angel (Gk. angelos, “messenger”)

A spiritual being, subordinate to God, who serves at God’s command. In the OT, angels appear in the stories of the ancestors (Gen 16:7-14; Gen 19:1-22; Gen 22:11; Gen 15-18:11; Gen 28:12; Gen 31:11-13; Gen 32:1-2) and elsewhere (Exod 3:2; Exod 23:20-23; Exod 33:2; Judg 13:3-5; 1Kgs 19:5-7; 2Kgs 19:35; Isa 37:36; Ps 34:7; Ps 35:5-6; Ps 91:11). By the NT period, angels were understood as allied with God in opposition to Satan and his “angels,” the demons. In the Bible generally, angels praise God (Ps 103:20), serve as messengers to the world (Luke 1:11-20; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:9-14); watch over God’s people (Ps 91:11-12), and are sometimes instruments of God’s judgment (Matt 13:49-50).

Gen 16:7-14

7The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.8And he said, “Hagar, slave-girl of Sarai, where have you ... View more

Gen 19:1-22

The Depravity of Sodom
1The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and b ... View more

Gen 22:11

11But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”

Gen 15-18:11

God's Covenant with Abram
1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be v ... View more

Gen 28:12

12And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

Gen 31:11-13

11Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am!’12And he said, ‘Look up and see that all the goats that leap on the flock are ... View more

Gen 32:1-2

1Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him;2and when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God's camp!” So he called that place Mahanaim.

Exod 3:2

2There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.

Exod 23:20-23

The Conquest of Canaan Promised
20I am going to send an angel in front of you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared.21Be a ... View more

Exod 33:2

2I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

Judg 13:3-5

3And the angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Although you are barren, having borne no children, you shall conceive and bear a son.4Now be ... View more

1Kgs 19:5-7

5Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.”6He looked, and there at his head was a ... View more

2Kgs 19:35

Sennacherib's Defeat and Death
35That very night the angel of the Lord set out and struck down one hundred eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; wh ... View more

Isa 37:36

Sennacherib's Defeat and Death
36Then the angel of the Lord set out and struck down one hundred eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; when morning ... View more

Ps 34:7

7The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Ps 35:5-6

5Let them be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the Lord driving them on.6Let their way be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing the ... View more

Ps 91:11

11For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.

Ps 103:20

20Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
obedient to his spoken word.

Luke 1:11-20

11Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.12When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified; and fear overw ... View more

Luke 1:26-38

The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,27to a virgin engaged to a man whose nam ... View more

Luke 2:9-14

9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afra ... View more

Ps 91:11-12

11For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.12On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot agains ... View more

Matt 13:49-50

49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there w ... View more

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