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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 - So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian left with the fees for divination H7081 in their hands; and they came to Balaam and [fn]repeated Balak’s words to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:23 - “For there is no magic curse against Jacob,
Nor is there any divination H7081 against Israel;
At the proper time it shall be said to Jacob
And to Israel, what God has done!
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:10 - “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination H7081, a soothsayer, one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:23 - “For rebellion is as reprehensible as the sin of divination H7081,
And insubordination is as reprehensible as false religion and idolatry.
Since you have rejected the word of the LORD,
He has also rejected you from being king.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 17:17 - Then they made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, and they practiced divination H7081 and interpreting omens, and gave themselves over to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:10 - A divine H7081 verdict H7081 is on the lips of the king;
His mouth should not [fn]err in judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:14 - Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them, nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination H7081, futility, and the deception of their own [fn]minds.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 13:6 - “They see deceit and lying divination H7081, those who are saying, ‘The LORD declares,’ when the LORD has not sent them; yet they wait for the fulfillment of their word!
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 13:23 - therefore you women will no longer see deceitful visions or practice divination H7081, and I will save My people from your hands. So you will know that I am the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:21 - “For the king of Babylon stands at the [fn]parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination H7081; he shakes the arrows, he consults the [fn]household idols, he looks at the liver.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:22 - “Into his right hand came the divination H7081, ‘Jerusalem,’ to set up battering rams, to open the mouth [fn]for [fn]slaughter, to raise the voice with a battle cry, to set up battering rams against the gates, to pile up assault ramps, to build a siege wall.
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