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Frustrated Wickedness

Numbers 23:25-24:1

Author: David Roth

25  And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all. 26  But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do? 27  And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence. 28  And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh toward Jeshimon. 29  And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams. 30  And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on [every] altar. 24:1 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness."

Balak's frustration is evident in the beginning of this passage. Having twice taken Balaam to a place where he could better see Israel and curse them, he had not received the results that he was expecting and for which he was willing to pay a very high price. In fact, Balaam had told him the opposite of what he wanted to hear... Israel was blessed. Now he says to Balaam, "If you will not curse them, whatever you do, please do not bless them!" MORE...


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