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Blasphemy
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Blasphemy
Blasphemy A verbal insult uttered intentionally and malevolently against God, revealing the offender’s contempt for Him.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Blasphemy
Blasphemy. Profane or contemptuous speech or writing about (or action toward) God. In a general sense, “blasphemy” can refer to any slander, including any word or action that insults or devalues another being. In Greek literature the term was used for insulting or deriding living or dead persons, but
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Blaspheme; Blasphemy
Blaspheme; Blasphemy [Heb. nāqaḇ, ne’āṣâ, qālal, gāḏap̱; Gk. blasphēméō, blasphēmía, blásphēmos]; AV also PROVOCATION (Neh. 9:18, 26), “make vile” (1 S. 3:13); NEB also “utter (the Name) (in blasphemy),” INSULT (vb.), SLANDER (noun, vb.), DISHONOUR (vb.), ABUSE (noun), “renounce one’s
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Blasphemy
BLASPHEMY Profane or contemptuous speech or writing about (or action toward) God. In a general sense, “blasphemy” can refer to any slander, including any word or action that insults or devalues another being. In Greek literature the term was used for insulting or deriding living or dead persons, but
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Blasphemy
blasphemy, a term derived from a Greek word meaning to injure the reputation of another. In the Bible it means showing contempt or a lack of reverence for God (Lev. 24:16; Dan. 3:29; Mark 2:7; Rev. 13:6; cf. Bel and Dragon 1:9) or for something sacred (Neh. 9:18, 26; 1 Macc. 7:33–42; Matt. 26:65; Rev.
Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit
blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, an offense that Jesus identifies as an “eternal sin” that can never be forgiven (Mark 3:28–30). In the immediate context for this passage, the works of God performed by Jesus through the Holy Spirit are being attributed to the spirit of Beel-zebul (3:22). Those who identify
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Blasphemy
BLASPHEMY. The concept involved an intentional and defiant dishonoring of the nature, name, or work of God by word or action (2 Kgs 19:3, 6, 22; cf. 18:22). Sometimes it was directed toward men or objects closely associated with God; e.g., Israel (Isa 52:5), the mountains of Israel (Ezk 35:12), the temple
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Blasphemy
BlasphemyThe act of cursing or slandering the name of God. It is not only an act committed against God (Exod. 22:28 [MT 27]) but also an act of slandering, abusing, or reviling other people or groups (Rom. 3:8; 1 Cor. 4:13; 1 Pet. 4:4). Blasphemy also appears in Assyrian legal texts (cf. Dan. 3:29).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Blasphemy
Blasphemy. The sin of consciously using derogatory language about God. Secondly, it is the “reviling,” “mocking,” and “slandering” of another human being (cf. Rom. 3:8; 1 Cor. 4:13; 1 Pet. 4:4).In the Old Testament Nehemiah interpreted Israel’s worship of the golden calf in the wilderness as a great
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Blasphemy
BlasphemyIn both the Old and New Testaments blasphemy is, at its root, a word or act detracting from the power and glory* of God*.1. Background2. Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit3. Jesus Accused of Blasphemy
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Blasphemy
BLASPHEMY (Greek, “reviling” or “speaking ill of”) Speech, thought, or action that entails contempt for God. Blasphemy may also involve the contemptuous ridicule of saints, sacred objects, or the Church; it is directly opposed to the second commandment (CCC 1031, 2148, 2162). The gravity of the sin is
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
blasphemy
blasphemy (Gk. βλασφημία, from βλάπτω, ‘to damage’, and φήμη, ‘reputation’). Speech, thought, or action manifesting contempt for God. In moral theology it is commonly regarded as a sin against the virtue of religion, though St *Thomas Aquinas defined it as a sin against faith. It may be directed
Key passages
Ex 20:7

“You shall not misuse the name of Yahweh your God, because Yahweh will not leave unpunished anyone who misuses his name.

Mt 12:31–32

For this reason I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven! And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him. But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him either in this …

Jn 10:33–36

The Jews answered him, “We are not going to stone you concerning a good deed, but concerning blasphemy, and because you, although you are a man, make yourself to be God!” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ’? If he called them ‘gods’ to whom the …

Jas 2:5–7

Listen, my dear brothers! Did not God choose the poor of the world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor! Are not the rich exploiting you and they themselves dragging you into the courts? Do they themselves not …

Re 13:5

And a mouth was given to him speaking great things and blasphemies, and authority to act was given to him for forty-two months.

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