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Hebrew: אוּרִים —transliteration: Urim (plural of ur: flame)

Meaning: flames, lights

Vulgate: doctrina

Septuagint: revelation

The mysterious Urim are mentioned 7 times in Scripture (Exodus 28:30; Leviticus 8:8; Numbers 27:21; Deuteronomy 33:8; 1 Samuel 28:6; Ezra 2:63; Nehemiah 7:65). They were sometimes used in revealing God’s judgment and are related to the holy breastplate of the high priest.

“…he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the Lord…” —Numbers 27:21 NASB excerpt

“When [King] Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. When Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets.” —1 Samuel 28:5-6 NASB

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Article Version: April 27, 2022