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  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Enchantments 
  (1.)  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. 
 
  (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; 
  comp.  Ps  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;  Deut.  18:10-12).  (See  {DIVINATION}.) 
 




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