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Vagabond

The English word vagabond, which means someone who has no fixed home, is derived from the Latin word vagabundus, which meant a wanderer, or fugitive, words which are very appropriate for the first vagabond of humanity, Cain, after he murdered his brother Abel. It's also how Satan describes himself (see the Fact Finder question below).

Vagabonds

Vagabond

After Cain murdered Abel, the curse upon him included "a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth."

"And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And The Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?

And He said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto Me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth" (Genesis 4:8-12 KJV)

King David prayed to God that the households of the evil who opposed him be destroyed, and that they become vagabonds:

"For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places." (Psalm 109:2-10 KJV)

The word was also used in a religious sense, for the "vagabond Jews" who were either religiously corrupt, or opposed the Christian Jews, such as Paul, Peter and all the rest (nearly all of the first Christians were Jews, as was Jesus Christ himself, who never stopped thinking of themselves as Jews, and calling themselves Jews, because they never regarded Christianity as a new or breakaway religion - they simply recognized the long-awaited Messiah while other Jews didn't):

"And he went into the Synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the Kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them."

"Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified." (Acts 19:8-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: Is Satan a vagabond on the earth (e.g. in the KJV, "going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it")?
Job 1:7


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