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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words


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1: διάβολος

(Strong's #1228 — Adjective — diabolos — dee-ab'-ol-os )

"an accuser" (cp. ACCUSE, B, No. 1), is used 34 times as a title of Satan, the Devil (the English word is derived from the Greek); once of Judas, John 6:70 , who, in his opposition of God, acted the part of the Devil. Apart from John 6:70 , men are never spoken of as devils. It is always to be distinguished from daimon, "a demon." It is found three times, 1 Timothy 3:11; 2 Timothy 3:3; Titus 2:3 , of false accusers, slanderers.

2: κατήγορος

(Strong's #2725 — Noun Masculine — kategoros — kat-ay'-gor-os )

"an accuser," (see ACCUSATION , ACCUSED, B. 4.) is used in John 8:10; Acts 23:30,35; 24:8; 25:16,18 . In Revelation 12:10 , it is used of Satan. In the Sept., Proverbs 18:17 .

Notes: (1) Sukophantia, "a false accusation or oppression," is used in Ecclesiastes 5:7; 7:8; Psalm 119:134; Amos 2:8 (not in the NT). See No. 5, above.

(2) Sukophantes, "a false accuser, or oppressor," occurs in Psalm 72:4; Proverbs 28:16 (not in the NT).

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Accuser'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. 1940.

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