Devil’s In The Details

It’s one of those things that everybody knows. The Devil’s real name is Lucifer.

Except that it isn’t.

What happened was, the person translating the passage in the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah in which Lucifer is named–“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”–either deliberately or accidentally altered the text. He inserted a Latin word, “Lucifer” or “Light-bearer,” in place of the name of a Babylonian king. (The ancient Hebrews didn’t even believe in the Devil as we know him today.) Ever wondered why the Devil, the “Prince of Darkness,” would also be called the “bringer of light”? Now you know.

It gets more prickly, though. The term is used twice in the New Testament–in reference to Jesus Christ Himself! Ever seen a church called “Daystar Church”? It could just as easily be called “Lucifer Church,” since both words are translated from the same term! In actuality, the term is a direct reference to the planet Venus, the “Morning Star.” That’s how the fallen “angel of light” came into being. It isn’t in the Bible. Most people just think that it is.

See what a mess a little mistranslation can make?

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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