God’s Division of His Word – Precepts/Precept

By Chette Nichols Jr

This post is a continuation of  “How God Via Inspiration Rightly Divided His Own Word”.  As stated therein God divided his word in Psalm 119 into nine divisions.  these are not the Only divisions but are important.   the divisions is Psalm 119 are as follow Laws, Testimonies, Way/Ways, Precepts, Statutes, Commandments, Judgements, Word/Words, and Ordinances


Precepts is found 24 times in the Bible – all in the OT
Precept is found 11 times in the Bible – 9 times in the OT and 2 times in the NT

A precept is a written command, rule, law or a process of how to keep a command or rule  It plural form used first in scriptures tells us that there were more than one written form of a command.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
pre’-sept: A commandment, an authoritative rule for action; in the Scriptures generally a divine injunction in which man’s obligation is set forth (Latin praeceptum, from praecipere, “to instruct”)


Precepts – the plural form found only the OT

The first use of a word is fairly important and so we can establish a meaning of the word.
 Nehemiah 9:14 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant: Here we see the first use of the word precepts in conjunction to God’s commands, he commanded them three things Precepts, Statutes and Laws.  These were the twelve original written by the finger of God on two tablets and then later rewritten on tablets by Moses along with many other commands, statues and laws.




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