A term referring to multitudes or armies. A title given the God of Israel is the “Lord of Hosts” (1Sam 17:45). The armies may be those of Israel or those of heaven, the latter made up of angels and other beings depicted in God’s retinue or court (1Kgs 22:19; Isa 6:1-5). Associated with the heavenly hosts are heavenly bodies (Judg 5:20) and the forces of nature (Amos 4:13).

1Sam 17:45

45But David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies ... View more

1Kgs 22:19

19Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, with all the host of heaven standing beside him to the right an ... View more

Isa 6:1-5

A Vision of God in the Temple
1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. ... View more

Judg 5:20

20The stars fought from heaven,
from their courses they fought against Sisera.

Amos 4:13

13For lo, the one who forms the mountains, creates the wind,
reveals his thoughts to mortals,
makes the morning darkness,
and treads on the heights of the earth ... View more

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