Wise (חָכָם, chakdm, σόφος). The Hebrew word, חֲכָמֹי , chakamin, rendered "wise men" (Ge 41:8; Ex 7:11; Ec 9:17; Jer 1:19; Es 1:13) not only signifies men celebrated for wisdom, magi, but also magicians or enchanters. SEE MAGIC. The feminine of the same term, חִכמָה, chakmah, is used for a "wise woman," one noted for cunning or skill (2Sa 14:2; 2Sa 20:16). SEE WITCH. The Hebrew word חִרטֻמַּים chartummim, rendered "magicians" (Ge 41:8,24; Ex 7:11,22; Ex 8:7,18-19; Ex 9:11; Da 1:20; Da 2:21), properly signifies sacred scribes, skilled in the sacred writing or hieroglyphics; and is applied to a class of Egyptian priests; and also to the magi of Babylon and Persia. SEE MAGI. In Mt 2:1-16, the Greek term is μάγος, having the same significance. SEE STAR IN THE EAST.

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