Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Greek 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 Psalms 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
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(slanderer). The name describes Satan as slandering God
to man and man to God. The former work is of course, a part of his great work
of temptation to evil and is not only exemplified but illustrated as to its general
nature and tendency by the narrative of Genesis 3. The other work, the slandering
or accusing men before God, is the imputation of selfish motives, ( Job 1:9 ,
1:10 ) and its refutation is placed in the self-sacrifice of those "who loved
not their own lives unto death." [SATAN; DEMON]
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
dev'-'-l. See DEMON; SATAN.
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