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22:18 sorceress. Sorcery, the attempt to determine and influence the future through occult means, was strongly condemned (Deut. 18:9–13; 2 Kin. 21:6; Jer. 27:9–10; Mic. 5:12; Nah. 3:4). The future lay in God’s hands alone (Deut. 18:9 note).