cherub (Chair´uhb; pl. cherubim [chair´yoo-bim])

A Hebrew term denoting an unnatural, composite being associated with sacral contexts in the Bible. Although cherubim are mentioned ninety-two times (ninety-one in the OT), and in (Heb 9:5), no single type of creature is referred to in all cases. They may have one, two, or four faces, and the character of the faces ranges from human through bovine, leonine, and aquiline; the body is sometimes biped and in other instances quadruped. Cherubim are typically winged and are always connected with the deity. They appear as God’s steed (2Sam 22:1; Ps 18:11) or as guardian figures (Gen 3:24; Ezek 28:14; Ezek 28:16).

Heb 9:5

5above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot speak now in detail.

2Sam 22:1

David's Song of Thanksgiving
1David spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from t ... View more

Ps 18:11

11He made darkness his covering around him,
his canopy thick clouds dark with water.

Gen 3:24

24He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.

Ezek 28:14

14With an anointed cherub as guardian I placed you;
you were on the holy mountain of God;
you walked among the stones of fire.

Ezek 28:16

16In the abundance of your trade
you were filled with violence, and you sinned;
so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God,
and the guardian cher ... View more

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