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Questions investigating a text's meaning by discerning what its author intended it to mean.

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Purchased - from whom? (Acts 28:20)

I have an exegetical query regarding Acts 20:28 Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, ...
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Did the men of Solomon's time preferred lighter skin women?

Song of Solomon 1:5 I am dark, yet lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon. 6 Do not stare because I am dark, for the sun has gazed upon me. My mother’s ...
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Why was the word “Bishop” used in Titus 1:7 and 1 Peter 2:25 [KJV] instead of “Guardian” (ἐπίσκοπον)?

Why was the word "Bishop" used in Titus 1:7 and 1 Peter 2:25 [KJV] instead of "Guardian" / "Episkopon" (Ἐπίσκοπον)? 1 Peter 2:25 [KJV] [25] "For ye were as sheep ...
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What does Proverbs 23:10 mean regarding the prohibited entry in “Fields of Orphans”?

In the Ivri (עִבְרִי) / Hebrew (ἑβραιου) text of Proverbs 23:10, we find a strange warning. Proverbs 23:10 [MT "Do not remove an ancient boundary, and do not enter the fields of the orphans" ...
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Was Deuteronomy 32:1-43 a Duet sung by Moses & Joshua?

Was Deuteronomy 32:1-43 a Duet sung by Moses & Joshua? Regarding Deuteronomy [MT] - Chapter 32: verses 1-43, we are told in verse 44 : "And Moshe came and spoke all-words of this-Song into-...
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What does “sanctified” mean in John 10:36?

John 10:36 KJB "Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?" In this verse what is Jesus being sanctified ...
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In which sense has the woman become defiled in Deuteronomy 24:4?

Deuteronomy 24:1-5 If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her ...
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Blood as cause for ritual defilement in Lamentations 4:15?

Hebrew in Lamentations 4:14-16 reads: נָעוּ עִוְרִים בַּחוּצוֹת, נְגֹאֲלוּ בַּדָּם; בְּלֹא יוּכְלוּ, > יִגְּעוּ בִּלְבֻשֵׁיהֶם. {ס} טו סוּרוּ טָמֵא קָרְאוּ לָמוֹ, סוּרוּ > סוּרוּ אַל-...
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Should Psalm 47:4 use of word “inheritance” associated with Ancient Israel's land's physical borders or inheritance in Jesus Christ?

Psalm 47:2-6 (NASB) 2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared, A great King over all the earth. 3 He subdues peoples under us And nations under our feet. 4 He chooses our inheritance for us, The glory ...
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Is the “four hundred years” the equivalent of the “four generations” in the Gen. 15:13-16 prophecy?

Gen. 15:13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. ...
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Mary's Apparent Non-Sequitur In Luke's Annunciation Account

In the twenty-seventh verse of his first chapter, Luke introduces Mary as a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph. When the angel Gabriel heralds the news of the Messiah's impending birth ...
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What action is the author referring to by the phrase, “wait on the Lord”?

Several verses have the phrase "wait on (or upon) the Lord." For example: Psa 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. Isa 40:31 ...
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Ephesians 2: 1- in what way we are “dead” , the functional or relational death of spirit i?

Text: Eph. 2:1 "even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved"
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Meaning of “that my joy may be in you” John 15:11

In English, the word "in" is overloaded, and it's possible to read this in (at least) two ways: Jesus is stating that he will take his joy and somehow inject it into the disciples (like "I put my ...
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What does justice/judgment (mishpat) refers to in Psalm 105:7?

In Psalm 105 (ESV), the Psalmist asks Israel to "remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered" (v5), where he reviewed how the LORD delivered them from ...
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Is Stone activity timeline in Daniel 2:34-44 defined?

In Daniel 2, a stone crushes the statue of Nebuchadnezzar's vision. This stone grows and covers the Earth. "In the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be ...
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In Daniel, is there a connection between the 62 Years of Darius/Cyrus and the 62 Weeks?

I am interested in locating both patristic resources and peer-reviewed scholarly works, concerning the existence of a possible connection between the following two passages from the Book of Daniel : ...
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Emphasis in Isaiah 50:11

Does the phrase here translated - "this you shall have of mine hand" - refer to the the previous portion of the verse, or does it refer to the latter portion of the verse? Is 50:11Behold, ...
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What are the “things above, where Christ is seated” as said in Colossians 3:1-2?

What are the "things above, where Christ is seated" as said in Colossians 3:1-2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right ...
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What is the correct English translation from Greek and meaning of Hebrews 1:6?

What is the correct English translation from Greek and meaning of Hebrews 1:6 ? A few translations are: ( AKJV ) And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And ...
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What does “by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they” mean in Hebrews 1:4?

What does "by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they" mean in Hebrews 1:4 being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than ...
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What is the meaning of “lampstand” in Revelation 2:5?

What is the meaning of "lampstand" in Revelation 2:5 ? Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your ...
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In Revelation 13:11 why does the “lambkin” have horns?

In Revelation 13:11 the author appears to be contrasting the lamb-like physical appearance of the animal with the ferocious speech. In fact, he compares the animal to a "lambkin": [Rev 13:...
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Does Ephesians 5:3 mean that if a person fall into sins “sexual” or “covetous” he/she should not confess it to anyone in the Church?

Does Ephesians 5:3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. mean that if a person fall into sins that are "sexual" or ...
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What does “even as” mean in Ephesians 1:4?

Ephesians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the ...
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What does “bewitch” mean in Galatians 3:1?

What does bewitch mean in Galatians 3:1? Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. From the ...
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What is the difference between “putting on Christ” in Galatians 3:27 and “becoming God's righteousness” in 2 Corinthians 5:21?

What is the difference between putting on Christ in Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ and becoming God's righteousness in 2 Corinthians 5:21 ...
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What does “obey the truth” mean in Romans 2:8?

What does obey the truth mean in this verse? Romans 2:8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. What is the truth ...
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How ought we to understand Zeresh's response in Esther 5:14?

Esther 5 describes how Haman was incensed by Mordechai’s arrogance and couldn’t tolerate his existence anymore. V. 10 describes how Haman convened with his cronies to plot and devise a plan how to ...
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What is the “reconciliation” mentioned in 2 Corinthians 5:20?

What is the reconciliation mentioned in 2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: Be ...
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What does “take away sin/sins” mean in John 1:29 & Hebrews 10:11?

What does takes away the sin mean in John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! and take away sins in ...
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What is the difference between “old man” in Romans 6:6 and “flesh” in Romans 8:1?

What is the difference between "old man" in Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. ...
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What is the difference between adultery, fornication, uncleanness & lasciviousness in Galatians 5:19

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, What is the difference between adultery, fornication, uncleanness & ...
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Strange use of tenses in Mark 11:24

In Mark 11:20-26 Jesus addresses Peter and the other disciples about the fig tree that he caused to wither earlier in Mark 11:13-14. Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps ...
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What does “baptism now saves you” mean in 1 Peter 3:21

What does baptism now saves you mean in 1 Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the ...
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Could Jesus actually have risen from the dead on the fourth day, instead on the third day?

I was reading Luke 24:7 just now. The verse is about an angel who tells the disciples that Jesus was going to rise the third day. I noticed that it didn’t say on the third day, or after the third day. ...
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What is the “hope” talked about in Hebrews 10:23

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. What is the hope referred into in the above verse? Is this the same hope talked about ...
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What is the “Sabbath-rest for the people of God” in Hebrews 4:9-11 referring to

Hebrews 4:9-11 New International Version (NIV) 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[a] just as God did from ...
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Distinguishing the differences in meanings when of, by, in, through, with & for are added before the Spirit? [closed]

All taken from KJV for consistencey Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers ...
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What is the difference between “the law” in John 1:17 & “the law” in Galatians 4:21

John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Here the scripture says law was given through Moses. And again from Galatians 4:21-22 Tell me, you who ...
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What do the words “boasts” & "knows mean in Jeremiah 9:24

Jeremiah 9:24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things ...
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Are Hosea 6:6 and Matthew 9:13 connected?

In some bibles, Matthew 9:13 Go and learn what the Scriptures mean when they say, 'Instead of offering sacrifices to me, I want you to be merciful to others.' I didn't come to invite good ...
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What is the meaning of “fan” and “purge his floor” in Matthew 3:12?

What is meant by fan & his floor in in Mathew 3:12? Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with ...
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To whom does “I” refer in Matthew 24:5?

For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray Matthew 24:5 Who is the I referring to in I am? Is it referring to Jesus of Nazereth? Or is it refrring to ...
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What is the “sin” referred to in Hebrews 11:25?

Hebrews 11:25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. What is the sin referred to here?
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What does “such things” refer to in Hebrews 11:14

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. Hebrews 11:14 What does such things refer to? How and where did they say such things?
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What does “fear of the Lord” in 2 Chronicles 14:13-15 mean?

2 Chronicles 14:13-15 13 Asa and the people who were with him pursued them as far as Gerar, and the Ethiopians fell until none remained alive, for they were broken before the Lord and his army. ...
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What does “as Jesus did” mean in 1 John 2:6?

In 1 John 2:6 NIV, it says that 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. What is the meaning of this verse in general, but more specifically the part of living "as Jesus did"? Jesus ...
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What is the nature of the “strong delusion” being sent by God according to 2 Thessalonians 2:11? [duplicate]

10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong ...
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In Genesis 1:29 are there exceptions or limitations regarding “every herb bearing seed” that God gave man to eat? [closed]

Genesis 1:29 says: And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you ...