Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens 1 so that 2 we may make a name for ourselves. Otherwise 3 we will be scattered 4 across the face of the entire earth.”
Finally Abraham 1 said, “May the Lord not be angry so that I may speak just once more. What if ten are found there?” He replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”
But Moses said, “That would not be the right thing to do, 1 for the sacrifices we make 2 to the Lord our God would be an abomination 3 to the Egyptians. 4 If we make sacrifices that are an abomination to the Egyptians right before their eyes, 5 will they not stone us? 6
They will cover 1 the surface 2 of the earth, so that you 3 will be unable to see the ground. They will eat the remainder of what escaped 4 – what is left over 5 for you – from the hail, and they will eat every tree that grows for you from the field.
Our livestock must 1 also go with us! Not a hoof is to be left behind! For we must take 2 these animals 3 to serve the Lord our God. Until we arrive there, we do not know what we must use to serve the Lord.” 4
For the Lord will pass through to strike Egypt, and when he sees 1 the blood on the top of the doorframe and the two side posts, then the Lord will pass over the door, and he will not permit the destroyer 2 to enter your houses to strike you. 3
These must be on Aaron and his sons when they enter 1 to the tent of meeting, or when they approach 2 the altar to minister in the Holy Place, so that they bear no iniquity and die. 3 It is to be a perpetual ordinance for him and for his descendants 4 after him. 5
Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take part of the spirit that is on you, and will put it on them, and they will bear some of the burden of the people with you, so that you do not bear it 1 all by yourself.
The Lord spoke to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any portion of property 1 among them – I am your portion and your inheritance among the Israelites.
He must purify himself 1 with water on the third day and on the seventh day, and so will be clean. But if he does not purify himself on the third day and the seventh day, then he will not be clean.
“Let us 1 pass through your land; 2 we will not turn aside into the fields or into the vineyards, nor will we drink water from any well, but we will go along the King’s Highway until we pass your borders.”
Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place from which you can observe them. You will see only a part of them, but you will not see all of them. Curse them for me from there.”
He, 1 the God who leads you, will expel the nations little by little. You will not be allowed to destroy them all at once lest the wild animals overrun you.
For the Lord your God will bless you just as he has promised; you will lend to many nations but will not borrow from any, and you will rule over many nations but they will not rule over you.