Also, II Cor 6:15. Was Belial a pagan deity or something else?
1 Samuel 2:12
ESV - 12 Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the Lord.
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Belial is a compound word, believed to have been taken from the Hebrew beliy, meaning "not," and ya'al, meaning "profit" or "benefit." It is used twenty-six times in the Old Testament, usually tran...
According to Easton's Bible Dictionary, ''Belial'' means ''worthlessness''. Thus, it was alluded to people who were regarded as ''worthless'', in the Scriptures. The word is 1st used in Deuteronomy 13:13. In the New Testament, it only has one occurrence, which is found in 2 Corinthians 6:15. It is also translated ''wicked'' (deriving from the underlying Hebrew word ''belı̂ya‛al'', which signifies ''worthlessness''), as it can be seen in Deuteronomy 15:9 and Psalms 41:8. Now, the expression ''son'' or ''man of Belial'' simply signifies a worthless or lawless person (see Judges 19:22; 20:13; 1 Samuel 1:16, and also 1 Samuel 2:12, which you have referred in your question).
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