, and to the princes 41) that were with him. And it came to

pass lin' the morning! that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into 2the high places of Baal, 'and' he Isaw from thence the utmost part

1 Heb. headlong.

2 Or, I Bamoth-baall

VERSION OF 1611.- 19 say; 20 (and). . yet.. shall say ; 22 stood; 23 and; 24 But.. path of.. wall. , wall : 25 when; 27 when.. fell..a; 29 would.. kill; 30 ever since I was thine; 31 and..(down) ..(flat); 32 went out to withstand thee; 33 from .. also; 36 a.. in . . coast; 38 say; 39 Kirjath; 40 offered; 41 on .. morrow.. that.. might see.= [44]



231 of the people. And Balaam said

unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven 2 'bullocks and seven

°And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on

every altar a bullock and a 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 4) to a 'bare height!. 'And God met

Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared the seven altars, and

I have offered 'up' a bullock and a 5 ram 'on' every altar. 'And the LORD

put a word in Balaam's mouth, and

said, Return unto Balak, and thus 6 thou shalt speak. And he returned

unto him, and, lo, he stood by his

burnt loffering', he, and all the princes (7) of Moab. "And he took up his parable, and said,

From Aram hath Balak brought me,
The king of Moab Ifrom the moun-

tains of the East :
Come, curse me Jacob,

And come, idefy Israel. 8 How shall I curse, whom God hath

not cursed ? TAnd how shall I defy, whom the

LORD hath not defied ? 9 For from the top of the rocks I see

And from the hills I behold him :
Lo, 'it is al people that dwell alone,
And shall not be reckoned among

the nations.
10 Who can count the dust of Jacob,

210rl number the fourth part of

Let me die the death of the right-


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 13 LORD 'putteth! in my mouth ? °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 14 curse me them from thence. And

he Itook him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven

altars, and offered 'up' a bullock and 15 a ram on every altar. And he said

unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt

offering, while I meet the Lord yon16 der. And the LORD met Balaam,

and put a word in his mouth, and

said, "Return' unto Balak, and thus 17 Ishalt thou speak'. °And he came to

him, land, lol, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab

with him. And Balak said unto him, 18 What hath the LORD spoken ? °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 command

ment to bless : And he hath blessed, and I cannot

reverse it. * 21 He hath not beheld iniquity in

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 'bringeth! them forth' out of

He hath as it were the 4strength of

Ithe bwild-oxl. 23) Surely there is no enchantment

6l with! Jacob, Neither is there any divination

6lwith! Israel : TI Nowl shall it be said of Jacob

and of Israel,

What hath God wrought! ( Behold, the people friseth' up as a

And as a lion 'doth hel lift him-


self up:

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 26 all. But Balaam answered and said

1 Heb. be wroth against. 2 Heb. Or, by number, the &c. 3 Heb. my soul.

* Or, Thorns!
5 Or, ox-lantelopel Heb. reem.
6 Or, against

? Or, 1 At the due season! 8 Or, Itold tol ... what God hath


VERSION OF 1611.- XXIII. 1 oxen ; 3 high place; 4 upon; 6 sacrifice; 7 Out of.. (saying); 8 Or; 9 the..shall; 10 And the..of; 12 bath put; 14 brought; 16 Go again. . say; 17 when . . behold; 22 brought. . an unicorn; 23 against ..against. . According to this time ; 24 shall rise .. great lion .. (young).=[36]


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unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying,

All that the LORD speaketh, that I 21 must do? And Balak said unto Ba

laam, Come now!, I will takel thee unto another place; peradventure it

will please God that thou mayest 23 curse me them from thence. And

Balak 'took! Balaam unto the top of

Peor, that looketh 'down upon Ithe 29 desert!. And Balaam said unto

Balak, Build me here seven altars,

and prepare me here seven bullocks 30 and seven rams. "And Balak did as

Balaam had said, and offered 'up' a bullock and a ram

on every altar. 241 °And when Balaam saw that it

pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at the other times, to

Imeet with enchantments, but he set ? his face toward the wilderness. And

Balaam 'lifted' up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling' according to

their tribes; and the spirit of God 3 came upon him. °And he took up his parable, and said,

Balaam the son of Beor 'saith',
And the man whose leye ?was closed

He isaith!, which 'heareththe

words of God, Which Iseeth the vision of the Al

mighty, Falling down, and having his eyes

open : ( How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob,

Thy tabernacles, O Israel !
As valleys are they spread forth,
As gardens by the river side,
As lign-aloes which the LORD hath

As cedar trees beside the waters.
1) Water shall flow from his buckets,
And his seed shall be in many

waters, And his king shall be higher than

And his kingdom shall be exalted.
8 God Ibringeth' him forth out of

He hath as it were the 8strength of

Ithe Swild-oxi :
He shall eat up the nations his

And shall break their bones lin

pieces, And Ismitel them through with his


9 He couched, he lay down as a lion,

And as a 'lioness'; who shall 'rousel

him up ? Blessed ibe every one that blesseth

thee, And cursed 'be every one that

curseth thee. 10 °And Balak's anger

kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together : and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast al

together blessed them these three 11 times. 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. 12 °And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake

I not also to thy messengers which (13 thou sentest unto me, saying, "If Balak

would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the Iword of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; what the

LORD 'speaketh!, that will I speak ? (14 °And now, behold, I go unto my

people: come, and I will advertise

thee what this people shall do to thy 15 people in the latter days. And he took up his parable, and said,

Balaam the son of Beor Isaith',
And the man whoseleye ?was closed

saithi: 16 He isaith!, which heareth! the

words of God, And knoweth! the knowledge of

the Most High,
Which Iseeth the vision of the

Falling down, and having his eyes

open :
(17 I see him, but not now:

I behold him, but not nigh:
There shall come 'forth a star out

of Jacob,
And a sceptre shall rise out of

And shall smite sl through the cor-

ners of Moab,
And 'break down! all the Isonsi 4of

Itumulti. 18 And Edom shall be a possession,

Seir also shall be a possession,

I which werel his enemies;

IWhilel Israel Idoeth' valiantly. 19 "And' out of Jacob shall lonel have


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1 Or, Jeshimon

2 Or, lis openedl

3 See ch. xxiii. 22.

* Or, of Sheth

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VERSION OF 1611.– 27 I pray thee. . bring; 28 brought.. toward Jeshimon. -XXIV.1 seek for; 2 lift.. abiding in his tents; 3 hath said.. eyes are open hath said: 4 hath said.. heard.. saw.. into a trance, bat; 5 (And); 6 (the).. (the trees of).. (And); 7 He pour the .. out of; 8 unicorn .. enemies . . pierce; o great lion . . stir .. is he.. is he; 13 commandment..(but). . saith ; 14 (therefore); 15 hath said .. eyes are open hath said; 16 hath said .. heard .. knew

into a trance, but; 17 (shall). . (shall)..destroy..children. .Sheth ; 18 for. . And.. shall do; 19 shall come he that. = [85] VERSION OF 1611.- him that remaineth of; 20 when.. he.. be that he perish for ever ; 21 Kenites


And shall destroy the remnant

from the city. 20 °And he looked on Amalek, 'andi took up his parable, and said,

Amalek was the first of the nations;
But his latter end shall 'comel sito

destruction. 21 °And he looked on the 'Kenitel, and took up his parable, and said,

Strong is thy dwelling place,

And thy nest lis set in the rock. 22 Nevertheless 11 Kain! shall be

2Until Asshur shall carry


away captive. 23 °And he took up his parable, and said,

Alas, who shall live when God

8doeth this? 24 "Buti ships shall come from the

coast of Kittim, And 'theyshall afflict Asshur, and

shall afflict Eber, And he also shall come to destruc

tion'. 25 °And Balaam rose up, and went and

returned to his place : and Balak also

went his way. 251 And Israel abode in Shittim, and

the people began to commit whore

dom with the daughters of Moab: 2 °lforl they called the people unto the

sacrifices of their gods; and the peo

ple did eat, and bowed down to their 3 gods. °And Israel 4joined himself

unto “Baal-peor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. °And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the 'chiefs' of the people, and hang them up 'untol the Lord 'before the

sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD 5 may Iturn' away from Israel. And

Moses said unto the judges of Israel,
Slay ye every one his men that 'havel

joined themselves! unto Baal-peor. 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, 'while they were weeping lati the door of the itent' of 'meeting! 7 °And when Phinehas, the son of

Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from 'the midst ofi

the congregation, and took a 'spear! * 8 in his hand; "and he went after the

man of Israel into the bipavilion', and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her

belly. So the plague was stayed 9 from the children of Israel. And

those that died 'byl the plague were

twenty and four thousand. 10 And the Lord spake unto Moses, 11 saying, °Phinehas, the son of Eleazar,

the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, 'in that he was 'jealous with my 'jealousy' among them,

Isol that I consumed not the children 12 of Israel in my jealousy. "Wherefore

say, Behold, I give unto him my (13) covenant of peace : °and it shall be

unto him', and 'to' his seed after him, the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was 'jealous' for

his God, and made atonement for the 14 children of Israel. Now the name

of the 'man of Israel' that was slain, Iwhol was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Şalu,

a prince of a 'fathers' house among 15 the Simeonites. And the name of

the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head 'of the people of a 'fathers'

house in Midian. 16 And the LORD spake unto Moses, 17 saying, °Vex the Midianites, and smite 18 them: 'for they vex you with their

wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of thel prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain 'on' the day of the plague lin

the matter of Peori, 261 And it came to pass after the plague,

that the Lord spake unto Moses and

unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the 2 priest, saying, "Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, 'by! their fathers' "houses, all

that are able to go 'forth to war in 3 Israel. "And Moses and Eleazar the

priest spake with them in the plains of Moab by the Jordan lat! Jericho, saying, °Take the sum of the people, from twenty years old and upward ; as the Lord commanded Moses and the children of Israel, which camel

forth out of the land of Egypt. (5) Reuben, the firstborn' of Israel:

1 Or, the IR'enitesi 2 Or, How long? Asshur &c.

3 Or, lestablisheth him! * Or, lyokedi

5 Or, Ithel Baal lofi Peor See

ch. xxiii. 28.

6 Or, lalcovel


thou puttest ..a; 22 the Kenite; 24 And .. perish for ever. XXV. 2 And; 4 heads .. before .. against .. be turned; 5 were; 6 who .. before . . tabernacle . the congregation ; 7 amongst . . javelin ; 8 tent; 9 in; 11 while .. zealous for .. sake; 13 he.. have .. (even) .. zealous . . (an); 14 Israelite. even that .. chief ; 15 over a .. and .. chief; 18 a .. in .. for Peor's sake. - XXVI. 2 throughout .. house; 3 near; 4 went; 5 eldest son.= [66]

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