231Then Balaam said to Balak, Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me. 2Balak did as Balaam had said; and Balak and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 3Then Balaam said to Balak, Stay here beside your burnt-offerings while I go aside. Perhaps the Lord will come to meet me. Whatever he shows me I will tell you. And he went to a bare height.
4 Then God met Balaam; and Balaam said to him, I have arranged the seven altars, and have offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
5The Lord put a word in Balaams mouth, and said, Return to Balak, and this is what you must say.
6So he returned to Balak, who was standing beside his burnt-offerings with all the officials of Moab.
7Then Balaam uttered his oracle, saying:
Balak has brought me from Aram,
the king of Moab from the eastern mountains:
Come, curse Jacob for me;
Come, denounce Israel!
8 How can I curse whom God has not cursed?
How can I denounce those whom the Lord has not denounced?
9 For from the top of the crags I see him,
from the hills I behold him;
Here is a people living alone,
and not reckoning itself among the nations!
10 Who can count the dust of Jacob,
or number the dust-cloud of Israel?
Let me die the death of the upright,
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 now you have done nothing but bless them. 12He answered, Must I not take care to say what the Lord puts into my mouth?