What does "Vayisa Meshalo" mean?
Rashi in Mishlei, 27:14: 'It is an expression of raising one's voice'.
Targum Onkelos: 'And he took up his parable'.
Targum Yonasan: 'And he took up the parable of his prophecy'.
Why did he need to mention that Balak brought him from Aram ... ?
Rashbam: His message was that Balak troubled him to come all the way from Aram and from the mountains of the east, 1 but that this was in vain, as the Pasuk goes to explain.
What is the connection between "Min Aram Yancheini Balak ... " and Bil'am's Mashal?
Seforno: "Min Aram Yancheini Balak ... " is the beginning of the Mashal that Hashem commanded him to present.
Why did Bil'am use the dual request, one by the name Ya'akov, the other, by the name Yisrael?