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Lexicon :: Strong's H7081 - qesem

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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TWOT Reference: 2044a

Strong’s Definitions

קֶסֶם qeçem, keh'-sem; from H7080; a lot; also divination (including its fee), oracle:—(reward of) divination, divine sentence, witchcraft.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 11x

The KJV translates Strong's H7081 in the following manner: divination (9x), witchcraft (1x), divine sentence (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 11x
The KJV translates Strong's H7081 in the following manner: divination (9x), witchcraft (1x), divine sentence (1x).
  1. divination, witchcraft

    1. of the nations, Balaam

    2. of false prophets

    3. in a good sense (king's lips as oracles)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
קֶסֶם qeçem, keh'-sem; from H7080; a lot; also divination (including its fee), oracle:—(reward of) divination, divine sentence, witchcraft.
STRONGS H7081: Abbreviations
קֶ֫סֶם noun [masculine] divination; — absolute ק׳ Numbers 23:25+, קָ֑סֶם Ezekiel 21:26; construct קֶסֶם Ezekiel 13:6; plural קְסְמִים Deuteronomy 18:10 +; —
1. of the nations : Balaam, Numbers 23:23 (poem in J E; || נַחַשׁ; with ב against; as accusative of congnate meaning with verb לִקְאָםקֿ׳ Ezekiel 21:26; ק׳ as instrument of divination בִּימִינוֺ Ezekiel 21:27; so of elders of Moab and Midian, קְסָמִים בְּיָדָם, Numbers 22:7(E). — Isaiah 2:6 see [קָסַם].
2. of false prophets כָּזָב ק׳ Ezekiel 13:6 (but see [קָסַם]); ק׳ as accusative of congnate meaning with verb Ezekiel 13:23 (Co Berthol Krae כָּזָב as Ezekiel 13:9; Ezekiel 21:34; Ezekiel 22:38); צֱלִיל ק׳ (so Gf for MT וֶאֱלִו֯ל Jeremiah 14:4 (all || חזה שׁוא or שׁקר) קֹסֵם קְסָמִים); prohibited Deuteronomy 18:10; 2 Kings 17:17; reprobated 1 Samuel 15:23 (poem; || תרפים).
3. in good sense עַל שִׂפְתֵי ק׳ מֶלֶךְ Proverbs 16:10 (king's lips as oracle).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


22:7; 23:23; 23:25


18:10; 18:10

1 Samuel


2 Kings









13:6; 13:6; 13:9; 13:23; 21:26; 21:26; 21:27


Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H7081 matches the Hebrew קֶסֶם (qesem),
which occurs 11 times in 11 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:7 - And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination H7081 in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:23 - Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination H7081 against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:10 - There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, H7081 or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:23 - For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, H7081 and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 17:17 - And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination H7081 and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:10 - A divine sentence H7081 is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:14 - Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, H7081 and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 13:6 - They have seen vanity and lying divination, H7081 saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 13:23 - Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: H7081 for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:21 - For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: H7081 he made his arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:22 - At his right hand was the divination H7081 for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the voice with shouting, to appoint battering rams against the gates, to cast a mount, and to build a fort.
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