great evil will spring up against Egypt, for a son will be
born unto Israel, who will destroy the whole of our land
and all its inhabitants, and he will bring forth the Israelites
from Egypt with a mighty hand. Now, therefore, O king,
take counsel as to this matter, that the hope of Israel be
frustrated before this evil arise against Egypt."
The king said unto Balaam: "What shall we do unto
Israel? We have tried several devices against this people,
but we could not prevail over it. Now let me hear thy
At Balaam's instance, the king sent for his two counsellors,
Reuel the Midianite and Job the Uzite, to hear their advice.
Reuel spoke: "If it seemeth good to the king, let him desist