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Let Us and the Royal We

Written By: Bill Lamont Sherley (2019-06-09 09:47:29)

Genesis 1:26 (KJV) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
Many Trinitarians will point to this as proof that there are more than one person in the Godhead.

Genesis 1:26 (KJV) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
Many Trinitarians will point to this as proof that there are more than one person in the Godhead.

The word "said" comes from the Hebrew word "Amar" (aw mar) and it means to say with a great force, boast, challenge, command, or desire. In other words when God said it, he was declaring it with the power of His words.

The word "make" comes from the Hebrew word "Awah" (aw saw) and it means to bring forth.

There is no Hebrew translation for the words "let us" in the concordance because they are not root words.

So where did the words "let us" come from? And what exactly do they mean? Was God talking to another person, his angels, or something else?

It is my belief that he was not talking to another person or to the angels. He was referring to himself using the Royal We.

The Royal We or Majestic Plural was used in the western world from the 12th century to the 17th century. When a King or Pope wanted to speak, not only in his personal captivity, but also in an official capacity as a ruler or leader, he would refer to himself as "we" or "us".

The King James Bible was written in the 16th century and the practice would have still been in use.

In the Quran, when God referred to himself as "we", the Muslims say that He was referring to His Power and Majesty.

In Hindustani, the majestic plural is used when an elder speaks to someone younger than he is.

Today, we don't follow the practice.
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Ephesians 5:29 (KJV)

For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:



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