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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To gain an ascendency over by charms or incantations; to affect (esp. to injure) by witchcraft or sorcery.

2. (v. t.) To charm; to fascinate; to please to such a degree as to take away the power of resistance; to enchant.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

be-wich' (existemi): There are two Greek words in the New Testament translated "bewitch." The one given above (Acts 8:9, 21 the King James Version "bewitched," the Revised Version (British and American) "amazed") has reference to the work of Simon Magus. It means "to be out of one's mind," "to astonish," "to overwhelm with wonder." The other word, baskaino (Galatians 3:1), means "to fascinate by false representation." It is by this means the apostle complains they have been led to accept a teaching wholly contrary to the gospel of Christ. Both these words reveal to us something of the difficulty the early teachers had to eradicate the idea so widely held by the Jews and Egyptians especially, that there were certain powers, dark and mysterious, which by certain occult forces they could control. For a long time this had to be contended with as one of the corrupt practices brought into the church by the converts, both from Judaism and heathenism. These words have a reference to the evil eye which for centuries was, and even today is, an important factor in the life of the people of the East. 1 Timothy 6:20 is a reference to this thought and explains the word "science" (the King James Version) as there used.


Jacob W. Kapp

940. baskaino -- to slander, hence by ext. to bewitch
... to bewitch. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: baskaino Phonetic Spelling:
(bas-kah'-ee-no) Short Definition: I give the evil eye to, fascinate, bewitch ...
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1839. existemi -- to displace, to stand aside from
... lost His senses (1). amaze, make astonished, bewitch, wonder. From ek and histemi;
to put (stand) out of wits, ie Astound, or (reflexively ...
// - 8k


Acts of Saint Philip the Apostle when He Went to Upper Hellas.
... Dost thou then, said Philip, believe in Jesus? The high priest says: You do
not think, do you, that you can bewitch me, and persuade me? ...
/...// acts of philip/acts of saint philip the.htm

Impressive Phrases
... character, disposition, temperament, and reputation. charm, fascinate, bewitch,
and captivate. cheap, inexpensive, inferior, and common. ...
/.../kleiser/fifteen thousand useful phrases/section iv impressive phrases.htm

Marcion, who Would Blot Out the Record of Christ's Nativity, is ...
... [6960] Let that old woman also hold her tongue, lest she should bewitch the child."
[6961] After such a fashion as this, I suppose you have had, O Marcion, the ...
/.../tertullian/ on the flesh of christ/chapter ii marcion who would blot.htm

The False Prophet
... Behold, she was wise enough to educate a barbarous nation, beautiful enough to bewitch
potentates"for a time"strong enough to take a city; yet Hesper, who ...
/.../miller/the city of delight/chapter xix the false prophet.htm

... As they determine to know some other thing than Christ and him crucified; so with
the enticing words of man's wisdom they bewitch men into a disobedience to ...
/.../brown/christ the way the truth and the life/recommendation.htm

The Reward of virginity.
... Go, lightly leaving on one side the fascinations and the pleasures of life, which
confuse and bewitch the soul; and thus shall ye attain the promises, "This I ...
/.../chapter v the reward of virginity.htm

The Knowledge of God Stifled or Corrupted, Ignorantly or ...
... sober inquiry, because, arrogating to themselves more than they have any title to
do, they of their own accord court darkness, nay, bewitch themselves with ...
/.../calvin/the institutes of the christian religion/chapter 4 the knowledge of.htm

What Sort of Prayer the Gnostic Employs, and How it is Heard by ...
... therefore, to the pleasures of sight, nor the various pleasures which are found
in other enjoyments, as costly incense and odours, which bewitch the nostrils ...
/.../clement/the stromata or miscellanies/chapter vii what sort of prayer.htm

To Act Well of Greater Consequence than to Speak Well.
... by words and deeds; but we must repudiate entirely the art of wrangling and sophistry,
since these sentences of the sophists not only bewitch and beguile the ...
/.../clement/the stromata or miscellanies/chapter x to act well of.htm

Resolution: the Song of Hylobaris Concerning Divine Providence
... O Cave of horror black as pitch! Dark den of Spectres that bewitch. The
weaken'd phansy, sore affright. With the grim shades of grisly Night. ...
/.../palgrave/the treasury of sacred song/cxlvii resolution the song of.htm

Bewitch (1 Occurrence)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. BEWITCH. ... See DIVINATION; EVIL EYE; SORCERY;
SUPERSTITION. Jacob W. Kapp. Multi-Version Concordance Bewitch (1 Occurrence). ...
/b/bewitch.htm - 8k

Witch (2 Occurrences)
... versiera. 6. (n.) The stormy petrel. 7. (vt) To bewitch; to fascinate; to
enchant. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. EN-DOR, WITCH OF. ...
/w/witch.htm - 24k

Bewilderment (7 Occurrences)

/b/bewilderment.htm - 8k

Overlook (7 Occurrences)
... 3. (vt) To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly. 4. (vt) To
look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate. ...
/o/overlook.htm - 9k

Thoughtless (17 Occurrences)
... Galatians 3:1 O thoughtless Galatians, who did bewitch you, not to obey the truth --
before whose eyes Jesus Christ was described before among you crucified? ...
/t/thoughtless.htm - 10k

Described (16 Occurrences)
... Galatians 3:1 O thoughtless Galatians, who did bewitch you, not to obey the truth --
before whose eyes Jesus Christ was described before among you crucified? ...
/d/described.htm - 11k

Paradise (6 Occurrences)
... 5. (n.) A churchyard or cemetery. 6. (vt) To affect or exalt with visions of felicity;
to entrance; to bewitch. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. PARADISE. ...
/p/paradise.htm - 16k

Bewitched (3 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (imp. & pp) of Bewitch. Multi-Version Concordance
Bewitched (3 Occurrences). Acts 8:9 But there was a certain ...
/b/bewitched.htm - 7k

Spell (2 Occurrences)
... 9. (vt) To tell; to relate; to teach. 10. (vt) To put under the influence of a spell;
to affect by a spell; to bewitch; to fascinate; to charm. 11. ...
/s/spell.htm - 8k

Witchcraft (8 Occurrences)
... The verb "bewitch" occurs in Acts 8:9, 11 the King James Version (of Simon Magus
bewitching the people) and in Galatians 3:1 ("O foolish Galatians, who hath ...
/w/witchcraft.htm - 23k

Bible Concordance
Bewitch (1 Occurrence)

Galatians 3:1 Foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you not to obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was openly set forth among you as crucified?



Related Terms

Witch (2 Occurrences)

Bewilderment (7 Occurrences)

Overlook (7 Occurrences)

Thoughtless (17 Occurrences)

Described (16 Occurrences)

Paradise (6 Occurrences)

Bewitched (3 Occurrences)

Spell (2 Occurrences)

Witchcraft (8 Occurrences)

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