Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897)/Sorcerer

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“Sorcerer”
Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897)
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See the modern Wikipedia entry at Sorcerer.

Sorcerer: from the Latin sortiarius, one who casts lots, or one who tells the lot of others. (See DIVINATION.)

In Daniel 2:2 it is the rendering of the Hebrew mekhashphim, i.e., mutterers, men who professed to have power with evil spirits. The practice of sorcery exposed to severest punishment (Malachi 3:5; Revelation 21:8; 22:15).