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The immediate literary setting in which a text appears.

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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?

( Just FYI, Related Question Posting: Was the use of a measuring line literal or symbolic in 2 Samuel 8:2? ) What deeper understanding can the bible reader get from the 2 Samuel 8:2's account of how ...
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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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What is meant by "the spirit gives life" in 2 Corinthians 3:6?

2 Corinthians 3:6: Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. [KJV] who also made us adequate ...
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In Isaiah 55:11 - Why would God fully become His Word if He could not return to Himself? [closed]

Does our God claim His-Word becomes fully Himself [before returning to Himself]? Yeshayahu יְשַׁעְיָ֣הוּ | “Isaiah” 55:11 “so shall be My-Word that emanates from My-mouth; it shall not return to Me ...
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How are we to understand MT 6:34b in the Hebraic context?

Mt. 6:34b "Each day has enough trouble of its own."
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What is meant by "these are a shadow of the things to come" in Colossians 2:16-17?

Colossians 2:16-17 (ESV): 16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to ...
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What is meant by "freedom in Christ" and "slavery" in Galatians 2:4?

Galatians 2:1-5 (ESV): Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. 2 I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately ...
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My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist

In 1 Kings 12:10 (NASB) And the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, “This is what you should say to this people who spoke to you, saying: ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, now ...
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What is meant by "reward" in the context of "And your Father who sees in secret will reward you" (Matthew 6)?

Matthew 6:2-4 (ESV): 2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to ...
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Is Paul talking about the 10 commandments or the entire Mosaic Law in Romans 13:8-10?

Romans 13:8-10 (ESV): 8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not ...
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"What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!" - what is meant by sin in the context of Romans 6:15?

Romans 6:15-23 (ESV): 15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are ...
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What’s going on in the upper room on the night that Jesus was betrayed?

Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if ...
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Matrimonial relationships while in war

In 1 Samuel 21:4-6 (NASB) 4 The priest answered David and said, “There is no ordinary bread on hand, but there is consecrated bread, if only the young men have kept themselves from women.” 5 David ...
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Elders came trembling to meet Samuel

In 1 Samuel 16:4 (NASB) So Samuel did what the Lord told him, and he came to Bethlehem. Then the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and said, “Do you come in peace?” Why were they ...
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Perfect love that casts out fear vs Fear of God - Are 1 John 4:18 and 2 Corinthians 7:1 talking about different concepts of fear?

1 John 4:18 (ESV): There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 2 Corinthians 7:1 (ESV): Since we ...
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Eli thought Hannah was drunk

In 1 Samuel 1:13 (NASB) As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were quivering, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought that she was drunk. What does this reveal us? (Context,...
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Was it common to have famine?

In Ruth 1:1 (NASB) Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to reside in the land of Moab with his wife and ...
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What is the difference between "God" (capital G, singular) and "gods" (lower case, plural) in the context of John 10:33-36?

John 10:33-36 (YLT): 33 The Jews answered him, saying, `For a good work we do not stone thee, but for evil speaking, and because thou, being a man, dost make thyself God.' 34 Jesus answered them, `Is ...
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What does fire mean in the context of "divided tongues, as it were of fire" (Acts 2:3)?

Acts 2:3 (YLT): 3 and there appeared to them divided tongues, as it were of fire; it sat also upon each one of them, What does fire mean in this context? And how is the fire related to the divided ...
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Is casting lots considered prophecy?

In Joshua 18:6 (NASB) And you shall write a description of the land in seven divisions, and bring the description here to me. Then I will cast lots for you here before the Lord our God. or in Jonah ...
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What is the context 1 Timothy 2?

Based on the text, what is the context of 1 Timothy 2? Some say it's the home/family, others say it's the church, and yet others say it's "everywhere" (cf. v. 8). Knowing the answer would ...