I found this old word while reading the prayers of Saints Gertrude and Mechtilde. As much as one might think they know of the Bible, there are always those little words God throws into the mix to remind you, that you really don’t know anything at all. Enjoy! J

World English Dictionary

Sabaoth (sæˈbeɪɒθ, ˈsæbeɪɒθ)
Bible hosts, armies (esp in the phrase the Lord of Sabaoth in Romans 9:29)
[C14: via Latin and Greek from Hebrew
ç’bāōth, from çābā ]

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Word Origin & History


early 14c., from L.L., from Gk. Sabaoth, from Heb. tzebhaoth "hosts, armies," plural of tzabha "army." A word translated in O.T. in phrase "the Lord of Hosts," but originally left untranslated in N.T. and "Te Deum" in the designation Lord of Sabaoth; often confused with sabbath (q.v.).

Easton Bible Dictionary

Sabaoth definition: the transliteration of the Hebrew word tsebha’oth, meaning "hosts," "armies" (Rom. 9:29; James 5:4). In the LXX. the Hebrew word is rendered by "Almighty." (See Rev. 4:8; comp. Isa. 6:3.) It may designate Jehovah as either (1) God of the armies of earth, or (2) God of the armies of the stars, or (3) God of the unseen armies of angels; or perhaps it may include all these ideas.

Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary