The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 22:22–35

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22  And God's anger was kindled because he went; and the angel of YHWH placed himself in the way for an adversary against him.--Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.--

22  And God was very angry because he went; and the angel of the Lord rose up to withstand him. Now he had mounted his ass, and his two servants were with him.

22  And God was angry. And an Angel of the Lord stood in the way opposite Balaam, who was sitting on the donkey, and he had two servants with him.

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23  And the ass saw the angel of YHWH standing in the way, with his sword drawn in his hand; and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field; and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.

23  The donkey, discerning that the Angel was standing in the way with a drawn sword, turned herself from the road and went through a field. And when Balaam beat her and intended to return her to the path,

23  The she-ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn and held in his hand; and the she-ass turned aside out of the way and went into the field; and Balaam struck the she-ass to turn her into the way.

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24  Then the angel of YHWH stood in a hollow way between the vineyards, a fence being on this side, and a fence on that side.

24  the Angel stood in a narrow place between the two walls, with which the vineyards were enclosed.

24  But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyard, a wall being on this side and a wall on that side.

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25  And the ass saw the angel of YHWH, and she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall; and he smote her again.

25  And the donkey, seeing this, drew herself close to the wall and scraped the foot of the rider. So he beat her again.

26  And the angel of YHWH went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.

26  And, nevertheless, the Angel passing on to a narrow place, where one would not be able to deviate either to the right or to the left, stood to meet him.

27  And the ass saw the angel of YHWH, and she lay down under Balaam; and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with his staff.

27  And when the donkey had seen the Angel standing there, she fell under the feet of the rider, who, being angry, struck her sides more vehemently with a club.

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28  And YHWH opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam: 'What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?'

28  And God opened the mouth of the ass, and she says to Balaam, What have I done to thee, that thou hast smitten me this third time?

28  And the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said: “What have I done to you? Why do strike you me, behold now, for the third time?”

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29  And Balaam said unto the ass: 'Because thou hast mocked me; I would there were a sword in my hand, for now I had killed thee.'

29  Balaam responded, “Because you have deserved it, and you have mistreated me. If only I had a sword, so that I might pierce you.”

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30  And the ass said unto Balaam: 'Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden all thy life long unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee?' And he said: 'Nay.'

30  The donkey said: “Am not I your animal, on which you have always been accustomed to sit, even until this present day? Tell me, when did I ever do the same thing to you.” But he said, “Never.”

30  And the she-ass said to Balaam, Am I not your she-ass upon which you have ridden from your youth even to this day? Have I ever behaved in this manner toward you? And he said to her, No.

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31  Then YHWH opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the YHWH standing in the way, with his sword drawn in his hand; and he bowed his head, and fell on his face.

31  Immediately, the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the Angel standing in the way with a drawn sword, and he reverenced him prone on the ground.

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32  And the angel of YHWH said unto him: 'Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I am come forth for an adversary, because thy way is contrary unto me;

32  And the angel of God said to him, Why hast thou smitten thine ass this third time? and, behold, I came out to withstand thee, for thy way was not seemly before me; and when the ass saw me, she turned away from me this third time.

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33  and the ass saw me, and turned aside before me these three times; unless she had turned aside from me, surely now I had even slain thee, and saved her alive.'

33  And if she had not turned out of the way, surely now, I should have slain thee, and should have saved her alive.

33  And unless the donkey had turned aside from the way, allowing a place for my opposition, I would have killed you, and she would have lived.”

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34  And Balaam said unto the angel of YHWH: 'I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me; now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back.'

34  And Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, I have sinned, for I did not know that thou wert standing opposite in the way to meet me; and now if it shall not be pleasing to thee for me to go on, I will return.

34  Balaam said: “I have sinned, not knowing that you stood against me. And now, if it displeases you for me to continue on, I will return.”

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35  And the angel of YHWH said unto Balaam: 'Go with the men; but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak.' So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

35  The Angel said, “Go with them, but be careful not to speak anything other than what I shall instruct you.” And so, he went with the leaders.