The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleNumbers 23:8
How shall I curse whom God hath not cursed?
&c.] The sense is,
that it was impossible for him to curse those that God did not curse
himself, or would not have cursed by others; not but that he had a good
will to it, to get Balak's money and honour, but he knew not how to
accomplish it; yea, he saw it was in vain to attempt it, it was a thing
that could not possibly be done: God does not, nor will he curse his
spiritual Israel; they are blessed by him in Christ, and they shall be
blessed; nor is it in the power of their enemies to curse them, or do
them any harm: the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem, instead of God
and the Lord in this and the following clause, use the phase,
``the Word of the Lord;''
the essential Word, the Son of God, who is so far from cursing his
people, that he has delivered them from the curses of the law, being
made a curse for them, that the blessings of the everlasting covenant
of grace might come upon them; and they are blessed of God in him, and
for his sake, with all spiritual blessings:
or how shall I defy whom the Lord hath not defied?
which is the same
thing in other words, only this last word is expressive of more
contempt and indignation.