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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Tormentor

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tor - men´tẽr : the King James Version 2 Maccabees 7:29 for δήμιος , dḗmios "belonging to the people," and so "public executioner," the Revised Version (British and American) "butcher." A term of utter contempt, whose force is lost in the King James Version. Also Matthew 18:34 for βασανιστής , basanistḗs , "torturer." Normally the bankrupt debtor was sold into slavery. But, apparently, in extreme cases (where concealment of assets was suspected?) the defaulter was sent to prison until restitution should be made. Probably the imprisonment itself was regarded as "torment" (as it doubtless was), and the "tormentors" need mean nothing more than jailers.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Tormentor'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/t/tormentor.html. 1915.

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