Messenger [N]

(Heb. mal'ak, Gr. angelos), an angel, a messenger who runs on foot, the bearer of despatches ( Job 1:14 ; 1 Samuel 11:7 ; 2 Chr. 36:22 ); swift of foot ( 2 Kings 9:18 ).

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

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Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Messenger". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .



The regular Hebrew word for "messenger" is mal'akh, the Greek aggelos. This may be a human messenger or a messenger of God, an angel. The context must decide the right translation. In Haggai 1:13 the prophet is called God's messenger; Job 33:23 changes the King James Version to "angel" (margin "messenger"); and Malachi 3:1 margin, suggests "angel" instead of "messenger." Malachi 2:7 and Malachi 3:1 (twice) have caused a great deal of comment. See MALACHI. The Greek apostolos, "apostle," is rendered "messenger" in 2 Corinthians 8:23; Philippians 2:25; 1 Samuel 4:17 translations literally, from Hebrew basar, "to tell good news," "he that brought the tidings." Genesis 50:16 reads "message" instead of "messenger."

A. L. Breslich

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'MESSENGER'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.