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A word of Belial

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"A word of Belial is poured out on him, and he who lies down shall not rise again" (Psalm 41:8 Interlinear).

Belial means nasty, depraved, indignity, impiety; it personifies evil. The apostle Paul said that we can never agree with it for it is the opposite of Christ (2 Corinthians 6:15). The expression "man of Belial" refers to a wicked man walking with a perverted mouth (Proverbs 6:12). He is looking for evil and his speech is like a scorching fire (Proverbs 16:27).

A word of Belial was poured out on David, and that's why his enemies whispered and said, "he lies down and shall not rise again!" Words of Belial are curses that act like a torrent of destruction (Psalm 18:4). But the servants of the Lord received the authority (in the name of Jesus Christ) to condemn and to cancel such words (Isaiah 54:17). So a curse without cause shall have no effect (Proverbs 26:2).