Destroying angel (Bible)

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The Hebrew Bible, and then Christian and later Jewish sources, make frequent mention of one or more destroying angels, which in Proverbs 16:14 are termed the "angels of death" (malake ha-mawet) and also archangels of death "The wrath of a king [is as] messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it."

Hebrew Bible[edit]

The Hebrew Bible includes the Destroyer (ha-mashchit) who at the Passover in Exodus killed the firstborn of Egypt. Later a "destroying angel" (malak ha-mashchit or mashchitim) kills many of the inhabitants of Jerusalem in 2 Samuel 24:15. While in the parallel passage in I Chronicles 21:15 the same "angel of the Lord" is seen by David to stand "between the earth and the heaven, with a drawn sword in his hand stretched out against Jerusalem." Later the angel of the Lord kills 185,000 men of Sennacherib's Assyrian army, thereby saving Hezekiah's Jerusalem in II Kings 19:35. A different term for "destroyer" (memitim) is found in Job 33:22.[1]


God's Destroyer is the Angel of Death also known as the Grim Reaper as He sent the Angel to kill of the first born (male) of every Egyptian. In the movie "The Prince of Egypt", Death came down from heaven in a ghostly transparent form, passing over the Jews homes & killing every firstborn.

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