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So much depends on punctuation! Yet the Book of Genesis was written before punctuation was developed, allowing us to choose where to put a comma or a colon, thereby changing the meaning. A further difficulty is that many words and phrases do not have exact correspondence from one language to another, so we have to not just translate, but 'interpret'. ...


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It's safe to say the statement in question, which occurs three times in 2 Samuel chapter 1, is a declarative sentence, complete with an exclamation point in English. As my link points out, ancient Hebrew gives us clues to the emotional freight of a sentence by providing us with a key word, as opposed to a punctuation mark in English. One such word is ...


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Jacob is using this phrase when talking to Laban while his father, Isaac is still alive, but after the death of Abraham. According to Rashi, and the Fear of Isaac: He did not wish to say, “the God of Isaac,” because the Holy One, blessed be He, does not associate His name with the righteous while they are alive. Although He said to him upon his ...


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THE APPARENT CONTRADICTION John does indeed make "a strong case" when he says that claiming we do not sin is tantamount to self-deception (1 John 1:8). So, what does he mean when he, later, informs the same believers that they actually "cannot sin" if they are "born of God" (3:9)? A PROFOUND TRUTH I believe that John is saying something a little more ...



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