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father

a name applied in these ways in the Bible

  1. applied to God, the Father, the first person of the Trinity (Exodus 4:22; Deuteronomy 32:6; 2 Samuel 7:14; Psalms 89:27-28, etc.) (See: TRINITY)

    1. as denoting His covenant relation to the Jews (Jeremiah 31:9; Isaiah 63:16; 64:8; John 8:41, etc.)

    2. Believers are called God’ssons” (John 1:12; Romans 8:16; Matthew 6:4, 8, 15, 18; 10:20, 29). They also call him “Father” (Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:4)

  2. applied to any ancestor (Deuteronomy 1:11; 1 Kings 15:11; Matthew 3:9; 23:30, etc.)

  3. applied as a title of respect to a chief, ruler, or elder, etc. (Judges 17:10; 18:19; 1 Samuel 10:12; 2 Kings 2:12; Matthew 23:9, etc.)

  4. The author or beginner of anything is also so called; e.g., Jabal and Jubal (Genesis 4:20-21; compare Job 38:28).

Author: Matthew G. Easton.

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