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Dictionaries :: Enchantments

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Below are articles from the following 2 dictionaries:
Easton's Bible Dictionary


(1.) The rendering of Hebrew latim or lehatim, which means "something covered," "muffled up;" secret arts, tricks (Exd 7:11,22; 8:7,18), by which the Egyptian magicians imposed on the credulity of Pharaoh.

(2.) The rendering of the Hebrew keshaphim, "muttered spells" or "incantations," rendered "sorceries" in Isa 47:9, 12, i.e., the using of certain formulae under the belief that men could thus be bound.

(3.) Hebrew lehashim, "charming," as of serpents (Jer 8:17; Psa 58:5).

(4.) Hebrew nehashim, the enchantments or omens used by Balaam (Num 24:1); his endeavouring to gain omens favourable to his design.

(5.) Hebrew heber (Isa 47:9,12), "magical spells." All kinds of enchantments were condemned by the Mosaic law (Lev 19:26; Deu 18:10-12). (See DIVINATION.)

Smith's Bible Dictionary


The words so translated have several signification: the practice of secret arts (Exodus 7:11; 7:22; 8:7); "muttered spells," (2 Kings 9:22; Micah 5:12) the charming of serpents (Ecclesiastes 10:11) the enchantments sought by Balaam (Numbers 24:1) the use of magic (Isaiah 47:9; 47:12). Any resort to these methods of imposture was strictly forbidden in Scripture (Leviticus 19:26; Isaiah 47:9etc.) but to eradicate the tendency is almost impossible (2 Kings 17:17) and we find it still flourishing at the Christian era (Acts 13:6; 13:8).


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