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Adversary

The word “adversary” is used 22 times in the King James Bible, nine times in the NIV, and 16 times in the NRSV. It has various meanings:

  1. an opponent or foe (1 Kings 5:4; 11:14, 23, 25; Luke 13:17)

  2. one that speaks against another, a complainant (Matt. 5:25; Luke 12:58)

  3. an enemy (Luke 18:3)

  4. the devil (1 Pet. 5:8—Greek: antidikos)

Author: Matthew G. Easton, edited by Paul S. Taylor.