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Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced

[The Lord] will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.

Bāla’, the Hebrew word rendered destroy in this prophecy, means swallow up—a translation that appears in the stories of Aaron’s rod swallowing those of Pharaoh’s magicians and Jonah being swallowed by a great fish (see Exodus 7:10–12; Jonah 1:17). Here it describes utter annihilation.

Resources quoted in this issue

GT: Jamieson, Robert, Andrew Robert Fausset, and David Brown. A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments. 2 vols. Hartford, CT: S. S. Scranton, 1871. Also available at biblestudytools.com/commentaries. 

Cit. 3: Barker, Kenneth, et al., eds. The NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995; Hendrickson Publishers. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1991.

Cit. 4: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 5, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 18: Barker, Kenneth, et al., eds. The NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995.

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