AGELS AD OTHER DIVIE BEIGS"angel" freely to designate a subordinate supernaturalbeing referred to during any period of Israel s history.The common Hebrew word for "angel," malak, means"messenger," and in this sense is used of men 2 as well asangels. The angels are also spoken of as "ministers" 3They are designated "sons of El o him" 4 and "sons of Elim." 5 They are described as "holy ones" 6 and watchers," 7 and are referred to as the "host" or "hosts" of heaven, of God, of Yahweh. 8 The term "host" was alsoapplied to the stars. 9 Between the stars and angels therewas supposed to be a close connection. 10 Whether theangels were spoken of as Elohim, "gods," as well assons of Elohim is a question. In Psa. 8. 5. Elohim iscommonly rendered "angels," n and it is quite possiblethat the term was used in this sense; for in several instances it has the general meaning of "a godlike being," 12and an angel may very well have been so designated.But in this particular passage Elohim probably meansneither "angels" nor "God" exclusively, but both. It isdivine beings generally, than whom man has been madebut a little lower.These different terms applied to angelic beings may bedivided into two groups, those that define the nature of angels and those that describe their office or function. To2 Gen. 32. 3, J ; um. 21. 21, E ; Hag. i. 13 ; Mai. 2, 7.3 Psa. 103. 21.4 Gen. 6. 2, 4, J ; Job. i. 6 ; 2. i.