The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
DEVIL [Gk diabolos (διαβολος)]. The LXX and NT translation of the OT sātan. Sātan is a judicial term referring to an “accuser,” “slanderer,” “calumniator,” or “adversary” in court (cf. Ps 109:6). The NT also uses the transliteration satanos, which is synonymous with diabolos (cf. Rev 12:9). Diabolos
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
devil, the English translation of a Greek word (diabolos) meaning “accuser” or “slanderer,” used in the lxx to translate the Hebrew “Satan” and in the nt as a virtual synonym for the same term. In the kjv, it is also regularly employed as a translation of another Greek word (daimōn), which in the nrsv
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
DEVIL (Gr. diabolos, “slanderer,” “false accuser”). Identical with Satan, Adversary. He is once called katēgor, “accuser,” in Rev 12:10, and is called Beelzebub (q.v.) in Mt 12:27.The devil is a personal, superhuman, evil, created being, a fallen angel, without corporeal material form. He is represented
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
DevilEnglish translation of Gk. diábolos, which in both Hellenistic and Classical Greek signified an evil (human) adversary, false accuser, slanderer, calumniator. In all but four of its 21 appearances in the LXX diábolos (usually with the article) translates Heb. (hak)kāṭān, “an adversary or plotter,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Devil (Gk. diábolos “slanderer”). Another name for Satan, God’s adversary. Whereas the Old Testament contains references to “demons” (so RSV, NIV; KJV “devils”) and “satyrs,” the New Testament presents a more developed demonology. Here some of the angels are said to have fallen from their state
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
DEVIL ΔιάβολοςI. The term ‘devil’ is a rendering of the Greek word διάβολος, used as a loan word by Latin Christian writers as diabolus. As a proper noun in intertestamental Jewish texts and Christian writers the word denotes the great Adversary of God and righteousness, the Devil. It is so used in
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Demon, Devil, Satan
Demon, devil, satanFor Jesus and the Gospel writers the Devil, or Satan, is the chief enemy of Jesus and the establishing of the kingdom of God*. In his ministry, especially in his exorcisms, Jesus engages in the first stage of the defeat of Satan in casting out his evil minions. Jesus’ complete defeat
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Satan, devilPaul refers to a personal, evil, spiritual being whose purposes are opposed to God, his people and his cosmos. “Satan” (or “Devil” occurring only in Ephesians and the Pastorals) are the most familiar terms Paul uses, but there are others. The OT and, more particularly, the varied Judaism
Key passages
Mt 25:41

Then he will also say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed ones, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels!

Jn 8:44

You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father! That one was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand firm in the truth, because truth is not in him. Whenever he speaks the lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies. …

1 Pe 5:8–9

Be sober; be on the alert. Your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, because you know the same kinds of sufferings are being accomplished by your community of believers in the world.

1 Jn 3:8

The one who practices sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this reason the Son of God was revealed: in order to destroy the works of the devil.

Re 12:9–10

And the great dragon was thrown down, the ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of …

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