word of God

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word of God (uncountable)

  1. A message from God, or a manifestation of his will
    • 1997, Leo Strauss, Spinoza's Critique of Religion, page 249
    • 1611, Bible (Authorized Version), 1 Chronicles 17:3-4
      And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, "Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the Lord, 'Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in.'"
  2. (theology) the Scriptures, especially when interpreted as the work of God rather than man
    • 1535, Sir Thomas More, Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation, Book I, ch. 2:
      Just as it would be utterly vain to lay natural reasons of comfort to him who hath no wit, so would it undoubtedly be frustrate to lay spiritual causes of comfort to him who hath no faith. For unless a man first believe that holy scripture is the word of God, and that the word of God is true, how can he take any comfort in that which the scripture telleth him?