Are the names of the Pharaoh’s magicians who contested with Moses mentioned anywhere in the Bible?

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Editors Note:

While the names of Pharaoh’s magicians weren’t mentioned at the time of Moses in the Old Testament (Exodus 7:10-12), Paul does make reference to “Jannes and Jambres” in 2 Timothy 3:8 who might have been among the magicians that contested Moses, tradition states. Read more on Jannes and Jambres

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Ash asks, are the names of Pharaohs magicians who contested with Moses mentioned anywhere in the Bible, Old or New Testament? Thank you.


Can you do this in one sentence?


I think so. No.


As far as I know, if you look in the book of Exodus, chapter seven and eight, that’s where this whole scenario is mentioned. I think it’s mentioned later in the Bible. But no, the names are not mentioned in particular. They just said enchanter or magicians, sorcerers, that sort of thing. But no specific name is ever mentioned as far as I’ve ever read.


But again, you read your own Bible. Look again. But from what I read, especially Exodus seven and Eight, no, but I think it’s interesting. We’ll just say because I can’t help but share something, because I love God’s word. I think the Bible is so amazing.


They kept replicating and replicating these miracles of God. But finally, when the lights came in, Exodus 818 says, now the magician so worked with their enchantments to bring forth life is. But they could not. So their life on man. There was lice on man and beast.


Then in verse 19, then the magician said to Pharaoh, this is the finger of God. So at some point, I think it’s just an analogy that people in this world can try to imitate God’s wonder, try to outshine God and his amazing works. But at the end of the day, you just can’t outdo God and you can’t. And you just have to come through the recognition that he’s God, and there’s nobody like him. And so I just love that verse.


And it just makes me sad that Pharaoh’s heart Groovin harder even when his magicians were like, hey, this is nothing we can do. When God wants to do something, you can’t make God do or not do anything. That’s his wallet. You.

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