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The immediate literary setting in which a text appears.

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What are the things that are imperfect in heaven that the Lord has promised to shake out? (Hebrews 12:26,27)

It is quite easy to understand that there are things that are shaken -- things that have been made (and probably imperfect) on earth. The Lord promised to utter his voice and cause them to shake and ...
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Was God's motive for barring man from eating from “the tree of knowledge” as given by the serpent true?

According to the serpent in Gen. 3:5, God's motive for prohibiting man from eating from the tree of knowledge was that they shouldn't become godlike, For God knows that when you eat from it your ...
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What does 'through the sanctifying work of the Spirit'' mean in 1 Peter 1:2?

The phrase ἐν ἁγιασμῷ πνεύματος (1 Pet. 1:2b) is rendered ''through the sanctifying work of the Spirit'' in NIV. who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through ...
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Why did Israel prepare victuals for idols and called YHWH “My Baal”? (Hosea 2:8,16,17)

I understand that YHWH revealed himself to Israel by different names, which "Baal" was never one of such identity tags. Evidently, the revelation of each name was akin to a specific manifestation of ...
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What is the significance of Sarah denying having laughed in Genesis 18:15?

Gen. 18:12-16 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” 13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say,...
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In Psalm 81 how does the blowing of the horn relate to the Exodus?

Psalm 81:3-6 (NIV) 3 Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival; 4 this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. 5 When God ...
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Is Acts 1:8 a promise or command?

The render of the famous Acts 1:8: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the ...
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Are the verses in Num. 17:12-13 misplaced?

The Israelites said to Moses, “We will die! We are lost, we are all lost! 13 Anyone who even comes near the tabernacle of the Lord will die. Are we all going to die?” The text doesn't give us a ...
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In the context of Galatians 2:1-14, what does Paul suggest by using the word “poor”?

In the context of Galatians 2:1-14, what does Paul suggest by using the word "poor"? Is Paul only referring to the financially poor? Could Paul have also be referring to those who have No Christ-...
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Amos 6:13 names of places or something else?

The Hebrew in Amos 6:13 reads הַשְּׂמֵחִים לְלֹא דָבָר הָאֹמְרִים הֲלוֹא בְחָזְקֵנוּ לָקַחְנוּ לָנוּ קַרְנָיִם The KJV translates thus: Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, ...
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How does Luke 11:5-13 fit as corollaries to the Lord's teachings on prayer [Luke 11:1-4]?

I find Luke's account of the Lord's prayer model for His disciples revealing: God's familial relationship with us as He is introduced to us as OUR FATHER who is to be hallowed... and secondly God's ...
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Is the word “sign” the best translation for אות in Genesis 4:15?

And the LORD said unto him: 'Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.' And the LORD set a sign for Cain, lest any finding him should smite him. JPS The bible ...
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How to read Joshua 5:14?

The Hebrew in Joshua 5:14 reads וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא כִּי אֲנִי שַׂר צְבָא יְדוָד עַתָּה בָאתִי A literal translation of the text would render this: And he replied "No. For i am the commander of ...
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Are G-D and Jesus Eternally Co-Equal? [closed]

We read in 1 Corinthians 15.28: “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” In this ...
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What does it mean to have a scent as “the wine of Lebanon” Hosea 14:7

Hosea 14:7 (NKJV) 7 Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; They shall be revived like grain, And grow like a vine. Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon. What is the wine ...
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First Century Contexts and Applications for “Blameless”?

I am wondering about what it would have meant for 1st century believers to be exhorted to be "blameless". Two specific verses I have in mind: Philippians 2:15 (KJV) That ye may be blameless ...
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Is 'darkness upon' in Genesis 1:2 cosmic, rather than merely terrestrial, despite that the central subject and Biblical grammar suggests the latter?

Is 'darkness upon' in Genesis 1:2 cosmic, rather than merely terrestrial, despite that the central subject (Earth) and Biblical Hebrew grammar (ex:Luke 23:44, Exodus 14:20, Deuteronomy 4:11, Joshua ...
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Were some other animals cursed in an implied way according to the phrasing used in Gen 3:14?

There were no unclean animals in the garden of Eden. This is why the phrase "You are cursed more than all cattle" strikes me. Genesis 3:14 (NKJV) So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because ...
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Did Paul view a young widow's desire to remarry as an expression of wantonness against Christ? 1 Timothy 5:11

1 Timothy:5.11 (NKJV) But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they desire to marry Does Paul view a young widow's desire for marriage as an ...
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What does it mean that a “false teacher” has been “bought” in 2 Pet 2:1?

In 2 Peter 2:1, the author warns believers about false teachers, saying: But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly ...
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Why are false teachers referred to as “late autumn trees” in Jude 1:12

Men are referred to as trees throughout scripture. Abimelech and the men of Shechem in Judges 9:8-19 Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:20-22 Pharaoh and the King of Assyria in Ezekiel 31:2-18 In Jude:1.4, ...
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How can a sparrow nest on the altars of God according to Psalm 84:3

The sparrow finds a while the swallow finds a nest. Both birds find homes and nests on the LORD'S Altars (plural), not altar. Psalm:84.3 Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a ...
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“The Resurrection Psalm” - should we interpret Psalm 23 in the context of Psalms 22 / 24?

Recently I encountered the concept that some call Psalm 23 "the Resurrection Psalm", which as far as I can ascertain is primarily due to its location between Psalm 22 (referenced by Christ at the ...
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Sanctification of God

In Leviticus 22:32, Do not profane my holy name, that I may be sanctified in the midst of the Israelites. What is the meaning of this verse? does it mean that we can sanctify the LORD through ...
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The purpose of resting on the Sabbath

There are two main reasons given in the Old Testament as to why the Israelites are to observe the Sabbath. The first one is mentioned in Exodus 31:16-17 [KJV]: 16 Wherefore the children of Israel ...
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In Esther 5 why did Esther arrange a second meeting?

I recently did a meditation on the fourth chapter of Esther at my church. As I was studying, I noticed something that I knew before hand, but I had never really thought to seriously about. Why did ...
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What is Paul teaching about circumcision in Romans 2:25 -29?

(KJV)Romans 2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. (KJV)Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which ...
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2 Corinthians 6:11-7:2 > How does the separation of God's people apply to Paul's argument?

2 Corinthians 6:14 and its subsequent verses seem like something of an abrupt interlude in the middle of Paul's appeal to the Corinthians to open their hearts to him and his associates. What's the ...
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What or whom does “them” reference in 2 Kings 17:22?

What or whom does "them" reference in 2 Kings 17:22? For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them (2 Kings 17:22 KJV) The Answers ...
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What part does Luke 16:16-18 play in its particular context?

In Luke 15, The Pharisees criticize Jesus for his welcoming and eating with sinners, and in response, Jesus begins discussing parables. The first two parables (or hypothetical questions) follow the ...
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Is Genesis 3:22 related to Genesis 1:26?

Is Genesis 3:22 related to Genesis 1:26? Genesis 3:22 (ESV) Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take ...
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What was the pillar of fire that led the Israelites through the desert? [closed]

I'm just curious, does anyone have any idea as to what the physical nature of the pillar of fire in Exodus 13:21-22 was? I've always imagined it as a vortex of fire (like a tornado but with fire) ...
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Is Genesis 3:16 saying that pain exists prior to sinning? [duplicate]

There is pain in childbearing yet God's curse is that he'll multiply it. Genesis 3:16 seems to imply that pain does exist even prior to Adam sinning since the curse of multiplying (increasing) pain ...
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1 Cor 13:10 - Did Paul use “perfect” [teleios] in the sense of maturity? [duplicate]

After reading a discussion on the above mentioned verse, I am still left with a question. Doesn't the context determine that, "perfect" [2. teleios (τέλειος, 5046), “complete, perfect,” from telos, “...
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Dealing with the swine as property in Mt 8

In the account in Mathew of Jesus casting out the demons into swine (included below), is there evidence for commentary on property? It would seem the main point of using swine would be for an unclean ...
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Can the Greek word choice underlining “agony” mean “afraid” or “worried” in Luke 22:44?

Although some manuscripts omit Luke 22:44, it has been used along with Hebrews 2:18 to show that Jesus was afraid. It has been proposed that if Jesus was not afraid, then He is not able to help those ...
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Who are “the sons of disobedience” in Colossians 3:6?

If this variant represents the original text, then who are "the sons of disobedience" (τοὺς υἱοὺς τῆς ἀπειθείας, tous huious tēs apeitheias) in Colossians 3:6? NA28: δι᾿ ἃ ἔρχεται ἡ ὀργὴ τοῦ ...
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Does רוּחַ, rûaḥ refer to the Spirit of יהוה, YHWH in Ezekiel 37:9?

Does רוּחַ, rûaḥ refer to the Spirit of יהוה, YHWH (Jehovah in the YLT below) in Ezekiel 37:9? BHS: וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֵלַ֔י הִנָּבֵ֖א אֶל־הָר֑וּחַ הִנָּבֵ֣א בֶן־אָ֠דָם וְאָמַרְתָּ֨ אֶל־הָר֜וּחַ כֹּֽה־אָמַ֣ר ׀ ...
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Are there any non-biblical occurrences of Koine Greek? Are there occurrences prior to the Septuagint/NT?

It is taught and widely held, that the Hebrew Bible was translated into the Greek used by the common people of the day (Septuagint) and that the Greek NT was written in Koine Greek, the common ...
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What is the context of Psalm 44?

As part of my daily Bible reading, I was going through Psalm 44, which contains a very familiar verse from Paul's writings: 22 Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are regarded ...
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What are the interpretive options in 1 John 5:2?

Love for God is determined by love for one another: Throughout 1 John the author repeatedly says that love for God's people is the proof that a person truly loves God. If you truly love God you will ...
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What was the historical and cultural context of baptism in the time of Christ?

Throughout the New Testament, beginning with John the Baptist, the concept of baptism is portrayed historically with minimal explanation for what it is or why it is happening. This is continued ...
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How to differentiate between message of verse?

I was watching Creflo Dollar's televised sermon and he used this verse to state that it is a message for audiences today, but in context it looks like a greeting: 3 John 1:2 "Beloved, I wish above ...
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What does Mark's account of the upper room reveal about Judas' part in the new covenant?

Mark 14:21 (RSV) reads For the Son of man goes as it was written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born. ...
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What is the significance of the author of Genesis using two different designations for God?

In Genesis 4:25; 6:3,6-8, 9-22; 7:1, 9, 16a/b; 8:1-19, 20-22, we see the author using two designations for God, “Yahweh”, and “Elohim”. What is the significance, if any, of the author bouncing back ...
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In light of the larger context surrounding Matt 10:28, Who is it that the disciples should fear? [duplicate]

Matt 10:28 - And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. It seems the general consensus ...
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How should we contextualize Paul's “Jesus is accursed” in I Co 12:3?

In Paul's chapter concerning spiritual gifts (1 Co 12), with the "bookends" being the subject of the Corinthians' appalling behavior at their love feasts (chapter 11) and the nature and importance of ...
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Does the “fear of death” in Hebrews 2:15 refer to the dread of physically dying, or to something else?

In the Christian New Testament, we find the following: Hebrews 2:14-15 (NASB) 14Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through ...
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How is Deuteronomy 22:6-7 relevant to the context surrounding it?

Deuteronomy records a lengthy exhortation by Moses to the second-generation post-exodus Israelites, in which he repeatedly urges them to love and obey God, love others, and not fall into idolatry. ...
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Does Romans 13:8 include a prohibition of taking loans?

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. —Romans 13:8 (ESV) The most immediately obvious exegesis of this verse would be to take it to be ...