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Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Term often used in connection with Is. 11:2–3. Opinions vary as to the validity of “7.” Some hold that the passage speaks of the Spirit as bestowing 6 gifts: wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, fear of the Lord. Some arrive at the figure 7 in v. 2 by including the Spirit Himself as a gift bestowed. Some do not include the Spirit in the gifts, but find the 7th in v. 3a, where the LXX and Vulgate use a different term for “fear of the Lord” than in v. 2 at the end (though the Heb. is the same in both verses). The basic question persists: Must we find a list of 7 in this passage? See also Gifts of the Spirit. LP

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