As I grew in Christ and was weaned off of the milky teachings, I found myself learning more and more about the wiles of the devil. There are many ways the enemy attacks us, but so many of us seem obvious to his tactics. However, it’s important to always remember that the battle is being fought in the spiritual realm. We may see effects spill out into the natural, but everything always starts in the spiritual. One of the tactics he uses to curse and stray people away from God is through divination. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry. We’re going to look at what does the word divination mean in Hebrew and Greek.
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
What Does the Word ‘Divination’ Mean In Hebrew?
miqcam- an augury; divination.
An augury simply means the act of prediction or foretelling events by the flight of or chattering of birds.
qacam- to divine; magic.
Divination is a pagan parallel to prophesying. It’s a form of seeking after the will of various gods in an effort to learn the future or receive a divine blessing from them. It’s more than likely that the diviners conversed with demons (1 Corinthians 10:20).
“But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:20
The practice of divination may involve:
- offering sacrifices to the deity on an altar (Numbers 23:1)
- the shaking of arrows
- the used of a hole in the ground
- consulting with household idols
- studying the livers of dead animals (Ezekiel 21:21)
Divination was one of man’s many attempts to know and control the world and the future apart from the true God. It’s also the opposite of true prophecy.
What Does the Word ‘Divination’ Mean In Greek?
Puthon- inspiration in soothslaying.
Puthon comes from Greek mythology. It was the name of the Pythian serpent or dragon, who lived in Pytho, at the foot of mount Parnassus. It guarded the oracle of Delphi and was slain by Apollo.
Later, the word was applied to soothsayers (someone who does fortune-telling) or diviners who were inspired by Apollo. The young woman in Acts 16:16 was possessed by a devil who was instigating the cult of Apollo and had a “spirit of divination.”
I find it really interesting that the word Puthon comes from the word Python. Usually, we associate a snake with the occult or wickedness because of the fall of Adam and Eve. However, that image of a snake can mean all sorts of inspirations for evil.
The sad thing is many people are still seeking the advice of fortune-tellers today. It’s obvious through scripture that these meetings are demonic and are used by the enemy to seek control over one’s life. That’s why I’m convinced you should never go to one of these places. If you have, I suggest confessing it as sin unto God and renouncing anything that may have come with it. Don’t give your life over to the enemy.
Instead, believe God’s promises for your life. Speak and confirm the things He’s already said about you.
All in all, that’s what the word divination means in Hebrew and Greek. I pray you found this article helpful. If so, please share this content. Also, feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments below. And finally, thanks for reading!