An adviser to kings. David’s court had two counselors, Ahithophel and Hushai. Ahithophel’s advice was likened to an oracle from heaven, but even that could not stand when the deity interfered. Disgraced, Ahithophel committed suicide. Late OT texts mention seven counselors of Artaxerxes (Ezra 7:14) and counselors to the king (Dan 3:24; Dan 3:27). Royal ritual gave birth to messianic hope concerning a wondrous counselor (Isa 9:6).

Ezra 7:14

14For you are sent by the king and his seven counselors to make inquiries about Judah and Jerusalem according to the law of your God, which is in your hand,

Dan 3:24

24Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up quickly. He said to his counselors, “Was it not three men that we threw bound into the fire?” They answere ... View more

Dan 3:27

27And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king's counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those ... View more

Isa 9:6

6For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, P ... View more

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