Balak, King of Moab

Summary: Balak, the king of Moab, summons the prophet Balaam to curse the people of Israel. On the way, Balaam is berated by his donkey, who sees, before Balaam does, the angel that יהוה sends to block their way. Three times, from three different vantage points, Balaam attempts to pronounce his curses, but each time blessings issue forth instead. Balaam also prophesies on the end of the days and the coming of the Messiah. The people fall …