For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ unto God, among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines a curse (*8):
(n) a prayer or invocation for harm or injury to come upon one; evil or misfortune that comes as if in response to imprecation or as retribution; a cause of great harm or misfortune
(v) to use profane insolent language against, blaspheme; to call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon; to execrate in fervent and often profane terms; to bring great evil upon, afflict
According to the Mystical, on-line encyclopaedia of the “occult, mysticism, magic, paranormal”:
“Curses are Magic spells which are placed upon people with the intention of harming them. The misfortune intended by curses can range from illness, and harm, to even death. Curses are declared to be the most dreaded form of magic, often called black magic, and are believed to be universally used. Curses can become effective immediately or may be dormant for years. Curses laid on families have been known to have plagued them for generations. The word hex is sometimes used synonymously with curse. In neo-Pagan Witchcraft, some Witches use the term hex to designate a binding spell, which is different from a curse. A curse is the expression of desire of harm to come to a particular person. Anyone can lay a curse on another person, but it is believed that the authority of the person who lays the curse on increases its potency and makes it more dangerous. Such persons are believed to be priests, priestesses or royalty; persons possessing magical skill, such as Witches, sorcerers and magicians; and persons who have no other recourse to justice, such as women in many societies, the poor, the destitute and the dying. Deathbed curses are the most potent, since all the curser’s vital energy goes into the curse.” (*9)
Marilyn Hickey defines a generational curse as:
“An unclean iniquity that increases in strength from one generation to the next, affecting the members of that family and all who come into relationship with that family.” (*10)
There are the following types of curses:
Curses from God for the purpose of gaining the person’s attention and causing him to turn from his evil ways, turn to God and purify his life.
Curses from Satan and/or his servants with the legal right to curse;
Curses from Satan and/or his servants without the legal right to curse;
Curses from man – man either speaks life or death. Man can curse himself or another party.
Both 2 and 3 are done for the purpose of causing injury, loss, destruction and often death.
Curses can be caused by:
Sin - Malachi 2:2:
"If you will not listen, if you will not lay it to heart to give glory to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will send the CURSE on you and I will CURSE your blessings; indeed I have already CURSED them, because you did not lay it to heart."
Spoken Word – Proverbs 18:21:
“ Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]”
Tattoo - Body tattoos bring curses (Leviticus 19:28). Sorcerers often pass their powers through a tattoo on the body of a disciple or descendent.
Scripture stating the duration, effect and fruits of curses:
Exodus 20:1-5 Curse of idol worship extends to fourth generation of great
Deuteronomy 23:2 Curse of the bastard extends to tenth generation of descendants.
Deuteronomy 28 Blessings are for obeying and curses for disobeying the Holy
Bible; verses 1-14: blessings, 15-44: curses and 45-68: wrath of God.
2 Samuel 3:29:
"May his blood fall upon the head of Joab and upon all his father's house! May Joab's house never be without someone who has a running sore or leprosy or who leans on a crutch or who falls by the sword or who lacks food."
"If you do not listen, and if you do not set your heart to honour my name, says the Lord Almighty, I will send a curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not set your heart to honor me. Because of you I will rebuke your descendants”.
Also see Exodus 20:5; 34:7; 1 Samuel 2:30-33
Examples of Biblical Curses:
Adam and Eve (Genesis 3)
Because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve towards God in the Garden of Eden, a curse was brought upon humanity and the world in which they lived. The Lord pronounced specific curses that were related to the serpent, the woman and the man.
The serpent - would crawl upon his belly and enmity would be placed between him and the woman and between his offspring and hers (Genesis 3:14-15).
The woman (Eve) - would have pain in childbirth and was placed under the authority of her husband (Genesis 3:16).
The man (Adam) - representing humanity was cut off from the tree of life, and the ground was cursed with thorns and thistles so that man would have to toil with great difficulty to produce crops until he died (Genesis 3:17-19).
The man and the woman were driven out of the garden of Eden and God had the entrance guarded by cherubim and a flaming sword (Genesis 3:24).
The results of these curses are still existent today. Suddenly the quality of Adam and Eve's lives changed. They would not continue to have the comfort they had in the garden and in the Lord's presence. Their blessings were taken from them as their circumstances were reduced.
The Downfall and Destruction of Abimelech (Judges 9 )
Abimelech's, the slave woman's son, incited the lords of Shechem and killed all 70 of his own brothers in order to become ruler. The curse of Jothan in Judges 9:19-20 pronounced judgment because of this murder:
“ 19If you then have acted sincerely and honourably with Jerubbaal and his house this day, then rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you; 20But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech and devour the people of Shechem and Beth-millo, and let fire come out from the people of Shechem and Beth-millo and devour Abimelech”.
An evil spirit was permitted to work between Abimelech and the lords of Shechem. The resulting hostility led to their deaths and the curse was fulfilled in Judges 9:57:
" And all the wickedness of the men of Shechem God repaid upon their heads and caused to come upon them the curse of Jothan son of Jerubbaal”
The Downfall and Destructing of Ahab (1 Kings 16-22 )
Ahab took Jezebel as his wife and served Baal. Ahab was extremely wicked and Israel was judged because of his sins. Elijah's prophesied a curse on Ahab, a pronouncement of judgment - 1 Kings 21:19-23:
“ 19 Say to him, Thus says the Lord: Have you killed and also taken possession? Thus says the Lord: In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick your blood, even yours. 20And Ahab said to Elijah, Have you found me, O my enemy? And he answered, I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do evil in the sight of the Lord. 21See [says the Lord], I will bring evil on you and utterly sweep away and cut off from Ahab every male, bond and free, 22And will make your household like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and like the household of Baasha son of Ahijah, for the provocation with which you have provoked Me to anger and made Israel to sin. 23Also the Lord said of Jezebel: The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.”
The prophetic curse was fulfilled . T hree years of war between the King of Aram and Israel followed and Ahab gathered 4000 prophets to seek their counsel. The 4000 prophets prophesied victory but when Micaiah the prophet was summoned, he prophesied defeat, which made the king very angry. Micaiah revealed a vision. He saw God on his throne asking the question, "who will entice Ahab?" Different responses were given - then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord saying, "I will entice him." "How?" the Lord asked him. "I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. The Lord responded - "You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do it." Micaiah's closing comment " So the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these prophets; and the Lord has spoken evil concerning you.” King Ahab commanded that Micaiah be put into prison. The king went to battle in spite of Micaiah's warning - He disguised himself, but was mortally wounded by an arrow that pierced him between his armour. The king apparently bled to death in his chariot. When his chariot was washed by the pool of Samaria, the dogs licked up his blood.
(*8) - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curse
(*9) - www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/c/curses.html
(*10) - Hickey, 1987, p. 24