And he took up his oracle, and said, Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse for me Jacob, and come, denounce Israel.
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George Leo Haydock
Parable. Beginning to speak in a beautiful and poetic style, like a man inspired. (Calmet)
Mashal, denotes a striking and elegant prophecy. (Menochius)
Aram, when placed alone, properly means Syria; but when Padan or Naharaim are added, Mesopotamia is meant, whence Balaam came, Deuteronomy xxii. 5.
East of Moab, though lying to the north, or higher part of Mesopotamia. (Calmet)