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Reference: Charmer


one who practises serpent-charming (Ps 58:5; Jer 8:17; Ec 10:11). It was an early and universal opinion that the most venomous reptiles could be made harmless by certain charms or by sweet sounds. It is well known that there are jugglers in India and in other Eastern lands who practise this art at the present day.

In Isa 19:3 the word "charmers" is the rendering of the Hebrew 'ittim, meaning, properly, necromancers (R.V. marg., "whisperers"). In De 18:11 the word "charmer" means a dealer in spells, especially one who, by binding certain knots, was supposed thereby to bind a curse or a blessing on its object. In Isa 3:3 the words "eloquent orator" should be, as in the Revised Version, "skilful enchanter."

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In Ps 58:5; Jer 8:17 the allusion is to those who can charm serpents, probably by soft and gentle sounds. In De 18:11; Isa 19:3 it is associated with idolatry and sorcerers: these also carry on their incantations with low mutterings. See DIVINATION.

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