the mighty men and warriors, judges and prophets, omen readers and leaders, 1
The divine verdict 1 is in the words 2 of the king, his pronouncements 3 must not act treacherously 4 against justice.
For there will no longer be any false visions or flattering omens amidst the house of Israel.
Joseph said to them, “What did you think you were doing? 1 Don’t you know that a man like me can find out things like this by divination?” 2
Therefore you will no longer see false visions and practice divination. I will rescue my people from your power, and you 1 will know that I am the Lord.’”
The prophets 1 will be ashamed; the omen readers will be humiliated. All of them will cover their mouths, 2 for they will receive no divine oracles.” 3
But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your sight, please stay here, 1 for I have learned by divination 2 that the Lord has blessed me on account of you.”
Doesn’t my master drink from this cup 1 and use it for divination? 2 You have done wrong!’” 3
So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the fee for divination in their hand. They came to Balaam and reported 1 to him the words of Balak.
For there is no spell against 1 Jacob, nor is there any divination against Israel. At this time 2 it must be said 3 of Jacob and of Israel, ‘Look at 4 what God has done!’
There must never be found among you anyone who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, 1 anyone who practices divination, 2 an omen reader, 3 a soothsayer, 4 a sorcerer, 5
Those nations that you are about to dispossess listen to omen readers and diviners, but the Lord your God has not given you permission to do such things.
the Philistines called the priests and the omen readers, saying, “What should we do with the ark of the Lord? Advise us as to how we should send it back to its place.”
“‘You must not eat anything with the blood still in it. 1 You must not practice either divination or soothsaying. 2
The Israelites killed Balaam son of Beor, the omen reader, 1 along with the others. 2
They passed their sons and daughters through the fire, 1 and practiced divination and omen reading. They committed themselves to doing evil in the sight of the Lord and made him angry. 2
who frustrates the omens of the empty talkers 1 and humiliates 2 the omen readers, who overturns the counsel of the wise men 3 and makes their advice 4 seem foolish,
They see delusion and their omens are a lie. 1 They say, “the Lord declares,” though the Lord has not sent them; 2 yet they expect their word to be confirmed. 3
Have you not seen a false vision and announced a lying omen when you say, “the Lord declares,” although I myself never spoke?
But those in Jerusalem 1 will view it as a false omen. They have sworn solemn oaths, 2 but the king of Babylon 3 will accuse them of violations 4 in order to seize them. 5