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Was Adam present when the serpent was talking with Eve?

Genesis 3:6 (NIV) When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to ...
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What is the origin of the household tables?

The household tables in Colossians 3:18-4:1, in Ephesians 5:21-6:9, and in 1 Peter 2:18-3:7 all have a distinct rhetorical form bearing resemblance to one another. The general form seems to be: A[1], ...
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Proverbs 8:22-31. Woman Wisdom personification or actual divine being?

In Proverbs 8:22-31, a figure known as "Woman Wisdom" is described as being present when God was creating the world. Obviously, "Woman Wisdom" serves as a great personification to teach about the ...
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What does the word 'idols' mean in 1 John 5:21 and what exactly is idolatry?

'Little children, guard yourselves from idols' (1 John 5:21). What was John's meaning? Did he mean, "Be careful not to end up in the local pagan temple" or does he intend to convey another type of ...
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What is the significance of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel?

Two of the patriarchs have their named changed. Abram becomes Abraham and Jacob becomes Israel: Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many ...
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What is the meaning of the shift from present to aorist in 1 John 2:12-14?

1 John 2:12-14 (NA28): γράφω ὑμῖν, τεκνία, ὅτι ἀφέωνται ὑμῖν αἱ ἁμαρτίαι διὰ τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ. γράφω ὑμῖν, πατέρες, ὅτι ἐγνώκατε τὸν ἀπ᾿ ἀρχῆς. γράφω ὑμῖν, νεανίσκοι, ὅτι νενικήκατε τὸν πονηρόν. ...
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What does John 16:10 mean? The Spirit will convict the world “concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see me”

John 16:8-11 - 8 And He, when [the Holy Spirit] comes, [he] will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning ...
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Who is the God of God in Psalm 45:8?

Psalm 45:8 reads אָהַבְתָּ צֶּדֶק, וַתִּשְׂנָא-רֶשַׁע: עַל-כֵּן מְשָׁחֲךָ אֱלֹהִים אֱלֹהֶיךָ, שֶׁמֶן שָׂשׂוֹן-- מֵחֲבֵרֶךָ. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated wickedness; {N} ...
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In Hebrews 13:9, is the author saying that kosher laws are useless and pointless?

In To the Hebrews 13:9, is the author saying that kosher laws are useless and pointless? Heb 13:9 Stop being carried away by all kinds of unusual teachings, for it is good that the heart be ...
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In Amos 9:13 - What does “The Plowman will Overtake the Reapers” Mean?

1. The Text : NAS, Amos 9:13 - When the plowman will overtake [וְנִגַּ֤שׁ] the reaper ... 2. Question, A Word-Study : These are at least two very different understandings of "overtake" in ...
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What evidence supports the theory that the author of 1 Peter was familiar with Galatians?

In another forum, a question was raised about 1 Peter which implied that the author of 1 Peter was familiar with Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. What textual evidence (within 1 Peter) supports the ...
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In Luke 22:42, how many wills are there?

We know that it was the will of God (Jesus' father, "the God and father of our lord Jesus Christ") that Jesus taste death for every man: KJV 1Jn_4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but ...
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What is the meaning of Deuteronomy 25:11-12?

We are told in this verse about the case in which a wife who, in helping her husband fend off an attacker, seizes the attacker by the genitals. The verse tells the husband that he must cut off her ...
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Does the New Testament ever condone violence?

There are several passages in the New Testament like Matthew 5:38-39: You have heard that it was said, "Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth." But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone ...
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Why does Abraham plant a tree?

In Genesis 21:33, the text states, Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer Sheba. This is in the context of a treaty regarding a well in Beer Sheba, but it seems at first glance to have no ...
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Who are the “third and fourth generation” in Exodus 20:5?

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down ...
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In Genesis 24:9, is putting one's hand under the thigh symbolic or a euphemism?

In Genesis 24:9, is putting one's hand under the thigh symbolic or a euphemism?: Gen_24:9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that ...
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How should we understand “he cannot sin” in 1 John 3:9?

1 John 3:9 (NASB): No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. I am particularly intrigued by the 2nd half of the ...
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In 1 Timothy 4:4-5 is “Paul” saying, for example, that if you eat pig or crawfish but give thanks then they will not harm you?

In 1 Timothy 4:4-5 is "Paul" saying, for example, that if you eat pig or crawfish but give thanks then they will not harm you?: 1Ti 4:4 For everything God created is good, and nothing should be ...
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Who's “they” in “they will mingle with the seed of men”?

From Daniel 2:43 (New King James) 43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.
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Who is “his brother” in 1 John 5:16?

In considering who can commit sins that lead to death I wonder who the "brother" is in 1 John 5:16: If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will ...
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Why would Jesus had John to stay (alive?) till He comes?

In John 21:22 Jesus said: "If I want him to remain until I come, is that something to you?" It is probably that John wasn't a martyr. But did Jesus mean that John shouldn't die by martyrdom? If so ...
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Does Moses Speak Broken Hebrew?

When translating Exodus, I became intimately familiar with every sentence (it is really a tremendous form of close reading), and I noticed something amazing. The cases where Moses speaks Hebrew, he ...
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Does the Greek word ψυχή ever mean 'mind' in the sense we 21st century use the word 'mind'?

Is there a context in the Septuagint or NT where ψυχή is used in the sense of 'mind' the way we use it today? If there were none, then, what does it exactly mean in both the LXX and the NT? What we ...
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Does Philippians 2:7, 2:8 mean that Jesus was not fully human?

Does Philippians 2:7, 2:8 mean that Jesus was not fully human? ISV Php 2:7 but did empty himself, the form of a servant having taken, in the likeness of men having been made, Php 2:8 and in ...
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Why are 2 Peter and Jude usually together in commentaries?

It seems pretty standard for commentaries to be written on the combination of 2 Peter and Jude. Obviously they both share the subject matter of false teachers, but I assume there are reasons beyond ...
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Does Proverbs 16:9 say that God has determined every move mankind makes?

"A man's heart deviseth (יחשב: considers, thinks about) his way: but YHVH directeth (יכין: establishes, sets up, appoints) his steps. Proverbs 16:9 Does Proverbs 16:9 say that God has determined ...
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How does one reconcile John's account of the baptism of Jesus with that of the synoptic gospels chronologically?

In the synoptic gospels, the Holy Spirit is given as Jesus comes up out of the water (Mark 1:10, Luke 3:21,22, Matt. 3:16,17), but John, in John 1:29, recognizes Jesus, then later says in John 1:33, "...
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Did Jesus re-visit John after his wilderness experience?

The Gospel of John describes a scene where John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and he made the following statement: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is ...
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In Philippians 1:6, what is the “good action”?

I have heard this verse used in support of the notion that "salvation" is the "good action" and the verse is affirming monergism: Php 1:6 I am convinced of this, that the one who began a good ...
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Jesus's genealogy: 28 generations or 41 since David?

These questions keep me wondering: Firstly, how is it possible that Matthew and Luke came up with completely different genealogies of Jesus ancestors, if they are both following the masculine line? ...
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From the time what came to be? - Isaiah 48:16

I'm just not sure what the it is referring to here, or is it implied? Is it connected to wherever there is? Isaiah 48:16 (ESV) Draw near to me, hear this: from the beginning I have not ...
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What are the conditions for ongoing possession of eternal life in John 5:24?

Exegetically, in John 5:24, is ongoing possession of "eternal life" conditional on "hears" (once) and "believes" (once), or, do both present tense Greek verbs (participles) indicate required ongoing ...
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“Overcome” vs “comprehend” in John 1:5

John 1:5 reads in the ESV: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. I recently heard the KJV quoted and was struck by the difference: And the light shineth in ...
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Does Peter intend to identify the Pauline Epistles as canonical?

In 2 Peter 3:15-16, Peters states: And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his ...
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What are the idols and who are the little children?

The letter of 1 John comes to what seems to be an abrupt ending. Yet in the context of the entire letter is examined, the ending seems to be purposeful : Chapter 1 - Introudction My little ...
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Who is the son of man in Luke 18:31?

"Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he ...
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In Hebrews 11:10, what city was Abraham looking forward to?

In Hebrews 11:10, what city was Abraham looking forward to?: ESV Heb 11:10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. ISV Heb 11:10 ...
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What is John saying in 1 John 4:8?

1 John 4:8 ESV Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Nestle GNT 1904 ὁ μὴ ἀγαπῶν οὐκ ἔγνω τὸν Θεόν, ὅτι ὁ Θεὸς ἀγάπη ἐστίν. Tischendorf 8th Edition ὁ μὴ ...
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In Hebrews 1:2, what is the meaning of the phrase «δι᾽ οὗ καὶ τοὺς αἰῶνας ἐποίησεν»?

What is meant by the phrase "through whom also he created the world." in Hebrews 1:2? This phase seems to say that Jesus had an active role in creation. I would appreciate some clarification as to the ...
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Who is the son of man in John 9:35?

In John chapter 9, there is a man that has been blind from birth. He had never seen anything in his life. Yeshua anoints the man's eyes with clay, and then tells him to wash in the pool of Siloam. The ...
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Is the letter 1 John patterned after Revelation 2 and 3?

The letter of 1 John contains a unique structure: 12 I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13 I write to you, fathers, Because you ...
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1st John 2:12-14: little children, young men and fathers

I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young ...
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Why Does The Thought Of 1 John Flow The Way It Does?

Following "Tests Of Life" (Robert Law), many have identified that John is following a circular or spiralling line of thought in 1 John by initially stating several key topics and then revisiting them ...
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Who is the son of man in Matthew 16:13?

"When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that [I] the Son of man [am] is? And they said, Some say [that thou art] John the Baptist: ...
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What does γεγεννημένος ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ (born from out of God) mean in 1 John 3:9 and 5:4?

"Whosoever is born (γεγεννημένος) of (ἐκ: out from) God (τοῦ Θεοῦ) doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born (γεγεννημένος) of (ἐκ: out from) God (τοῦ ...
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What did Moses do at Horeb in the first place?

I was reading Exodus 3:1: Now Moses was shepherding the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to the mountain of ...
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Who is the maid in Proverbs 30:19?

Three verses from Proverbs 30 run as follows: [18] There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: [19] (1) The way of an eagle in the air; (2) the way of a ...
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“You will have delivered your soul” in Ezekiel 3

I'm trying to understand the "Watchman" passage in Ezekiel 3:16-21 (largely repeated in 33:1-9). Excerpting from 3:18-19 (ESV): If....you give him no warning....in order to save his life (...

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