Balaam in Wikipedia
(Hebrew: בִּלְעָם, Standard Bilʻam Tiberian Bilʻām) is a diviner
in the Torah, his story occurring towards the end of the Book
of Numbers. The etymology of his name is uncertain, and
discussed below. Every ancient reference to Balaam considers
him a non-Israelite, a prophet, and the son of Beor, though
Beor is not so clearly identified. Though other sources
describe the apparently positive blessings he delivers upon
the Israelites, he is reviled as a "wicked man" in the major
story concerning him. Balaam attempted to curse God's people.
He failed all three tries, each time producing blessings, not
curses (Numbers 24–10)...
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