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For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the road, at the beginning of the two roads, to use divination: he shakes the arrows, he consults the teraphim, he looks at the liver. Bible

“shakes the arrows.” A form of divination that seems to have included shaking arrows and dropping them and receiving guidance from the way they landed.

“looks at the liver.” A common form of divination in the biblical world, as well as among the Romans, was to kill an animal and look at the liver and/or intestines and receive guidance from them. This practice is still occurring in a few parts of the world today.


Commentary for: Ezekiel 21:21