5332. pharmakeus
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pharmakeus: sorcerer.
Original Word: φαρμακεύς
Transliteration: pharmakeus
Phonetic Spelling: (far-mak-yoos')
Short Definition: sorcerer

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Cognate: 5332 pharmakeús – a person using drug-based incantations or drugging religious enchantments; a pharmakeus-practitioner who "mixes up distorted religious potions" like a sorcerer-magician. They try to "work their magic" by performing pseudo "supernatural" stunts, weaving illusions about the Christian life to use "powerful" religious formulas ("incantations") that manipulate the Lord into granting more temporal gifts (especially "invincible health and wealth"). This has a "drugging" effect on the aspiring religious zealot, inducing them to think they have "special spiritual powers" (that do not operate in keeping with Scripture). See 5331 (pharmakeía).

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
variant reading for pharmakos, q.v.
STRONGS NT 5332: φαρμακεύς

φαρμακεύς, φαρμακεως, (φάρμακον), one who prepares or uses magical remedies; a sorcerer: Revelation 21:8 Rec. (Sophicles, Plato, Josephus, Lucian, Plutarch, others.)


From pharmakon (a drug, i.e. Spell-giving potion); a druggist ("pharmacist") or poisoner, i.e. (by extension) a magician -- sorcerer.

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