The royal “we”

If there is only one God, why does He sometimes refer to Himself in the plural form?

Jewish scholars point to the Majestic plural or the royal “we” in many verses of the Hebrew Bible or Masoretic Text. “Obviously, the plural form is used in the same way as in the divine appellation ‘Elohim’, to indicate the all-inclusiveness of God’s attributes of authority and power, the plurality of majesty. It is customary for one in authority to speak of himself as if he were a plurality. Hence, Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give your counsel what we shall do” (2 Samuel 16:20). The context shows that he was seeking advice for himself yet he refers to himself as ‘we’ (see also Ezra 4:16-19)

The same applies to the Q’uran as well.

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