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18 Then Balaam uttered his oracle, saying:

‘Rise, Balak, and hear;
    listen to me, O son of Zippor:
19 God is not a human being, that he should lie,
    or a mortal, that he should change his mind.
Has he promised, and will he not do it?
    Has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it?
20 See, I received a command to bless;
    he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.

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