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1 Peter 2:2 textual variations, which is proper?

The NKJV says: “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you ...
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Why did the woman invoke the name of God over bread? (1st Kings 17:12)

We read: “But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and ...
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How do we reconcile John 15:15 with Romans 6:22?

Compare: “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you....
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The term “suffering” linked to “devour”? 1 Peter 5:8-11

I’ve heard some say that the Devil cannot devour Christian’s, and others say he attempts to by devouring their faith. There seems to be some dispute on the exegesis of 1 Peter 5:8 and 9. We read: “Be ...
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What does Paul mean by “we have the mind of Christ”?

I’ve searched over this site to make sure this question wasn’t already asked, and I saw some similar questions. Nevertheless, let’s get started: “But the natural man does not receive the things of ...
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Elaborate on what Proverbs 14:9a says about "fools" and "sin" in order to get a deeper understanding. (layers of meaning)

משלי 14:9 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex אֱ֭וִלִים יָלִ֣יץ אָשָׁ֑ם וּבֵ֖ין יְשָׁרִ֣ים רָצֹֽון׃ Proverbs 14:9 (New American Standard Bible 1995) 9 Fools mock at [a]sin, But among the upright ...
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Is Ephesians 5:25 talking about “sacrificial love” or “laying down one’s life”?

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to ...
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Isaiah 44:6 Distinction of persons or distinction of titles? (Grammar)

We read: “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭44:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ “Thus says Yahweh, the ...
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Would Matthew 25:27 have communicated usury?

How would Jesus’s 1st century Jewish audience react to the activity described in Matthew 25 verse 27? Would they have associated this with “usery” as forbidden by Jewish custom or would this have been ...
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Why are the Israelites told to stay home until morning if they were meant to leave Egypt at midnight?

The context in Exodus 12 makes it abundantly clear that the Israelites left Egypt in the middle of the night: At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt... During the night Pharaoh ...
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Does 1 Corinthians 7:7 mean God sovereignly decree’s some people to be married & others to singleness?

We have the similar question: Is celibacy a gift according to 1 Corinthians 7:7? I’m not asking if Celibacy is a gift, but my question is: Q: Does 1 Corinthians 7:7 mean God predestines some to be ...
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What is the deeper contextual meaning of Mark 4:11's "outside"?

Mark 4:10-12 New American Standard Bible 1995 10 As soon as He was alone, [a]His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables. 11 And He was saying to them, “To you has been ...
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Anyway of interpreting adultery verses in Proverbs 2,3,6,7 & 9 in a more gender-neutral / gender-inclusive / politically correct manner [closed]

Proverbs 2:16-19 Proverbs 5:3-20 Proverbs 6:24-35 Proverbs 7:5-27 Proverbs 9:13-18 ( may be more broader than just adultery, sexual fornification, sexual lust because it could also include being ...
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What are the various contexts we should consider in Hermeneutics?

Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks explores how to interpret Bible passages and has much to tell about context. There is much literature about this beyond Hendricks, but I want to know what they ...
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What does Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 9:14?

Paul writes: Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel. 1 Corinthians 9:14 Q: What does he mean here?
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Do John 17:3 and Matthew 25:46 refer to different meanings of "eternal life"?

John 17:3 (ESV): 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. Matthew 25:46 (ESV): 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but ...
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What is Peter speaking about in 1 Peter 5:10?

Applying the historical-grammatical method in our exegesis, looking at the Greek text as well, how can I understand what Peter is saying in 1 Peter 5:8-11, specifically verse 10? I have a few ...
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Reconciling between Ecclesiastes 11:9 & 11:10?

Ecclesiastes 11:9 seems to be encouraging sin in terms of doing whatever you want, but Ecclesiastes 11:10 seems to make it clear that sin/evil is forbidden. This “seems” like a contradiction in the ...
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What did the medium of En-dor mean by "god(s)" in 1 Samuel 28:13?

1 Samuel 28:12-14: 12 And the woman seeth Samuel, and crieth with a loud voice, and the woman speaketh unto Saul, saying, `Why hast thou deceived me -- and thou Saul?' 13 And the king saith to her, `...
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What does Acts 1:8 mean by "being a witness"?

Acts 1:8 (ESV): But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” What does it ...
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Romans 6:7 Was Christ Set Free From Sin?

Ignoring one's own particular theology and overall integrated understanding of the Bible, for a moment, is it good Greek to translate Romans 6:7 as something like the following? "for he having ...
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Is there any fundamental difference between the "spirit" of a human being ("breath of life") and the "spirit" of a disembodied (evil) spirit?

Simply put, I'm interested in knowing if there is any difference at all (in a fundamental sense) between two uses of the word "spirit": Context 1: "spirit" in the context of the ...
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What is the biblical worldview of the arabs that Paul encountered in his three years from his conversion? [closed]

Did he encounter a view of God that was based on Abraham as the father of the Arabs apart from the Jews? Could God have been helping him to understand abrahamic covenant theology from the Arab ...
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Luke 14:25-33 (Discipleship Tested/Counting the cost Parable) as instructions for Personal Financial Planning/Project management/Business Planning

Is evaluating Luke 14:25-33 verses which discusses the Parable about Discipleship Tested / Counting the cost as instructions for Personal Financial Planning/Project management/Business Planning be ...
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Why does Ezekiel refer to Jerusalem as "south"?

Ezekiel 21:2 (in other versions 20:46) "Son of man, set your face toward the south; preach against the south and prophesy against the forest of the southland." As is evident from v. 6 (in ...
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Is Ezekiel 20:26 intimating that God actually commanded child sacrifice?

Ezekiel 20:25-26 So I gave them other statutes that were not good and laws through which they could not live; 26 and I defiled them through their gifts—the sacrifice of every firstborn—that I might ...
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What did Paul mean by "power" in 1 Corinthians 4:19-20?

1 Corinthians 4:19-20 (ESV): 19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist ...
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Why do some think that Ezekiel had his first vision on his 30th birthday?

Why do some think that Ezekiel had his first vision on his 30th birthday in [Ezekiel 1]? The Bible Project mentions the vision happening on Ezekiel's birthday in this video
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Does Romans 16:11 reveal the apostle Paul (Saulus) was related to Herod Agrippa?

Based on Paul's request in [Romans 16:11] from the NKJV : "Greet Herodion, my countryman" (ἀσπάσασθε Ἡροδίωνα τὸν συγγενῆ) and "Antiquities of the Jews" by Josephus, Book XX (CH 9.4) : "...
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What deeper understanding can the bible reader get from the 2 Samuel 8:2's account of how David killed off the defeated people of Moab?

( Related Posting: Was the use of a measuring line literal or symbolic in 2 Samuel 8:2? Related Posting: What are the Dangers of the Judgemental side of David's life in the Bible? ) What deeper ...
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What does it mean to cast a shoe?

What is the cultural context of casting a shoe? Psalm 60:8: Moab is My washpot; Over Edom I will cast My shoe; Philistia, shout in triumph because of Me.”
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In Numbers 15:34, Why was a מִשְׁמָר Guard allowed to work on the Sabbath Day?

While בַּמִּדְבָּ֑ר In-the-Desert [Bamidbar] or "Numbers" chapter 15 verses 33-34, we notice Guards are permitted to work (provide security) on the Sabbath. "[34] They put him under-...
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In Jeremiah is evil always associated with the north regardless of geographical location?

The motif of evil coming forth from the north is repeated many times throughout Jeremiah. Already in the first chapter Jeremiah prophesizes that evil will come from the north. Then again in 4:6; 6:1 ...
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How to interpret "All who live by the sword, die by the sword..."

So of course this phrase, that is found nowhere in the Bible, is in reference to Matthew 26:52 which actually says 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all [πάντες] who ...
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Are the words "beginning" and "word" mentioned in 1John 2:7 the same as those found in John 1:1?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; John 1:1 (YLT) Brethren, a new command I write not to you, but an old command, that ye had from the beginning -- the ...
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Does "turn the other cheek" refer to a court tradition, not general violence?

We often hear "turn the other cheek". However, recently I've heard that being slapped in the context of Matt. 5:39-42 is referring to a court setting, not general violence. I'm no advocate ...
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What was the author's intention in 1 Clement 30:5?

I have researched various translations of 1 Clement 30:5 and would be thankful if anyone could expound what is meant by: "Blessed is the offspring of a woman that liveth but a short time. Be not ...
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In Psalm 113:7 verse, what is suggested by the use of the word "poor"?

Sorry if I am lingering on the use of the word "poor" in the bible too many times. Psalm 113:4-9 New American Standard Bible 1995 4 The Lord is high above all nations; His glory is above ...
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Paul’s relationship with Barnabas

Acts 15:39a And the contention was so sharp between them [Paul & Barnabas], that they departed asunder one from the other “Paul did not forgive Barnabas but rejected his companionship?” The ...
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Is it possible to disambiguate the meaning of the words "rich", "poor" and "poverty" in the context of 2 Corinthians 8:9?

2 Corinthians 8:9: 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. [ESV] 9 For ye know the ...
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Why is Jeremiah so opposed to a Jewish settlement in Egypt?

Jeremiah 42:7-19 Ten days later the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah. 8So he called together Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers who were with him and all the people from the least to ...
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What does it mean to be "equal with God" in John 5:18?

John 5:18 (ESV): 18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with ...
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“You are my Son, today I have begotten you” - what are the meaning and implications of the word "today" in the context of Hebrews 1:5?

Hebrews 1:5 (ESV): 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? It's clear that ...
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Meaning of "quick" or "quickly"

Revelation 22:20 (KJV): He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. There is a veritable plethora of questions on this site and SE-Christianity ...
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Did the Egyptian curse Yahweh (blasphemy) or the Israelite in Leviticus 24?

Leviticus 24:10-12 וַיֵּצֵא בֶּן אִשָּׁה יִשְׂרְאֵלִית וְהוּא בֶּן אִישׁ מִצְרִי בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיִּנָּצוּ בַּמַּחֲנֶה בֶּן הַיִּשְׂרְאֵלִית וְאִישׁ הַיִּשְׂרְאֵלִי. יא וַיִּקֹּב בֶּן ...
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What is meant by damnation? Are there different types of damnation? When does this happen?

What is meant by "damnation?" 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, ...
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What did Jesus mean when he said "The Father who dwells in me"? John 14:10

John 14:10: 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. [ESV]...
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Does God literally have a right hand?

Matthew 22:41-44 (ESV): 41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of ...
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Is the "cutting off" in Leviticus 20:3 evidence of the afterlife?

Leviticus 20:1-4 Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone ...
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What promises does Peter refer to in 2 Peter 1:4?

2 Peter 1:3-4 (ESV): 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has ...
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