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a. A person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed.
b. One of the highest-ranking leaders of the Mormon church, considered by the faithful to be divinely inspired, and responsible for establishing and revising doctrine.
2. A person gifted with profound moral insight and exceptional powers of expression.
3. A predictor; a soothsayer.
4. The chief spokesperson of a movement or cause.
a. Prophets(used with a sing. or pl. verb) The second of the three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures, comprising the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve. Used with the. See Table at Bible.
b. Prophet One of the prophets mentioned in the Bible, especially one believed to be the author of one of these books. Used with the.
6. Prophet Islam Muhammad. Used with the.

[Middle English prophete, from Old French, from Latin prophēta, from Greek prophētēs : pro-, forth; see pro-2 + -phētēs, speaker (from phanai, to speak; see bhā- in Indo-European roots).]

proph′et·hood′ n.


pl n
(Judaism) the books constituting the second main part of the Hebrew Bible, which in Jewish tradition is subdivided into the Former Prophets, Joshua, Judges, I-II Samuel, and I-II Kings, and the Latter Prophets, comprising those books which in Christian tradition are alone called the Prophets and which are divided into Major Prophets and Minor Prophets. Compare Law of Moses, Hagiographa


(ˈprɒf ɪts)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
the canonical group of prophetic books that forms the second of the three Jewish divisions of the Old Testament. Compare Pentateuch, Hagiographa.
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Noun1.Prophets - the second of three divisions of the Hebrew ScripturesProphets - the second of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures
Book of Joshua, Josue, Joshua - a book in the Old Testament describing how Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan (the Promised Land) after the death of Moses
Book of Judges, Judges - a book of the Old Testament that tells the history of Israel under the leaders known as judges
1 Samuel, I Samuel - the first of two books in the Old Testament that tell of Saul and David
2 Samuel, II Samuel - the second of two books of the Old Testament that tell of Saul and David
1 Kings, I Kings - the first of two Old Testament books telling the histories of the kings of Judah and Israel
2 Kings, II Kings - the second of two Old Testament books telling the histories of the kings of Judah and Israel
Book of Isaiah, Isaiah - an Old Testament book consisting of Isaiah's prophecies
Book of Jeremiah, Jeremiah - a book in the Old Testament containing the oracles of the prophet Jeremiah
Book of Ezekiel, Ezechiel, Ezekiel - an Old Testament book containing Ezekiel's prophecies of the downfall of Jerusalem and Judah and their subsequent restoration
Book of Hosea, Hosea - an Old Testament book telling Hosea's prophecies
Book of Joel, Joel - an Old Testament book telling Joel's prophecies
Book of Amos, Amos - an Old Testament book telling Amos's prophecies
Book of Obadiah, Obadiah, Abdias - an Old Testament book telling Obadiah's prophecies; the shortest book in the Christian Bible
Book of Jonah, Jonah - a book in the Old Testament that tells the story of Jonah and the whale
Book of Micah, Micah, Micheas - an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Micah foretelling the destruction of Jerusalem
Book of Nahum, Nahum - an Old Testament book telling Nahum's prophecy of the fall of Nineveh
Book of Habakkuk, Habacuc, Habakkuk - an Old Testament book telling Habakkuk's prophecies
Book of Zephaniah, Sophonias, Zephaniah - an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Zephaniah which are concerned mainly with the approaching judgment by God upon the sinners of Judah
Book of Haggai, Haggai, Aggeus - an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Haggai which are concerned mainly with rebuilding the temples after the Babylonian Captivity
Book of Zachariah, Zacharias, Zechariah - an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Zechariah which are concerned mainly with the renewal of Israel after the Babylonian Captivity
Hebrew Scripture, Tanach, Tanakh - the Jewish scriptures which consist of three divisions--the Torah and the Prophets and the Writings
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There was the Bible, in its rich old Hebrew, with Moses and the Prophets speaking to him, and God's voice through all there on the table, with the inky pen beside it, was an unfinished sermon, with a sentence broken in the midst, where his thoughts had ceased to gush out upon the page two days before.
Ona was blue-eyed and fair, while Jurgis had great black eyes with beetling brows, and thick black hair that curled in waves about his ears--in short, they were one of those incongruous and impossible married couples with which Mother Nature so often wills to confound all prophets, before and after.
I walk out into a nature such as the old prophets and poets, Menu, Moses, Homer, Chaucer, walked in.
There were four patriarchs and two prophets on the Grand Stand that time - there hasn't been anything like it since Captain Kidd came; Abel was there - the first time in twelve hundred years.
em putt'n dey han's up 'fo' dey eyes en sayin' to David and Goliah en dem yuther prophets, 'Dat chile is dress' to indelicate fo' dis place.
Though, as we know, prophets are not without honour save in their own countries and among their own kindred, the time comes when their countries and kindred are entirely without honour save by reason of those very prophets they once despised, rejected, stoned, and crucified.
Yet not the more Cease I to wander where the Muses haunt Cleer Spring, or shadie Grove, or Sunnie Hill, Smit with the love of sacred song; but chief Thee SION and the flowrie Brooks beneath That wash thy hallowd feet, and warbling flow, Nightly I visit: nor somtimes forget Those other two equal'd with me in Fate, So were I equal'd with them in renown, Blind THAMYRIS and blind MAEONIDES, And TIRESIAS and PHINEUS Prophets old.
Surely,'' said Ambrose, ``he is in the hands of the men of Belial, infesters of these woods, and contemners of the holy text, `Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets naught of evil.
One great excellency in this tribe, is their skill at prognostics, wherein they seldom fail; their predictions in real diseases, when they rise to any degree of malignity, generally portending death, which is always in their power, when recovery is not: and therefore, upon any unexpected signs of amendment, after they have pronounced their sentence, rather than be accused as false prophets, they know how to approve their sagacity to the world, by a seasonable dose.
When, for example, the question arose about the treatment of those lunatics who said that they had received the power of seeing the insides of things, I would quote the saying of an ancient Circle, who declared that prophets and inspired people are always considered by the majority to be mad; and I could not help occasionally dropping such expressions as "the eye that discerns the interiors of things", and "the all-seeing land"; once or twice I even let fall the forbidden terms "the Third and Fourth Dimensions".
At the appointed hour Elder William Hitch rose, and, in an irritated voice, as if he had already been contradicted, said, "I tell you that Joe Smith is a martyr, that his brother Hiram is a martyr, and that the persecutions of the United States Government against the prophets will also make a martyr of Brigham Young.
I'm the law here, I tell you,--the law and the prophets.