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Why did Bil'am add the word "Imachem"?

1.

Rashi: He was insinuating that Balak's current emissaries were not commensurate with his Kavod 1 and that Balak should therefore send more important dignitaries, 2 which he did. 3

2.

Ramban: He meant simply that Hashem 4 did not allow him to go at all. 5


1

Rashi: This teaches us that Bil'am was conceited and that he wanted to hide the fact that he was under Hashem's jurisdiction.

2

Implying that Hashem had refused his request the first time in defense of his (Bil'am's) Kavod.

3

Following the words of his emissaries, who reiterating Bil'am's message when, in Pasuk 14, they too, added the word "Imanu" (Rashbam). See Ramban's objections to this explanation.

4

Ramban: In whose name he proudly spoke.

5

Ramban: And it was because Balak suspected him of expecting a higher wage than usual that he said to him (in Pasuk 37) "Am I not able to pay you whatever you ask!"

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