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(מִשְׁחַית )PM, mashchith', Exodus 12:23; λοθρευτής, 1 Corinthians 10:10), an exterminator (see Bromel, De angelo exterminatore, Jen. 1685; also in the Thesaur. Theol. philolog. V. T. 1:301 sq.). (See DEATH). The Hebrews were accustomed by a figure to speak of any superhuman agency as that of an angel (see Bush, Note on Exodus 3:2); and whenever this had a providential aspect it was attributed to a divine messenger (2 Kings 19:35; 2 Samuel 24:15,"16; Psalms 78:49; Acts 12:23). (See ANGEL). Even Satan's malignity is represented as thus employed (Job 2:6-7). (See ABADDON).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Destroyer'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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