And God Came unto Balaam

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11) When the sun sets and the gates shut, and the night falls and darkens, several regiments come loose from their chains and walk and wander in the world. And there are several appointees over them who are leading them. And there is one appointee from the left side who is greater than all, and that wicked one, Balaam, was more versed in the charms of that high appointee than anyone. He would say his spells at night, when he ruled with all his companions, and the appointee would come to be with him and would inform him what he wished.

12) Similarly, “And God came to Laban the Aramean,” that the appointee was present with him. “And God came to Abimelech.” They are all as this one—his is called by these spells in all the places. Hence, he was more common at night than during the day, since the night is the time when he rules. And Abimelech had all those wizards and sages, as it is written, “Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out the window,” for he was a wizard and Balaam was like him, too.

13) This is why it is always written “God” in regards to them, and not HaVaYaH [the Lord], as it is written, “And God came unto Balaam,” “And God came unto Laban,” “And God came unto Abimelech.” God means the appointee. He came to them and not they to Him, for He has no set place.

How is it said that God is Sitra Achra? This name, God, is shared by all. Even idolatry is called “God,” meaning other gods. And these appointees are among those other gods, for they are generally referred to as gods. And that wicked one was saying spells and called him and he came to him.

This is why it is written, “Lodge here this night, and I will bring you back word, as the Lord may speak unto me.” It does not say “God,” since that wicked one was praising himself saying HaVaYaH, but it is written about him, “And God came.”

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