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And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake.Luke xi. 14 – 3 

     In the Hebrew, “devil” is denominated Abaddon; in the Greek, Apollyon, serpent, liar, the god of this world, etc. The apostle Paul refers to this personality of evil as “the god of this world;” and then defines this god as “dishonesty, craftiness, handling the word of God deceitfully. The Hebrew embodies the term “devil” in another term, serpent,which the senses are supposed to take in,and then defines this serpent as more subtle than all the beasts of the field.” Subsequently, the ancients changed the meaning of the term, to their sense, and then the serpent became a symbol of wisdom.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, 190:28-7)

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