The Book of Isaiah tells of the angels who cry out: Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory. (Isaiah 6:3)Beautiful as this phrase sounds, it suggests that everything on earth points to God’s glory. This idea is difficult to defend and on grammatical grounds Ibn Ezra disputes it. He points to a similar verse in our portion: And Balaam answered and said to Balak’s servants, “Should Balak give me a house filled with his silver and gold, I could not cross the word of the LORD.” (Numbers 22:18). Using this verse, Ibn Ezra suggests that the correct translation of Isaiah is that God’s glory fills the earth. Not everything on earth declares God’s glory but we can see God’s glory everywhere.