19 When they say to you, “Consult the spirits of the dead and the spiritists who chirp and mutter,”(A) shouldn’t a people consult their God?[a] Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?(B)

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  1. Isaiah 8:19 Or gods

25 who destroys the omens of the false prophets
and makes fools of diviners;
who confounds the wise
and makes their knowledge foolishness;(A)

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These two things will happen to you
suddenly, in one day:
loss of children and widowhood.
They will happen to you in their entirety,
in spite of your many sorceries(A)
and the potency of your spells.

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So the king gave orders to summon the diviner-priests, mediums, sorcerers, and Chaldeans[a](A) to tell the king his dreams. When they came and stood before the king,

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  1. Daniel 2:2 In this chap. Chaldeans are influential Babylonian wise men.

10 The Chaldeans answered the king, “No one on earth can make known what the king requests.(A) Consequently, no king, however great and powerful, has ever asked anything like this of any diviner-priest, medium, or Chaldean.

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