Endowed with the ability to bless and curse, when Balaam agrees to the request of Balak, King of Moab to use this gift for the wrong purpose, God takes possession of his mouth: And the LORD chanced upon Balaam and put a word in his mouth…Following the Talmud, Rashi says that God put a horse’s bit in his mouth and led him around. Balaam could have empowered others but after agreeing to misuse his talent, he ended up bereft of his own autonomy, led around at will. Our gifts and ability do not belong to us, they are loan to us so that we may do good.