27:9 So do not listen to your prophets or to those who claim to predict the future by divination, 1 by dreams, by consulting the dead, 2 or by practicing magic. They keep telling you, ‘You do not need to be 3 subject to the king of Babylon.’ 27:10 Do not listen to them, 4 because their prophecies are lies. 5 Listening to them will only cause you 6 to be taken far away from your native land. I will drive you out of your country and you will die in exile. 7
27:14 Do not listen to the prophets who are telling you that you do not need to serve 8 the king of Babylon. For they are prophesying lies to you. 27:15 For I, the Lord, affirm 9 that I did not send them. They are prophesying lies to you. If you 10 listen to them, I will drive you and the prophets who are prophesying lies out of the land and you will all die in exile.” 11
1 sn Various means of divination are alluded to in the OT. For example, Ezek 21:26-27 alludes to throwing down arrows to see which way they fall and consulting the shape of the liver of slaughtered animals. Gen 44:5 alludes to reading the future through pouring liquid in a cup. The means alluded to in this verse were all classified as pagan and prohibited as illegitimate in Deut 18:10-14. The
4 tn The words “Don’t listen to them” have been repeated from v. 9a to pick up the causal connection between v. 9a and v. 10 that is formally introduced by a causal particle in v. 10 in the original text.
5 tn Heb “they are prophesying a lie.”
6 tn Heb “lies will result in your being taken far…” (לְמַעַן [lÿma’an] + infinitive). This is a rather clear case of the particle לְמַעַן introducing result (contra BDB 775 s.v. מַעַן note 1. There is no irony in this statement; it is a bold prediction).
7 tn The words “out of your country” are not in the text but are implicit in the meaning of the verb. The words “in exile” are also not in the text but are implicit in the context. These words have been supplied in the translation for clarity.
9 tn Heb “oracle of the
10 sn The verbs are again plural referring to the king and his royal advisers.
11 tn Heb “…drive you out and you will perish, you and the prophets who are prophesying lies.”