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Witch


"Occurs only in Ex. 22:18, as the rendering of mekhashshepheh," "the feminine form of the word, meaning "enchantress" (R.V.," "sorceress), and in Deut. 18:10, as the rendering of" "mekhashshepheth, the masculine form of the word, meaning" enchanter.

(1 Sam. 15:23; 2 Kings 9:22; 2 Chr. 33:6; Micah 5:12; Nahum 3:4; Gal. 5:20). In the popular sense of the word no mention is made either of witches or of witchcraft in Scripture. "The "witch of En-dor" (1 Sam. 28) was a necromancer, i.e., one "who feigned to hold converse with the dead. The damsel with "a" "spirit of divination" (Acts 16:16) was possessed by an evil" "spirit, or, as the words are literally rendered, "having a" "spirit, a pithon." The reference is to the heathen god Apollo," who was regarded as the god of prophecy.


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