Balaam's Oracles - Series(1)

Tune: St Agnes

('Jesus, the very thought of thee')

Numbers 23 v.8-10


Note: Balaam was an Old Testament prophet.

King Balak of Moab (one of Israel's enemies) hired him to curse the people of Israel.

But Balaam spoke prophetic blessings of them instead, in a series of 4 'Oracles'


How shall I curse whom God has not

Cursed, this not be my lot

Nor how shall I defy whom He

Has not defied, here see


From the top of the rocks I view

Israel, I see anew

From the hills I do them behold

Blessings on them are told


The people, they shall dwell alone

Solitary be known

Not reckon selves among nations

But they the holy ones


Who can count them all, e'en a part?

Or quarter count, where start?

Let me die death of the righteous

My last end be like his! (the Israelites)




  • Nicholas Browning

    Well this one's pretty serious. Always a good bit of knowledge, I've never read more than 20 pages of the Bible you see.

    • orchidee

      Thanks N. Well, there's more 'serious' passages than this - fire and brimstone verses too!

      • Nicholas Browning

        I've heard some of the stories, and some of them are pretty cool. Not quite like the ones you write though.

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      • Michael Edwards

        Nice one Orchi - be proud of your oracles.

        • orchidee

          Thanks M. You mean a Shopping Centre in our town of the same name?!

        • Neville

          there's a lot of cursing going on here.. I hope Fido's on red alert..

          • orchidee

            Thanks N. Erm yes. 'Swearing' is more of taking an oath, I think, while cursing is ******** and all that! Though it means 'putting a curse on' here, I would say.

            • Neville

              well I'll be blowed....

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            • ANGELA & BRIAN

              THANKS UNCLE STEVE : This is one of our fave Hymns : great message ! Great Prophet Baalam : He chose to obey God rather than the KING ! Memories of Eric Liddell (Chariots of Fire !) Were you & Andy at the 1924 Olympics in Paris ?
              Blessings & Love to You & Fido :
              ANGELA & BRIAN 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡

              • orchidee

                Thanks A&B. Yes, we were at the 1924 Olympics. We were - 'Know them? We were in them!'

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