New Defender's Study Bible Notes
20:7 a prophet. This is the first use of the word “prophet” or “prophecy” in Scripture. As the context indicates, its meaning is not primarily that of foretelling the future, but of being God’s spokesman, conveying His words by divine inspiration to man (compare II Peter 1:19-21). God exacts strong punishment on any who harm His prophets, even when they themselves are blameworthy (Psalm 105:15).