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Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Exodus 12:23), the agent employed in the killing of the first-born; the destroying angel or messenger of God. (Comp. 2 Kings 19:35; 2 Samuel 24:15, 16; Psalm 78:49; Acts 12:23.)
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(n.) One who destroys, ruins, kills, or desolates.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

de-stroi'-er: In several passages the word designates a supernatural agent of destruction, or destroying angel, executing Divine judgment.

(1) In Exodus 12:23, of the "destroyer" who smote the first-born in Egypt, again referred to under the same title in Hebrews 11:28 the Revised Version (British and American) (the King James Version "he that destroyed").

(2) In Job 33:22, "the destroyers" (literally, "they that cause to die") = the angels of death that are ready to take away a man's life during severe illness. No exact parallel to this is found in the Old Testament. The nearest approach is "the angel that destroyed the people" by pestilence (2 Samuel 24:16, 17 parallel 1 Chronicles 21:15, 16); the angel that smote the Assyrians (2 Kings 19:35 = Isaiah 37:36 parallel 2 Chronicles 32:21); "angels of evil" (Psalm 78:49).

(3) In the Apocrypha, "the destroyer" is once referred to as "the minister of punishment" (Revised Version; literally, "him who was punishing"), who brought death into the world (The Wisdom of Solomon 18:22-25).

(4) In 1 Corinthians 10:10, "the destroyer" is the angelic agent to whose instrumentality Paul attributes the plague of Numbers 16:46-49.

In later Jewish theology (the Targums and Midrash), the "destroyer" or "angel of death" appears under the name Sammael (i.e. the poison of God), who was once an arch-angel before the throne of God, and who caused the serpent to tempt Eve. According to Weber, he is not to be distinguished from Satan. The chief distinction between the "destroyer" of early thought and the Sammael of later Judaism is that the former was regarded as the emissary of Yahweh, and subservient to His will, and sometimes was not clearly distinguished from Yahweh Himself, whereas the latter was regarded as a perfectly distinct individuality, acting in independence or semi-independence, and from purely malicious and evil motives. The change was largely due to the influence of Persian dualism, which made good and evil to be independent powers.

D. Miall Edwards

3644. olothreutes -- a destroyer
... a destroyer. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: olothreutes Phonetic
Spelling: (ol-oth-ryoo-tace') Short Definition: a destroyer Definition: a ...
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623. Apolluon -- "a destroyer," Apollyon, the angel of the abyss
... "a destroyer," Apollyon, the ... Word Origin active participle of apollumi Definition
"a destroyer," Apollyon, the angel of the abyss NASB Word Usage Apollyon (1). ...
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3. Abaddon -- Abaddon, the angel of the abyss
... Proper Noun, Indeclinable Transliteration: Abaddon Phonetic Spelling: (ab-ad-dohn')
Short Definition: Abaddon Definition: Abaddon, Destroyer (ie Destroying ...
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Strong's Hebrew
7703. shadad -- to deal violently with, despoil, devastate, ruin
... ruin NASB Word Usage assaults (1), completely destroyed (1), dead (1), desolate
(1), despoil (1), destroy (7), destroyed (12), destroyer (9), destroyer still ...
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8154. shasah -- to spoil, plunder
... destroyer, rob, spoiler. Or shasah (Isa. 10:13) {shaw-saw'}; a primitive root;
to plunder -- destroyer, rob, spoil(-er). 8153, 8154. ...
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6530. parits -- violent one
... destroyer, ravenous, robber. From parats; violent, ie A tyrant -- destroyer, ravenous,
robber. see HEBREW parats. 6529, 6530. parits. 6531 . Strong's Numbers
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7843. shachath -- perhaps to go to ruin
... corruptly (1), acting corruptly (1), blemished animal (1), corrupt (8), corrupted
(4), depravity (1), destroy (69), destroyed (14), destroyer (4), destroyers (1 ...
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2717. charab -- to be dry or dried up
... Spelling: (khaw-rab') Short Definition: decay. decay, be desolate, destroyer,
be dry up, slay, surely, lay, lie, Or chareb {khaw-rabe'}; a ...
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1189. Baal Tsephon -- "Baal of winter," a place in Egypt
... From Ba'al and tsaphown (in the sense of cold) (according to others an Egyptian
form of Typhon, the destroyer); Baal of winter; Baal-Tsephon, a place in Eqypt ...
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4191. muth -- to die
... 16), surely* (1), took life (2). crying, be dead body, man, one, put to, worthy
of death, destroyer,. A primitive root: to die (literally ...
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2717b. chareb -- to be waste or desolate
... root Definition to be waste or desolate NASB Word Usage become waste (2), desolate
(4), destroyer (1), devastated (3), devastators (1), laid waste (5), lay ...
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The Destroyer Destroyed
... The Destroyer Destroyed. A Sermon (No.166). Delivered on Sabbath Morning, December
6, 1857, by the. REV. CH SPURGEON. at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens. ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 4 1858/the destroyer destroyed.htm

The Swift Destroyer
... GENESIS THE SWIFT DESTROYER. 'And when the morning arose, then the angels
hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture k/the swift destroyer.htm

Antichrist in Jeremiah
... The Lion is come up from his thicket, and the Destroyer of the Gentiles is on his
way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy ...
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John Chapter xi. 55-57; xii
... And that sealing"for it had a real significance"was said to keep away the destroyer
from the houses that were sealed: [1008] Christ's seal drives away the ...
/.../augustine/homilies on the gospel of john/tractate l john chapter xi.htm

Death, the Friend
... Some of you may have seen two very striking engravings by a great, though somewhat
unknown artist, representing Death as the Destroyer, and Death as the Friend ...
/.../maclaren/romans corinthians to ii corinthians chap v/death the friend.htm

Letter vi. Temptation.
... power. He is also called destroyer; and is said to walk about, seeking whom
he may devour. ... H]. [Footnote G: Abaddon signifies destroyer.]. ...
/.../a practical directory for young christian females/letter vi temptation.htm

The Scope of the Apocalypse is Indicated by Its Place in the ...
... Fourth, he is seen with his mask off, depicted as one whose name is Death and
Hades, that is, as the Destroyer of men's bodies and souls. ...
// antichrist/the scope of the apocalypse.htm

Out of St. Luke's Fifth ChapterAre Found Proofs of Christ's ...
... For if he has persevered in his goodness, he will never become a destroyer of the
law; nor will he ever be accounted as belonging to another god, because there ...
/.../tertullian/the five books against marcion/chapter ix out of st lukes.htm

Avoid Schismatics.
... Keep yourselves, then, from those evil plants which Jesus Christ does not tend,
but that wild beast, the destroyer of men, because they are not the planting of ...
/.../the epistle of ignatius to the philadelphians/chapter iii avoid schismatics.htm

... Rod" of God's anger (10:5); then as "the Wicked" (11:4); then as "the King of Babylon"
(14:11-20 and cf 30:31-33); and also as the "Spoiler" " Destroyer (16:4 ...
// antichrist/introduction.htm

Destroyer (23 Occurrences)
...DESTROYER. ... (4) In 1 Corinthians 10:10, "the destroyer" is the angelic agent to whose
instrumentality Paul attributes the plague of Numbers 16:46-49. ...
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Destroys (23 Occurrences)
... Proverbs 18:9 Even one that is slack in his work is brother to him that is a destroyer. ...
The treacherous man deals treacherously, and the destroyer destroys. ...
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Apollyon (1 Occurrence)
...Destroyer, the name given to the king of the hosts represented by the locusts
(Revelation 9:11). ... (n.) The Destroyer; -- a name used (Rev. ix. ...
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Abaddon (7 Occurrences)
... Destruction, the Hebrew name (equivalent to the Greek Apollyon, ie, destroyer)
of "the angel of the bottomless pit" (Revelation 9:11). ...
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Terrors (21 Occurrences)
... afraid. (See NIV). Job 15:21 A sound of terrors is in his ears. In prosperity
the destroyer shall come on him. (WEB JPS ASV DBY). Job ...
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Treaders (3 Occurrences)
... Isaiah 16:4 Sojourn in thee do My outcasts, O Moab, Be a secret hiding-place to
them, From the face of a destroyer, For ceased hath the extortioner, Finished ...
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Shelter (36 Occurrences)
... Isaiah 16:4 Sojourn in thee do My outcasts, O Moab, Be a secret hiding-place to
them, From the face of a destroyer, For ceased hath the extortioner, Finished ...
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Sojourn (51 Occurrences)
... Isaiah 16:4 Sojourn in thee do My outcasts, O Moab, Be a secret hiding-place to
them, From the face of a destroyer, For ceased hath the extortioner, Finished ...
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Ruined (65 Occurrences)
... Jeremiah 48:8 The destroyer shall come on every city, and no city shall escape;
the valley also shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed; as Yahweh has ...
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Destroyers (17 Occurrences)

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Bible Concordance
Destroyer (23 Occurrences)

1 Corinthians 10:10 Neither grumble, as some of them also grumbled, and perished by the destroyer.

Hebrews 11:28 By faith, he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them.

Exodus 12:23 For Yahweh will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when he sees the blood on the lintel, and on the two doorposts, Yahweh will pass over the door, and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to strike you.

Judges 16:24 When the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said, "Our god has delivered our enemy and the destroyer of our country, who has slain many of us, into our hand."

1 Samuel 13:17 And the destroyer goeth out from the camp of the Philistines -- three detachments; the one detachment turneth unto the way of Ophrah, unto the land of Shual;

Job 15:21 A sound of terrors is in his ears. In prosperity the destroyer shall come on him.

Psalms 17:4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slack in his work Is brother to him that is a destroyer.

Proverbs 28:24 Whoever robs his father or his mother, and says, "It's not wrong." He is a partner with a destroyer.

Isaiah 16:4 Let my outcasts dwell with you! As for Moab, be a hiding place for him from the face of the destroyer. For the extortioner is brought to nothing. Destruction ceases. The oppressors are consumed out of the land.

Isaiah 21:2 A grievous vision is declared to me. The treacherous man deals treacherously, and the destroyer destroys. Go up, Elam; attack! I have stopped all of Media's sighing.

Isaiah 33:1 Ho! you who make waste those who did not make you waste; acting falsely to those who were not false to you. When you have come to an end of wasting, you will be made waste, and after your false acts, they will do the same to you.

Isaiah 54:16 Behold, it is I who have created the smith that bloweth in the fire of coal, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the destroyer to ravage.

Jeremiah 4:7 A lion is gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations; he is on his way, he is gone forth from his place, to make your land desolate, that your cities be laid waste, without inhabitant.

Jeremiah 6:26 Daughter of my people, gird yourself with sackcloth, and wallow in ashes! Mourn, as for an only son, most bitter lamentation; for the destroyer shall suddenly come on us.

Jeremiah 15:8 Their widows are increased to me above the sand of the seas; I have brought on them against the mother of the young men a destroyer at noonday: I have caused anguish and terrors to fall on her suddenly.

Jeremiah 48:8 The destroyer shall come on every city, and no city shall escape; the valley also shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed; as Yahweh has spoken.

Jeremiah 48:15 Moab is laid waste, and they are gone up into his cities, and his chosen young men are gone down to the slaughter, says the King, whose name is Yahweh of Armies.
(See RSV)

Jeremiah 48:18 You daughter who dwells in Dibon, come down from your glory, and sit in thirst; for the destroyer of Moab has come up against you, he has destroyed your strongholds.

Jeremiah 48:32 With more than the weeping of Jazer will I weep for you, vine of Sibmah: your branches passed over the sea, they reached even to the sea of Jazer: on your summer fruits and on your vintage the destroyer is fallen.

Jeremiah 51:1 Thus said Jehovah: Lo, I am stirring up against Babylon, And the inhabitants of Leb -- My withstanders, A destroying wind,

Jeremiah 51:56 for the destroyer is come on her, even on Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, their bows are broken in pieces; for Yahweh is a God of recompenses, he will surely requite.

Joel 2:25 I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the great locust, the grasshopper, and the caterpillar, my great army, which I sent among you.
(See RSV)



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