Reading for Feb 22 (WEB)
NUM 23:14 He took him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered up a bull and a ram on every altar.
NUM 23:15 He said to Balak, “Stand here by your burnt offering, while I meet God over there.”
NUM 23:16 Yahweh met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, “Return to Balak, and say this.”
NUM 23:17 He came to him, and behold, he was standing by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. Balak said to him, “What has Yahweh spoken?”
NUM 23:18 He took up his parable, and said, “Rise up, Balak, and hear! Listen to me, you son of Zippor.
NUM 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not make it good?
NUM 23:20 Behold, I have received a command to bless. He has blessed, and I can’t reverse it.
NUM 23:21 He has not seen iniquity in Jacob. Neither has he seen perverseness in Israel. Yahweh his God is with him. The shout of a king is among them.
NUM 23:22 God brings them out of Egypt. He has as it were the strength of the wild ox.
NUM 23:23 Surely there is no enchantment with Jacob; Neither is there any divination with Israel. Now it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, ‘What has God done!’
NUM 23:24 Behold, a people rises up as a lioness. As a lion he lifts himself up. He shall not lie down until he eats of the prey, and drinks the blood of the slain.”
NUM 23:25 Balak said to Balaam, “Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.”
NUM 23:26 But Balaam answered Balak, “Didn’t I tell you, saying, ‘All that Yahweh speaks, that I must do?’”
NUM 23:27 Balak said to Balaam, “Come now, I will take you to another place; perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me from there.”
NUM 23:28 Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, that looks down on the desert.
NUM 23:29 Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me here.”
NUM 23:30 Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered up a bull and a ram on every altar.
NUM 24:1 When Balaam saw that it pleased Yahweh to bless Israel, he didn’t go, as at the other times, to use divination, but he set his face toward the wilderness.
NUM 24:2 Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came on him.
NUM 24:3 He took up his parable, and said, “Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eyes are open says;
NUM 24:4 he says, who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down, and having his eyes open:
NUM 24:5 How goodly are your tents, Jacob, and your dwellings, Israel!
NUM 24:6 As valleys they are spread out, as gardens by the riverside, as aloes which Yahweh has planted, as cedar trees beside the waters.
NUM 24:7 Water shall flow from his buckets. His seed shall be in many waters. His king shall be higher than Agag. His kingdom shall be exalted.
NUM 24:8 God brings him out of Egypt. He has as it were the strength of the wild ox. He shall consume the nations his adversaries, shall break their bones in pieces, and pierce them with his arrows.
NUM 24:9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, as a lioness; who shall rouse him up? Everyone who blesses you is blessed. Everyone who curses you is cursed.”
NUM 24:10 Balak’s anger burned against Balaam, and he struck his hands together. Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and, behold, you have altogether blessed them these three times.
NUM 24:11 Therefore, flee to your place, now! I thought to promote you to great honor; but, behold, Yahweh has kept you back from honor.”
NUM 24:12 Balaam said to Balak, “Didn’t I also tell your messengers whom you sent to me, saying,
NUM 24:13 ‘If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I can’t go beyond Yahweh’s word, to do either good or bad from my own mind. I will say what Yahweh says’?
NUM 24:14 Now, behold, I go to my people. Come, I will inform you what this people shall do to your people in the latter days.”
NUM 24:15 He took up his parable, and said, “Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eyes are open says;
NUM 24:16 he says, who hears the words of God, knows the knowledge of the Most High, and who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, and having his eyes open:
NUM 24:17 I see him, but not now. I see him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob. A scepter will rise out of Israel, and shall strike through the corners of Moab, and crush all the sons of Sheth.
NUM 24:18 Edom shall be a possession. Seir, his enemies, also shall be a possession, while Israel does valiantly.
NUM 24:19 Out of Jacob shall one have dominion, and shall destroy the remnant from the city.”
NUM 24:20 He looked at Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, “Amalek was the first of the nations, But his latter end shall come to destruction.”
NUM 24:21 He looked at the Kenite, and took up his parable, and said, “Your dwelling place is strong. Your nest is set in the rock.
NUM 24:22 Nevertheless Kain shall be wasted, until Asshur carries you away captive.”
NUM 24:23 He took up his parable, and said, “Alas, who shall live when God does this?
NUM 24:24 But ships shall come from the coast of Kittim. They shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber. He also shall come to destruction.”
NUM 24:25 Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.
NUM 25:1 Israel stayed in Shittim; and the people began to play the prostitute with the daughters of Moab;
NUM 25:2 for they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods. The people ate and bowed down to their gods.
NUM 25:3 Israel joined himself to Baal Peor, and Yahweh’s anger burned against Israel.
NUM 25:4 Yahweh said to Moses, “Take all the chiefs of the people, and hang them up to Yahweh before the sun, that the fierce anger of Yahweh may turn away from Israel.”
NUM 25:5 Moses said to the judges of Israel, “Everyone kill his men who have joined themselves to Baal Peor.”
NUM 25:6 Behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought to his brothers a Midianite woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, while they were weeping at the door of the Tent of Meeting.
NUM 25:7 When Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from the middle of the congregation, and took a spear in his hand.
NUM 25:8 He went after the man of Israel into the pavilion, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her body. So the plague was stopped among the children of Israel.
NUM 25:9 Those who died by the plague were twenty-four thousand.
NUM 25:10 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
NUM 25:11 “Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, in that he was jealous with my jealousy among them, so that I didn’t consume the children of Israel in my jealousy.
NUM 25:12 Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace.
NUM 25:13 It shall be to him, and to his offspring after him, the covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was jealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.’”
NUM 25:14 Now the name of the man of Israel that was slain, who was slain with the Midianite woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a fathers’ house among the Simeonites.
NUM 25:15 The name of the Midianite woman who was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur. He was head of the people of a fathers’ house in Midian.
NUM 25:16 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
NUM 25:17 “Harass the Midianites, and strike them;
NUM 25:18 for they harassed you with their wiles, wherein they have deceived you in the matter of Peor, and in the incident regarding Cozbi, the daughter of the prince of Midian, their sister, who was slain on the day of the plague in the matter of Peor.”
NUM 26:1 After the plague, Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying,
NUM 26:2 “Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, by their fathers’ houses, all who are able to go out to war in Israel.”
NUM 26:3 Moses and Eleazar the priest spoke with them in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying,
NUM 26:4 “Take a census, from twenty years old and upward, as Yahweh commanded Moses and the children of Israel.” These are those that came out of the land of Egypt.
NUM 26:5 Reuben, the firstborn of Israel; the sons of Reuben: of Hanoch, the family of the Hanochites; of Pallu, the family of the Palluites;
NUM 26:6 of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites; of Carmi, the family of the Carmites.
NUM 26:7 These are the families of the Reubenites; and those who were counted of them were forty-three thousand seven hundred thirty.
NUM 26:8 The son of Pallu: Eliab.
NUM 26:9 The sons of Eliab: Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. These are that Dathan and Abiram who were called by the congregation, who rebelled against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah when they rebelled against Yahweh;
NUM 26:10 and the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah when that company died; at the time the fire devoured two hundred fifty men, and they became a sign.
NUM 26:11 Notwithstanding, the sons of Korah didn’t die.
NUM 26:12 The sons of Simeon after their families: of Nemuel, the family of the Nemuelites; of Jamin, the family of the Jaminites; of Jachin, the family of the Jachinites;
NUM 26:13 of Zerah, the family of the Zerahites; of Shaul, the family of the Shaulites.
NUM 26:14 These are the families of the Simeonites, twenty-two thousand two hundred.
NUM 26:15 The sons of Gad after their families: of Zephon, the family of the Zephonites; of Haggi, the family of the Haggites; of Shuni, the family of the Shunites;
NUM 26:16 of Ozni, the family of the Oznites; of Eri, the family of the Erites;
NUM 26:17 of Arod, the family of the Arodites; of Areli, the family of the Arelites.
NUM 26:18 These are the families of the sons of Gad according to those who were counted of them, forty thousand and five hundred.
NUM 26:19 The sons of Judah: Er and Onan. Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan.
NUM 26:20 The sons of Judah after their families were: of Shelah, the family of the Shelanites; of Perez, the family of the Perezites; of Zerah, the family of the Zerahites.
NUM 26:21 The sons of Perez were: of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites; of Hamul, the family of the Hamulites.
NUM 26:22 These are the families of Judah according to those who were counted of them, seventy-six thousand five hundred.
NUM 26:23 The sons of Issachar after their families: of Tola, the family of the Tolaites; of Puvah, the family of the Punites;
NUM 26:24 of Jashub, the family of the Jashubites; of Shimron, the family of the Shimronites.
NUM 26:25 These are the families of Issachar according to those who were counted of them, sixty-four thousand three hundred.