The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 23:1–3

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And Balaam said unto Balak: 'Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.'

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And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.

And when he had acted according to the words of Balaam, they placed a calf and a ram together on each altar.

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And Balaam said unto Balak: 'Stand by thy burnt-offering, and I will go; peradventure YHWH will come to meet me; and whatsoever He showeth me I will tell thee.' And he went to a bare height.

And Balaam said to Balac, Stand by thy sacrifice, and I will go and see if God will appear to me and meet me, and the word which he shall shew me, I will report to thee. And Balac stood by his sacrifice.

And Balaam said to Balak: “Stand for a little while next to your holocaust, until I go, to see if perhaps the Lord will meet with me. And whatever he will command, I shall speak to you.”