A Lackadaisical Lexicon for Laggard Logophiles
BELIAL
[noun]
Belial (also Be’lial, Belhor, Baalial, Beliar, Belias, Beliall, Beliel, Bilael, Belu; from Hebrew בְּלִיַּ֫עַל Bəliyyáʻal; also named Matanbuchus, Mechembuchus, Meterbuchus in older scripts); one of the four crown princes of Hell and a demon in the Bible, Jewish apocrypha and Christian apocrypha. It is also a term used to characterise or embody immense wickedness or iniquity.
The etymology of the word is uncertain, but is most commonly translated as “lacking worth”. Some scholars translate it from Hebrew as “worthless” (Beli yo’il), while others translate it as “yokeless” (Beli ol), “may have no rising” (Belial) or “never to rise” (Beli ya’al). Only a few etymologists have assumed it to be an invented name from the start. In the Book of Jubilees, penilely uncircumcised heathens are called “sons of Belial”.

BELIAL

[noun]

Belial (also Be’lial, Belhor, Baalial, Beliar, Belias, Beliall, Beliel, Bilael, Belu; from Hebrew בְּלִיַּ֫עַל Bəliyyáʻal; also named Matanbuchus, Mechembuchus, Meterbuchus in older scripts); one of the four crown princes of Hell and a demon in the Bible, Jewish apocrypha and Christian apocrypha. It is also a term used to characterise or embody immense wickedness or iniquity.

The etymology of the word is uncertain, but is most commonly translated as “lacking worth”. Some scholars translate it from Hebrew as “worthless” (Beli yo’il), while others translate it as “yokeless” (Beli ol), “may have no rising” (Belial) or “never to rise” (Beli ya’al). Only a few etymologists have assumed it to be an invented name from the start. In the Book of Jubilees, penilely uncircumcised heathens are called “sons of Belial”.

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