اَلْعَدَد 22

وَٱرْتَحَلَ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ وَنَزَلُوا فِي عَرَبَاتِ مُوآبَ مِنْ عَبْرِ أُرْدُنِّ أَرِيحَا. ١ 1
The people of Israel traveled on until they camped in the plains of Moab near Jericho, on the other side of the Jordan River from the city.
وَلَمَّا رَأَى بَالَاقُ بْنُ صِفُّورَ جَمِيعَ مَا فَعَلَ إِسْرَائِيلُ بِٱلْأَمُورِيِّينَ، ٢ 2
Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
فَزِعَ مُوآبُ مِنَ ٱلشَّعْبِ جِدًّا لِأَنَّهُ كَثِيرٌ، وَضَجِرَ مُوآبُ مِنْ قِبَلَ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ. ٣ 3
Moab was very afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was in terror of the people of Israel.
فَقَالَ مُوآبُ لِشُيُوخِ مِدْيَانَ: «ٱلْآنَ يَلْحَسُ ٱلْجُمْهُورُ كُلَّ مَا حَوْلَنَا كَمَا يَلْحَسُ ٱلثَّوْرُ خُضْرَةَ ٱلْحَقْلِ». وَكَانَ بَالَاقُ بْنُ صِفُّورَ مَلِكًا لِمُوآبَ فِي ذَلِكَ ٱلزَّمَانِ. ٤ 4
The king of Moab said to the elders of Midian, “This multitude will eat up all that is around us as an ox eats up the grass in a field.” Now Balak son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time.
فَأَرْسَلَ رُسُلًا إِلَى بَلْعَامَ بْنِ بَعُورَ، إِلَى فَتُورَ ٱلَّتِي عَلَى ٱلنَّهْرِ فِي أَرْضِ بَنِي شَعْبِهِ لِيَدْعُوَهُ قَائِلًا: «هُوَذَا شَعْبٌ قَدْ خَرَجَ مِنْ مِصْرَ. هُوَذَا قَدْ غَشَّى وَجْهَ ٱلْأَرْضِ، وَهُوَ مُقِيمٌ مُقَابِلِي. ٥ 5
He sent messengers to Balaam son of Beor, at Pethor which is by the Euphrates River, in the land of his nation and his people. He called him and said, “Look, a nation has come here from Egypt. They cover the face of the earth and they are right now next to me.
فَٱلْآنَ تَعَالَ وَٱلْعَنْ لِي هَذَا ٱلشَّعْبَ، لِأَنَّهُ أَعْظَمُ مِنِّي، لَعَلَّهُ يُمْكِنُنَا أَنْ نَكْسِرَهُ فَأَطْرُدَهُ مِنَ ٱلْأَرْضِ، لِأَنِّي عَرَفْتُ أَنَّ ٱلَّذِي تُبَارِكُهُ مُبَارَكٌ وَٱلَّذِي تَلْعَنُهُ مَلْعُونٌ». ٦ 6
So please come now and curse this nation for me, because they are too strong for me. Perhaps then I can manage to attack them and drive them out of the land. I know that whomever you bless will be blessed, and whomever you curse will be cursed.”
فَٱنْطَلَقَ شُيُوخُ مُوآبَ وَشُيُوخُ مِدْيَانَ، وَحُلْوَانُ ٱلْعِرَافَةِ فِي أَيْدِيهِمْ، وَأَتَوْا إِلَى بَلْعَامَ وَكَلَّمُوهُ بِكَلَامِ بَالَاقَ. ٧ 7
So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian left, taking payment for divination. They came to Balaam and spoke to him Balak's words.
فَقَالَ لَهُمْ: «بِيتُوا هُنَا ٱللَّيْلَةَ فَأَرُدَّ عَلَيْكُمْ جَوَابًا كَمَا يُكَلِّمُنِي ٱلرَّبُّ». فَمَكَثَ رُؤَسَاءُ مُوآبَ عِنْدَ بَلْعَامَ. ٨ 8
Balaam said to them, “Stay here tonight. I will bring you what Yahweh says to me.” So the leaders of Moab stayed with Balaam that night.
فَأَتَى ٱللهُ إِلَى بَلْعَامَ وَقَالَ: «مَنْ هُمْ هَؤُلَاءِ ٱلرِّجَالُ ٱلَّذِينَ عِنْدَكَ؟» ٩ 9
God came to Balaam and said, “Who are these men who came to you?”
فَقَالَ بَلْعَامُ لِلهِ: «بَالَاقُ بْنُ صِفُّورَ مَلِكُ مُوآبَ قَدْ أَرْسَلَ إِلَيَّ يَقُولُ: ١٠ 10
Balaam answered God, “Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent them to me. He said,
هُوَذَا ٱلشَّعْبُ ٱلْخَارِجُ مِنْ مِصْرَ قَدْ غَشَّى وَجْهَ ٱلْأَرْضِ. تَعَالَ ٱلْآنَ ٱلْعَنْ لِي إِيَّاهُ، لَعَلِّي أَقْدِرُ أَنْ أُحَارِبَهُ وَأَطْرُدَهُ». ١١ 11
'Look, the people who have come from Egypt cover the surface of my land. Now come and curse them for me. Perhaps I will manage to fight them and drive them out.'”
فَقَالَ ٱللهُ لِبَلْعَامَ: «لَا تَذْهَبْ مَعَهُمْ وَلَا تَلْعَنِ ٱلشَّعْبَ، لِأَنَّهُ مُبَارَكٌ». ١٢ 12
God replied to Balaam, “You must not go with those men. You must not curse the people of Israel because they have been blessed.”
فَقَامَ بَلْعَامُ صَبَاحًا وَقَالَ لِرُؤَسَاءِ بَالَاقَ: «ٱنْطَلِقُوا إِلَى أَرْضِكُمْ لِأَنَّ ٱلرَّبَّ أَبَى أَنْ يَسْمَحَ لِي بِٱلذَّهَابِ مَعَكُمْ». ١٣ 13
Balaam rose up in the morning and said to Balak's leaders, “Go back to your land because Yahweh refuses to allow me to go with you.”
فَقَامَ رُؤَسَاءُ مُوآبَ وَأَتَوْا إِلَى بَالَاقَ وَقَالُوا: «أَبَى بَلْعَامُ أَنْ يَأْتِيَ مَعَنَا». ١٤ 14
So the leaders of Moab left and went back to Balak. They said, “Balaam refused to come with us.”
فَعَادَ بَالَاقُ وَأَرْسَلَ أَيْضًا رُؤَسَاءَ أَكْثَرَ وَأَعْظَمَ مِنْ أُولَئِكَ. ١٥ 15
Balak sent again more leaders who were even more honored than the first group.
فَأَتَوْا إِلَى بَلْعَامَ وَقَالُوا لَهُ: «هَكَذَا قَالَ بَالَاقُ بْنُ صِفُّورَ: لَا تَمْتَنِعْ مِنَ ٱلْإِتْيَانِ إِلَيَّ، ١٦ 16
They came to Balaam and said to him, “Balak son of Zippor says this, 'Please let nothing stop you from coming to me,
لِأَنِّي أُكْرِمُكَ إِكْرَامًا عَظِيمًا، وَكُلَّ مَا تَقُولُ لِي أَفْعَلُهُ. فَتَعَالَ ٱلْآنَ ٱلْعَنْ لِي هَذَا ٱلشَّعْبَ». ١٧ 17
because I will pay you extremely well and give you great honor, and I will do whatever you tell me to do. So please come and curse this people for me.'”
فَأَجَابَ بَلْعَامُ وَقَالَ لِعَبِيدِ بَالَاقَ: «وَلَوْ أَعْطَانِي بَالَاقُ مِلْءَ بَيْتِهِ فِضَّةً وَذَهَبًا لَا أَقْدِرُ أَنْ أَتَجَاوَزَ قَوْلَ ٱلرَّبِّ إِلَهِي لِأَعْمَلَ صَغِيرًا أَوْ كَبِيرًا. ١٨ 18
Balaam answered and said to Balak's men, “Even if Balak would give me his palace full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of Yahweh, my God, and do less or more than what he tells me.
فَٱلْآنَ ٱمْكُثُوا هُنَا أَنْتُمْ أَيْضًا هَذِهِ ٱللَّيْلَةَ لِأَعْلَمَ مَاذَا يَعُودُ ٱلرَّبُّ يُكَلِّمُنِي بِهِ». ١٩ 19
Now then, please wait here tonight too, so that I may learn anything further that Yahweh says to me.”
فَأَتَى ٱللهُ إِلَى بَلْعَامَ لَيْلًا وَقَالَ لَهُ: «إِنْ أَتَى ٱلرِّجَالُ لِيَدْعُوكَ فَقُمِ ٱذْهَبْ مَعَهُمْ، إِنَّمَا تَعْمَلُ ٱلْأَمْرَ ٱلَّذِي أُكَلِّمُكَ بِهِ فَقَطْ». ٢٠ 20
God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “Since these men have come to summon you, get up and go with them. But only do what I tell you to do.”
فَقَامَ بَلْعَامُ صَبَاحًا وَشَدَّ عَلَى أَتَانِهِ وَٱنْطَلَقَ مَعَ رُؤَسَاءِ مُوآبَ. ٢١ 21
Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the leaders of Moab.
فَحَمِيَ غَضَبُ ٱللهِ لِأَنَّهُ مُنْطَلِقٌ، وَوَقَفَ مَلَاكُ ٱلرَّبِّ فِي ٱلطَّرِيقِ لِيُقَاوِمَهُ وَهُوَ رَاكِبٌ عَلَى أَتَانِهِ وَغُلَامَاهُ مَعَهُ. ٢٢ 22
But because he went, God's anger was kindled. The angel of Yahweh placed himself in the road as someone hostile to Balaam, who was riding on his donkey. Balaam's two servants were also with him.
فَأَبْصَرَتِ ٱلْأَتَانُ مَلَاكَ ٱلرَّبِّ وَاقِفًا فِي ٱلطَّرِيقِ وَسَيْفُهُ مَسْلُولٌ فِي يَدِهِ، فَمَالَتِ ٱلْأَتَانُ عَنِ ٱلطَّرِيقِ وَمَشَتْ فِي ٱلْحَقْلِ. فَضَرَبَ بَلْعَامُ ٱلْأَتَانَ لِيَرُدَّهَا إِلَى ٱلطَّرِيقِ. ٢٣ 23
The donkey saw the angel of Yahweh standing in the road with his drawn sword in his hand. The donkey turned off the road and went into a field. Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back to the road.
ثُمَّ وَقَفَ مَلَاكُ ٱلرَّبِّ فِي خَنْدَقٍ لِلْكُرُومِ، لَهُ حَائِطٌ مِنْ هُنَا وَحَائِطٌ مِنْ هُنَاكَ. ٢٤ 24
Then the angel of Yahweh stood in a narrow part of the road between some vineyards, with a wall on his right side and another wall on his left side.
فَلَمَّا أَبْصَرَتِ ٱلْأَتَانُ مَلَاكَ ٱلرَّبِّ زَحَمَتِ ٱلْحَائِطَ، وَضَغَطَتْ رِجْلَ بَلْعَامَ بِٱلْحَائِطِ، فَضَرَبَهَا أَيْضًا. ٢٥ 25
The donkey saw the angel of Yahweh again. She went against the wall and pinned Balaam's foot against it. Balaam struck her again.
ثُمَّ ٱجْتَازَ مَلَاكُ ٱلرَّبِّ أَيْضًا وَوَقَفَ فِي مَكَانٍ ضَيِّقٍ حَيْثُ لَيْسَ سَبِيلٌ لِلنُّكُوبِ يَمِينًا أَوْ شِمَالًا. ٢٦ 26
The angel of Yahweh went further and stood in another narrow place where there was no way to turn to either side.
فَلَمَّا أَبْصَرَتِ ٱلْأَتَانُ مَلَاكَ ٱلرَّبِّ، رَبَضَتْ تَحْتَ بَلْعَامَ. فَحَمِيَ غَضَبُ بَلْعَامَ وَضَرَبَ ٱلْأَتَانَ بِٱلْقَضِيبِ. ٢٧ 27
The donkey saw the angel of Yahweh, and she lay down under Balaam. Balaam's anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff.
فَفَتَحَ ٱلرَّبُّ فَمَ ٱلْأَتَانِ، فَقَالَتْ لِبَلْعَامَ: «مَاذَا صَنَعْتُ بِكَ حَتَّى ضَرَبْتَنِي ٱلْآنَ ثَلَاثَ دَفَعَاتٍ؟». ٢٨ 28
Then Yahweh opened the donkey's mouth so she could talk. She said to Balaam, “What have I done to you that induced you to strike me these three times?”
فَقَالَ بَلْعَامُ لِلْأَتَانِ: «لِأَنَّكِ ٱزْدَرَيْتِ بِي. لَوْ كَانَ فِي يَدِي سَيْفٌ لَكُنْتُ ٱلْآنَ قَدْ قَتَلْتُكِ». ٢٩ 29
Balaam replied to the donkey, “It was because you acted so stupidly with me. I wish there were a sword in my hand. If there were, by now I would have killed you.”
فَقَالَتِ ٱلْأَتَانُ لِبَلْعَامَ: «أَلَسْتُ أَنَا أَتَانَكَ ٱلَّتِي رَكِبْتَ عَلَيْهَا مُنْذُ وُجُودِكَ إِلَى هَذَا ٱلْيَوْمِ؟ هَلْ تَعَوَّدْتُ أَنْ أَفْعَلَ بِكَ هَكَذَا؟» فَقَالَ: «لَا». ٣٠ 30
The donkey said to Balaam, “Am not I your donkey on which you have ridden all your life long to this present day? Have I ever been in the habit of doing such things to you before?” Balaam said, “No.”
ثُمَّ كَشَفَ ٱلرَّبُّ عَنْ عَيْنَيْ بَلْعَامَ، فَأَبْصَرَ مَلَاكَ ٱلرَّبِّ وَاقِفًا فِي ٱلطَّرِيقِ وَسَيْفُهُ مَسْلُولٌ فِي يَدِهِ، فَخَرَّ سَاجِدًا عَلَى وَجْهِهِ. ٣١ 31
Then Yahweh opened Balaam's eyes, and he saw the angel of Yahweh standing in the road with his drawn sword in his hand. Balaam lowered his head and lay facedown.
فَقَالَ لَهُ مَلَاكُ ٱلرَّبِّ: «لِمَاذَا ضَرَبْتَ أَتَانَكَ ٱلْآنَ ثَلَاثَ دَفَعَاتٍ؟ هَأَنَذَا قَدْ خَرَجْتُ لِلْمُقَاوَمَةِ لِأَنَّ ٱلطَّرِيقَ وَرْطَةٌ أَمَامِي، ٣٢ 32
The angel of Yahweh said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Look, I have come as someone hostile to you because your actions before me have been wicked.
فَأَبْصَرَتْنِي ٱلْأَتَانُ وَمَالَتْ مِنْ قُدَّامِي ٱلْآنَ ثَلَاثَ دَفَعَاتٍ. وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمِلْ مِنْ قُدَّامِي لَكُنْتُ ٱلْآنَ قَدْ قَتَلْتُكَ وَٱسْتَبْقَيْتُهَا». ٣٣ 33
The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If she had not turned away from me, I would certainly have killed you and spared her life.”
فَقَالَ بَلْعَامُ لِمَلَاكِ ٱلرَّبِّ: «أَخْطَأْتُ. إِنِّي لَمْ أَعْلَمْ أَنَّكَ وَاقِفٌ تِلْقَائِي فِي ٱلطَّرِيقِ. وَٱلْآنَ إِنْ قَبُحَ فِي عَيْنَيْكَ فَإِنِّي أَرْجِعُ». ٣٤ 34
Balaam said to the angel of Yahweh, “I have sinned. I did not know that you stood against me in the road. So now, if it is displeasing to you, I will turn back.”
فَقَالَ مَلَاكُ ٱلرَّبِّ لِبَلْعَامَ: «ٱذْهَبْ مَعَ ٱلرِّجَالِ، وَإِنَّمَا تَتَكَلَّمُ بِٱلْكَلَامِ ٱلَّذِي أُكَلِّمُكَ بِهِ فَقَطْ». فَٱنْطَلَقَ بَلْعَامُ مَعَ رُؤَسَاءِ بَالَاقَ. ٣٥ 35
But the angel of Yahweh said to Balaam, “Go on ahead with the men. But you must only speak the words that I tell you.” So Balaam went with the leaders of Balak.
فَلَمَّا سَمِعَ بَالَاقُ أَنَّ بَلْعَامَ جَاءَ، خَرَجَ لِٱسْتِقْبَالِهِ إِلَى مَدِينَةِ مُوآبَ ٱلَّتِي عَلَى تَخْمِ أَرْنُونَ ٱلَّذِي فِي أَقْصَى ٱلتُّخُومِ. ٣٦ 36
When Balak heard that Balaam had come, he went out to meet him at a city in Moab at the Arnon, which is on the border.
فَقَالَ بَالَاقُ لِبَلْعَامَ: «أَلَمْ أُرْسِلْ إِلَيْكَ لِأَدْعُوَكَ؟ لِمَاذَا لَمْ تَأْتِ إِلَيَّ؟ أَحَقًّا لَا أَقْدِرُ أَنْ أُكْرِمَكَ؟» ٣٧ 37
Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not send men to you to summon you? Why did you not come to me? Am I not able to honor you?”
فَقَالَ بَلْعَامُ لِبَالَاقَ: «هَأَنَذَا قَدْ جِئْتُ إِلَيْكَ. أَلَعَلِّي ٱلْآنَ أَسْتَطِيعُ أَنْ أَتَكَلَّمَ بِشَيْءٍ؟ اَلْكَلَامُ ٱلَّذِي يَضَعُهُ ٱللهُ فِي فَمِي بِهِ أَتَكَلَّمُ». ٣٨ 38
Then Balaam replied to Balak, “See, I have come to you. Do I now have any power to say anything? I can only say the words that God puts into my mouth.”
فَٱنْطَلَقَ بَلْعَامُ مَعَ بَالَاقَ وَأَتَيَا إِلَى قَرْيَةِ حَصُوتَ. ٣٩ 39
Balaam went with Balak, and they arrived at Kiriath Huzoth.
فَذَبَحَ بَالَاقُ بَقَرًا وَغَنَمًا، وَأَرْسَلَ إِلَى بَلْعَامَ وَإِلَى ٱلرُّؤَسَاءِ ٱلَّذِينَ مَعَهُ. ٤٠ 40
Then Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep and gave some meat to Balaam and the leaders who were with him.
وَفِي ٱلصَّبَاحِ أَخَذَ بَالَاقُ بَلْعَامَ وَأَصْعَدَهُ إِلَى مُرْتَفَعَاتِ بَعْلٍ، فَرَأَى مِنْ هُنَاكَ أَقْصَى ٱلشَّعْبِ. ٤١ 41
In the morning, Balak took Balaam up to the high place of Baal. From there Balaam could see only a part of the Israelites in their camp.