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
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,
1 When Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, 2 he did not go as at the other times 3 to seek for omens, 4 but he set his face 5 toward the wilderness.
“‘You must not eat anything with the blood still in it. 1 You must not practice either divination or soothsaying. 2
The men took this as a good omen and quickly accepted his offer, saying, “Ben Hadad is your brother.” Ahab 1 then said, “Go, get him.” So Ben Hadad came out to him, and Ahab pulled him up into his chariot.
the mighty men and warriors, judges and prophets, omen readers and leaders, 1
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
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
Suppose a prophet or one who foretells by dreams 1 should appear among you and show you a sign or wonder, 2
The Israelites killed Balaam son of Beor, the omen reader, 1 along with the others. 2
But approach, you sons of omen readers, you offspring of adulteresses and prostitutes! 1
For there will no longer be any false visions or flattering omens amidst the house of Israel.
I will remove the sorcery 1 that you practice, 2 and you will no longer have omen readers living among you. 3
He passed his son 1 through the fire 2 and practiced divination and omen reading. He set up a ritual pit to conjure up underworld spirits, and appointed magicians to supervise it. 3 He did a great amount of evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. 4
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
Listen now, Joshua the high priest, both you and your colleagues who are sitting before you, all of you 1 are a symbol that I am about to introduce my servant, the Branch. 2
He passed his sons through the fire 1 in the Valley of Ben-Hinnom and practiced divination, omen reading, and sorcery. He set up a ritual pit to conjure up underworld spirits and appointed magicians to supervise it. 2 He did a great amount of evil in the sight of the Lord and angered him. 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.”
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!’
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.