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The word 'return' Yes, 'return' is an accurate translation. The Hebrew verb is shūb (שוב), and means 'to turn back'. But what is 'spirit' referring to? Ecclesiastes 12.7 uses a handful of certain words and ideas: the body is made of dust and returns to the earth upon death; the spirit is from God and returns to him upon death. We're in the same realm of ...


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Matthew 11:12-14 NET: "From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared. And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, who is to come. The one who has ears had better listen!" Luke 16:16 NET: “The law ...


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The meaning of "violence" in Matt. 11:12 depends upon how one understands the Greek verb βιάζεται (a form of βιάζω). Different ideas are expressed by βιάζεται, and how it's understood depends on if the reader interprets it reflexively, passively, or in another manner. For example: "So then in Matt. 11:12 the form can be either middle or passive and ...



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