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24:20 When [Balaam] saw Amalek, he proclaimed his oracle and said, 'First among nations is Amalek, but in the end he will be destroyed forever.'
Vayar et-Amalek vayisa meshalo vayomar reshit goyim Amalek ve'acharito adey oved.
24:21 When he saw the Kenites, he proclaimed his oracle and said, 'You live in a fortress, and have placed your nest in a cliff.
Vayar et-haKeyni vayisa meshalo vayomar eytan moshavecha vesim basela kinecha.



Commentary:

saw
  Literally, because Amalek's territories are visible from the Moabite heights (Ramban). Or, 'saw in prophecy' (Rashi; Ibn Ezra).

Amalek
  See Genesis 36:12, Exodus 17:8, Deuteronomy 25:19.

Kenites
  See Genesis 15:19. This was a tribe that lived near Amalek, perhaps on the western bank of the Dead Sea (Rashi; cf. 1 Samuel 15:6). Some identify them with Ammon (Chizzkuni). Others say that they were the people of Jethro's family (Targum Yonathan; Ibn Ezra; cf. Sanhedrin 106a). See Joshua 15:22, 1 Chronicles 2:55.

You live in a fortress
  (Bachya). Or, 'Live in a fortress' as advice (Ramban; Midrash Aggadah).

nest
  Kin in Hebrew, a play on Kenite (Bachya).





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