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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Devil

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(Gr. diabolos), a slanderer, the arch-enemy of man's spiritual interest (Job 1:6; Revelation 2:10; Zechariah 3:1 ). He is called also "the accuser of the brethen" (Revelation 12:10 ).

In Leviticus 17:7 the word "devil" is the translation of the Hebrew Sair , Meaning a "goat" or "satyr" ( Isaiah 13:21; 34:14 ), alluding to the wood-daemons, the objects of idolatrous worship among the heathen.

In Deuteronomy 32:17 and Psalm 106:37 it is the translation of Hebrew Shed , meaning lord, and idol, regarded by the Jews as a "demon," as the word is rendered in the Revised Version.

In the narratives of the Gospels regarding the "casting out of devils" a different Greek word (daimon) is used. In the time of our Lord there were frequent cases of demoniacal possession ( Matthew 12:25-30; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 4:35; 10:18 , etc.).

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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Devil'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/d/devil.html. 1897.

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