xmas3.gif (5351 bytes)

Devil

And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute forever unto them throughout their generations. Leviticus 17:7

The Hebrew word "sair" [#8163] appears in the Holy Bible 59 times, translated as "kid" or "kids" 28 times, "goat" or "goats" 24, and "devils" twice:

2Ch 11:15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made.

Lev 17:7 And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute forever unto them throughout their generations.

Lev 17:7 And they shall no3808 more5750 offer2076 (853) their sacrifices2077 unto devils,8163 after310 whom834 they1992 have gone a whoring.2181 This2063 shall be1961 a statute2708 forever5769 unto them throughout their generations.1755

There's nothing about the context of "sair" in either of these two verses which suggests that it should be translated as "devils", and many reasons to believe that it means merely "kid":

2Ch 11:15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the kids, and for the calves which he had made.

Lev 17:7 And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto kids, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute forever unto them throughout their generations.

The other Hebrew word which is translated as "devils" is "shed" [#7700], and it appears twice, in the following two verses:

Deu 32:17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

Psa 106:37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,

In 5,000 years of Israelite history, "devil" is mentioned only twice in the Old Testament, and even these instances are suspect because of the way the KJV translators mistranslated "sair".  Why, then, does "devil" appear 102 times in the New Testament, and how could the Greek word "diabolos" [#1228] from which "devil" is translated, also mean "false accusers" and "slanderers"?

2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Tit 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

1Ti 3:11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

 

G1228

diabolos

dee-ab'-ol-os

From G1225; a traducer; specifically Satan (compare [H7854]): - false accuser, devil, slanderer.

H7700

she^d

shade

From H7736; a daemon (as malignant): - devil.

H8163

s�a^?i^yr / s�a^?ir

saw-eer', saw-eer'

From H8175; shaggy; as noun, a he goat; by analogy a faun: - devil, goat, hairy, kid, rough, satyr.

Total KJV Occurrences: 59

kid, 26

Gen_37:31, Lev_4:23, Lev_9:3, Lev_23:19, Num_7:16, Num_7:22, Num_7:28, Num_7:34, Num_7:40, Num_7:46, Num_7:52, Num_7:58, Num_7:64, Num_7:70, Num_7:76, Num_7:82, Num_15:24, Num_28:15, Num_28:30, Num_29:5, Num_29:11, Num_29:16, Num_29:19, Num_29:25, Eze_45:22-23 (2)

goat, 21

Lev_4:23-24 (2), Lev_10:15-16 (2), Lev_16:9-10 (2), Lev_16:15, Lev_16:18, Lev_16:20-22 (5), Lev_16:26-27 (2), Num_29:22 (2), Num_29:28, Num_29:31, Num_29:34, Num_29:38, Eze_43:25

goats, 3

Lev_16:7-8 (2), 2Ch_29:23

devils, 2

Lev_17:7, 2Ch_11:15

hairy, 2

Gen_27:11, Gen_27:23

kids, 2

Lev_16:5, Num_7:87

rough, 1

Dan_8:21

satyr, 1

Isa_34:14

satyrs, 1

Isa_13:21