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What Does the Devil Look Like?

The Bible’s answer

The Devil is an invisible spirit person, which means that he does not have a physical appearance.—Ephesians 6:11, 12.

A popular depiction of the Devil is that of a goatlike creature with horns, a tail, and a pitchfork. Some have suggested that such depictions of the Devil were conceived by medieval artists who were likely influenced by folklore and ancient mythology.

 How does the Bible describe the Devil?

The Bible uses a number of analogies regarding the Devil. These help us to understand, not his appearance, but his personality. Some of these analogies include:

  • An angel of light. He pretends to offer something good to try to get people to follow his teachings rather than those of God.—2 Corinthians 11:14.

  • A roaring lion. He fiercely attacks God’s worshippers.—1 Peter 5:8.

  • A great dragon. He is frightful, powerful, and destructive.—Revelation 12:9.