A specialist in the manipulation of intangible powers of evil against people. Witches were commonly held to have existed in the ancient Near East and were doubtless known to the ancient Israelites. Although the terms are not precise, witches may be included among those listed in certain OT passages indicating offenses (Deut 18:10-11; 2Kgs 21:6; 2Chr 33:6; Jer 27:9; Lev 19:26; Isa 47:9; Isa 47:12; Mic 5:11). A woman who practices one of these activities and who may be a witch is proscribed in (Exod 22:18, and Nah 3:4) designates Nineveh as such a woman. The so-called witch of Endor (1Sam 28) is a necromancer or medium.

Deut 18:10-11

10No one shall be found among you who makes a son or daughter pass through fire, or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer,11o ... View more

2Kgs 21:6

6He made his son pass through fire; he practiced soothsaying and augury, and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, pro ... View more

2Chr 33:6

6He made his son pass through fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom, practiced soothsaying and augury and sorcery, and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He ... View more

Jer 27:9

9You, therefore, must not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your soothsayers, or your sorcerers, who are saying to you, “You shall not serv ... View more

Lev 19:26

26You shall not eat anything with its blood. You shall not practice augury or witchcraft.

Isa 47:9

9both these things shall come upon you
in a moment, in one day:
the loss of children and widowhood
shall come upon you in full measure,
in spite of your many so ... View more

Isa 47:12

12Stand fast in your enchantments
and your many sorceries,
with which you have labored from your youth;
perhaps you may be able to succeed,
perhaps you may insp ... View more

Mic 5:11

11and I will cut off the cities of your land
and throw down all your strongholds;

Exod 22:18

18You shall not permit a female sorcerer to live.

Nah 3:4

4Because of the countless debaucheries of the prostitute,
gracefully alluring, mistress of sorcery,
who enslaves nations through her debaucheries,
and peoples t ... View more

1Sam 28

1In those days the Philistines gathered their forces for war, to fight against Israel. Achish said to David, “You know, of course, that you and your men are to ... View more

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