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Who are Bible messengers? A study of Hebrew word "malak".

Q6: Who are messengers (Hebrew word "malak") in the Bible?

Hypothesis: What does the Hebrew word "malak" mean ?

Introduction: The Bible translates "malak" sometimes as "angels" and sometimes as "humans" suggesting the word has multiple meanings, which it doesn't. The Hebrew word "malak" means messenger, and the Hebrew word "cherub" means angel.

Strong's 4397, 4398. The flow of "Authority Strong" from palms" Messenger

This study will investigate mainly enough verses to convince the reader that "malak" means "messenger" rather than "Angel".

Method: All verses were studied but only a sample are shown for the reader.

Conclusion: The word "malak" means messenger, and can be a human messenger, or a heavenly messenger such as an angel or another heavenly Being who is a messenger for Yahweh.

Discussion: The following verses are shown to support the hypothesis:-

(1) 1Sa 23:27 But there came a messenger "malak" unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Philistines have invaded the land.

A solider runs to Saul with a message.

(2) 2Sa 11:19 And charged the messenger "malak" , saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king,

A human expert runner, carries a message.

(3) 1Ki 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger "malak" unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.

A human offical from Jezebel's court to Elijah.

(4) 2Ki 5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger "malak" unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

Elisha sent his own apprentice servant to Captain Naaman. There are also examples of the Greek "aggelos" also meaning "messenger" not "angels".

(5) Mt 11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger "aggelos" before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

John the Baptist was a messenger for Jesus' entry onto the earth for remission of sins.

Now that we know what the Hebrew "malak" means, we are ready to consider what the Hebrew word "Yahweh" means.

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