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The Definition of the word Devil


(Gr. diabolos), a slanderer, the arch-enemy of man's spiritual "interest (Job 1:6; Rev. 2:10; Zech. 3:1). He is called also "the" "accuser of the brethen" (Rev. 12:10)." "In Lev. 17:7 the word "devil" is the translation of the Hebrew "sair, meaning a "goat" or "satyr" (Isa. 13:21; 34:14), alluding" "to the wood-daemons, the objects of idolatrous worship among the" heathen. "In Deut. 32:17 and Ps. 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 "(Matt. 12:25-30; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 4:35; 10:18, etc.)."

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