Destroyer (מִשׁחַית)PM , mashchith', Exodo 12:23; -λοθρευτής, 1Co 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 (2Ki 19:35; 2Sa 24:15,"16; Ps 78:49; Ac 12:23). SEE ANGEL. Even Satan's malignity is represented as thus employed (Job 2:6-7). SEE ABADDON.

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