Then he spoke his message:
“Arise, Balak, and listen;
hear me, son of Zippor.
God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?
I have received a command to bless;
he has blessed, and I cannot change it.
“No misfortune is seen in Jacob,
no misery observed[a] in Israel.
The Lord their God is with them;
the shout of the King is among them.
God brought them out of Egypt;
they have the strength of a wild ox.
There is no divination against[b] Jacob,
no evil omens against[c] Israel.
It will now be said of Jacob
and of Israel, ‘See what God has done!’
The people rise like a lioness;
they rouse themselves like a lion
that does not rest till it devours its prey
and drinks the blood of its victims.”
These beautiful words pledged hope and destiny for Your people, and affirmed Your great faithfulness. There was no misfortune or misery in sight for Israel; even though they were far from sinless, their sins were covered by the atoning sacrifice. You were jealous for their safety and zealous for their holiness, and You made provision for both. Just as You blessed them with a sure blessing for the future, O bless us today, Lord God. For when You speak Your blessing upon Your people, Your promise cannot be broken.