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Easton's Bible Dictionary

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Hebrew - enchantments

  • The rendering of Hebrew Latim_ or _lehatim , Which means "something covered," "muffled up;" secret arts, tricks (Exodus 7:11,22; 8:7,18), by which the Egyptian magicians imposed on the credulity of Pharaoh.

  • The rendering of the Hebrew Keshaphim , "Muttered spells" or "incantations," rendered "sorceries" in Isaiah 47:9,12, i.e., the using of certain formulae under the belief that men could thus be bound.

  • Hebrew Lehashim , "Charming," as of serpents (Jeremiah 8:17; Compare Psalms 58:5).

  • Hebrew Nehashim , The enchantments or omens used by Balaam (Numbers 24:1); his endeavouring to gain omens favourable to his design.

  • Hebrew Heber (Isaiah 47:9,12), "magical spells." All kinds of enchantments were condemned by the Mosaic law (Leviticus 19:26; Deuteronomy 18:10-12). (See DIVINATION .)

  • Copyright Statement
    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Enchantments'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".
    <>. 1897.

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