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'If you would, let's go on,' said Balak to Balaam. 'I will take you somewhere else. Hopefully, God will consider it proper to let you curse them for me there.'
Vayomer Balak el-Bil'am lechah-na ekachacha el-makom acher ulay yishar be'eyney ha'Elohim vekaboto li misham.
23:28 Balak took Balaam to the top of the peak that overlooks the Wasteland.
Vayikach Balak et-Bil'am rosh hape'or hanishkaf al-peney hayeshimon.



Commentary:

proper
  (Targum; Septuagint). Yashar in Hebrew. Or, 'easy.' (Saadia).

peak
  (Targum: Saadia). Others take Peor here as a proper noun (Septuagint), possibly associated with Baal Peor in Numbers 25:3 (cf. Rashi). This overlooked the valley where the Israelites were camped (cf. Deuteronomy 3:29). One ancient source states that Peor is between Livias and Esbus (Cheshbon) (Eusebius, s.v. Aravoth Moab). This would place it to the north of Mount Nebo, possibly in the area of the present Mushakar. From there, he would be able to look east toward the desert (24:1).

Wasteland
  See note on Numbers 21:20.





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