A term with several nuances of meaning in the biblical writings. At base, the primary understanding evolves from a religious perspective, since all forms of evil are regarded as ultimately occasioned by the disobedience and rebellion of the human race with regard to God and God’s will. Bad situations or natural calamities were sometimes referred to as “evil,” and such occurrences were frequently interpreted as having been sent by God as a punishment for sin (Deut 31:17
; Amos 3:6
; Jer 26:19
). Moreover, if something did not function properly or could not be understood, this too was seen to be “evil” (Eccl 6:1-2
). Various biblical passages locate evil in different places: the human will (1Sam 24:13
; Mark 7:20-23
; Gen 6:5
), the desire for worldly wealth (1Tim 6:10
), or demonic powers that take control of human lives (Mark 5:1-13
17My anger will be kindled against them in that day. I will forsake them and hide my face from them; they will become easy prey, and many terrible troubles will ... View more
6Is a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people are not afraid?
Does disaster befall a city,
unless the Lord has done it?
19Did King Hezekiah of Judah and all Judah actually put him to death? Did he not fear the Lord and entreat the favor of the Lord, and did not the Lord change hi ... View more
The Frustration of Desires
1There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy upon humankind:2those to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and ... View more
13As the ancient proverb says, ‘Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness’; but my hand shall not be against you.
20And he said, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles.21For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murd ... View more
5The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.
10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with man ... View more
Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac
1They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.2And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately ... View more