Worthlessness, always so used in a moral sense. A man or son of Belial is a wicked, worthless man; one resolved to endure do subjection; a rebel; a disobedient, uncontrollable fellow, Jg 19:22; 1Sa 2:12. In later writings, Belial is put for the power or lord of evil, Satan, 2Co 6:15.
worthlessness, frequently used in the Old Testament as a proper name. It is first used in De 13:13. In the New Testament it is found only in 2Co 6:15, where it is used as a name of Satan, the personification of all that is evil. It is translated "wicked" in De 15:9; Ps 41:8 (R.V. marg.); Ps 101:3; Pr 6:12, etc. The expression "son" or "man of Belial" means simply a worthless, lawless person (Jg 19:22; 20:13; 1Sa 1:16; 2:12).
("worthlessness": or "recklessness, lawlessness".) Not strictly a proper name, but used so by personification. Beli means "without" and ya'al means "usefulness," i.e. "good for nothing". "A man of Belial" is a worthless, lawless fellow (De 13:13; Jg 19:22; 1Sa 2:12). Latterly "Rake" ("vain fellows" (2Sa 6:20, harekim), and "Fool" were used instead: Mt 5:22. Nabal ("fool") is called "man of Belial" (1Sa 25:25.) In the New Testament, "Beliar" is the form in some oldest manuscripts (2Co 6:15.) As Satan is opposed to God, Antichrist to Christ, so Belial standing here in contrast to Christ must denote all anti-Christian pollutions personified.
The Hebrew word signifies 'worthless, lawless,' and is not a proper name, but is used as a personification of evil; thus we have 'son of Belial, daughter of Belial,' etc. De 13:13; Jg 19:22; 1Sa 1:16; 25/17/type/bbe'>25:17,25; etc. In the N.T. it is put in contradistinction to Christ as if it meant Satan, 2Co 6:15: it is there ??????.
The meaning of this word as found in the Scriptures is worthlessness, and hence reckless, lawlessness. The expression son or man of Belial must be understood as meaning simply a worthless, lawless fellow. The term as used in
is generally understood as an appellative of Satan, as the personification of all that was bad.
BELIAL. The phrase, "sons of Belial," signifies wicked, worthless men. It was given to the inhabitants of Gibeah, who abused the Levite's wife, Jg 19:22; and to Hophni and Phineas, the wicked and profane sons of Eli. 1Sa 2:12. In later times the name Belial denoted the devil: "What concord hath Christ with Belial?" 2Co 6:15; for as the word literally imports "one who will do no one good," the positive sense of a doer of evil was applied to Satan, who is the author of evil, and, eminently, "the Evil One."