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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Belial

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("worthlessness": or "recklessness, lawlessness".) Not strictly a proper name, but used so by personification. Βeli means "without" and ya'al means "usefulness," i.e. "good for nothing". "A man of Belial" is a worthless, lawless fellow (Deuteronomy 13:13; Judges 19:22; 1 Samuel 2:12). Latterly "Rake" ("vain fellows" (2 Samuel 6:20, harekim ), and "Fool" were used instead: Matthew 5:22. Νabal ("fool") is called "man of Belial" (1 Samuel 25:25.) In the New Testament, "Beliar" is the form in some oldest manuscripts (2 Corinthians 6:15.) As Satan is opposed to God, Antichrist to Christ, so Belial standing here in contrast to Christ must denote all anti-Christian pollutions personified.


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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Belial'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. http://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/fbd/b/belial.html. 1949.


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