God opened the donkey’s mouth, and said to Balaam…Balaam’s donkey speaks little of consequence, so why does God open its mouth? Because Balaam wished to curse, he must learn that speech is a gift from God. When God opens the donkey’s mouth Balaam should take heed, explains Arnold Ehrlich, that if the mouth of a donkey can suddenly open then his own mouth can suddenly close. Moses had the same problem as Balaam but from a different perspective, he refused to speak and protested, no man of words am I, not at any time in the past nor now. To Moses God responds: Who gave man a mouth, or who makes him mute or deaf or sighted or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? And now, go, and I Myself will be with your mouth.