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22:28 God then gave the donkey the power of speech, and it said to Balaam, 'What have I done to you that you beat me these three times?'
Vayiftach Adonay et-pi ha'aton vatomer le-Vil'am meh-asiti lecha ki hikitani zeh shalosh regalim.
22:29 'You have been playing games with me!' shouted Balaam at the donkey. 'If I had had a sword in my hand just now, I would have killed you!'
Vayomer Bil'am la'aton ki hit'alalt bi lu yesh-cherev beyadi ki atah haragtich.
22:30 The donkey replied to Balaam, 'Am I not your [old] donkey? You have been riding on me as far back as you remember. Have I ever been in the habit of doing this to you?'

'No,' replied [Balaam].
Vatomer ha'aton el-Bil'am halo anochi atonecha asher-rachavta alay me'odcha ad-hayom hazeh hahasken hiskanti la'asot lecha koh vayomer lo.




Commentary:

gave the donkey...
  Literally, 'opened the donkey's mouth.' However, some say that the donkey did not actually speak, but that this was a prophetic vision (Moreh Nevukhim 2:42).

playing games
  (Radak, Sherashim). Hith-olal in Hebrew; see Exodus 10:2. Or, 'embarrassed' (Rashi), 'insulted' (Lekach Tov). Or, 'rebelled' (Saadia).

as far back as you remember
  Literally, 'From when you first started until now.'

been in the habit
  (Saadia; Ibn Ezra; Radak, Sherashim). Or, 'have I ever been unmindful' (Septuagint). Also, possibly, 'have I ever endangered you.'





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