Balak בָּלָק is the fortieth parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the seventh reading in Bamidbar (Numbers). Since, Chukat and Balak is a double reading then the aforementioned stats could change a little but we are sticking to this type of counting the parsha readings.
Balak בָּלָק is the name of the king of the Moabites. Stong’s defines as “devastator“. The Etymological Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew defines the three letter root as “destroy“, “render uninhabitable“. The extended meanings are “destroying” or “devastating” with a reference to Isaiah 24:1.
Balak בָּלָק is the second word and the first distinctive word in the Hebrew text (see text below).