The divine verdict 1 is in the words 2 of the king, his pronouncements 3 must not act treacherously 4 against justice.
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
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!’
For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and presumption is like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as 1 king.”
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
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
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.’”
Then the Lord said to me, “Those prophets are prophesying lies while claiming my authority! 1 I did not send them. I did not commission them. 2 I did not speak to them. They are prophesying to these people false visions, worthless predictions, 3 and the delusions of their own mind.
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
Into his right hand 1 comes the portent for Jerusalem – to set up battering rams, to give the signal 2 for slaughter, to shout out the battle cry, 3 to set up battering rams against the gates, to erect a siege ramp, to build a siege wall.