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.




God’s Division of His Word – Laws Part Two

By Chette Nichols Jr

Laws often need to be refined and clarified as to how they are to be followed. In our own constitutional laws we have seen this to the clouding of the basic constitutional rights of individuals and amendments give for jurisprudence.  This same process took place by the priests, scribes and religious elders of the people to the creation of the Talmud.  In which its traditions have replaced the basic laws with all sort of minute practices.

But as I studied the law angle out one thing seemed to stand forth.   The law consist of commandments  called the law and known as precepts, statutes, and ordinances.  These are laid out by God himself when he gave the law to Moses but sometimes not all at the same time.  So you may find a law of a certain sacrifice, then a statute is given to clarify the law, and a precept to make it workable to the individual but all relate to the original commandment or law.

Just as an example Numbers chapter 9 where they are commanded to keep the passover, some came to ask for further understanding of the commandments if they were defiled by a dead body.  So the conclusion was if they could not keep the passover because of being defiled or away, when they were clean or returned they were to keep the passover on the 14th day of the second month instead of the first month.


God’s Division of His Word – Laws Part One

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 they are important.   The divisions in Psalm 119 are as follows: Laws, Testimonies, Way/Ways, Precepts, Statutes, Commandments, Judgements, Word/Words, and Ordinances.  We will start with the first word and go through all the terms God divided his word by. 

This series will be under the title of “God’s Division of His Word”  I will also add some quests post in this as some have given some good insight to divisions or certain aspects that we do what to look at.  So please return and visit from time to time to read the whole series.

Law/Laws Part One

This first term”law/Laws is in two parts.

Law is found 459 times is scripture and not all apply to the word of God but a majority of them do.  Laws in it plural form are found 19 times in scripture and 16 of them are direct references to God’s Laws.

The first use of the word Laws is found in  Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.  This is the only use that occurs that does not include Israel.

Having read this verse we can add to God’s system of Rightly Dividing his word another two words or terms that is “my voice” and “my charge”.  The first term  “My voice” represents that which was given verbally to men like Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abram and later, to Moses, the Priests and Prophets.  Men  like Samuel, Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and lastly John the Baptist, for these men heard God’s voice.

The second term, “my charge” is a commands and instructions to do something.  In the case of Abram he kept Gods charge by leaving Ur and traveling to a land he knew not.  Genesis is filled with stories of how God communicated to Abram but it never tells us what laws Abram kept, but we see him trusting God, sacrificing to God, obeying God.  One he obeyed God when he asked him to circumcise himself and all men with him.  And When he asked him to sacrifice Isaac.  Also it represents the Law of Moses given both verbally to Moses and recorded from Exodus through Deuteronomy.

Now we see here in Genesis 26:5 an interesting point and that is there were commandments, statues and laws of God before the Law of Moses for all Israel.  What these were we are not to sure of, but they must have had some bearing on the sacrifices and faith Abram had in God during his pilgrimage in Canaan.  Here in this verse we have three of the 9 terms God used in Psalm 119 to show us his division of the word of truth.