Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.


The title generally applied to the chief men of the state. The "princes of the provinces" (1 Ki. 20:14) were the governors or lord-lieutenants of the provinces. So also the "princes" mentioned in Dan. 6:1, 3,4, 6,7 were the officers who administered the affairs of the provinces; the "satraps" (as rendered in R.V.). These are also called "lieutenants" (Esther 3:12, 8:9; R.V., "satraps"). The promised Saviour is called by Daniel (Dan. 9:25) "Messiah the Prince" (Heb.nagid); compare Acts 3:15, 5:31. The angel Micheal is called (Dan. 12:1) a "prince" (Heb.sar, whence "Sarah," the "princes").

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