masculine noun

Plural of אֱלוֹהַּ (H433)


Definition: (2)

1) (plural)

  • a) rulers, judges
  • b) divine ones
  • c) angels
  • d) gods

2) (plural intensive - singular meaning)

  • a) god, goddess
  • b) godlike one
  • c) works or special possessions of God
  • d) the (true) God
  • e) God

King James Authorized Version Usage: (2602)

  • God (2346)
  • god (244)
  • judge (5)
  • GOD (1)
  • goddess (2)
  • great (2)
  • mighty (2)
  • angels (1)
  • exceeding (1)
  • God-ward + 04136 (1)
  • godly (1)


These verses are listed in order of appearance in the first five books of the Old Testament...

Interesting what is said when we read them through as if they are one unified chapter.

Genesis: (5)

  1. 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

  2. 31:30 And now, [though] thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father's house, [yet] wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?

  3. 31:32 With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what [is] thine with me, and take [it] to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.

  4. 35:2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that [were] with him, Put away the strange gods that [are] among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

  5. 35:4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which [were] in their hand, and [all their] earrings which [were] in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which [was] by Shechem.


Exodus: (18)

  1. 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I [am] the LORD.

  2. 15:11 Who [is] like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who [is] like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful [in] praises, doing wonders?

  3. 18:11 Now I know that the LORD [is] greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly [he was] above them

  4. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

  5. 20:23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

  6. 22:28 Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.

  7. 23:13 And in all [things] that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

  8. 23:24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.

  9. 23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.

  10. 23:33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.

  11. 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for [as for] this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

  12. 32:4 And he received [them] at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These [be] thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

  13. 32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These [be] thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

  14. 32:23 For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for [as for] this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

  15. 32:31 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

  16. 34:15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and [one] call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;

  17. 34:16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.

  18. 34:17 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.


Leviticus: (1)

  1. 19:4 Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I [am] the LORD your God.


Numbers: (2)

  1. 25:2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.
  2. 33:4 For the Egyptians buried all [their] firstborn, which the LORD had smitten among them: upon their gods also the LORD executed judgments.

Deuteronomy: (31)

  1. 4:28 And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

  2. 5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.

  3. 6:14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which [are] round about you;

  4. 7:4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

  5. 7:16 And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that [will be] a snare unto thee.

  6. 7:25 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold [that is] on them, nor take [it] unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it [is] an abomination to the LORD thy God.

  7. 8:19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

  8. 10:17 For the LORD your God [is] God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

  9. 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

  10. 11:28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

  11. 12:2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:

  12. 12:3 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.

  13. 12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.

  14. 12:31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

  15. 13:6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which [is] as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;

  16. 13:7 [Namely], of the gods of the people which [are] round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the [one] end of the earth even unto the [other] end of the earth;

  17. 13:13 [Certain] men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

  18. 17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;

  19. 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

  20. 20:18 That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.

  21. 28:14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, [to] the right hand, or [to] the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

  22. 28:36 The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.

  23. 28:64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, [even] wood and stone.

  24. 29:18 Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go [and] serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;

  25. 29:26 For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and [whom] he had not given unto them:

  26. 30:17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;

  27. 31:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go [to be] among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.

  28. 31:18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.

  29. 31:20 For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.

  30. 32:17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new [gods that] came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

  31. 32:37 And he shall say, Where [are] their gods, [their] rock in whom they trusted,

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unless i missed any, that's just the order they appear with the word "gods" in them - pretty awesome!!

Psalms - 'gods' appears 11 times...

1)  Psa 82:1

[[A Psalm of Asaph.]] God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

2)  Psa 82:6

I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

3)  Psa 86:8

Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

4)  Psa 95:3

For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

5)  Psa 96:4

For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.

6)  Psa 96:5

For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

7)  Psa 97:7

Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.

8)  Psa 97:9

For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.

9)  Psa 135:5

For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.

10)  Psa 136:2

O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

11)  Psa 138:1

[[A Psalm of David.]] I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

"I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints..."  Psa 85:8

When YHWH speaks to our conscience, we should all listen carefully, even when we don't entirely know why He wants us to do something.

He speaks to the conscience of each of us, convicting us of those things that He sees will be a divider between us and our relationship with Him. Those things can differ for us, individually, as we all have a different level of understanding of the various things which are in our lives.

It is wonderful when the answers are clear and we are listening

Deborah said:

Yes, He speaks shalom unto His people... Praise Yah! I have a testimony to share of what I believe Yahuwah our Elohim spoke to me when He began to call me out of Babylon. One of the things I believe I was told to do was to take my earrings out of my ears. Although I did not know why at that time, I did it anyway. Then to my amazement Genesis 35:2,4 was revealed to me! The same two verses you have included above under the Book of Genesis.

35:2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that [were] with him, Put away the strange gods that [are] among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

  • 35:4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which [were] in their hand, and [all their] earrings which [were] in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which [was] by Shechem.

Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Quench not the Spirit - 1 Thessalonians 5:17-19

There might be a misconception that prayer means kneeling with hands clasped and reciting some perscribed liturgy, but if it were, could we be encouraged to "pray without ceasing"? Our daily lives should be an ongoing conversation with our Creator, keeping Him in our thoughts as our motivation for our actions, our guidance in decisions and our standard for how we measure ourselves. In so doing, we are always communicating with His Holy Spirit and thus we are praying.

Reading His word in communication with His Spirit is a great adventure. Before we take that step of letting His spirit do the talking while we take in His Word, we might find scripture reading difficult, confusing or boring because in our limited ability to simply read text and absorb a true spiritual message, we might end up reading a whole chapter and retaining very little to no meaning.

Learning to let go and allow Him to teach us (rather than attempting to introduce our own meaning to the text) brings that Word into three dimensional clarity and our hunger and interest for it grows. The amazing, limitless panorama that such a perspective brings to our lives far outshines the best video game, book or movie that was ever made. Though He does not expect our daily actions to include nothing more than reading, if we do as He said and put His Kingdom first in our lives, all other forms of fulfillment will naturally follow and His Word will come into our hearts and minds continuously as their relevance presents themselves.

Tabitha said:

I just want to do something fun that doesn't involve money. My whole project is Agrarian, meaning everything is provided. No need for money, electricity, supermarkets, or technology. Self sustainibility. I love to read the bible, but to me, any "religious" activity is boring. The stuff I once loved to do is boring because I have constantly been taught by mediocre preachers that nothing we do matters except sitting in prayer and doing nothing. That doesn't interest me because I wish to be active doing the things Jesus says do: being useful to others. Maybe I should join a monastery. Ever since I have started endeavoring in things I love to do, I feel much happier. There's a greater connection to Creator and Creation.

We can know who's speaking to us...His Word tells us how to test the spirits. Every spirit who confesses that Yahushua came in the flesh is of Elohim...that which doesn't, isn't

At times, He has spoken to people audibly...most of the time, we communicate with His "still, quiet voice" which calmly imparts thoughts to our minds. The voice of the enemy, in my experience is much louder and more desperate to get us obsessed on a thought, rather than the respect with which the voice of His Spirit speaks to us, allowing us the choice of heeding or ignoring. We usually really have to want to listen to hear Him...while the enemy does not like to let us forget their presence.

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" - John 10:27


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