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Counsel
Counseling • Counsellor • Counselor
Dictionaries
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Counsel, Counselor
Counsel, Counselor. Advice; adviser, especially on legal matters (such as a lawyer). In Bible times a counselor in a king’s court was like a U.S. cabinet member today. A counselor might at times have been in line to succeed the king. Ahithophel, counselor to David and Absalom, gave advice as sound as
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Counsel; Ask Counsel; Take Counsel
Counsel; Ask Counsel; Take Counsel [Heb. yā‘aṣ, ‘ésâ, mô‘ēṣôṯ, ‘ûṣ (Jgs. 19:30), ‘ûṣ ‘ēṣâ (Isa. 8:10), also dāḇar (Nu. 31:16; Est. 5:14), yāsaḏ (Ps. 2:2), mālaḵ (Neh. 5:7), sôḏ (Prov. 15:22), šā’al (2 S. 20:18), šā’al peh (Isa. 30:2), taḥbulôṯ (Prov. 12:5); Aram. melaḵ
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Counsel, Counselor
COUNSEL, COUNSELOR Advice; adviser, especially on legal matters (such as a lawyer). In Bible times a counselor in a king’s court was like a U.S. cabinet member today. A counselor might at times have been in line to succeed the king. Ahithophel, counselor to David and Absalom, gave advice as sound as
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Counsel
Counselcounsel, advice, human or divine. The city of Abel had a reputation for sound counsel (2 Sam. 20:18). Although private individuals gave advice, professional advisors also existed. They included diviners like Balaam, courtiers (Joseph, Daniel), parents, and teachers. In wisdom literature, the
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
COUNSEL; COUNSELLOR
COUNSEL; COUNSELLOR<koun’-sel>, <koun’-seler> ([συμβούλιον, sumboulion]): Ordinarily found as object of verb “to take” or “to give,” expressing, beside the idea of a practical end to be reached, that of consultation and deliberation among those united in a common cause (Matthew 12:14; Mark 3:6).
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Counsel
Counʹsel. This word, besides its common signification as advice or opinion given upon deliberation or consultation, is used to denote the secret purpose and determination of God. Thus, our Lord was delivered up “by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:23; 4:28). Thus, too, our Lord’s
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Counsel, Counselor
counsel, counselor. The English term counsel can be used to render a variety of words and expressions, especially the Hebrew verb yāʿaṣ H3619 and its cognate noun ʿēṣâ H6783. The importance of receiving good counsel is often highlighted in Scripture, as in the story regarding the advice given by
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Counsel, Counsellor
COUNSEL, kounʹsel, COUNSELLOR, kounʹse-lẽr (συμβούλιον, sumboúlion): Ordinarily found as object of vb. “to take” or “to give,” expressing, beside the idea of a practical end to be reached, that of consultation and deliberation among those united in a common cause (Mt 12:14; Mk 3:6). A counsellor (súmboulos)
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
COUNSEL
COUNSEL, COUNSELOR koun´suh-luhr [יוֹעֵץyoʿets, יָעַץyaʿats; βουλή boulē, συμβουλεύω symbouleuō, συμβούλιον symboulion]. The Hebrew and Greek words have a dual meaning that is often reflected in English translations. They mean to counsel or advise, but also to put that advice into motion, i.e.,
Key passages
Pr 15:22

Plans go wrong when there is no counsel, but with many advisors it will succeed.

Pr 20:18

A plan will be established by advice, and with guidance make war.

Is 11:2

And the spirit of Yahweh shall rest on him— a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of counsel and might, a spirit of knowledge and the fear of Yahweh.

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