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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Oracles

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(1) divine utterances, as those by Urim and Thummim and the ephod of the high priest: 1 Samuel 23:9; 1 Samuel 30:7-8.

(2) The place where they were given (2 Samuel 16:23; 1 Kings 6:16), "the most holy place." In the New Testament the Spirit-inspired Scriptures (Romans 3:2; Hebrews 5:12; 1 Peter 4:11) of the Old Testament are so called. Others translated, "let him speak as (becomes one speaking) oracles of God," which designates the New Testament words (afterward written) of inspired men by the same term as was applied to the Old Testament Scriptures; in the Greek there is no article. The pagan "oracles" ceased when Christianity supplanted paganism. Paul's casting out "the spirit of pithon" (divination) implies that the ancient oracles were not always imposture, but were sometimes energized by Satanic powers (Acts 16:16).


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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Oracles'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/fbd/o/oracles.html. 1949.

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