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Lucifer

Meaning: day star, brilliant star, shining one / Hebrew: heylel

This name appears only once in the Bible (Isaiah 14:12). It was a title given to a king of Babylon to express his perceived glory. The KJV and NKJV translate the Hebrew word as “Lucifer,” the NIV uses “morning star,” and the NRSV uses “Day Star.”

Commentator Dr. Henry M. Morris states: “Although the prophecy [in Isaiah 14] is directed toward the Earthly king of Babylon (Isaiah 14:4), here it goes far beyond him (he could never fall from heaven) to the wicked spirit possessing his body and inspiring his actions. Just as Satan possessed and used the serpent's body in Eden, so he does here with Babylon's king…”

Thus, the names “Lucifer” or “Day Star” have also long been applied to the fallen angel, Satan, the Devil.

Isaiah 14:12—“How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!” (NKJV)

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