|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) That which is devised, or formed by design; a contrivance; an invention; a project; a scheme; often, a scheme to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.
2. (n.) Power of devising; invention; contrivance.
3. (n.) An emblematic design, generally consisting of one or more figures with a motto, used apart from heraldic bearings to denote the historical situation, the ambition, or the desire of the person adopting it. See Cognizance.
4. (n.) Improperly, an heraldic bearing.
5. (n.) Anything fancifully conceived.
6. (n.) A spectacle or show.
7. (n.) Opinion; decision.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
de-vis': "A scheme," "invention," "plot." In the Old Testament it stands for six Hebrew words, of which the most common is machashebheth (from chashabh, "to think," "contrive"). In the New Testament it occurs only twice, once for Greek enthumesis (Acts 17:29), and once for noema (2 Corinthians 2:11). Sometimes the word means simply that which is planned or invented, without any evil implication, as in 2 Chronicles 2:14 Acts 17:29 (of artistic work or invention), and Ecclesiastes 9:10 (in the general sense of reasoning or contriving). But more frequently it is used in an evil sense, of a wicked purpose or plot, "Let us devise devices against Jeremiah" (Jeremiah 18:18); "For we are not ignorant of his (i.e. Satan's) devices" (2 Corinthians 2:11), etc.
D. Miall Edwards
Device (17 Occurrences)
Acts 17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Ephesians 4:14 So we shall no longer be babes nor shall we resemble mariners tossed on the waves and carried about with every changing wind of doctrine according to men's cleverness and unscrupulous cunning, making use of every shifting device to mislead. (WEY)
2 Chronicles 2:14 the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan; and his father was a man of Tyre, skillful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson, also to engrave any manner of engraving, and to devise any device; that there may be a place appointed to him with your skillful men, and with the skillful men of my lord David your father. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
2 Chronicles 26:15 And he maketh in Jerusalem inventions -- a device of an inventor -- to be on the towers, and on the corners, to shoot with arrows and with great stones, and his name goeth out unto a distance, for he hath been wonderfully helped till that he hath been strong. (YLT)
Esther 8:3 Esther spoke yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and begged him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Esther 8:5 and saith, 'If to the king 'it be' good, and if I have found grace before him, and the thing hath been right before the king, and I 'be' good in his eyes, let it be written to bring back the letters -- a device of Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite -- that he wrote to destroy the Jews who 'are' in all provinces of the king, (YLT)
Esther 9:25 but when this became known to the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he had devised against the Jews, should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Job 42:2 Thou hast known that 'for' all things Thou art able, And not withheld from Thee is 'any' device: (YLT)
Psalms 21:11 For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Psalms 26:10 In whose hands are evil devices, and their right hand is full of bribes. (Root in DBY YLT RSV)
Psalms 140:8 Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
Proverbs 11:6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them; But the treacherous shall be taken in their own iniquity. (See JPS)
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Sheol, where you are going. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Jeremiah 18:11 Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says Yahweh: Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return you now everyone from his evil way, and amend your ways and your doings. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Jeremiah 51:11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple. (KJV JPS YLT)
Lamentations 3:62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day. (WEB KJV ASV WBS)
Ezekiel 38:10 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: It shall happen in that day, that things shall come into your mind, and you shall devise an evil device: (WEB JPS ASV)