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1)

How can Bil'am later (24:16) describe himself as "Yode'a Da'as Elyon" after admitting here that he did not even know when an angel was standing in front of him?

1.

Rashi: His admission here negated his boastful claim 1 that he knew Hashem's Mind.


1

See Rashi there?

2)

Why did Bil'am add the words "Im" and "be'Einecha"?

1.

Rashi: His statement was aimed at attacking Hashem: If Hashem had granted him permission to go with Balak's dignitaries, why did He send an angel to negate it? 1 Be that as it may, if it is really bad in the Eyes of Hashem, he would have no choice but to retract.

2.

Seforno: What he meant was that if it is bad in the eyes of the angel


1

Just as He did by the Akeidah, when, after instructing Avraham to sacrifice his son, He sent an angel to negate His initial instructions.

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