Hitherto he had only been a vigorous opposition speaker, a trenchant critic and accuser of state officials.
I), yet he is represented both as accuser and tempter.
As accuser affecting man's standing before God he is greatly feared.
Io), slanderer or accuser, the 'rEipd wv (Matt.
"Satan appears in Scripture under four leading characters: - first as the tempter of freedom, who desires to bring to decision, secondly as the accuser, who by virtue of the law retorts criminality on man; thirdly as the instrument of the Divine, which brings evil and death upon men; fourthly and lastly he is described, especially in the New Testament, as the enemy of God and man."