Advice, human or divine. The city of Abel had a reputation for sound counsel (2Sam 20:18). Although private individuals gave advice, professional advisers also existed. They included diviners like Balaam, courtiers (Joseph, Daniel), parents, and teachers. In wisdom literature, the word for “counsel” became a technical term (Jer 18:18; Prov 8:14).

2Sam 20:18

18Then she said, “They used to say in the old days, ‘Let them inquire at Abel’; and so they would settle a matter.

Jer 18:18

A Plot against Jeremiah
18Then they said, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah—for instruction shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, ... View more

Prov 8:14

14I have good advice and sound wisdom;
I have insight, I have strength.

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