27:3 Use it to send messages to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, 1 and Sidon. 2 Send them through 3 the envoys who have come to Jerusalem 4 to King Zedekiah of Judah.
27:9 So do not listen to your prophets or to those who claim to predict the future by divination, 5 by dreams, by consulting the dead, 6 or by practicing magic. They keep telling you, ‘You do not need to be 7 subject to the king of Babylon.’
[27:3] 2 sn The nations of Edom, Moab, and Ammon were east of Judah. They were sometimes allies and sometimes enemies. The nations of Tyre and Sidon were on the sea coast north and west of Judah. They are best known for their maritime trade during the reign of Solomon. They were more commonly allies of Israel and Judah than enemies.
[27:3] 3 tn Heb “send by means of them” [i.e., the straps and crossbars made into a yoke] to…through.” The text is broken up in conformity with contemporary English style. Many English versions ignore the suffix on the end of “send” and find some support for this on the basis of its absence in the Lucianic Greek text. However, it is probably functioning metonymically here for the message which they see symbolized before them and is now explained clearly to them.
[27:9] 5 sn Various means of divination are alluded to in the OT. For example, Ezek 21:26-27 alludes to throwing down arrows to see which way they fall and consulting the shape of the liver of slaughtered animals. Gen 44:5 alludes to reading the future through pouring liquid in a cup. The means alluded to in this verse were all classified as pagan and prohibited as illegitimate in Deut 18:10-14. The