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Monday, January 15, 2018


I got interested in the subject of Angels recently and have been plowing through a lot of information and I wanted to share it. First of all, I'm not a Biblical scholar or expert, just a plain Jane trying to study the Bible. There is a lot of complicated stuff on this subject but I will try to give you background, scripture and the gist of what I've been studying. My word is not definitive on this subject but I'll do the best I can.

It is important to begin this study with the caution that Angels are real but they are NOT God and therefore should not be worshiped or prayed to. They are created beings like we are and we should always worship the Creator, rather than the created.

Matthew 4:9-10 (Amplified - Amp) and [satan] said to [Jesus], “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written and forever remains written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”

Revelation 22:8-9 (Amp) I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. But he said to me, “Do not do that. I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets and with those who heed and remember [the truths contained in] the words of this book. Worship God.”

1 Peter 3:21-22 (Contemporary English Version-CEV) Those flood waters were like baptism that now saves you. But baptism is more than just washing your body. It means turning to God with a clear conscience, because Jesus Christ was raised from death. 22 Christ is now in heaven, where he sits at the right side[a] of God. All angels, authorities, and powers are under his control.

Colossians 1:15-17 (Good News Bible - GNB) 15 Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the first-born Son, superior to all created things. 16 For through him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things, including spiritual powers, lords, rulers, and authorities. God created the whole universe through him and for him. 17 Christ existed before all things, and in union with him all things have their proper place.

Ephesians 1:15-22 (GNB) 18 I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people, 19 and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power working in us is the same as the mighty strength 20 which he used when he raised Christ from death and seated him at his right side in the heavenly world. 21 Christ rules there above all heavenly rulers, authorities, powers, and lords; he has a title superior to all titles of authority in this world and in the next. 22 God put all things under Christ's feet and gave him to the church as supreme Lord over all things.

Colossians 2:18 (GNB) 18 Do not allow yourselves to be condemned by anyone who claims to be superior because of special visions and who insists on false humility and the worship of angels. For no reason at all, such people are all puffed up by their human way of thinking.

Hebrews 1:13-14 (GNB, parenthesis mine) 13 God never said to any of his angels: “Sit here at my right side until I put your enemies as a footstool under your feet.” (which He did say to Jesus!) 14 What are the angels, then? They are spirits who serve God and are sent by him to help those who are to receive salvation.

The Angels are real. Many people may think that's too supernatural and they avoid the subject. Others take the fact of Angels and run with it and are soon worshiping Angels, commanding Angels and seeing Angels everywhere. It's important to strike the balance. Angels are real but they are servants of God. God is the power, God is the wisdom, God is the miracle worker and God directs the Angels. He created them as He created everything!

Psalm 148: 2-5 (Easy To Read Version - ERV)
2 Praise him, all you angels!
Praise him, all his army!
3 Sun and moon, praise him!
Stars and lights in the sky, praise him!
4 Praise him, highest heaven!
Waters above the sky, praise him!
5 Let them praise the Lord’s name,
because he gave the command and created them all!

Did you know that there seems to be a hierarchy of Angels? The first person to write about the hierarchy of angels was Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite in the 4th or 5th century in his book De Coelesti Hierarchia (On the Celestial Hierarchy). Angels are organized into several orders, or "Angelic Choirs".

Christian Angelogy
  • The first sphere of Angels
    • Seraphim (see below)
    • Cherubim (see below)
    • Thrones (Possibly ophranim of Jewish Angel hierarchy and is the wheel within the wheels of Ezekiel and Daniel's visions)
  • The second sphere of Angels
    • Dominions (The Dominions regulate the duties of lower angels. It is only with extreme rarity that the angelic lords make themselves physically known to humans.)
    • Virtues (These angels are those through which signs and miracles are made in the world.)
    • Powers (The primary duty of the "Powers" is to supervise the movements of the heavenly bodies in order to ensure that the cosmos remains in order.Being warrior angels, they also oppose evil spirits, especially those that make use of the matter in the universe, and often cast evil spirits to detention places.The Powers are the bearers of conscience and the keepers of history. They are also the warrior angels created to be completely loyal to God. Some believe that no Power has ever fallen from grace. Their duty is to oversee the distribution of power among mankind, hence their name.)
  • The third sphere of Angels
    • Principalities (Angels that guide and protect nations, or groups of peoples, and institutions such as the Church. The Principalities preside over the bands of angels and charge them with fulfilling the divine ministry.)
    • Archangels (Envoys and Guardian angels of nations and countries, and are concerned with the issues and events surrounding these, including politics, military matters, commerce and trade.)
    • Angels (Are the ones most concerned with the affairs of living things. They include guardian Angels and are messengers to humanity.)

The study of Angels is called angelology (pronounced angel-ology) and the results of study have formed our doctrine of Angels. Angels are mentioned 196 times in the Bible.

They appear to be organized into various ranks, orders and positions. Michael is called the Archangel or chief angel (Jude 9). Then, in Daniel 10:13 he is called one of the chief princes. Other ranks and orders are suggested by the terms used of angels in Ephesians 3:10; Ephesians 6:12, and 1 Peter 3:22.


Isaiah 6:1-7 (MKJV) In the year that King Uzziah died I then saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. (2) Above it stood the seraphs; each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. (3) And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of Hosts; the whole earth full of His glory. (4) And the doorposts moved at the voice of the one who cried, and the house was filled with smoke. (5) Then I said, Woe is me! For I am undone; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of Hosts. (6) Then one of the seraphs flew to me, having a live coal in his hand, snatched with tongs from the altar. (7)And he laid it on my mouth and said, Lo, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.

The Hebrew word "saraph" signifies a fiery serpent. Could this possibly be why satan presented himself in the Garden of Eden as a serpent? But these Seraphim are fiery ones, burning and glowing. They are only so named in Isaiah. They are are not described in detail and are sometimes represented by a storm cloud with flashing lightening. They had faces, feet, hands and wings. The six wings, in three pairs, covered their faces and feet in humility and reverence, and were used for sustaining them in their positions about the throne of God. Two wings were kept ready for instant flight in God's service; two veiled their faces as unworthy to look on the holy God or pry into His secret counsels which they fulfilled. And two cover the lower part of the body in reverence. In the New Testament the only possible equivalent is in “the living ones” in Revelation 4:1-11 and Revelation 5:1-14. They may or may not be the same. In Revelation, as in Isaiah, they appear near the head of God's throne, continually praising His holiness. It was one of these fiery ones who took the coal from the fire and touched it to the prophet, Isaiah's, lips to cleanse them. After Christ ascended into Heaven, tongues of fire fell from Heaven and touched the Disciples who became Apostles. It was the descent of the Holy Spirit to earth on the Day of Pentecost.

Acts 2:1-4 (MKJV) And in the fulfilling of the day of Pentecost, they were all with one accord in one place. 2) And suddenly a sound came out of the heaven as borne along by the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. (3) And tongues as of fire appeared to them, being distributed; and it sat upon each of them. (4) And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

But I think it's not a coincidence that holy fire represents the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit empowers, sanctifies, and reveals God to us and that's what the coal did to Isaiah.

The seraphim's occupation was to praise God's holiness and power, and to act as the medium of communication between heaven and earth(Isaiah 6:6). They form a choir that sings so loudly that they shake the foundations of the palace. They protect God from the approach of sin and evil and considered the caretakers of God's throne.


We tend to think of "cherubim" as a chubby little baby boy angel. That is far from the truth!

The cherubs are apparently the attendants of the Deity. As attendants of God, they bear the throne upon which He descends from His high abode.

Psalm 18:9-10 (Modern King James Version - MKJV) And He bowed the heavens and came down, and darkness was under His feet.  (10)  And He rode on a cherub, and flew; yea, He soared on the wings of the wind.

Psalm 80:1 (MKJV) To the Chief Musician. A Testimony Concerning the Lilies. A Psalm of Asaph. Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You dwelling between the cherubs, shine forth.

Psalm 99:1 (MKJV) Jehovah reigns; let the peoples tremble. He sits between the cherubs; let the earth quake.

Ezekiel 1:4-28 (Modern King James Version - MKJV) And I looked, and behold, a windstorm came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire flashing itself, and a brightness to it all around, and out of its midst, like the color of polished bronze out of the middle of the fire. (5) Also out of its midst came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was how they looked; they had the likeness of a man. (6) And four faces were to each, and four wings to each. (7) And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot. And they sparkled like the color of burnished copper.(8) And the hands of a man extended from under their wings on their four sides; and the four of them had their faces and their wings, (9) joining each one to the other by their wings. They did not turn in their going; each one went toward the front of their face. (10) And the likeness of their faces: the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side to the four of them; and the face of an ox on the left side to the four of them; and the face of an eagle to the four of them. (11) So their faces were. And their wings were stretched upward; to each, the two wings of each one were joined; and two wings covered their bodies. (12) And each went toward the front of their faces. To where the spirit was to go, there they went; they did not turn in their going. (13) And the likeness of the living creatures: they looked like burning coals of fire; like the appearance of torches. It was continually circling among the living creatures. And the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. (14) And the living creatures kept running and returning, like the appearance of a flash of lightning. (15) And as I looked at the living creatures, behold, one wheel was on the earth by the living creatures, with its four faces. (16) The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was the color of beryl, and the four of them had one likeness. And their appearance and their workmanship was like a wheel in the middle of a wheel. (17) When they went, they went on their four sides; and they did not turn when they went. (18) And their rims: they were even high; they were even awesome. And their rims were full of eyes all around the four of them. (19) And in the going of the living creatures, the wheels went beside them; and in the lifting up of the living creatures from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. (20) Wherever the spirit was to go, there they went; there the spirit was to go, and the wheels were lifted up along with them. For the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. (21) In their going, these went; and in their standing still, these stood still. And in their lifting up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up along with them. For the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. (22) And there was a likeness over the heads of the living creature; an expanse, like the color of awesome crystal stretched out over their heads from above. (23) And under the expanse their wings were straight, the one toward the other. Each one had two wings covering on this side, and to each two covering on that side of their bodies. (24) And I heard the sound of their wings, like the sound of great waters, like the voice of the Almighty, in their going was the sound of tumult, like the sound of an army. In their standing still, they let down their wings. (25) And there was a voice from the expanse which was over their heads, in their standing still, and they let down their wings. (26) And from above the expanse that was over their heads was a likeness like a sapphire stone, the likeness of a throne. And on the likeness of the throne was a likeness looking like a man on it from above. (27) And I saw Him looking like the color of polished bronze, looking like fire all around within it. From the likeness of His loins even upward, and from the likeness of His loins even downward, I saw Him, looking like fire, and it had brightness all around. (28) As the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain looks, so the brightness all around looked. This was how the likeness of the glory of Jehovah looked. And I saw. And I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.

Ezekiel 10:1-22 (International Standard Version - ISV) As I continued to watch, there on the expanse above the heads of the cherubim was a massive sapphire stone that resembled a throne in form and appearance. (2) The LORD spoke to the man who was clothed in white linen, telling him, "Go between the whirling wheels, under the cherubim, and fill your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim. Then scatter them over the city." So he entered as I watched. (3) Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the entrance to the Temple, when the man entered and a cloud filled the inner court. (4) The glory of the LORD rose above the cherub and moved to the threshold of the Temple. A cloud filled the Temple and the court was filled with the brilliance of the LORD's glory. (5) The sound of the wings of the cherubim, reminiscent of the voice of the Sovereign God when he speaks, could be heard as far as the outer court. (6) He issued this order to the man who was clothed in white linen. "Take fire from within the whirling wheels, among the cherubim." So he went and stood beside the wheels. (7) Then a cherub stretched out his hand to the fire, which was among the cherubim, took some of the fire, and placed it in the hands of the one clothed in white linen, who took it and left. (8) There appeared to be human hands under the wings of the cherubim. (9) As I continued to watch, I observed four wheels beside the cherubim, one wheel beside each cherub. The wheels resembled beryl stone. (10) In appearance, the four wheels looked like they consisted of a wheel within a wheel. (11) Whenever they moved, they proceeded without turning around as they moved, but they followed in the direction where their head was facing, without looking around as they moved. (12) Their entire bodies, backs, hands, and wings were filled with eyes around, including each of their four wheels (13) The wheels whose sound I was hearing were called "the whirling wheels". (14) Each had four faces. The first one was the face of cherub, the second the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. (15) The cherubim arose. These were the same beings that I had seen at the Kebar River. (16) When the cherubim moved, the wheels went alongside them. But when the cherubim started to ascend, beating their wings to rise above the earth, the wheels beside them didn't turn. (17) When they stood still, the wheels stood still. When they rose up, the wheels rose up, too, because they were alive. (18) Then the glory of the LORD moved away from the threshold of the Temple and stood over the cherubim. (19) The cherubim lifted their wings and rose above the earth while I watched. They went out, along with their wheels, and stood at the entrance to the east gate of the LORD's Temple as the glory of Israel's God remained above, covering them. (20) These were the living beings that I had seen under the God of Israel on the bank of the Kebar River. I knew that they were cherubim. (21 Each one had four faces. Each one had four wings, and the form of human hands could be seen under their wings. (22) As to the likeness of their faces, they were like what I had seen on the bank of the Kebar River. They each moved straight ahead.

Based on Ezekiel 1, Cherubims are represented as four living creatures, each with four faces, man, lion, ox, and eagle, having the figure and hands of men, and the feet of calves. Each has four wings, two of which are stretched upward, meeting above and sustaining the “firmament,” that is, the bottom of the Divine throne, while two are stretched downward, conformable the one to the other, so as to cover their lower bodies. They resemble "coals of fire" (Ezekiel 10:2, Ezekiel 10:6 f, where the “man clothed in linen” is bidden fill both his hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim), burning like torches, the fire flashing up and down among the creatures, a bright fire out of which lightning goes forth. Thus the creatures run and vanish as the appearance of a flash of lightning. The cherubim do not turn as they change direction, but always go straight forward, as do the wheels of the cherubic chariot with rings full of eyes round about (Ezekiel 10:12).

Ezekiel's cherubim are clearly related to the seraphim in Isaiah's vision (Isaiah 6:1-13). Like the cherubim, the seraphim are the attendants of God as He is seated upon a throne high and exalted; they are also winged creatures: with two they cover their faces, and with two they cover their feet, and with two they fly. The cherubim, seraphim, and all the angels of power constitute the “host of God,”


This part of my study is a word study of Psalm 89:5-8. If you don't want to go that deep, skip this part.

Let's look carefully at this scripture:
Psalm 89:5-8 (King James Version - KJV)
5 And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.
6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord?
7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.
8 O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?

These four verses need a little word study so let's do it!

Psalm 89:5-8 (KJV with Strong's Exhaustive Concordance) And the heavensH8064 shall praiseH3034 thy wonders,H6382 O LORD:H3068 thy faithfulnessH530 alsoH637 in the congregationH6951 of the saints.H6918 (6) ForH3588 whoH4310 in the heavenH7834 can be comparedH6186 unto the LORD?H3068 who among the sonsH1121 of the mightyH410 can be likenedH1819 unto the LORD?H3068 (7) GodH410 is greatlyH7227 to be fearedH6206 in the assemblyH5475 of the saints,H6918 and to be had in reverenceH3372 ofH5921 allH3605 them that are aboutH5439 him. (8) O LORDH3068 GodH430 of hosts,H6635 whoH4310 is a strongH2626 LORDH3050 like unto thee?H3644 or to thy faithfulnessH530 round aboutH5439 thee?

Now we take the numbers behind each word and look them up in Strong's Hebrew and Greek Concordance. If it has an "H" before the number that means it will be found in the Hebrew Concordance. If it has a "G" before the number that means it will be found in the Greek Concordance. They are arranged in numerical order so once you have the number and you know to look in the Greek or Hebrew, just look for the number in numerical sequence. Strong's has two parts: Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the New Testament. The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew and the New Testament was originally written in Greek. Since Psalm 89 is in the Old Testament that means it's original language was Hebrew so we turn to the first section of Strong's which is the Hebrew Concordance and look the number up.

Heavens - H8064
Hebrew words: שׁמה / שׁמים
If the Hebrew letters were translated to the English alphabet (transliteration) it would be written like this: shâmayim, shâmeh
It would be pronounced like this: shaw-mah'-yim, shaw-meh'
The etymology or derivation of the word is given: the second form being dual of an unused singular; from an unused root meaning to be lofty
After the etymology, the actual definition is given usually including the various senses of the word in different contexts and usages: The sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve):-
After the symbol “:-” appears, is the listing of the English words the KJV translators used when translating the original language word: air, X astrologer, heaven (-s).

Some Strong abbreviations:
"X" is used to describe situations where the word in question appears with another word or in a repeated phrase which multiples the original meaning of the associated word. For example, in Acts 5:42, the word for all/every (pas, Strong's G3956) appears with the word for "day" (hemera) resulting in the idea of "every day" or "each day" which results in the English translation "daily." Hence, the Strong's entry "X daily" means that when pas is combined with the word for "day" it multiplies the idea of "day" to denote "daily" (over and over, day by day).

The plus symbol "+" is used to describe ways in which the original language word is combined with one or more additional original language words to form a related, but different concept or thought. For example, the Strong's entry for pas (G3956) includes “no(-thing)" which means that when pas (all/every) is combined with the Greek word for "no" the resulting idea conveyed may by "nothing" (the negation of "all" or "everything"). The Strong's entry for phroneo (G5426) includes "(be like-, + be of one, + be of the same, + let this) mind(-ed)". What this is saying is that when the word phroneo appears with the Greek words for "be like," "be of one," "be of the same," or "let this," the resulting idea being conveyed by the combined phrase is "be like minded," be of one mind", "be of the same mind," or "let this mind." So the basic meaning of phroneo is "to exercise the mind" but when combined with other Greek words the meaning is altered in subtle ways. When reading the Strong's definition, imagine inserting the key word ahead of each occurrence of "+" as in: "[phroneo] + be of one" = "be of one mind."

For more information about how to read Strong's and how to use the abbreviations click HERE.

So our first word was "heavens" - H8064
שׁמה / שׁמים
shâmayim, shâmeh
shaw-mah'-yim, shaw-meh'
The second form being dual of an unused singular; from an unused root meaning to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve): - air, X astrologer, heaven (-s).
Total occurrences in KJV: 421

I also look at Brown-Driver-Brigg's Hebrew Definitions:
שׁמה / שׁמים
shâmayim / shâmeh
BDB Definition:
1) heaven, heavens, sky
..1a) visible heavens, sky
....1a1) as abode of the stars
....1a2) as the visible universe, the sky, atmosphere, etc
..1b) Heaven (as the abode of God)
Part of Speech: noun masculine
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from an unused root meaning to be lofty

B.D.B.'s is just for the Old Testament as it gives "Hebrew Definitions". For another source for the New Testament, you can use Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words. It rounds out and gives a little more meaning to the Greek words like B.D.B's did for the Hebrew words.

It's really simpler than it sounds. You look up the word, find the number, go to the Hebrew or Greek Concordance and see what you can get from the different shades of meaning. Sometimes it's really nothing new and sometimes it really gives you a whole new way of looking at things. If you aren't satisfied with what you glean from Strong's check Brown-Driver-Brigg's Hebrew Definitions or Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

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Now let's continue with our word study of Psalm 89:5-8. Our next word was "praise". Let's look it up in Strong's first.
A primitive root; used only as denominative from H3027; literally to use (that is, hold out) the hand; physically to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively to bemoan (by wringing the hands): - cast (out), (make) confess (-ion), praise, shoot, (give) thank (-ful, -s, -sgiving).
Total KJV occurrences: 114

Brown-Driver-Brigg's Hebrew Definitions:
BDB Definition:
1) to throw, shoot, cast
..1a) (Qal) to shoot (arrows)
..1b) (Piel) to cast, cast down, throw down
..1c) (Hiphil)
....1c1) to give thanks,, laud, praise
....1c2) to confess, confess (the name of God)
..1d) (Hithpael)
....1d1) to confess (sin)
....1d2) to give thanks
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root; used only as denominative from H3027

Next word is "wonders".

From H6381; a miracle: - marvellous thing, wonder (-ful, -fully).
Total KJV occurrences: 13

BDB Definition:
1) wonder, marvel
..1a) wonder (extraordinary, hard to understand thing)
..1b) wonder (of God’s acts of judgment and redemption)
Part of Speech: noun masculine
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H6381

From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: - Jehovah, the Lord.
Compare H3050, H3069.
Total KJV occurrences: 6521

BDB Definition:
Jehovah = “the existing One”
1) the proper name of the one true God
..1a) unpronounced except with the vowel pointings of H136
Part of Speech: noun proper deity
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H1961

אֱמֻנָה אֱמוּנָה
'ĕmûnâh, 'ĕmûnâh
em-oo-naw', em-oo-naw'
Feminine of H529; literally firmness; figuratively security; moral fidelity: - faith (-ful, -ly, -ness, [man]), set office, stability, steady, truly, truth, verily.
Total KJV occurrences: 49

אמנה / אמוּנה
BDB Definition:
1) firmness, fidelity, steadfastness, steadiness
Part of Speech: noun feminine
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H529

From H6950; assemblage (usually concretely): - assembly, company, congregation, multitude.
Total KJV occurrences: 123

BDB Definition:
1) assembly, company, congregation, convocation
..1a) assembly
....1a1) for evil counsel, war or invasion, religious purposes
..1b) company (of returning exiles)
..1c) congregation
....1c1) as organised body
Part of Speech: noun masculine
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H6950

קָדֹשׁ קָדוֹשׁ
qâdôsh, qâdôsh
kaw-doshe', kaw-doshe'
From H6942; sacred (ceremonially or morally); (as noun) God (by eminence), an angel, a saint, a sanctuary: - holy (One), saint.
Total KJV occurrences: 116

קדשׁ / קדושׁ
BDB Definition:
1) sacred, holy, Holy One, saint, set apart
Part of Speech: adjective
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H6942

Now let's see how other Bible versions translated this one verse:

New International Version
The heavens praise your wonders, LORD, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.

New Living Translation
All heaven will praise your great wonders, LORD; myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness.

English Standard Version
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!

New American Standard Bible
The heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

King James Bible
And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, the heavens praise Your wonders-- Your faithfulness also-- in the assembly of the holy ones.

International Standard Version
Even the heavens praise your awesome deeds, LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.

New American Standard 1977
And the heavens will praise Thy wonders, O LORD;
Thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the heavens shall praise thy wonder, O LORD, thy truth also in the congregation of the saints.

King James 2000 Bible
And the heavens shall praise your wonders, O LORD: your faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

American King James Version
And the heavens shall praise your wonders, O LORD: your faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

American Standard Version
And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Jehovah; Thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The heavens shall confess thy wonders, O Lord: and thy truth in the church of the saints.

Let's look at it in the context of all 4 verses, Psalm 89:5-8, in the various translations:

New International Version
5 The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,
your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
6 For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?
7 In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
he is more awesome than all who surround him.
8 Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

New Living Translation
5 All heaven will praise your great wonders, LORD;
myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness.
6 For who in all of heaven can compare with the LORD?
What mightiest angel is anything like the LORD?
7 The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God.
He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne.
8 O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies!
Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O LORD?
You are entirely faithful.

English Standard Version
5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
6 For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
Who among the heavenly beingsb is like the LORD,
7 a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
8 O LORD God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O LORD,
with your faithfulness all around you?

New American Standard
5 The heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD;
Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.
6 For who in the skies is comparable to the LORD?
Who among the sons of the mighty is like the LORD,
7 A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones,
And awesome above all those who are around Him?
8 O LORD God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty LORD?
Your faithfulness also surrounds You.

King James Version
5 And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.
6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord?
7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.
8 O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?

Holman Christian Standard
5 LORD, the heavens praise Your wonders —
Your faithfulness also —
in the assembly of the holy ones.
6 For who in the skies can compare with the LORD?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD?
7 God is greatly feared in the council of the holy ones,
more awe-inspiring than all who surround Him.
8 LORD God of Hosts, who is strong like You, LORD?
Your faithfulness surrounds You.

Douay Rheims Bible
5 The heavens shall confess thy wonders, O Lord: and thy truth in the church of the saints.
6 For who in the clouds can be compared to the Lord: or who among the sons of God shall be like to God?
7 God, who is glorified in the assembly of the saints: great and terrible above all them that are about him.
8 O Lord God of hosts, who is like to thee? thou art mighty, O Lord, and thy truth is round about thee.

When I read it the first time, I was seeing it as the heavens, the stars, the planets, sun and moon were evidence of God's glory and no man, no matter how strong, courageous, powerful, famous, rich he is, comes anywhere close to God. Christians will be awed and will reverence Him.

All that is true. But there was more there than I knew. These verses speak of the “assembly” and “council” of the angels. God created everything, including the universe and including these supernatural Angels. No one and nothing can compare to the Lord! He is held in awe and reverence by us, by His creation, by those angelic beings. When I started to meditate on what I learned it was amazing. He created these angelic beings. They are so magnificent that every human who comes in contact with them are awe struck and afraid.,,

Judges 6:21-23 (Amp) Then the Angel of the Lord put out the end of the staff that was in His hand and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire flared up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. Then the Angel of the Lord vanished from his sight. 22 When Gideon realized [without any doubt] that He was the Angel of the Lord, he declared, “Oh no, Lord God! For now I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face [and I am doomed]!” 23 The Lord said to him, “Peace to you, do not be afraid; you shall not die.”

Luke 1:8-13 (Common English Bible - CEB) 8 One day Zechariah was serving as a priest before God because his priestly division was on duty. 9 Following the customs of priestly service, he was chosen by lottery to go into the Lord’s sanctuary and burn incense. 10 All the people who gathered to worship were praying outside during this hour of incense offering. 11 An angel from the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw the angel, he was startled and overcome with fear. 13 The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah. Your prayers have been heard.

Seeing an Angel strikes fear in our hearts! And yet, God didn't send Jesus to save them, He sent His Son to save us!?!


Did you know that one of the highest of the created Angels fell? Satan was an Angel of the highest order and yet he got full of pride and wanted to be God and he managed to talk 1/3 of the angels into following him. God judged them and cast them down from heaven and their end is prophesied

Isaiah 14:4-32 (Modern King James Version - MKJV) you shall take up this song against the king of Babylon and say, How the exacter, the gold gatherer has ceased! (5) Jehovah has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers (6) who struck peoples in wrath, a blow without turning away, ruling the nations in anger, a persecution without restraint. (7) All the earth is at rest and is quiet; they break out into singing. (8) Yea, the fir trees rejoice at you, the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since you have fallen, no woodcutter will come up against us. (9) Hell from below is moved for you, to meet you at your coming. It stirs up the dead for you, all the he-goats of the earth. It has raised from their thrones all the kings of the nations. (10) All of them shall speak and say to you, Are you also as weak as we? Are you like us? (11) Your pride is brought down to the grave, and the noise of your harps. The maggot is spread under you, and the worms cover you. (12) How you are fallen from the heavens, O shining star, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! (13) For you have said in your heart, I will go up to the heavens, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. (14) I will go up above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High. (15) Yet you shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the Pit. (16) Those who see you shall stare and closely watch you, saying, Is this the man who made the earth to tremble; who shook kingdoms; (17) who made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed its cities; who did not open the house for his prisoners? (18) All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. (19) But you are cast out of your grave like a hateful branch, and like the clothing of those who are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; like a dead body trampled under foot. (20) You shall not be joined with them in burial, because you ruined your land and killed your people; the seed of evildoers shall never be famous. (21) Prepare slaughter for his sons, because of the iniquity of their fathers, so that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities. (22) For I will rise up against them, says Jehovah of Hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name and remnant, and son, and grandson, says Jehovah. (23) I will also make it a possession of the hedgehog, and pools of water; and I will sweep it with the broom of ruin, says Jehovah of Hosts. (24) Jehovah of Hosts has sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so it shall come to pass; and as I have purposed, it shall stand; (25) to break Assyria in My land, and on My mountains, trample him under foot. Then his yoke shall be removed from them, and his burden shall be taken off their shoulders. (26) This is the purpose that is purposed on all the earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out on all the nations. (27) For Jehovah of Hosts has purposed, and who shall reverse it? And His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

Assyria has fallen, but Babylon has taken her place. This double prophecy is against the City of Babylon and the Tyrant of Babylon. The same cruelty and covetousness has only entered a new body. The only change is that wealth and materialism is used with brutality and military victory. The pride, selfshness and atheism is the same. Babylon, is used throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation as a symbol of the enemy of God and the stronghold of darkness. Babylon represents civilisation and the world’s pride and enmity to God. There was a real Babylon and it had very real Babylonian leaders. So the prophecy was fulfilled on this world. But it also has another meaning. It tells of satan and his history and his future. Arrogance, pride, selfishness, and cruelty were the hallmarks of Babylon and it's tyrant. It is also the description of satan and his attempt to take over. But God has the power, not satan, and the fate of satan is one of horror. This next scripture is another double prophecy. The ruler of Tyre was real, but he also symbolized satan. In fact, satan is more real than the King of Tyre.

Ezekiel 28:1-19 (MKJV) The Word of Jehovah came again to me, saying, (2) Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre. So says the Lord Jehovah: Because your heart is lifted up, and you have said, I am a god, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet you are a man and not God, though you set your heart as the heart of gods; (3) Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; all secret things are not hidden from you! (4) With your wisdom and with your understanding you have made riches for yourselves, and have worked gold and silver into your treasuries. (5) By your great wisdom and by your trade you have multiplied your riches, and your heart is lifted up because of your riches. (6) Therefore so says the Lord Jehovah: Because you have set your heart as the heart of gods, (7) behold, therefore I will bring awesome strangers of the nations. And they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and they shall defile your brightness. (8) They shall bring you down to the Pit, and you shall die the deaths of those slain in the heart of the seas. (9) Will you yet say before him who kills you, I am of the gods? But you are a man, and not God, in the hand of him who kills you. (10) You shall die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers. For I have spoken, says the Lord Jehovah. (11) And the Word of Jehovah came to me, saying, (12) Son of man, lift up a lament over the king of Tyre, and say to him, So says the Lord Jehovah: You seal the measure, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. (13) You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the ruby, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the turquoise, and the emerald, and gold. The workmanship of your tambourines and of your flutes was prepared in you in the day that you were created. (14) You were the anointed cherub that covers, and I had put you in the holy height of God where you were; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. (15) You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, until iniquity was found in you. (16) By the multitude of your goods they have filled your midst with violence, and you have sinned. So I cast you profaned from the height of God, and I destroy you, O covering cherub, from among the stones of fire. (17) Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you have spoiled your wisdom because of your brightness. I will cast you to the ground; I will put you before kings, that they may behold you. (18) By the host of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trade, you have profaned your holy places; so I brought a fire from your midst; it shall devour you, and I will give you for ashes on the earth, before the eyes of all who see you. (19) All who know you among the peoples shall be astonished at you; you shall be terrors, and you will not be forever.

When you read those two paragraphs, you realize that satan was an Angel, one of the highest in the hierarchy of the Angels. He was created to be beautiful and was one of those around the throne of God, one of those who continually praised God and yet, his desire to be god overcame him. His heart became full of lust, pride and covetousness. He was thrown from heaven by God to earth. "The darkness of this world" (Ephesians 6:12) is their chain. They are free now to tempt and hurt only to the length of their chain. Like a dog on a chain, their range is limited by the One who holds the chain. He is confined to this world and only for a limited time. He and his anarchic angels are doomed for final and utter destruction. His bondage and destruction is constant and progressive until his end is final!
Paul Fryer's Morning Star

Jude 1:6 (International Standard Version - ISV) He has also held in eternal chains those angels who did not keep their own position but abandoned their assigned place. They are held in deepest darkness for judgment on the great day.

2 Peter 2:4 (ERV) When angels sinned, God did not let them go free without punishment. He sent them to hell. He put those angels in caves of darkness, where they are being held until the time when God will judge them.

Hebrews 2:2 (CEV) The message spoken by angels proved to be true, and all who disobeyed or rejected it were punished as they deserved.

This is satan's final end:

Revelation 20:10 (MKJV) And the Devil who deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet were. And he will be tormented day and night forever and ever.


Reading about the history and future of satan, as one of the highest angels, tells us something. These magnificent beings were created by God and those angels that rebelled, have been dealt with in the most severe way. God created Adam and Eve, human beings. They were created perfect and immortal. Satan tempted them and they fell into the same sin that he had fallen into. With the sin came the consequences of sin, death. These parents of ours, shared their sinful DNA with every human born after them. We are born with sin and we sin continually. We deserve the same eternal punishment that satan and his band of demonic angels got.

But God did not leave us in our sin. He sent His very own Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins and to restore our spirit so that we could live forever with God in Heaven. We still live among the consequences of sin and this fallen world, but our eternity is no longer eternal damnation and we are no longer cut off from God!!!

Are you starting to catch what I'm saying!?!

Hebrews 2:16 (CEV) Jesus clearly did not come to help angels, but he did come to help Abraham's descendants.

1 Peter 1:12 (CEV) But they were told that they were serving you and not themselves. They preached to you by the power of the Holy Spirit, who was sent from heaven. And their message was only for you, even though angels would like to know more about it.

Angels exist. According to the Bible, they exist in no uncertain terms. Their magnificence terrifies us when we see them! But they aren't the ones God sent His Son to save! We are!!!! Who do we owe our love? Not Angels, but God! Who do we owe our allegiance? Not Angels, but God! Who do we owe our praise and worship? Not Angels, but God!

If it blows your mind, join me! I have no idea why we seem to be so precious to God. But am I thankful? Oh yes, you'd better believe it! When I start thinking about how much He loves us, how much He has done for us... I have to praise Him! He became personally involved in order to save as many of us as will accept His free offer of salvation. It COST Him and He had to do it. Nothing we do would have saved us so it was ALL Him! That kind of love and grace is beyond our comprehension but I'm so thankful and I love Him.

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