Ezekiel Chapter 21  PDF  MSWord

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Go to Bible: Ezekiel 21
 
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“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.

“he consults the teraphim.” Teraphim were household gods and were seemingly associated with ancestors, so consulting the teraphim seems to be the equivalent to asking of one’s ancestors. [For more on teraphim, see commentary on Gen. 31;19].

“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.

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“But to them.” The Hebrew text is difficult to translate in an understandable way in part due to the subject matter and pronouns. The king of Babylon is coming to attack Jerusalem, “but to them” (the Israelites) this seemed like a false divination because they had sworn an oath of loyalty to Babylon. But the king of Babylon was aware of their iniquity (or “guilt,” the word can mean either) and so to him the country and Jerusalem could be captured.

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