What does the Pasuk mean when it states that the elders of Midyan and Mo'av brought 'sorcery' with them?


Rashi #1, Seforno and Rashbam: It means literally that they brought with them various kinds of sorcery, so that Bil'am would not be able to refuse them on the grounds that he did not have his equipment with him. 1


Rashi #2: The elders of Midyan divined that if Bil'am would delay and not reply immediately in the affirmative, then he was not worth his salt. 2


Seforno: See Yechezkel, 21:27.


Rashi: Which explains why, after he told them to stay overnight, they took their leave (See Pasuk 8 & 14) and did not come back.

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