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Host

In the modern world, host (from the ancient French word hoste, which was derived from the Latin word hospes meaning "one who receives guests" - the words host, hospitality and hospital all derived from the same term) is usually used to describe either "a person who invites guests to a social event such as a party in his or her own home" or "a master of ceremonies." From the perspective of Bible History, another word host (from the Latin hostis, from which comes the words hostile and hostility) is used to translate a number of Hebrew and Greek words of the Scriptures that meant a great multitude (of people, angels, or heavenly bodies i.e. stars and planets), or an army. While older translations of the Bible commonly used host, newer versions sometimes use words such as multitude, or divisions or armies in their translations.

Stars Examples of The Biblical Usage of Host

"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done." (Genesis 2:1-2 RSV) (see The Seven Days Of Creation)

"These are the Aaron and Moses to whom The Lord said: "Bring out the people of Israel from the land of Egypt by their hosts." (Exodus 6:26 RSV)

"And they came out, with all their troops, a great host, in number like the sand that is upon the seashore, with very many horses and chariots." (Joshua 11:4 RSV)

"And David became greater and greater, for The Lord, the God of hosts, was with him." (2 Samuel 5:10 RSV)

"And Micaiah said, "Therefore hear the word of The Lord: I saw The Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing beside Him on His right hand and on His left" (1 Kings 22:19 RSV)

"For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed [see Kings of Israel and Judah]; and he erected altars for Baal, and made an Asherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served them." (2 Kings 21:3 RSV)

"And he deposed the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places at the cities of Judah and round about Jerusalem; those also who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, and the moon, and the constellations, and all the host of the heavens" (2 Kings 23:5 RSV)

"By the word of The Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of His mouth." (Psalm 33:6 RSV)

Fact Finder: Were a great host of angels involved in announcing to the shepherds that Jesus Christ had been born?
Luke 2:13


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