אֶרְאֶנּוּ וְלֹא עַתָּה אֲשׁוּרֶנּוּ וְלֹא קָרוֹב דָּרַךְ כּוֹכָב מִיַּעֲקֹב וְקָם שֵׁבֶט מִיִּשְׂרָאֵל וּמָחַץ פַּאֲתֵי מוֹאָב וְקַרְקַר כָּל בְּנֵי שֵׁת
I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; a star will come forth from Jacob, and a scepter will rise from Israel. He will smite the corners of Moab and break down all the sons of Seth.
There’s a lot going on in this verse, which most commentators consider a messianic prophecy. Onkelos (who considers it to refer to a king but not necessarily the Moshiach) renders it: “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but he is not near; a king will arise from Jacob, and an anointed one from Israel. He will kill the princes of Moab and rule over all mankind.” Through this, he explains the metaphors of “star” and “scepter,” and clarifies such terms as “smite,” “corners” and “sons of Seth” (Adam’s third son, from whom all mankind is descended.)