“How great are your tents, O Jacob, Your dwellings, O Israel!”
~ Numbers 24:5

In his attempt to curse us, the evil prophet Bilaam was instead forced to bless us.

Why is Jacob associated to tents and Israel to dwellings?

The name Jacob symbolises life before reaching one’s higher purpose, whilst Israel describes a life of meaning. Tents are by definition temporary, whilst dwellings are permanent.

The blessing is living the mundane aspects of life like you’re camping in a tent; but building that which is important and of value into a permanent fixture.