A message from a god, usually in response to an inquiry; also the sacred precincts whose powers made it possible for the oracle prophet to consult the god. The biblical world knew three types of oracles: the oracle obtained through the casting of lots; the dream oracle obtained by sleeping in the sacred precincts, usually connected with healing; and the inspired oracle, by which an oracle prophet responded to inquiries. The lot type of oracle is found in the Bible in the use of the Urim and Thummim (1Sam 14:41; 1Sam 28:6; Exod 28:29; Deut 33:8; Lev 8:7; Num 27:21) and in the practice of casting lots (Acts 1:26). Dream oracles are reflected in Saul’s attempt to consult Samuel before a battle (1Sam 28:7-25) and in interpretation of dreams by the “wise” (Gen 40:8; Gen 41:25; Gen 41:39; Dan 2:19-47; Dan 5:11-12; Matt 1:20; Matt 2:13; Matt 2:19; Acts 10:10; Acts 10:30; Acts 9:10). Inspired oracles correspond to declarations of biblical prophets, which were sometimes pronounced in a cultic setting (Jer 4:10-12; Ezek 18:9-13). Likewise, Paul relates a healing oracle (2Cor 12:9) and oracles about the last days (1Cor 15:51-52; 1Thess 4:16-17; ). Other NT oracles predict suffering (1Thess 3:4; Acts 21:11; Acts 11:28; Acts 18:9-10; Acts 23:11; Acts 27:23-24).

1Sam 14:41

41Then Saul said, “O Lord God of Israel, why have you not answered your servant today? If this guilt is in me or in my son Jonathan, O Lord God of Israel, give ... View more

1Sam 28:6

6When Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, not by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets.

Exod 28:29

29So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment on his heart when he goes into the holy place, for a continual remembrance ... View more

Deut 33:8

8And of Levi he said:
Give to Levi your Thummim,
and your Urim to your loyal one,
whom you tested at Massah,
with whom you contended at the waters of Meribah;

Lev 8:7

7He put the tunic on him, fastened the sash around him, clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod on him. He then put the decorated band of the ephod around ... View more

Num 27:21

21But he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the decision of the Urim before the Lord; at his word they shall go out, and at his ... View more

Acts 1:26

26And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

1Sam 28:7-25

7Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, so that I may go to her and inquire of her.” His servants said to him, “There is a me ... View more

Gen 40:8

8They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them ... View more

Gen 41:25

25Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh's dreams are one and the same; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.

Gen 41:39

39So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.

Dan 2:19-47

19Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night, and Daniel blessed the God of heaven.20Daniel said:
“Blessed be the name of God from age to ... View more

Dan 5:11-12

11There is a man in your kingdom who is endowed with a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father he was found to have enlightenment, understanding, an ... View more

Matt 1:20

20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as yo ... View more

Matt 2:13

The Escape to Egypt
13Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to ... View more

Matt 2:19

The Return from Egypt
19When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said,

Acts 10:10

10He became hungry and wanted something to eat; and while it was being prepared, he fell into a trance.

Acts 10:30

30Cornelius replied, “Four days ago at this very hour, at three o'clock, I was praying in my house when suddenly a man in dazzling clothes stood before me.

Acts 9:10

10Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”

Jer 4:10-12

10Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD, how utterly you have deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘It shall be well with you,’ even while the sword is at the throa ... View more

Ezek 18:9-13

9follows my statutes, and is careful to observe my ordinances, acting faithfully—such a one is righteous; he shall surely live, says the Lord GOD.10If he has a ... View more

2Cor 12:9

9but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the ... View more

1Cor 15:51-52

51Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed,52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the tru ... View more

1Thess 4:16-17

16For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ w ... View more

1Thess 3:4

4In fact, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we were to suffer persecution; so it turned out, as you know.

Acts 21:11

11He came to us and took Paul's belt, bound his own feet and hands with it, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will bi ... View more

Acts 11:28

28One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of ... View more

Acts 18:9-10

9One night the Lord said to Paul in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent;10for I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to harm y ... View more

Acts 23:11

11That night the Lord stood near him and said, “Keep up your courage! For just as you have testified for me in Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also in Rome. ... View more

Acts 27:23-24

23For last night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship,24and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before the emp ... View more

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