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Jeremiah 27:9

Context
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.’

Jeremiah 27:14

Context
27:14 Do not listen to the prophets who are telling you that you do not need to serve 4  the king of Babylon. For they are prophesying lies to you.

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 Lord had promised that he would speak to them through prophets like Moses (Deut 18:15, 18). But even prophets could lie. Hence, the Lord told them that the test of a true prophet was whether what he said came true or not (Deut 18:20-22). An example of false prophesying and the vindication of the true as opposed to the false will be given in the chapter that follows this.

2 sn An example of this is seen in 1 Sam 28.

3 tn The verb in this context is best taken as a negative obligatory imperfect. See IBHS 508-9 §31.4g for discussion and examples. See Exod 4:15 as an example of positive obligation.

4 tn The verb in this context is best taken as a negative obligatory imperfect. See IBHS 508 §31.4g for discussion and examples. See Exod 4:15 as an example of positive obligation.



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