Numbers 23
Print Friendly

Listen to this chapter in Hebrew:

1  And Bilam said unto Balak: ‘Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.’

א  וַיֹּאמֶר בִּלְעָם אֶל בָּלָק בְּנֵה לִי בָזֶה שִׁבְעָה מִזְבְּחֹת וְהָכֵן לִי בָּזֶה שִׁבְעָה פָרִים וְשִׁבְעָה אֵילִים.

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

ב  וַיַּעַשׂ בָּלָק כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר בִּלְעָם וַיַּעַל בָּלָק וּבִלְעָם פָּר וָאַיִל בַּמִּזְבֵּחַ.

3  And Bilam said unto Balak: ‘Stand by thy burnt-offering, and I will go; peradventure Hashem will come to meet me; and whatsoever He showeth me I will tell thee.’ And he went to a bare height.

ג  וַיֹּאמֶר בִּלְעָם לְבָלָק הִתְיַצֵּב עַל עֹלָתֶךָ וְאֵלְכָה אוּלַי יִקָּרֵה יְהוָה לִקְרָאתִי וּדְבַר מַה יַּרְאֵנִי וְהִגַּדְתִּי לָךְ וַיֵּלֶךְ שֶׁפִי.

4  And God met Bilam; and he said unto Him: ‘I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar.’

ד  וַיִּקָּר אֱלֹהִים אֶל בִּלְעָם וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֶת שִׁבְעַת הַמִּזְבְּחֹת עָרַכְתִּי וָאַעַל פָּר וָאַיִל בַּמִּזְבֵּחַ.

5  And Hashem put a word in Bilam’s mouth, and said: ‘Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.’

ה  וַיָּשֶׂם יְהוָה דָּבָר בְּפִי בִלְעָם וַיֹּאמֶר שׁוּב אֶל בָּלָק וְכֹה תְדַבֵּר.

6  And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt-offering, he, and all the princes of Moab.

ו  וַיָּשָׁב אֵלָיו וְהִנֵּה נִצָּב עַל עֹלָתוֹ הוּא וְכָל שָׂרֵי מוֹאָב.

7  And he took up his parable, and said: From Aram Balak bringeth me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East: ‘Come, curse me Yakov, and come, execrate Yisrael.’

ז  וַיִּשָּׂא מְשָׁלוֹ וַיֹּאמַר מִן אֲרָם יַנְחֵנִי בָלָק מֶלֶךְ מוֹאָב מֵהַרְרֵי קֶדֶם לְכָה אָרָה לִּי יַעֲקֹב וּלְכָה זֹעֲמָה יִשְׂרָאֵל.

8  How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? And how shall I execrate, whom Hashem hath not execrated?

ח  מָה אֶקֹּב לֹא קַבֹּה אֵל וּמָה אֶזְעֹם לֹא זָעַם יְהוָה.

9  For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.

kee may-ROSH tzu-REEM er-e-NU u-mig-va-OT a-shu-RE-nu hel am l’-va-DAD yish-KON u-va-go-YEEM lo yit-kha-SHAV

ט  כִּי מֵרֹאשׁ צֻרִים אֶרְאֶנּוּ וּמִגְּבָעוֹת אֲשׁוּרֶנּוּ הֶן עָם לְבָדָד יִשְׁכֹּן וּבַגּוֹיִם לֹא יִתְחַשָּׁב.

23:9  Lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations

This chapter is one of three which describe the attempt by the prophet Balaam to curse the Jewish people. His plan is foiled by God, and instead he utters a reluctant
compliment, “Indeed this is a people that dwells alone and is not counted among
the nations.” For better or for worse, the Jews have always been set aside from among the nations and singled out for special treatment. Israel receives an utterly disproportionate amount of coverage by the media, most of it negative – yet we must recognize the inherent lesson of our solitude. The people of Israel were singled out for a holy purpose. They were chosen by God to remain faithful to Him and to fulfill the Biblical mandate of teaching His truths to the world.

1 comment

10  Who hath counted the dust of Yakov, or numbered the stock of Yisrael? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let mine end be like his!

י  מִי מָנָה עֲפַר יַעֲקֹב וּמִסְפָּר אֶת רֹבַע יִשְׂרָאֵל תָּמֹת נַפְשִׁי מוֹת יְשָׁרִים וּתְהִי אַחֲרִיתִי כָּמֹהוּ.

11  And Balak said unto Bilam: ‘What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.’

יא  וַיֹּאמֶר בָּלָק אֶל בִּלְעָם מֶה עָשִׂיתָ לִי לָקֹב אֹיְבַי לְקַחְתִּיךָ וְהִנֵּה בֵּרַכְתָּ בָרֵךְ.

12  And he answered and said: ‘Must I not take heed to speak that which Hashem putteth in my mouth?’

יב  וַיַּעַן וַיֹּאמַר הֲלֹא אֵת אֲשֶׁר יָשִׂים יְהוָה בְּפִי אֹתוֹ אֶשְׁמֹר לְדַבֵּר.

13  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 curse me them from thence.’

יג  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו בָּלָק לְךָ נָּא אִתִּי אֶל מָקוֹם אַחֵר אֲשֶׁר תִּרְאֶנּוּ מִשָּׁם אֶפֶס קָצֵהוּ תִרְאֶה וְכֻלּוֹ לֹא תִרְאֶה וְקָבְנוֹ לִי מִשָּׁם.

14  And he took him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar.

יד  וַיִּקָּחֵהוּ שְׂדֵה צֹפִים אֶל רֹאשׁ הַפִּסְגָּה וַיִּבֶן שִׁבְעָה מִזְבְּחֹת וַיַּעַל פָּר וָאַיִל בַּמִּזְבֵּחַ.

15  And he said unto Balak: ‘Stand here by thy burnt-offering, while I go toward a meeting yonder.’

טו  וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל בָּלָק הִתְיַצֵּב כֹּה עַל עֹלָתֶךָ וְאָנֹכִי אִקָּרֶה כֹּה.

16  And Hashem met Bilam, and put a word in his mouth, and said: ‘Return unto Balak, and thus shalt thou speak.’

טז  וַיִּקָּר יְהוָה אֶל בִּלְעָם וַיָּשֶׂם דָּבָר בְּפִיו וַיֹּאמֶר שׁוּב אֶל בָּלָק וְכֹה תְדַבֵּר.

17  And he came to him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt-offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him: ‘What hath Hashem spoken?’

יז  וַיָּבֹא אֵלָיו וְהִנּוֹ נִצָּב עַל עֹלָתוֹ וְשָׂרֵי מוֹאָב אִתּוֹ וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ בָּלָק מַה דִּבֶּר יְהוָה.

18  And he took up his parable, and said: Arise, Balak, and hear; give ear unto me, thou son of Zippor:

יח  וַיִּשָּׂא מְשָׁלוֹ וַיֹּאמַר קוּם בָּלָק וּשְׁמָע הַאֲזִינָה עָדַי בְּנוֹ צִפֹּר.

19  God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: when He hath said, will He not do it? or when He hath spoken, will He not make it good?

יט  לֹא אִישׁ אֵל וִיכַזֵּב וּבֶן אָדָם וְיִתְנֶחָם הַהוּא אָמַר וְלֹא יַעֲשֶׂה וְדִבֶּר וְלֹא יְקִימֶנָּה.

20  Behold, I am bidden to bless; and when He hath blessed, I cannot call it back.

כ  הִנֵּה בָרֵךְ לָקָחְתִּי וּבֵרֵךְ וְלֹא אֲשִׁיבֶנָּה.

21  None hath beheld iniquity in Yakov, neither hath one seen perverseness in Yisrael; Hashem his God is with him, and the shouting for the King is among them.

כא  לֹא הִבִּיט אָוֶן בְּיַעֲקֹב וְלֹא רָאָה עָמָל בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהָיו עִמּוֹ וּתְרוּעַת מֶלֶךְ בּוֹ.

22  God who brought them forth out of Egypt is for them like the lofty horns of the wild-ox.

כב  אֵל מוֹצִיאָם מִמִּצְרָיִם כְּתוֹעֲפֹת רְאֵם לוֹ.

23  For there is no enchantment with Yakov, neither is there any divination with Yisrael; now is it said of Yakov and of Yisrael: ‘What hath God wrought!’

כג  כִּי לֹא נַחַשׁ בְּיַעֲקֹב וְלֹא קֶסֶם בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל כָּעֵת יֵאָמֵר לְיַעֲקֹב וּלְיִשְׂרָאֵל מַה פָּעַל אֵל.

24  Behold a people that riseth up as a lioness, and as a lion doth he lift himself up; he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

כד  הֶן עָם כְּלָבִיא יָקוּם וְכַאֲרִי יִתְנַשָּׂא לֹא יִשְׁכַּב עַד יֹאכַל טֶרֶף וְדַם חֲלָלִים יִשְׁתֶּה.

25  And Balak said unto Bilam: ‘Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.’

כה  וַיֹּאמֶר בָּלָק אֶל בִּלְעָם גַּם קֹב לֹא תִקֳּבֶנּוּ גַּם בָּרֵךְ לֹא תְבָרְכֶנּוּ.

26  But Bilam answered and said unto Balak: ‘Told not I thee, saying: All that Hashem speaketh, that I must do?’

כו  וַיַּעַן בִּלְעָם וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל בָּלָק הֲלֹא דִּבַּרְתִּי אֵלֶיךָ לֵאמֹר כֹּל אֲשֶׁר יְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֹתוֹ אֶעֱשֶׂה.

27  And Balak said unto Bilam: ‘Come now, I will take thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence.’

כז  וַיֹּאמֶר בָּלָק אֶל בִּלְעָם לְכָה נָּא אֶקָּחֲךָ אֶל מָקוֹם אַחֵר אוּלַי יִישַׁר בְּעֵינֵי הָאֱלֹהִים וְקַבֹּתוֹ לִי מִשָּׁם.

28  And Balak took Bilam unto the top of Peor, that looketh down upon the desert.

כח  וַיִּקַּח בָּלָק אֶת בִּלְעָם רֹאשׁ הַפְּעוֹר הַנִּשְׁקָף עַל פְּנֵי הַיְשִׁימֹן.

29  And Bilam said unto Balak: ‘Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.’

כט  וַיֹּאמֶר בִּלְעָם אֶל בָּלָק בְּנֵה לִי בָזֶה שִׁבְעָה מִזְבְּחֹת וְהָכֵן לִי בָּזֶה שִׁבְעָה פָרִים וְשִׁבְעָה אֵילִם.

30  And Balak did as Bilam had said, and offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar.

ל  וַיַּעַשׂ בָּלָק כַּאֲשֶׁר אָמַר בִּלְעָם וַיַּעַל פָּר וָאַיִל בַּמִּזְבֵּחַ.

Please login to get access to the quiz
Numbers 22
Numbers 24

No Comments

The comments below do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and opinions of The Israel Bibleā„¢.

Post a Reply

 

Numbers 23