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After the individual angel spoke to the shepherds keeping watch in the field, Luke 2: 8-12, the multitude of the heavenly host appeared, praising God, and they spoke. I would suggest that their recorded words are a summation of all that was said at the time.

That summation is precisely eleven words in the recorded Greek, given by Luke in chapter two, verse thirteen:

δοξα εν υψιστοις θεω και επι γης ειρηνη εν ανθρωποις ευδοκια

doxa en upsiotois Theo kai epi ges eirene en anthropoi eudokia

This can be rendered in exactly eleven English words (see Young's Literal Translation):

Glory in highest, Godward; and on earth, peace: among men, goodwill.

One would have expected twelve words (the number of covenant), given that this is the inauguration of the New Testament.

Is there a word which is expected to be added. On our part, to these heavenly words of the angelic host?

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    What is the basis for 12 being the number of the covenant? I've never heard of such a thing. Nor do I see any topic connection between the words of the angels and God's covenant. – curiousdannii Dec 24 '19 at 2:30
  • Sure, 12 is the number symbolising the people of God. But what was the 12 in the Noahic, Abrahamic, Davidic or Phinehas covenants? And just because there were 12 tribes, is it really the case that it even symbolises the Mosaic covenant? – curiousdannii Dec 24 '19 at 3:39
  • @curiousdannii Twelve tribes of Israel and twelve apostles of the Lamb. And twenty four elders around the throne. – Nigel J Dec 24 '19 at 3:39
  • @curiousdannii It is the number of the everlasting covenant which runs throughout scripture. The first covenant, under Moses, failed through mankind's unfaitfhfulness and unbelief. There is but one covenant, in the end. – Nigel J Dec 24 '19 at 3:43
  • That view of the covenants is only one among many views, and is not very exegetically supportable IMO. It leads you to ignore the details of the actual Biblical covenants. – curiousdannii Dec 24 '19 at 4:10
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The only additional word that could reasonably be expected to be added, on our part, is Amen.

Those glorious sentiments absolutely deserve and receive my personal "Amen".

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