What did Bil'am mean this time when he compared Yisrael to a lion and to a cub?
Rashi (citing Targum Onkelos), Ramban (on Pasuk 7) and Targum Yonasan: He meant that they will settle in their land in safety like a lion and a cub and that no nation will be able to frighten them. 1
Targum Yonasan: Who would dare awaken a sleeping lion.
Why did he switch the order of cub and lion in 23:24 to lion and cub?
Ba'al ha'Turim: In the earlier Pasuk, it is the way to go from strength to strength
Ba'al ha'Turim (citing Bava Basra, 75a) 'Moshe's face shone like the sun, Yehoshua's, like the moon'.
Why did Bil'am say "Mevarchecha Baruch", virtually the same expression as Hashem said to Avraham (at the beginning of Lech-Lecha?