Do Angels Sing?

Since the Advent season is upon us, I’m going to devote the next several blogs to Christmas themes. To kick it off, let’s talk about what angels do. My favorite Christmas hymn is Hark the Herald Angels Sing so a good while back I decided to find all the verses in the Bible about angels singing.

Here’s what I did:

  • Click the Search icon in the upper left of the program
  • Select Bible as the search type (A)
  • Select a major English Bible such as ESV, NASB, NKJV, KJV, or HCSB to search from the drop down list (B)
  • Select All Passages from the verse range drop down list (C)
  • Place this text in the Find box: angel (sing,sang) (D)

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  • Choose the panel menu (E)
  • Select Match all word forms (F)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results

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This specific search query is locating all of the verses containing any form of angel AND any form of sing OR sang in the same verse. Did you get some results? Logos probably returned zero hits! (G)

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Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying angels sing or don’t sing, I’m just saying the English words angel and sing do not appear in the same verse in our primary English Bibles. I’ll let you continue on down that road on your own.

That search did, however, raise another question: What actions (verbs) are associated with angels in the Bible?

For that answer try this:

  • Click the Search icon in the upper left of the program
  • Select Clause as the search type (H)
  • Select All Passages from the verse range drop down list (I)
  • Select The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition from the resource to search drop down list (J)
  • Place this text in the Find box: subject:An Angel verb-lemma:ANY (K)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search which is locating the clauses in the New Testament in which the Biblical Person Angel is the subject and any Greek lemma is the verb

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  • Select Analysis as the view for the results (L)
  • Right click on one of the column headers in the spreadsheet (M)
  • Select Verb from the menu (you can of course select as many additional options as you like from the menu) (N)

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  • Drag the column header Verb to the white space above the column headers to group the results according to the Verb in the clause (Mac user please hold down the Opt key as you drag the column header Verb) (O)
  • Click the column header Verb to alphabetize the results (P)
  • Right click on one of the verbs in the results area (Q)
  • Select Collapse all (R)

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  • Scroll through the list of verbs in the results area to see all of the actions associated with angels in the New Testament! (S)

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  • Repeat the same search for the Old Testament by changing the Bible to the Lexham Hebrew Bible in the resource to search drop down list.

As you survey the results in both Old and New Testaments notice what verbs are NOT present: sing, sang, sung. Again, I’ll leave further exploration and the interpretation to you!

Hopefully, however, you can see the Clause Search is a great way to quickly discover actions associated with a Biblical Person.

If you would like more detailed information about Searching please check out the Logos 6 Training Manual Volumes 1 & 2 Bundle.

4 thoughts on “Do Angels Sing?

  1. Thanks. The nearest verse, if ever, is Job 38:7 – “…while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” But even this one says that it’s not the angels who were singing. So, who were the “morning stars”?

  2. In Revelation 5:8-10 the four living creatures and the 24 elders sing a new song to the Lamb. The living creatures are a type of angel. I also believe the 24 elders are angels though this is much more debatable.

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