E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Sons of God.
Angels, genuine Christians, or believers who are the sons of God by adoption.
As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.Romans viii. 14.
Sons of God. When Judæa was a theocracy the representative of God on earth was by the Jews called god; hence angels, rulers, prophets, and priests were called gods. Moses as the messenger of Jehovah was a god to Pharaoh (Exodus vii. 1); magistrates generally were called gods; thus it is said, Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people (Exodus xxii. 28). By a still further extension, anyone who gave a message to another was his god, because he inspired him, as Moses was a god to Aaron his spokesman (Exodus iv. 16). Our Lord refers to this use of the word in John x. 34. (See also Genesis vi. 2, 4; Job i. 6; ii. 1; Psalm lxxxii. 6; Exodus iv. 22, 23; Hosea xi. 1.)