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 24:17
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 24:19
24:17 'I see it, but not now; I perceive it, but not in the near future. A star shall go forth from Jacob, and a staff shall arise in Israel, crushing all of Moab's princes, and dominating all of Seth's descendants.
Er'enu velo atah ashurenu velo karov darach kochav miYa'akov vekam shevet miYisra'el umachats pa'atey Moav vekarkar kol-beney-Shet.
24:18 Edom shall be demolished, and his enemy Seir destroyed, but Israel shall be triumphant.
Vehayah Edom yereshah vehayah yereshah Se'ir oyevav veYisra'el oseh chayil.
24:19 Out of Jacob shall come an absolute ruler who will obliterate the city's last survivors.'
Veyerd miYa'akov vehe'evid sarid me'ir.



Commentary:

star
  A person who rises high above the others (cf. Ramban). This is a messianic prophecy, (see Yad, Melachim 11:1).

princes
  (Targum; Septuagint). Or, 'corners' (Saadia; Radak, Sherashim).

dominating
  (Targum). Karkar in Hebrew. Or, 'devastating' (Rashi; Radak, Sherashim; Septuagint).

Seth's
  The ancestor of Noah, and hence, the father of all mankind (Rashi; cf. Targum). Or, 'the sons of incest,' denoting Ammon and Moab (Chizzkuni; see Genesis 19:37,38).

demolished
  (Saadia; Ibn Ezra). Or, 'occupied' (Septuagint).

and his enemy...
  Or, 'he shall be destroyed by his enemy Seir' (cf. Ramban).

absolute ruler
  (Rashi; Radak, Sherashim), Yerd in Hebrew. Or, 'come down' (Targum), or, 'one who rises up' (Septuagint).

the city's last survivors
  (Ramban). Or 'those who escape the city' (Septuagint).





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