The Evil Inclination Compared to Flies

The fly was regarded by the Jews in particular as more or less impure and evil and was frequently compared to the Evil Inclination. Often personified, the Evil Inclination within man’s heart has been identified by rabbinic tradition as Satan.

“The evil inclination [“yeẓer ha-ra’”] lies like a fly at the doors of the human heart,” says Rab [the famous Jewish Talmudist], with reference to “the flies of death” in Ecclesiastes 10:1 (Ber. 61a and Targ. Yer. to the passage).

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Author: Philip P. Kapusta

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Bible reference(s): Matthew 10:25, Matthew 12:24, Matthew 12:27, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15, Luke 11:18

Source: Philip P. Kapusta.

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