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The Devil

But what about the devil? While “satan” simply means adversary, what does “devil” mean?

Once again, it’s helpful to look a bit deeper into what the word means in the original language of the Bible. “Devil” is a Greek word, thus, it doesn’t actually appear anywhere in the Old Testament.

In the Greek, the word translated as “devil” is “diabolos,” and it appears to carry the idea of a slanderer or liar. While it is most often simply translated as “devil,” there are a few times in Scripture where its meaning is more or less spelled out––and those instances give us a bit of insight into what the devil truly is:

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