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And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times.
Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour.
And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying,
If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak?

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

24:13 silver and gold. Balak thought that spiritual benefits could be purchased by money. Perhaps he even believed that Balaam was simply holding out for a higher fee. No doubt monetary gain is part of the motive of many modern occult practitioners, and even of some evangelical counselors and other religionists, but that should not enter into the motivations and advice of the true Christian.

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