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Quite often "prince" and "princes" are mentioned in the scriptures. Of particular interest are expressions such as these:

"Prince of Persia"

"Prince of Peace"

And similar expressions - especially those found in Daniel.

I've always known a "prince" to be a future king.

Is this the definition in the scriptures? Or is "prince" a title denoting a different sort of authority?

In essense: Does prince = future king?

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Prince (nasi) in the OT just means ruler/leader. It doesn't necessarily imply that one is a son of a king. – david brainerd Apr 8 '14 at 3:19
Biblical Hermeneutics? – DJClayworth Apr 9 '14 at 2:27
@DJClayworth Not being about a specific instance would be problematic for this over on BH. – Caleb Apr 9 '14 at 6:32
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A "prince", literally speaking, is not necessarily a "future king". He is the son of a king, and so MAY be a future king, but may not. If a king has two sons, they are both princes, but it is quite possible that one will become king and the other never will. In English the word "prince" is also used for the husband of a queen when it is the queen who holds the power. Like the husband of Queen Elizabeth of Britain is called "Prince" Phillip.

By extension, the word "prince" is often used, in the Bible and elsewhere, as a general term for a person with power or authority.

I am not aware of any more specific meaning in the Bible as the word is used in general. Of course one could examine specific uses of the word and discuss exactly what sort of power is being described, but then we're not really talking about the word "prince", but rather about a specific person who is called a prince.

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Great answer thanks a lot. – 1Up Apr 10 '14 at 3:01

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