The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Divination Ritual action employed to determine the will, knowledge, or plans of deities.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Divination [Heb. qesem] (Nu. 22:7; 23:23; Dt. 18:10; 1 S. 15:23; 2 K. 17:17; Jer. 14:14; Ezk. 13:23); AV also WITCHCRAFT (1 S. 15:23); NEB also AUGURY (Nu. 22:7; 23:23); [miqsām] (Ezk. 12:24; 13:7); vbs: “(practice or use) divination” [qāsam] (Dt. 18:10; 2 K. 17:17; Ezk. 13:9; 13:23; 21:21 [MT 26],
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
divination, means through which humans attempt to secure information through spirits, magic, or some other superhuman source. There was great interest in the biblical world in knowing the future, and virtually everyone believed it was sometimes possible to do so; dreams, visions, and other portents could
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
DIVINATION. The attempt to discern future events by such means as trances, visions, etc., or physical objects. These were varied: (1) rhabdomancy, the throwing of sticks or arrows into the air (Ezk 21:21; cf. Hos 4:12); (2) hepatoscopy, examination of the liver or other organs of an animal (Ezk 21:21);
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
DIVINATION. The usual Heb. word translated ‘divination’ and ‘diviner’ is the root qsm. The root nḥš is used in Gn. 44:5, 15, and elsewhere this is translated ‘enchanter’, ‘enchantment’, ‘use enchantments’. The root ‘nn is sometimes coupled with the former words, and is translated ‘observe times’ (rv
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
DivinationThe art of determining the future or ascertaining divine will. An important aspect of life throughout the ancient Near East, divination was not a mystical practice, but a process based upon empirical observation and cause/effect, practiced by trained specialists. The regularity of the evidence
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Divination (Heb. qesem, nāḥaš me˓ônēn).† The art of determining the future or ascertaining the divine will. Practiced widely throughout the ancient Near East, divination involved the observation and interpretation of natural phenomena or of phenomena deliberately caused by the person or persons
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Witchcraft And Divination
WITCHCRAFT AND DIVINATION Magic represents an expression of the belief that it is possible for man to exert an influence over his fellow human beings or to change the course of events. Witchcraft, the use of occult or supernatural forces to these ends, was practiced over the whole of the ancient world.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
DIVINATION The effort to learn the future by occult means. Divination was a common practice in the ancient Near East: assorted diviners tried (but failed) to interpret Pharaoh’s dream (Gen 41:8), Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Dan 2:10), and the warning given to Balthasar (Dan 5:8). Predicting the future was
Key passages
Ge 30:27

But Laban said to him, “Please, if I have found favor in your eyes, I have learned by divination that Yahweh has blessed me because of you.”

Nu 22:6–7

Now, please go, curse this people for me because they are stronger than me; perhaps I will be able to strike them and drive them out from the land because I know whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you cursed is cursed.” So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian went with a fee …

Jos 13:22

In addition to their slain, the Israelites killed with the sword Balaam son of Beor, who practiced divination.

Sir 34:5–6

Divinations and omens and dreams are vain, and the heart fantasizes like that of a women in labor. Unless they are sent from the Most High in a visitation, do not give your heart to them.