24:1 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the a wilderness.
(a) Where the Israelites camped. 24:3 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes b are open hath said:
(b) His eyes were shut up before in respect to the clear visions which he saw after. 24:4 He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, c falling [into a trance], but having his eyes open:
(c) Though he lay as in a sleep, yet the eyes of his mind were open. 24:7 He shall pour the d water out of his buckets, and his seed [shall be] in many waters, and his king shall be higher than e Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.
(d) His prosperity and posterity will be very great. 24:10 And Balaks anger was kindled against Balaam, and he f smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed [them] these three times.
(e) Which name was common to the kings of Amalek.
(f) In token of anger. 24:11 Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the g LORD hath kept thee back from honour.
(g) Thus the wicked burden God when they cannot carry out their wicked enterprises. 24:14 And now, behold, I go unto my people: come [therefore, and] I will h advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days.
24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a i Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the k corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of l Sheth.
(h) He gave also wicked counsel to cause the Israelites to sin, that God might forsake them, ( Numbers 31:16 ).
(i) Meaning Christ. 24:19 Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the m city.
(k) That is, the princes.
(l) He shall subdue all that resist: for of Sheth came Noah, and of Noah all the world.
(m) Of the Edomites. 24:20 And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek [was] the n first of the nations; but his latter end [shall be] that he perish for ever.
24:21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou o puttest thy nest in a rock.
(n) The Amalekites first made war against Israel, ( Numbers 14:45 ).
(o) Make yourself as strong as you can. 24:23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, p who shall live when God doeth this!
(p) Some read, Oh who shall not perish when the enemy (that is, Antichrist) shall set himself up as God? 24:24 And ships [shall come] from the coast of q Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and r he also shall perish for ever.
(q) The Grecians and Romans.
(r) Meaning, Eber, or the Jews for rebelling against God.