In Judaism, the “yetzer hara” refers to the inclination to do evil, present at birth, which is capable of violating the will of God. The term is drawn from the phrase “the imagination of the heart of man [is] evil” which occurs twice in the Hebrew Bible, at Genesis 6:5 and 8:21. Within Judaism, stretching all the way back to the Second Temple Period, the “yetzer hara” was synonymous with “Satan.”
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Author: Philip P. Kapusta
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Bible reference(s): Num 22:22, Num 22:32, 1Sa 29:4, 2Sa 19:22, 1Ki 5:4, 1Ki 11:14, 1Ki 11:23, 1Ki 11:25, 1Ch 21:1, Job 1:6, Job 1:7, Job 1:8, Job 1:9, Job 1:12, Job 2:1, Job 2:2, Job 2:3, Job 2:4, Job 2:6, Job 2:7, Psa 109:6, Zec 3:1, Zec 3:2, Mat 4:1, Mat 4:5, Mat 4:8, Mat 4:10, Mat 4:11, Mat 12:26, Mat 13:39, Mat 16:23, Mat 25:41, Mar 1:13, Mar 3:23, Mar 3:26, Mar 4:15, Mar 8:33, Luk 4:2, Luk 4:3, Luk 4:5, Luk 4:13, Luk 8:12, Luk 10:18, Luk 11:18, Luk 13:16, Luk 22:3, Luk 22:31, Joh 8:44, Joh 13:2, Joh 13:27, Act 5:3, Act 10:38, Act 13:10, Act 26:18, Rom 16:20, 1Co 5:5, 1Co 7:5, 2Co 2:11, 2Co 11:14, 2Co 12:7, Eph 4:27, Eph 6:11, 1Th 2:18, 2Th 2:9, 1Ti 1:20, 1Ti 3:6, 1Ti 3:7, 1Ti 5:15, 2Ti 2:26, Heb 2:14, Jam 4:7, 1Pe 5:8, 1Jo 3:8, 1Jo 3:10, Jam 1:13-14, Jde 1:9, Rev 12:9, Rev 12:12, Rev 20:2, Rev 20:7, Rev 20:10, Sirach 21:27
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