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 22:6
 22:7
22:6 This nation is too powerful for us [alone], so if you would, come and curse this nation for me. Then, we may be able to defeat them and drive them from the area. I know that whomever you bless is blessed, and whomever you curse is cursed.'
Ve'atah lecha-na arah-li et-ha'am hazeh ki-atsum hu mimeni ulay uchal nakeh-bo va'agarshenu min-ha'arets ki yadati et asher-tevarech mevorach va'asher ta'or yu'ar.
22:7 The elders of Moab and Midian, versed in occult arts, went to Balaam, conveying to him Balak's message.
Vayelechu zikney Moav vezikney Midyan uksamim beyadam vayavo'u el-Bil'am vayedaberu elav divrey Valak.



Commentary:

I know...
  See note on Numbers 21:27.

versed in occult arts
  (Ibn Ezra). Or, 'with magical devices in hand' (Tanchuma 5; Rashi; Rashbam; Septuagint), or, 'with mystical text' (Baaley Tosafoth; Chizzkuni), 'fees for magic' (Ibid.; Bachya), or, 'magical tests' (Lekach Tov).





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