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heroes of old, the men of renown
Originally posted by rickymouse
reply to post by starwarsisreal
The bible never says the sons of god died. It doesn't say who they are either. Talk about a cliff hanger.
A psalm of Asaph. 1 God (elohim) stands in the divine council (literally, council of El); among the gods (elohim) He pronounces judgment.
2 How long will you (plural) judge unjustly, showing favor to the wicked? Selah.
3 Judge the wretched and the orphan, vindicate the lowly and the poor,
4 rescue the wretched and the needy; save them from the hand of the wicked.
5 They neither know nor understand, they go about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth totter.
6 I said, “you (plural) gods (elohim), sons of the Most High (beney Elyon), all of you (plural);
7 but you (plural) shall die as men do, fall like any prince.
8 Arise (the command is singular), O God (elohim), judge (the command is singular) the earth, for you (singular) shall inherit all the nations.
Despite the fact that it makes people uncomfortable, the text means what it says.
In Psalm 82:1, the first elohim must be singular, since the Hebrew grammar has the word
as the subject of a singular verb. The second elohim must be plural, since the preposition
in front of it (“in the midst of”) requires more than one. You can’t be “in the midst of”
one person. And according to Psalm 82:1, the singular God (elohim) of Israel presides
over an assembly or council of other gods (elohim).
Verse six makes it perfectly clear
that these other elohim are the sons of the God of Israel. In that verse God himself is
speaking (“I said”) to the other elohim of that divine council, and he addresses them with
the plural “you.” He says point-blank: “you are gods (elohim), all of you.” The fact that
he is speaking to a group (plural elohim) is made certain even in the English, since God
also calls them “sons of the Most High.” I made the observation above that the Hebrew
word for angels is mal’akim (literally, “messengers”), an entirely different term than
occurs for the sons of God. If one still insisted against the inspired textual evidence that
the two should be identified, you’d still need to explain why angels are called gods in
light of Psalm 82:6.