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Providence

PROVIDENCE. The universal providence of God is the basic assumption of all Scripture. As in English, the corresponding Hebrew and Greek words such as rā’âh (Gen.22.8; 1Sam.16.1) and problepō (Heb.11.40) in their contexts mean far more than mere foresight or foreknowledge. The meaning is “prearrangement.” As used historically the theological term “providence” means nothing short of “the universal sovereign rule of God.”