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Numbers 24:19-22 The Message (MSG)

15-19 Decree of Balaam son of Beor,
        decree of the man with 20/20 vision,
    Decree of the man who hears godly speech,
        who knows what’s going on with the High God,
    Who sees what The Strong God reveals,
        who bows in worship and sees what’s real.
    I see him, but not right now,
        I perceive him, but not right here;
    A star rises from Jacob
        a scepter from Israel,
    Crushing the heads of Moab,
        the skulls of all the noisy windbags;
    I see Edom sold off at auction,
        enemy Seir marked down at the flea market,
        while Israel walks off with the trophies.
    A ruler is coming from Jacob
        who’ll destroy what’s left in the city.

20 Then Balaam spotted Amalek and delivered an oracle-message. He said,

Amalek, you’re in first place among nations right now,
    but you’re going to come in last, ruined.

21-22 He saw the Kenites and delivered his oracle-message to them:

Your home is in a nice secure place,
    like a nest high on the face of a cliff.
Still, you Kenites will look stupid
    when Asshur takes you prisoner.

The Message (MSG)

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