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Ezekiel 21:21

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21:21 For the king of Babylon stands at the fork 1  in the road at the head of the two routes. He looks for omens: 2  He shakes arrows, he consults idols, 3  he examines 4  animal livers. 5 

1 tn Heb “mother.”

2 sn Mesopotamian kings believed that the gods revealed the future through omens. They employed various divination techniques, some of which are included in the list that follows. A particularly popular technique was the examination and interpretation of the livers of animals. See R. R. Wilson, Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel, 90-110.

3 tn This word refers to personal idols that were apparently used for divination purposes (Gen 31:19; 1 Sam 19:13, 16).

4 tn Heb “sees.”

5 tn Heb “the liver.”



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