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adversary in the Bible

also known as: opponent, enemy, antagonist, foe, accuser

The word “adversary” is used 22 times in the King James Bible, 9 times in the NIV, and 16 times in the NRSV.

It has various meanings:

  1. mankind’s adversary, the Satan, the Devil

    “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8)—Greek: antidikos

  2. any opponent, foe or enemy (1 Kings 5:4; 11:14, 23, 25; Luke 13:17; (18:3—“opponent” NASB)

  3. one who speaks against another, a complainant (Matthew 5:25; Luke 12:58)


Article Version: July 17, 2019