A legal term describing a person who claims another is guilty of a crime or a moral offense. The Hebrew word for accuser is “Satan” (compare
Psalms 109:6 in various translations). See Satan. False accusation called for serious punishment (Deuteronomy 19:15-21). The psalmist prayed for judgment against his accusers (Psalms 109:4,Psalms 109:20,Psalms 109:29 NAS, NIV, NRSV). False accusers led to Christ's conviction and death (Matthew 27:12). Jewish accusers (Acts 22:30) finally led Paul to appeal to Rome (Acts 25:11).
The law of Moses was sufficient to accuse people of sin (John 5:45), but one day accusations will cease (Revelation 12:10).
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'ACCUSER'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".