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also known as: spells, hexes
The rendering of Hebrew latim_ or _lehatim, which means “something covered,” “muffled up;” secret arts, tricks (Ex. 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 Isa. 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 (Jer. 8:17; compare Ps. 58:5).
Hebrew: nehashim, the enchantments or omens used by Balaam (Num. 24:1); his endeavouring to gain omens favorable to his design.
Hebrew: Heber (Isa. 47:9, 12), “magical spells.”
All kinds of enchantments were condemned by the Mosaic law (Lev. 19:26; Deut. 18:10-12).