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Demon [E] [S]
Spirit being who is unclean and immoral in nature and activities. When demons were created, how they came to be demonic, and their organizational structure are not given significant attention in Scripture because the focus throughout the Bible is on God and his work in Christ rather than on the demonic attempts to demean that work.

The Old Testament. References to demons in the Old Testament are relatively scarce. Their existence is never proven; it is simply assumed. The Old Testament focus is not on demons and their schemes but on God and his sovereignty. Demons are not depicted as free, independent agents, but operate under God's direct control. Though they are not revealed as the malicious beings seen in the New Testament, there are still definitive commands for God's people to avoid them. The Old Testament word for demons (sed [dev]) appears only twice. They are "gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your fathers did not fear" ( Deut 32:17 ), and Israel is condemned by God for sacrificing to them ( Psalm 106:37 ). They are also called evil spirits sent from God. After Abimelech treacherously killed Gideon's sons, God sent an evil spirit that divided him from the citizens of Shechem ( Judges 9:23-24 ). God also sent an evil spirit to torment Saul. David's attempts to calm Saul by playing the harp ( 1 Sam 16:15-16 ) are unsuccessful, as Saul, provoked by the spirit, tries to kill David ( 1 Sam 16:14-23 ; 18:10-11 ; 19:9-10 ). A spirit from God's counsel volunteers to be a lying spirit in the mouths of Ahab's prophets ( 1 Kings 22:19-23 ; 2 Chron 18:18-22 ). The medium from Endor sees "gods" or "spirits" coming up from the ground ( 1 Sam 28:13 ). An angel is delayed twenty-one days in bringing an answer to Daniel's prayer by a prince of Persia, giving an indication of some organizational structure or ranking among demons ( Dan 10:13 ). This also gives us one of the few glimpses behind the curtains of history into engagements between demons and angels. Other possible Old Testament references to demons include goat idols ( Lev 17:7 ; 2 Chron 11:15 ; Isa 13:21 ; 34:14 ), night creatures ( Isa 34:14 ), and idols (LXX of Psalm 96:5 ).

Demons during the Life of Christ. There is more recorded demonic activity during Jesus' life than any other time in biblical history. Though demonic confrontations are mentioned throughout the Gospels, we find only eight case studies of actual encounters. These include Jesus' temptation ( Matt 4:1-11 ; Mark 1:12-13 ; Luke 4:1-13 ); the blind man ( Matt 9:32-33 ); the blind and mute man ( Matt 12:22-23 ; Luke 11:14 ); the Canaanite woman's daughter ( Matt 15:22-28 ; Mark 7:24-30 ); the man in the synagogue ( Mark 1:23-27 ; Luke 4:31-37 ); the Gerasene demoniac ( Matt 8:28-34 ; Mark 5:1-20 ; Luke 8:26-37 ); the boy with seizures ( Matt 17:14-20 ; Mark 9:14-29 ; Luke 9:37-43 ); and the silencing of demons ( Matt 8:16 ; Mark 1:32-35 ; Luke 4:40-41 ). Other possible examples include the Distributed By Symphonic Distribution -
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