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Definitions of divination

  1. a prediction uttered under divine inspiration Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. The act of divining; a foreseeing or foretelling of future events; the pretended art discovering secret or future by preternatural means. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. An indication of what is future or secret; augury omen; conjectural presage; prediction. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The act of foreseeing or foretelling; the pretended art of foreseeing future events. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. The act or practice of divining: prediction: conjecture. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Art or practice of divining; prediction. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. The act or art of divining. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. An instinctive presentiment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Diviner. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. The act of divining; the foretelling of future events, or the discovery of things secret or obscure by alleged converse with supernatural powers or skill in the interpretation of omens; conjectural presage; prediction. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. See divine, v. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. Foretelling future events; the pretended discovery of things secret or future by certain rites, or by attention to certain omens or appearances, as the flight of birds, entrails of animals, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. is a "foretelling future events, or discovering things secret by the aid of superior beings, or other than human means." It is used in Scripture of false systems of ascertaining the divine will. It has been universal in all ages, and all nations alike civilized and savage. Numerous forms of divination are mentioned, such as divination by rods, ( Hosea 4:12 ) divination by arrows, ( Ezekiel 21:21 ) divination by cups, ( Genesis 44:5 ) consultation of teraphim, ( 1 Samuel 15:23 ; Ezekiel 21:21 ; Zechariah 10:2 ) [TERAPHIM]; divination by the liver, ( Ezekiel 21:21 ) divination by dreams, ( deuteronomy 13:2 deuteronomy 13:3 ; Judges 7:13 ; Jeremiah 23:32 ) consultation of oracles. ( Isaiah 41:21-24 ; 44:7 ) Moses forbade every species of divination, because a prying into the future clouds the mind with superstition, and because it would have been an incentive to idolatry. But God supplied his people with substitutes for divination which would have rended it superfluous, and left them in no doubt as to his will in circumstances of danger, had they continued faithful. It was only when they were unfaithful that the revelation was withdrawn. ( 1 Samuel 28:6 ; 2 Samuel 2:1 ; 5:23 ) etc. Superstition not unfrequently goes hand in hand with skepticism, and hence, amid the general infidelity prevalent throughout the Roman empire at our Lords coming, imposture was rampant. Hence the lucrative trade of such men as Simon Magus, ( Acts 8:9 ) Bar-jesus, ( Acts 13:6 ) the slave with the spirit of Python, ( Acts 16:16 ) the vagabond jews, exorcists, ( Luke 11:19 ; Acts 19:13 ) and others, ( 2 Timothy 3:13 ; Revelation 19:20 ) etc., as well as the notorious dealers in magical books at Ephesus. ( Acts 19:19 ) biblestudytools.com
  16. of false prophets ( Deuteronomy 18:10 Deuteronomy 18:14 ; Micah 3:6 Micah 3:7 Micah 3:11 ), of necromancers ( 1 Samuel 28:8 ), of the Philistine priests and diviners ( 1 Samuel 6:2 ), of Balaam ( Joshua 13:22 ). Three kinds of divination are mentioned in Ezekiel 21:21 , by arrows, consulting with images (the teraphim), and by examining the entrails of animals sacrificed. The practice of this art seems to have been encouraged in ancient Egypt. Diviners also abounded among the aborigines of Canaan and the Philistines ( Isaiah 2:6 ; 1 Samuel 28 ). At a later period multitudes of magicians poured from Chaldea and Arabia into the land of Israel, and pursued their occupations ( Isaiah 8:19 ; 2 Kings 21:6 ; 2 Chr 33:6 ). This superstition widely spread, and in the time of the apostles there were "vagabond Jews, exorcists" ( Acts 19:13 ), and men like Simon Magus ( Acts 8:9 ), Bar-jesus ( Acts 13:6 Acts 13:8 ), and other jugglers and impostors ( 19:19 ; 2 Tim 3:13 ). Every species and degree of this superstition was strictly forbidden by the law of Moses ( Exodus 22:18 ; Leviticus 19:26 Leviticus 19:31 ; 20:27 ; Deuteronomy 18:10 Deuteronomy 18:11 ). But beyond these various forms of superstition, there are instances of divination on record in the Scriptures by which God was pleased to make known his will. There was divination by lot, by which, when resorted to in matters of moment, and with solemnity, God intimated his will ( Joshua 7:13 ). The land of Canaan was divided by lot ( Numbers 26:55 Numbers 26:56 ); Achan's guilt was detected ( Joshua 7:16-19 ), Saul was elected king ( 1 Samuel 10:20 1 Samuel 10:21 ), and Matthias chosen to the apostleship, by the solem lot ( Acts 1:26 ). It was thus also that the scape-goat was determined ( Leviticus 16:8-10 ). biblestudytools.com
  17. of false prophets ( Deuteronomy 18:10 Deuteronomy 18:14 ; Micah 3:6 Micah 3:7 Micah 3:11 ), of necromancers ( 1 Samuel 28:8 ), of the Philistine priests and diviners ( 1 Samuel 6:2 ), of Balaam ( Joshua 13:22 ). Three kinds of divination are mentioned in Ezekiel 21:21 , by arrows, consulting with images (the teraphim), and by examining the entrails of animals sacrificed. The practice of this art seems to have been encouraged in ancient Egypt. Diviners also abounded among the aborigines of Canaan and the Philistines ( Isaiah 2:6 ; 1 Samuel 28 ). At a later period multitudes of magicians poured from Chaldea and Arabia into the land of Israel, and pursued their occupations ( Isaiah 8:19 ; 2 Kings 21:6 ; 2 Chr 33:6 ). This superstition widely spread, and in the time of the apostles there were "vagabond Jews, exorcists" ( Acts 19:13 ), and men like Simon Magus ( Acts 8:9 ), Bar-jesus ( Acts 13:6 Acts 13:8 ), and other jugglers and impostors ( 19:19 ; 2 Tim 3:13 ). Every species and degree of this superstition was strictly forbidden by the law of Moses ( Exodus 22:18 ; Leviticus 19:26 Leviticus 19:31 ; 20:27 ; Deuteronomy 18:10 Deuteronomy 18:11 ). But beyond these various forms of superstition, there are instances of divination on record in the Scriptures by which God was pleased to make known his will. There was divination by dreams ( Genesis 20:6 ; Deuteronomy 13:1 Deuteronomy 13:3 ; Judges 7:13 Judges 7:15 ; Matthew 1:20 ; Matthew 2:12 Matthew 2:13 Matthew 2:19 Matthew 2:22 ). This is illustrated in the history of Joseph ( Genesis 41:25-32 ) and of ( Daniel 2:27 ; 4:19-28 ). biblestudytools.com
  18. of false prophets ( Deuteronomy 18:10 Deuteronomy 18:14 ; Micah 3:6 Micah 3:7 Micah 3:11 ), of necromancers ( 1 Samuel 28:8 ), of the Philistine priests and diviners ( 1 Samuel 6:2 ), of Balaam ( Joshua 13:22 ). Three kinds of divination are mentioned in Ezekiel 21:21 , by arrows, consulting with images (the teraphim), and by examining the entrails of animals sacrificed. The practice of this art seems to have been encouraged in ancient Egypt. Diviners also abounded among the aborigines of Canaan and the Philistines ( Isaiah 2:6 ; 1 Samuel 28 ). At a later period multitudes of magicians poured from Chaldea and Arabia into the land of Israel, and pursued their occupations ( Isaiah 8:19 ; 2 Kings 21:6 ; 2 Chr 33:6 ). This superstition widely spread, and in the time of the apostles there were "vagabond Jews, exorcists" ( Acts 19:13 ), and men like Simon Magus ( Acts 8:9 ), Bar-jesus ( Acts 13:6 Acts 13:8 ), and other jugglers and impostors ( 19:19 ; 2 Tim 3:13 ). Every species and degree of this superstition was strictly forbidden by the law of Moses ( Exodus 22:18 ; Leviticus 19:26 Leviticus 19:31 ; 20:27 ; Deuteronomy 18:10 Deuteronomy 18:11 ). But beyond these various forms of superstition, there are instances of divination on record in the Scriptures by which God was pleased to make known his will. By divine appointment there was also divination by the Urim and Thummim ( Numbers 27:21 ), and by the ephod. biblestudytools.com
  19. of false prophets ( Deuteronomy 18:10 Deuteronomy 18:14 ; Micah 3:6 Micah 3:7 Micah 3:11 ), of necromancers ( 1 Samuel 28:8 ), of the Philistine priests and diviners ( 1 Samuel 6:2 ), of Balaam ( Joshua 13:22 ). Three kinds of divination are mentioned in Ezekiel 21:21 , by arrows, consulting with images (the teraphim), and by examining the entrails of animals sacrificed. The practice of this art seems to have been encouraged in ancient Egypt. Diviners also abounded among the aborigines of Canaan and the Philistines ( Isaiah 2:6 ; 1 Samuel 28 ). At a later period multitudes of magicians poured from Chaldea and Arabia into the land of Israel, and pursued their occupations ( Isaiah 8:19 ; 2 Kings 21:6 ; 2 Chr 33:6 ). This superstition widely spread, and in the time of the apostles there were "vagabond Jews, exorcists" ( Acts 19:13 ), and men like Simon Magus ( Acts 8:9 ), Bar-jesus ( Acts 13:6 Acts 13:8 ), and other jugglers and impostors ( 19:19 ; 2 Tim 3:13 ). Every species and degree of this superstition was strictly forbidden by the law of Moses ( Exodus 22:18 ; Leviticus 19:26 Leviticus 19:31 ; 20:27 ; Deuteronomy 18:10 Deuteronomy 18:11 ). But beyond these various forms of superstition, there are instances of divination on record in the Scriptures by which God was pleased to make known his will. God was pleased sometimes to vouch-safe direct vocal communications to men ( Deuteronomy 34:10 ; Exodus 3:4 ; 4:3 ; Deuteronomy 4:14 Deuteronomy 4:15 ; 1 Kings 19:12 ). He also communed with men from above the mercy-seat ( Exodus 25:22 ), and at the door of the tabernacle ( Exodus 29:42 Exodus 29:43 ). biblestudytools.com
  20. of false prophets ( Deuteronomy 18:10 Deuteronomy 18:14 ; Micah 3:6 Micah 3:7 Micah 3:11 ), of necromancers ( 1 Samuel 28:8 ), of the Philistine priests and diviners ( 1 Samuel 6:2 ), of Balaam ( Joshua 13:22 ). Three kinds of divination are mentioned in Ezekiel 21:21 , by arrows, consulting with images (the teraphim), and by examining the entrails of animals sacrificed. The practice of this art seems to have been encouraged in ancient Egypt. Diviners also abounded among the aborigines of Canaan and the Philistines ( Isaiah 2:6 ; 1 Samuel 28 ). At a later period multitudes of magicians poured from Chaldea and Arabia into the land of Israel, and pursued their occupations ( Isaiah 8:19 ; 2 Kings 21:6 ; 2 Chr 33:6 ). This superstition widely spread, and in the time of the apostles there were "vagabond Jews, exorcists" ( Acts 19:13 ), and men like Simon Magus ( Acts 8:9 ), Bar-jesus ( Acts 13:6 Acts 13:8 ), and other jugglers and impostors ( 19:19 ; 2 Tim 3:13 ). Every species and degree of this superstition was strictly forbidden by the law of Moses ( Exodus 22:18 ; Leviticus 19:26 Leviticus 19:31 ; 20:27 ; Deuteronomy 18:10 Deuteronomy 18:11 ). But beyond these various forms of superstition, there are instances of divination on record in the Scriptures by which God was pleased to make known his will. Through his prophets God revealed himself, and gave intimations of his will ( 2 Kings 13:17 ; Jeremiah 51:63 Jeremiah 51:64 ). These dictionary topics are fromM.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible[T] indicates this entry was also found in Torrey's Topical Textbook[B] indicates this entry was also found in Baker's Evangelical Dictionary[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible DictionaryBibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Divination". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". . biblestudytools.com
  21. Divining, insight into or discovery of the unknown or future by supernatural means; skilful forecast, good guess. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  22. n. Act or art of foretelling future events; augury; omen; conjectural presage; prediction. Cabinet Dictionary
  23. Prediction or foretelling of future things. Complete Dictionary

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