Balac, king of Moab, sendeth twice for Balaam to curse Israel. In his way Balaam is rebuked by an angel.
 And they went forward and encamped in the plains of Moab, over against where Jericho is situate beyond the Jordan.
Profectique castrametati sunt in campestribus Moab, ubi trans Jordanem Jericho sita est.
 And Balac the son of Sephor, seeing all that Israel had done to the Amorrhite,
Videns autem Balac filius Sephor omnia quae fecerat Israel Amorrhaeo,
 And that the Moabites were in great fear of him, and were not able to sustain his assault,
et quod pertimuissent eum Moabitae, et impetum ejus ferre non possent,
 He said to the elders of Madian: So will this people destroy all that dwell in our borders, as the ox is wont to eat the grass to the very roots. Now he was at that time king in Moab.
dixit ad majores natu Madian : Ita delebit hic populus omnes, qui in nostris finibus commorantur, quomodo solet bos herbas usque ad radices carpere. Ipse erat eo tempore rex in Moab.
 He sent therefore messengers to Balaam the son of Beer, a soothsayer, who dwelt by the river of the land of the children of Ammon, to call him, and to say: Behold a people is come out of Egypt, that hath covered the face of the earth, sitting over against me.
Misit ergo nuntios ad Balaam filium Beor ariolum, qui habitabat super flumen terrae filiorum Ammon, ut vocarent eum, et dicerent : Ecce egressus est populus ex Aegypto, qui operuit superficiem terrae, sedens contra me.
 Come therefore, and curse this people, because it is mightier than I: if by any means I may beat them and drive them out of my land: for I know that he whom thou shalt bless is blessed, and he whom thou shalt curse is cursed.
Veni igitur, et maledic populo huic, quia fortior me est : si quomodo possim percutere et ejicere eum de terra mea. Novi enim quod benedictus sit cui benedixeris, et maledictus in quem maledicta congesseris.
 And the ancients of Moab, and the elders of Madian, went with the price of divination in their hands. And when they were come to Balaam, and had told him all the words of Balac:
Perrexeruntque seniores Moab, et majores natu Madian, habentes divinationis pretium in manibus. Cumque venissent ad Balaam, et narrassent ei omnia verba Balac,
 He answered: Tarry here this night, and I will answer whatsoever the Lord shall say to me. And while they stayed with Balaam, God came and said to him:
ille respondit : Manete hic nocte, et respondebo quidquid mihi dixerit Dominus. Manentibus illis apud Balaam, venit Deus, et ait ad eum :
 What mean these men that are with thee?
Quid sibi volunt homines isti apud te?
 He answered: Balac the son of Sephor king of the Moabites hath sent to me,
Respondit : Balac filius Sephor rex Moabitarum misit ad me,
 Saying: Behold a people that is come out of Egypt, hath covered the face of the land: come and curse them, if by any means I may fight with them and drive them away.
dicens : Ecce populus qui egressus est de Aegypto, operuit superficiem terrae : veni, et maledic ei, si quomodo possim pugnans abigere eum.
 And God said to Balaam: Thou shalt not go with them, nor shalt thou curse the people: because it is blessed.
Dixitque Deus ad Balaam : Noli ire cum eis, neque maledicas populo : quia benedictus est.
 And he rose in the morning and said to the princes: Go into your country, because the Lord hath forbid me to come with you.
Qui mane consurgens dixit ad principes : Ite in terram vestram, quia prohibuit me Dominus venire vobiscum.
 The princes returning, said to Balac: Balaam would not come with us.
Reversi principes dixerunt ad Balac : Noluit Balaam venire nobiscum.
 Then he sent many more and more noble than he had sent before:
Rursum ille multo plures et nobiliores quam ante miserat, misit.
 Who, when they were come to Balaam, said: Thus saith Balac the son of Sephor, Delay not to come to me:
Qui cum venissent ad Balaam, dixerunt : Sic dicit Balac filius Sephor : Ne cuncteris venire ad me :
 For I am ready to honour thee, and will give thee whatsoever thou wilt: come and curse this people.
paratus sum honorare te, et quidquid volueris, dabo tibi : veni, et maledic populo isti.
 Balaam answered: If Balac would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot alter the word of the Lord my God, to speak either more or less.
Respondit Balaam : Si dederit mihi Balac plenam domum suam argenti et auri, non potero immutare verbum Domini Dei mei, ut vel plus, vel minus loquar.
 I pray you to stay here this night also, that I may know what the Lord will answer me once more.
Obsecro ut hic maneatis etiam hac nocte, et scire queam quid mihi rursum respondeat Dominus.
 God therefore came to Balaam in the night, and said to him: If these men be come to call thee, arise and go with them: yet so, that thou do what I shall command thee.
Venit ergo Deus ad Balaam nocte, et ait ei : Si vocare te venerunt homines isti, surge, et vade cum eis : ita dumtaxat, ut quod tibi praecepero, facias.
 Balaam arose in the morning, and saddling his ass went with them.
Surrexit Balaam mane, et strata asina sua profectus est cum eis.
 And God was angry. And an angel of the Lord stood in the way against Balaam, who sat on the ass, and had two servants with him.
Et iratus est Deus. Stetitque angelus Domini in via contra Balaam, qui insidebat asinae, et duos pueros habebat secum.
 The ass seeing the angel standing in the way, with a drawn sword, turned herself out of the way, and went into the field. And when Balaam beat her, and had a mind to bring her again to the way,
Cernens asina angelum stantem in via, evaginato gladio, avertit se de itinere, et ibat per agrum. Quam cum verberaret Balaam, et vellet ad semitam reducere,
 The angel stood in a narrow place between two walls, wherewith the vineyards were enclosed.
stetit angelus in angustiis duarum maceriarum, quibus vineae cingebantur.
 And the ass seeing him, thrust herself close to the wall, and bruised the foot of the rider. But he beat her again:
Quem videns asina, junxit se parieti, et attrivit sedentis pedem. At ille iterum verberabat eam :
 And nevertheless the angel going on to a narrow place, where there was no way to turn aside either to the right hand or to the left, stood to meet him.
et nihilominus angelus ad locum angustum transiens, ubi nec ad dexteram, nec ad sinistram poterat deviare, obvius stetit.
 And when the ass saw the angel standing, she fell under the feet of the rider: who being angry beat her sides more vehemently with a staff.
Cumque vidisset asina stantem angelum, concidit sub pedibus sedentis : qui iratus, vehementius caedebat fuste latera ejus.
 And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said: What have I done to thee? Why strikest thou me, lo, now this third time?
Aperuitque Dominus os asinae, et locuta est : Quid feci tibi? cur percutis me ecce jam tertio?
 Balaam answered: Because thou hast deserved it, and hast served me ill: I would I had a sword that I might kill thee.
Respondit Balaam : Quia commeruisti, et illusisti mihi : utinam haberem gladium, ut te percuterem!
 The ass said: Am not I thy beast, on which thou hast been always accustomed to ride until this present day? tell me if I ever did the like thing to thee. But he said: Never.
Dixit asina : Nonne animal tuum sum, cui semper sedere consuevisti usque in praesentem diem? dic quid simile umquam fecerim tibi. At ille ait : Numquam.
 Forthwith the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel standing in the way with a drawn sword, and he worshipped him falling flat on the ground.
Protinus aperuit Dominus oculos Balaam, et vidit angelum stantem in via, evaginato gladio, adoravitque eum pronus in terram.
 And the angel said to him: Why beatest thou thy ass these three times? I am come to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse, and contrary to me:
Cui angelus : Cur, inquit, tertio verberas asinam tuam? ego veni ut adversarer tibi, quia perversa est via tua, mihique contraria :
 And unless the ass had turned out of the way, giving place to me who stood against thee, I had slain thee, and she should have lived.
et nisi asina declinasset de via, dans locum resistenti, te occidissem, et illa viveret.
 Balaam said: I have sinned, not knowing that thou didst stand against me: and now if it displease thee that I go, I will return.
Dixit Balaam : Peccavi, nesciens quod tu stares contra me : et nunc si displicet tibi ut vadam, revertar.
 The angel said: Go with these men, and see thou speak no other thing than what I shall command thee. He went therefore with the princes.
Ait angelus : Vade cum istis, et cave ne aliud quam praecepero tibi loquaris. Ivit igitur cum principibus.
 And when Balac heard it he came forth to meet him in a town of the Moabites, that is situate in the uttermost borders of Arnon.
Quod cum audisset Balac, egressus est in occursum ejus in oppido Moabitarum, quod situm est in extremis finibus Arnon.
 And he said to Balaam: I sent messengers to call thee, why didst thou not come immediately to me? was it because I am not able to reward thy coming?
Dixitque ad Balaam : Misi nuntios ut vocarent te : cur non statim venisti ad me? an quia mercedem adventui tuo reddere nequeo?
 He answered him: Lo, here I am: shall I have power to speak any other thing but that which God shall put in my mouth?
Cui ille respondit : Ecce adsum : numquid loqui potero aliud, nisi quod Deus posuerit in ore meo?
 So they went on together, and came into a city, that was in the uttermost borders of his kingdom.
Perrexerunt ergo simul, et venerunt in urbem, quae in extremis regni ejus finibus erat.
 And when Balac had killed oxen and sheep, he sent presents to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.
Cumque occidisset Balac boves et oves, misit ad Balaam, et principes qui cum eo erant, munera.
 And when morning was come, he brought him to the high places of Baal, and he beheld the uttermost part of the people.
Mane autem facto, duxit eum ad excelsa Baal, et intuitus est extremam partem populi.