Tuesday, August 16, 2022

HOST of HEAVEN

 

1 Kings 22:19

King James Version

19 And he said, 

Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: 

I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, 

and all the host of heaven 

standing by him on his right hand and on his left.


I had been reading about the host of heaven -- from Scripture -- but never really looked into it.

Until now.

Prophet Micaiah spoke those words to the skeptical king of Israel (Ahab), when asked if the king should go against Ramothgilead.

More about that event can be read here.

What is the "host of heaven"?

Scripture defines it, from these Bible versions:


1 Kings 22:19

Amplified Bible

19 Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host (army) of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on His left.


1 Kings 22:19

Christian Standard Bible

19 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and the whole heavenly army was standing by him at his right hand and at his left hand.


1 Kings 22:19

Common English Bible

19 Then Micaiah said, “Listen now to the Lord’s word: I saw the Lord enthroned with all the heavenly forces stationed beside him, at his right and at his left.


1 Kings 22:19

Complete Jewish Bible

19 Mikhay’hu continued: “Therefore hear the word of Adonai. I saw Adonai sitting on his throne with the whole army of heaven standing by him on his right and on his left.


1 Kings 22:19

Contemporary English Version

19  Micaiah replied:

Listen to this! I also saw the Lord seated on his throne with every creature in heaven gathered around him.


1 Kings 22:19

Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition

19 And he added and said: Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the army of heaven standing by him on the right hand and on the left:


1 Kings 22:19

Easy-to-Read Version

19 But Micaiah said, “Listen to this message from the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne. All of heaven’s army was standing around him, some on his left side and some on his right side.


1 Kings 22:19

Evangelical Heritage Version

The Lord’s Proclamation Against Ahab

19 Then Micaiah said:

Now hear this word from the Lord.

I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and the whole army of heaven was standing around him, on his right and on his left.


1 Kings 22:19

Expanded Bible

19 But Micaiah said, “Hear the ·message from [L word of] the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with his heavenly ·army [hosts] standing near him on his right and on his left.


1 Kings 22:19

Good News Translation

19 Micaiah went on: “Now listen to what the Lord says! I saw the Lord sitting on his throne in heaven, with all his angels standing beside him.


1 Kings 22:19

International Children’s Bible

19 But Micaiah continued to speak. He said, “Hear the message from the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne. His heavenly army was standing near him on his right and on his left.


1 Kings 22:19

International Standard Version

19 But Micaiah responded, “Therefore, listen to what the Lord has to say. I saw the Lord, sitting on his throne, and the entire Heavenly Army was standing around him on his right hand and on his left hand.


1 Kings 22:19

Living Bible

19 Then Micaiah said, “Listen to this further word from the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and the armies of heaven stood around him.


1 Kings 22:19

The Message

19-23 Micaiah kept on: “I’m not done yet; listen to God’s word:

I saw God enthroned,

    and all the angel armies of heaven

Standing at attention

    ranged on his right and his left.


1 Kings 22:19

Names of God Bible

19 Micaiah added, “Then hear the word of Yahweh. I saw Yahweh sitting on his throne, and the entire army of heaven was standing near him on his right and his left.


1 Kings 22:19

New American Standard Bible

19 And Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the [a]angels of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left.


1 Kings 22:19

New English Translation

19 Micaiah[a] said, “That being the case, listen to the Lord’s message. I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, with all the heavenly assembly standing beside him on his right and on his left.


1 Kings 22:19

New International Reader's Version

19 Micaiah continued, “Listen to the Lord’s message. I saw the Lord sitting on his throne. All the angels of heaven were standing around him. Some were standing at his right side. The others were standing at his left side.


1 Kings 22:19

New International Version

19 Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left.


1 Kings 22:19

New Life Version

19 Micaiah said, “So hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne. All those in heaven were standing by Him on His right and on His left.


1 Kings 22:19

New Living Translation

19 Then Micaiah continued, “Listen to what the Lord says! I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the armies of heaven around him, on his right and on his left.


Melachim Alef 22:19

Orthodox Jewish Bible

19 And he said, Shema Devar Hashem: I saw Hashem sitting on his kisse, and all the Tzva HaShomayim standing by Him on His right hand and on His left.


1 Kings 22:19

The Voice

Micaiah: 19 You should heed the Eternal’s message. I saw a vision of the Eternal One sitting on His throne with the heavenly army surrounding Him on all sides.


1 Kings 22:19

World English Bible

19 Micaiah said, “Therefore hear Yahweh’s word. I saw Yahweh sitting on his throne, and all the army of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.


In SUMMARY, "all the host of heaven" means:

all the host (army) of heaven

the whole heavenly army

all the heavenly forces

the whole army of heaven

every creature in heaven

all the army of heaven

All of heaven’s army

the whole army of heaven

heavenly ·army [hosts]

all his angels

His heavenly army

the entire Heavenly Army

the armies of heaven

all the angel armies of heaven

the entire army of heaven

all the [a]angels of heaven

all the heavenly assembly

All the angels of heaven

all the multitudes of heaven

All those in heave

all the armies of heaven

all the Tzva HaShomayim

the heavenly army

all the army of heaven


We get an understanding that the "host of heaven" is GOD's army, composed of angels.

What power can GOD give ONE angel?

On such angel can slay 185,000 soldiers in one night:

2 Kings 19:35

King James Version

35 And it came to pass that night, 

that the angel of the Lord went out, 

and smote in the camp of the Assyrians 

an hundred fourscore and five thousand: 

and when they arose early in the morning, 

behold, 

they were all dead corpses.


And if you want to know the number of angels that JESUS can call upon, know this:

Matthew 26:53

King James Version

53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, 

and he shall presently give me 

more than twelve legions of angels?


A legion is composed of 4,000 to 6,000 soldiers. 

Multiply that by what ONE angel can do.

Of course, we're measuring legions by human standards.

We have no idea GOD's power.


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The MIGHT, POWER, and GLORY of GOD

The ONLY Power is of GOD

Bible DISCOVERY 11: The NATURE of GOD

GOD's GREAT POWER

HOW the LORD Fights for Us

On ANGELS

The MOMENTARILY frightened PROPHET (on Elijah and Ahab)

JESUS and Satan

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