Note: this is the second of Balaam’s parables. This proposal is informed by The Literary Structure of the First Two Poems of Balaam (Num. XXIII 7-10, 18-24) Angelo Tosato, Vetus Testamentum, Vol. 29, Fasc. 1 (Jan., 1979), pp. 98-106.
18 And he took up his parable, and said,
a. Rise up, Balak,
b. and hear;
b’. hearken unto me,
a’. thou son of Zippor:
A. a. 19 God is not a man, that he should lie;
b. neither the son of man, that he should repent:
a’. hath he said, and shall he not do it?
b’ or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
B. a. 20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: b. and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.
a’. 21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob,
b’. neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel:
C. a. the LORD his God is with him,
b. and the shout of a king is among them.
a’. 22 God brought them out of Egypt;
b’. he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.
B’. a. 23 Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob,
b. neither is there any divination against Israel:
a’. according to this time it shall be said of Jacob b’. and of Israel, What hath God wrought!
A’. a.24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion,
b. and lift up himself as a young lion:
a’. he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey,
b’. and drink the blood of the slain.
Note: the promise of God in A is paralleled with the reference to Israel as a lion in A. Is this a reference to Genesis 49:9 where Judah, the royal tribe, is said to be as a young lion?