The Occult Arts
Sorcery, astrology, familiar spirits, divination, and ghosts
in the Bible.
Sorcery And Enchantments
Magic And Astrology
Witches And Wizards
And Unclean Spirits
Sorcery And Enchantments
Exodus 7:11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the
magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
Exodus 7:23 And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and
Pharaoh's heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had
Exodus 8:7 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up
frogs upon the land of Egypt.
And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth
lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.
Numbers 24:1 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he
went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face
toward the wilderness
But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of
children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the
multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy
wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine
heart, I am, and none else beside me.12
Stand now with thine enchantments, and
with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth;
if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the
stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these
things that shall come upon thee.
But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city
used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was
some great one:
To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest,
saying, This man is the great power of God.
And to him they had regard,
because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of
their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the
voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee:
for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all
Magic And Astrology
Daniel 1:20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king
enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and
astrologers that were in all his realm.
Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers,
and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they
came and stood before the king.
Daniel 2:27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret
which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the
magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the
soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto
me the interpretation thereof.
Daniel 5:7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and
the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon,
Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall
be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be
the third ruler in the kingdom.
There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy
gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the
wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father,
the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers,
Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
Daniel 5:15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before
me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the
interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing:
Witches And Wizards
Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his
daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of
times, or an enchanter, or a witch.
Or a charmer, or a consulter with
familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
For all that do these things
are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy
God doth drive them out from before thee.
For these nations, which thou shalt
possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee,
the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as
iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath
also rejected thee from being king.
2 Chronicles 33:6
And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley
of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used
witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much
evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
2 Kings 21:6
And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times,
and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought
much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
Leviticus 19:31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after
wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
20:6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and
after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that
soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
28:3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried
him in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those that had
familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land.
28:9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath
done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out
of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?
2 Kings 23:24 Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and
the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land
of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words
of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the
house of the LORD.
Isaiah 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar
spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek
unto their God? for the living to the dead?
And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will
destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the
charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the
which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which
do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
2 Kings 17:17
caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used
divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the
LORD, to provoke him to anger.
the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not,
neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a
false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their
Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in
my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in
this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of
They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD
hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm
Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying
divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?
For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two
ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright, he consulted with images, he
looked in the liver.
At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to
appoint captains, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the voice with
shouting, to appoint battering rams against the gates, to cast a mount, and to
build a fort.
And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their sight,
to them that have sworn oaths: but he will call to remembrance the iniquity,
that they may be taken.
And it came
to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of
divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the
most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
And this did she many
days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in
the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
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