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A legal term describing a person who claims another is guilty of a crime or a moral offense. The Hebrew word for accuser is “Satan” (compare Psalm 109:6 in various translations). See Deuteronomy 19:15-21 ). The psalmist prayed for judgment against his accusers (Psalm 109:4 ,Psalms 109:4,109:20 ,Psalms 109:20,109:29 NAS, NIV, NRSV). False accusers led to Christ's conviction and death ( Matthew 27:12 ). Jewish accusers (Acts 22:30 ) finally led Paul to appeal to Rome (Acts 25:11 ).

The law of Moses was sufficient to accuse people of sin (John 5:45 ), but one day accusations will cease (Revelation 12:10 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Accuser'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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