No Ammonite or Moabite may enter the Lord’s assembly;(A) none of their descendants, even to the tenth generation, may ever enter the Lord’s assembly. This is because they did not meet you with food and water on the journey after you came out of Egypt, and because Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram-naharaim was hired to curse you.(B) Yet the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam, but he turned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God loves(C) you.(D)

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Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab,(A) set out to fight against Israel. He sent for Balaam son of Beor to curse you, 10 but I would not listen to Balaam. Instead, he repeatedly blessed you, and I rescued you from him.

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My people,
remember what King Balak of Moab(A) proposed,
what Balaam son of Beor answered him,(B)
and what happened from the Acacia Grove[a](C) to Gilgal(D)
so that you may acknowledge
the Lord’s righteous acts.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. 6:5 Or from Shittim

15 They have gone astray by abandoning the straight path(A) and have followed the path of Balaam,(B) the son of Bosor,[a] who loved the wages of wickedness(C) 16 but received a rebuke for his lawlessness: A speechless donkey spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. 2:15 Other mss read Beor

11 Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain,(A) have plunged into Balaam’s error(B) for profit, and have perished in Korah’s rebellion.(C)

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14 But I have a few things against you. You have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam,(A) who taught Balak to place a stumbling block[a] in front of the Israelites: to eat meat sacrificed to idols(B) and to commit sexual immorality.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. 2:14 Or to place a trap

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