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19 God is not a human male—
    he doesn’t lie,
nor is he a human being—
    he never vacillates.
Once he speaks up,
    he’s going to act, isn’t he?
Once he makes a promise,
    he’ll fulfill it, won’t he?

20 Look! I’ve received a blessing,
    and so I will bless.
        I won’t withdraw it.
21 He has not responded to iniquity in Jacob
    or gazed at mischief in Israel.
The Lord his God is with them,
    and the triumphant cry of a king is among them.

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19 God is not human,(A) that he should lie,(B)
    not a human being, that he should change his mind.(C)
Does he speak and then not act?
    Does he promise(D) and not fulfill?
20 I have received a command to bless;(E)
    he has blessed,(F) and I cannot change it.(G)

21 “No misfortune is seen in Jacob,(H)
    no misery observed[a] in Israel.(I)
The Lord their God is with them;(J)
    the shout of the King(K) is among them.

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 23:21 Or He has not looked on Jacob’s offenses / or on the wrongs found

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