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  • Included in Strongs: Yes
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Strongs Concordance:


Naves Topical Index

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COUNSEL, noun [Latin , to consult; to ask, to assail.]

1. Advice; opinion, or instruction, given upon request or otherwise, for directing the judgment or conduct of another; opinion given upon deliberation or consultation.

Every purpose is established by counsel Proverbs 20:5.

Thou hast not hearkened to my counsel 2 Chronicles 25:16.

2. Consultation; interchange of opinions.

We took sweet counsel together. Psalms 55:14.

3. Deliberation; examination of consequences.

They all confess that, in the working of that first cause, counsel is used, reason followed, and a way observed.

4. Prudence; deliberate opinion or judgment, or the faculty or habit of judging with caution.

O how comely is the wisdom of old men, and understanding and counsel to men of honor. Ecclus. 25.

The law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients. Ezekiel 7:26.

5. In a bad sense, evil advice or designs; art; machination.

The counsel of the froward is carried headlong. Job 5:13.

6. Secresy; the secrets entrusted in consultation; secret opinions or purposes. Let a man keep his own counsel

7. In a scriptural sense, purpose; design; will; decree.

What thy counsel determined before to be done. Acts 4:28.

To show the immutability of his counsel Hebrews 6:17.

8. Directions of Gods word.

Thou shalt guide me by thy counsel Psalms 73:24.

9. The will of God or his truth and doctrines concerning the way of salvation.

I have not shunned to declare to you all the counsel of God. Acts 20:27.

10. Those who give counsel in law; any counselor or advocate, or any number of counselors, barristers or sergeants; as the plaintiffs counsel or the defendants counsel The attorney-general and solicitor-general are the kings counsel In this sense, the word has no plural; but in the singular number, is applicable to one or more persons.

COUNSEL, verb transitive [Latin]

1. To give advice or deliberate opinion to another for the government of his conduct; to advise.

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire. Revelations 3.

2. To exhort, warn, admonish, or instruct. We ought frequently to counsel our children against the vices of the age.

They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped.

3. To advise or recommend; as, to counsel a crime. [Not much used.]

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COUNSELABLE, adjective Willing to receive counsel; disposed to follow the advice or opinions of others.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COUNSELED, participle passive Advised; instructed; admonished.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COUNSELING, participle present tense Advising; instructing; admonishing.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COUNSEL-KEEPER, noun One who can keep a secret.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COUNSEL-KEEPING, adjective Keeping secrets.

Easton's Bible Dictionary

An adviser (Proverbs 11:14; 15:22), a king's state counsellor (2 Samuel 15:12). Used once of the Messiah (Isaiah 9:6). In Mark 15:43, Luke 23:50, the word probably means a member of the Jewish Sanhedrim.

Naves Topical Index

A wise man, versed in law and diplomacy
1 Chronicles 27:32-33

Ahithophel was:

To David
1 Chronicles 27:33; 2 Samuel 16:23

To Absalom
2 Samuel 16:23

A title of Christ
Isaiah 9:6

Webster's 1828 Dictionary


1. Any person who gives advice; but properly one who is authorized by natural relationship, or by birth, office or profession, to advise another in regard to his future conduct and measures. Ahithophel was Davids counselor His mother was his counselor to do wickedly. 2 Chronicles 22:1. In Great Britain, the peers of the realm are hereditary counselor of the crown.

2. The members of a counsel; one appointed to advise a king or chief magistrate, in regard to the administration of the government.

3. One who is consulted by a client in a law case; one who gives advice in relation to a question of law; one whose profession is to give advice in law, and manage causes for clients.

Privy counselor a member of a privy counsel.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COUNSELORSHIP, noun The office of a counselor, or privy counselor.