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“Hip With The Slang”

Categories: OLD TESTAMENT
According to 2 Kings 17:13, God told Israel and Judah to quit doing evil and follow His commandments through His prophets and seers.  In biblical terms, what’s the difference between a prophet and a seer?

Sincerely,
Term Tangled

Dear Term Tangled,

There is no difference whatsoever between a prophet and a seer; the two terms are synonymous.  In fact, 1 Sam 9:9 specifically mentions that they mean the same thing.  ‘Seer’ was apparently the older terminology, and it was later replaced by ‘prophet’ as the more common vernacular.