Devil @ (Gr. 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:13:21Isaiah: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:4:35Luke:10:18, etc.).
DEVIL @ -See DEMON -See SATAN
DEVIL @ - (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:1:9-10) and its refutation is placed in the self-sacrifice of those "who loved not their own lives unto death." [SATAN; DEMON]