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An answer is in some of the text you elided: 20 And the LORD said: 'Verily, the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and, verily, their sin is exceeding grievous. 21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto Me; and if not, I will know.' Then the men leave -- the number is ...


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Philip wanted to see The Father with his own eyes, just as he sees the Son of God with his own eyes (Son of God == Jesus). To put it another way, he wanted to see The Father in physical form. The 2 previous verses gives us a clue as to what triggered Philip to ask this question. - verse 6: Jesus states "no one comes to the Father except through me" - ...


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I think it's best to understand the then as applying to both the angel of the LORD ascending in the flame as well as departing, taking the incident as a whole. When Manoah and his wife see the angel of the LORD ascend in the flame, they both fall with their faces to the ground - very typical of a theophany (e.g. Genesis 17:1-3, Exodus 3:6, Numbers 22:31, ...


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I just came across your question and am surprised that no one has attempted to answer it yet. I am by no means a scholar of the Hebrew scriptures, but I would like to offer some thoughts. First, your astute observations underscore an intriguing theme that appears often in the historical books of the Tanakh: the appearance of a figure who is described with ...


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According to Brown, Driver, and Briggs Lexicon, the word translated "then" is 'az which carries a meaning of "at that time." I would understand the first part of this verse as being parenthetical to the statement of verse 20. Judges 13:19-21 (ESV) 19 So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering, and offered it on the rock to the LORD, to the ...


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One reason for the redundancy is the unfaithfulness of the people. What we continually see in Exodus through Deuteronomy (interesting, huh, a second giving of the law) is that the people are incredibly unfaithful to God. There unfaithfulness is very repetitious; therefore God is repetitious in his commands. Plain and simple, they never listened the first ...


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The torah repeats other commands (caring the widow, orphan, and stranger; not cooking a kid in its mother's milk; keeping shabbat; others); how much the moreso for a command involving direct exposure to God's force, which we learn from Nadav and Avihu in Leviticus has fatal consequences. Further, when the revelation begins, the sensory impact is racheted up ...


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In the Hebrew Bible, this person represents the "hornet" that is identified in Joshua 24:11-12, which correlates back to Deuteronomy 7:20. (The Hebrew noun is צִרְעָה, and is a collective noun with no plural form -- so while "hornet" or "hornets" appear in the various English translations, the word is a singular noun which includes the collective meaning in ...



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