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Belial

(Hebrew). The worthless or lawléss one, i.e. the devil. Milton, in his pandemonium, makes him a very high and distinguished prince of darkness. (Paradise Lost.)

“What concord hath Christ with Belial?” —2 Cor. vi. 15.

Belial came last- than whom a spirit more lewd
Fell not from heaven, or more gross to love
Vice for itself.

Milton: Paradise Lost, book i. 490-2.

Sons of Belial.
Lawless, worthless, rebellious people. (See above.

“Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial.” —1 Sam. ii. 12.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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