What Does The Bible Say About The Nine Choirs Of Angels?

What Does The Bible Say About The Nine Choirs Of Angels?

Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims

I. Seraphim

Isaiah 6:1-2 – In the year that king Ozias died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and elevated: and his train filled the temple.  Upon it stood the seraphims: the one had six wings, and the other had six wings: with two they covered his face, and with two they covered his feet, and with two they flew.

 

II. Cherubim

Genesis 3:24 – And he cast out Adam; and placed before the paradise of pleasure Cherubims, and a flaming sword, turning every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Psalms 17:10-11 – He bowed the heavens, and came down: and darkness was under his feet. And he ascended upon the cherubim, and he flew; he flew upon the wings of the winds.

Ezeckiel 10:5, 19-20 – And the sound of the wings of the cherubims was heard even to the outward court as the voice of God Almighty speaking. […] And the cherubims lifting up their wings, were raised from the earth before me: and as they went out, the wheels also followed: and it stood in the entry of the east gate of the house of the Lord: and the glory of the God of Israel was over them. This is the living creature, which I saw under the God of Israel by the river Chobar: and I understood that they were cherubims.

 

III. Thrones

Colossians 1:16 – for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

 

IV. Dominions

Ephesians 1:21 – far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come;

Colossians 1:16 – for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

 

V.  and VI. Principalities and Powers

Romans 8:38-39 – For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 1:21 – far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come;

Ephesians 3:10 – that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.

Colossians 1:16 – for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

1 Peter 3:22 – Who is on the right hand of God, swallowing down death, that we might be made heirs of life everlasting: being gone into heaven, the angels and powers and virtues being made subject to him.

 

VII. Virtues

Ephesians 1:21 – Above all principality, and power, and virtue, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.

1 Peter 3:22 – Who is on the right hand of God, swallowing down death, that we might be made heirs of life everlasting: being gone into heaven, the angels and powers and virtues being made subject to him.

 

VIII. Archangels

1 Thessalonians 4:15 – For the Lord himself shall come down from heaven with commandment, and with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead who are in Christ, shall rise first.

Jude 1:9 – When Michael the archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses, he durst not bring against him the judgment of railing speech, but said: The Lord command thee.

 

IX. Angels

Romans 8:38-39 – For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Peter 3:22 – Who is on the right hand of God, swallowing down death, that we might be made heirs of life everlasting: being gone into heaven, the angels and powers and virtues being made subject to him.

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