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Old Apr 27, '12, 6:22 pm
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Question oracle of the Lord.

I am reading Jeremiah in the NABRE and the phrase "oracle of the Lord" is used repeatedly. Can someone please explain what this phrase means?
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Default Re: oracle of the Lord.

Oracle means "speaker" so an oracle of The lord is a Speaker of The Lord.
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Correct, but I believe oracle to mean more then just speaker.
An oracle of the Lord implies more of a spiritual type speaker of the lord. Kinda like a prophet but not quite so. Perhaps not a prophet in the sense of foretelling.
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Default Re: oracle of the Lord.

Fr. William Most says

When they ask: What is the <massa> of the Lord?
The word <massa> had two meanings: burden and oracle. It seems the
wicked were saying this in derision: What does God threaten now?
They do not believe. Hence God will bring disgrace on them, and
cast them out.
Bishop Richard Challoner says

Burden of the Lord: This expression is here rejected and disallowed, at least for those times: because it was then used in mockery and contempt by the false prophets, and unbelieving people, who ridiculed the repeated threats of Jeremias under the name of his burdens.
Haydock quoted Augustin Clamet says
Burden, Massa, (Haydock) denotes a weight, or sometimes a prediction. (Calmet)
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