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Adversary
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Adversary
Adversary (ἀντίδικος, antidikos). Also translated as accuser (e.g., Matt 5:25; Luke 18:3; 12:58). The term at one point is applied to the devil (1 Pet 5:8).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Adversary
Adversary. Any foe, opponent, or enemy of God and his saints. The apostle Peter’s description of the devil as “your adversary” (1 Pt 5:8) has led to use of “the Adversary” as a reference to Satan in literature and popular speech.See Satan.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Adversary
Adversary [Heb. qûm (part), qîm (Job 22:20, perhaps corrupt), ṣar, ṣārar, ṣûr (part, Ex. 23:22), śāṭān, śānē’ (Ps. 55:12), rîḇ (part, 1 S. 2:10), ‘îš rîḇ (Job 31:35), ba‘al mišpāṭ (Isa. 50:8); Gk. antídikos, antikeímenos, hypenantíos]; AV also ENEMY, “(one who) riseth up against,”
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Adversary
ADVERSARY Any foe, opponent, or enemy of God and his people. The apostle Peter’s description of the devil as “your adversary” (1 Pt 5:8, kjv) has led to use of “the adversary” as a reference to Satan in literature and popular speech. See Satan.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Adversary
adversary, in the Bible, anyone (or anything) standing in the way of the completion of God’s will or opposing God’s people either collectively or individually (e.g., 2 Sam. 19:22; 1 Kings 5:4; 11:25; Ezra 4:1). “Adversary” is the literal meaning of the Hebrew word satan, and the idea eventually developed
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Adversary
ADVERSARY. In 32 of its 57 KJV occurrences, “adversary” is the translation of ṣar (or related forms) meaning “foe.” It refers primarily to enemies of Israel (Ex 23:22; Jer 50:7; cf. Est 7:6; Ps 69:19), but also to a rival wife (1 Sam 1:6) or sinful Judeans (Isa 1:24). Adversaries execute God’s wrath
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Adversaries
AdversariesSeveral later NT writings combat what their authors view as unacceptable beliefs and practices. As they do, they are setting limits to the diversity of earliest Christianity. Interpreters have usually identified the adversaries of most of these writings as Gnostics of some description. This
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Adversary
ADVERSARY. In its general meaning refers to an enemy, as in the expression “The Lord takes vengeance on His adversaries” (Nah. 1:2). Frequently it is derived from Heb. ṣûr, “to bind”; in 1 Sam. 2:10, rı̂b, “to strive.” In the NT we have antikeimenos, hupenantios, “one who opposes”; and antidikos, “opponent
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Adversary
Adversary(Heb. satan), an opponent or foe (1 Kings 5:4; 11:14, 23, 25; Luke 13:17); one that speaks against another, a complainant (Matt. 5:25; Luke 12:58); an enemy (Luke 18:3), and specially the devil (1 Pet. 5:8).
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Adversary
Adversaryadversary, in the ot, anyone (or anything) standing in the way of the completion of God’s will or opposing God’s people either collectively or individually (e.g., 2 Sam. 19:22; 1 Kings 5:4; 11:25; Ezra 4:1). ‘Adversary’ is the literal meaning of the Hebrew word satan, and the idea eventually
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Adversary
ADVERSARY — one who opposes or hinders another. In the Bible, this word is often used of Satan, the adversary of God and His plan of righteousness and redemption in the world. Since his fall, Satan has opposed God’s plan to establish His kingdom on earth. He tricked Eve (Gen. 3:1–5) in order to use human
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Antihero
AntiheroThe antihero is a familiar archetype in modern literature-the protagonist characterized by an absence of the traits or roles that conventionally qualify a person to be considered heroic. It is no surprise that we find antiheroes in a book that subverts worldly standards of success as often as
Key passages
1 Pe 5:8

Be sober; be on the alert. Your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

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