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Moab became terrified because there were so many people. Moab was filled with dread because of Bnei-Yisrael. Moab said to the elders of Midian, “The multitude will lick up everything around us like the ox licks up the grass of the field.”

Now Balak son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time. He sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor, at Pethor near the River[a] in his native land, saying to him, “Look now, a people has come out of Egypt. See now, they cover the surface of the earth and are settling beside me.

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 22:5 i.e., the Euphrates; cf. 2 Pet. 2:15.

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