20 Bible Verses About Satan: A Topical Study

by Daryl Evans · Print Print · Email Email

If you Google the word Satan, you will immediately have 28,700,000 hits or articles that link somehow to Satan.  I have been a Christian for as long as I can remember and have listened to and heard many sermons and descriptions of Satan.  The verses that I include for this article will include many of the descriptions of Satan and they are numerous.  The first description that jumps into my mind when thinking of Satan is best in bodied in the 1 Peter 5:8 passage (listed below) that talks of him as our adversary that seeks to devour us.  That is a sobering and even scary thought.  Just think about that, the words of God through Peter tells us that Satan doesn’t just want to diminish our testimony for Christ but rather wants to devour us.  The Greek words for devour literally means to swallow us up or drown us.  This is no small thought.  This is not to be looked at lightly or sneered at because we know how worthy an adversary we have.  Just think of the men and women in the Bible that have stories listed for us to read and learn from that are great people of faith and yet were snared by the devil (think of David, Abraham, Solomon, and even Peter).  Consider below the descriptions and some of the many verses describing Satan.  

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded;  be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around  like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Bible Verses That Give Different Descriptions of Satan

Isaiah 14:12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! 

2 Corinthians 4:4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,  who is the image of God.

2 Corinthians 11:3, 14 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts  will be led astray from a  sincere and  pure devotion to Christ … And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as  an angel of light.

Ephesians 2:2  in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following  the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in  the sons of disobedience—

2 Thessalonians 2:9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,

1 John 5:19  We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 

Revelation 12:9; 20:2 “And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan,  the deceiver of the whole world— he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him … And he seized  the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and  bound him for a thousand years”

Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Scripture Quotes about the Devil

Ephesians 4:27 and give no opportunity to the devil.

Ephesians 6:11  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against  the schemes of the devil.

Hebrews 2:14  Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that  through death he might  destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Revelation 20:10 and the devil who had deceived them was  thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where  the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Passages Of Satan

1 Chronicles 21:1 Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel.

Job 1:7 The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”

Luke 10:18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

John 13:27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him,  “What you are going to do, do quickly.”

Romans 16:20  The God of peace  will soon crush Satan under your feet.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

1 John 3:8  Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

Revelation 20:7  And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison

We do indeed have a worthy opponent.  Satan when he fell from heaven took around 1/3 of the angels with him to try to overthrow God.  He indeed is persuasive and seeking his own power and authority.  He is even called the prince of this world.  He wants to destroy and devour us by taking down our families and our churches and our personal testimonies.

However, this is not the end of the story.  I am so thankful that the God that created the heavens and the earth and sent His own Son to be crucified for me (and you too) will be victorious in the end.  It may at times seem like Satan is winning in this life as we witness a society that seems to be degrading right before our very eyes.  Satan seems to be devouring people at an incredible rate but friends do not lose hope.

God will make all things right some day.  Satan is loose and free for a time but he will too be put under the ultimate control of God one day.  The last couple chapters of Revelation talk about that time.  May we all understand and withstand the attacks of our adversary as we await the return of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

Related reading: If God is Love, What is Satan

Resource –  “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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diane harper February 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm

I love our Lord Jesus—my everything. Amen


David February 26, 2014 at 12:27 am

Also it is good to look at Alighieri, Milton and others through history. Of course the Bible is our main source of reference. David Central Europe


Haritdas February 26, 2014 at 11:42 pm

If you believe in One GOD then you must also believe that there is no other power greater than him. The almighty GOD is the creator , he creates maintains and sustains everything. The creator is also in the creation. By believing in Satan and his powers you are saying that GOD is not Omnipotent, Omnipresence and Omniscience. Satan is not outside of you, the carnal nature in man is the Satan. Do a complete research on Satan and you will know the truth. Take Satan out of the equation and you have only GOD and YOU. Isn’t that wonderful. Seek the truth and the truth will set you free.


DocReits February 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm


Correct me, if I am wrong, but your point is that we are more than conquerors because God is all powerful and able to keep us, protect us, and indeed make us conquerors both now and forever when we know His Son Jesus. Therefore the devil, Satan, the evil one, the prince of the power of the air, has no power over the redeemed.

To suggest then that Satan has power over us, is to deny who we are in Christ, that indeed, “Greater is He(Christ) who is in you, than he(Satan) who is in the world”. I get it, and I agree wholeheartedly, if that is your thought.

Then unfortunately, it seems you detour into a popular fallacy with your statements that the devil is not an actual spiritual being, a fallen angel, but is merely us(our carnal natures) outside of Christ. Could it be that you are confusing the “spirit of anti-christ” with Satan himself? They are not the same.

The author of this article, Pastor Evans, went to great lengths to quote many of the Scriptures, regarding Satan, the actual fallen angel formerly known as Lucifer, for your consideration. Do you discount these Scripture references as merely allegorical or metaphorical? If so, you are mistaken.

Satan is an angelic being, who Christ saw fall from heaven, who entered Judas before he betrayed Christ, who stood before God’s presence before Job’s testing and argued with Michael(another angel) concerning Moses’ body(Jude 9).

You say, “…the carnal nature in man is the Satan”. Satan is, as you implied, not omnipresent. He is a singular spiritual being(fallen angel). Since he is not omnipresent he cannot be our carnal nature because he would then be omnipresent(in all of us)…think about it.

You state, “Take Satan out of the equation and you have only GOD and YOU”. I would reply, “Take Satan out of the equation and you have redacted the Word of God”.



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