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Now as for these four young men, God endowed them with knowledge and skill in all sorts of literature and wisdom – and Daniel had insight into all kinds of visions and dreams.
The king issued an order 1 to summon the magicians, astrologers, sorcerers, and wise men 2 in order to explain his dreams to him. 3 So they came and awaited the king’s instructions. 4
Then in the dream God replied to him, “Yes, I know that you have done this with a clear conscience. 1 That is why I have kept you 2 from sinning against me and why 3 I did not allow you to touch her.
When he told his father and his brothers, his father rebuked him, saying, “What is this dream that you had? 1 Will I, your mother, and your brothers really come and bow down to you?” 2
In the morning he 1 was troubled, so he called for 2 all the diviner-priests 3 of Egypt and all its wise men. Pharaoh told them his dreams, 4 but no one could interpret 5 them for him. 6
You must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer, 1 for the Lord your God will be testing you to see if you love him 2 with all your mind and being. 3
When Gideon heard the report of the dream and its interpretation, he praised God. 1 Then he went back to the Israelite camp and said, “Get up, for the Lord is handing the Midianite army over to you!”
Solomon then woke up and realized it was a dream. 1 He went to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant, offered up burnt sacrifices, presented peace offerings, 2 and held a feast for all his servants.
I, the Lord, affirm 1 that I am opposed to those prophets who dream up lies and report them. They are misleading my people with their reckless lies. 2 I did not send them. I did not commission them. They are not helping these people at all. 3 I, the Lord, affirm it!” 4
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.’
“For the Lord God of Israel who rules over all 1 says, ‘Do not let the prophets or those among you who claim to be able to predict the future by divination 2 deceive you. And do not pay any attention to the dreams that you are encouraging them to dream.
(3:1) 1 After all of this 2 I will pour out my Spirit 3 on all kinds of people. 4 Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your elderly will have revelatory dreams; 5 your young men will see prophetic visions.
For the household gods 1 have spoken wickedness, the soothsayers have seen a lie, and as for the dreamers, they have disclosed emptiness and give comfort in vain. Therefore the people set out like sheep and become scattered because they have no shepherd. 2
As for that prophet or dreamer, 1 he must be executed because he encouraged rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt, redeeming you from that place of slavery, and because he has tried to entice you from the way the Lord your God has commanded you to go. In this way you must purge out evil from within. 2
Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Saul replied, “I am terribly troubled! The Philistines are fighting against me and God has turned away from me. He does not answer me – not by the prophets nor by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what I should do.”