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The immediate literary setting in which a text appears.

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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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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 ...
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What are good contextual clues that a passage is meant to be read as hyperbole?

Today in conversation with an atheist we ran into trouble over this passage in Matthew: Mathew 18:9 (ESV) And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to ...
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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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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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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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Was King Solomon dark in complexion or something? (Songs of Solomon 1:6)

As I read the Songs of Solomon, I can't help wondering if King Solomon was dark in complexion or something, when he said, "Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: ...
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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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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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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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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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Is Glen Miller's explanation concerning why the women, children, and animals were killed in 1 Samuel 15 possible based on the text?

Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD. 2Thus saith the LORD of ...
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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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“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 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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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 is the nature of the “voice” John 10:27 is talking about?

John 10:26-30 (NIV): 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; ...
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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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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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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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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 “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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Is “the bread is in effect common” (1 Samuel 21:5) as translated by the NKJV accurate?

The MT reads: וַיַּ֩עַן֩ דָּוִ֨ד אֶת־הַכֹּהֵ֜ן וַיֹּ֣אמֶר ל֗וֹ כִּ֣י אִם־אִשָּׁ֤ה עֲצֻֽרָה־לָ֙נוּ֙ כִּתְמ֣וֹל שִׁלְשֹׁ֔ם בְּצֵאתִ֕י וַיִּהְי֥וּ כְלֵֽי־הַנְּעָרִ֖ים קֹ֑דֶשׁ וְהוּא֙ דֶּ֣רֶךְ חֹ֔ל ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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What does the “Blood” & “Sea” & the “Great Mountain” mean?

John fortold events to come (Rev. 1:1) so what does this verse mean and what do the following stand for? A The "Blood"? B The "Sea"? C The "Great Mountain Burning With Fire"? D Why a "Third"? E ...
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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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זֶרַע or זְרֹע in 1 Samuel 2:31

The MT 1 Samuel 2:31 reads: הִנֵּה, יָמִים בָּאִים, וְגָדַעְתִּי אֶת-זְרֹעֲךָ, וְאֶת-זְרֹעַ בֵּית אָבִיךָ--מִהְיוֹת זָקֵן, בְּבֵיתֶךָ. Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, ...
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In its original context did Exodus 21:22-23 have any applicability to abortion?

Exodus 21:22-23 (NIV): If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands ...
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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 ...
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Is Leviticus 16:2 an explanation or instruction?

The Lord said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will ...
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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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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 the ...
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In Deuteronomy 32:40, does The Lord of Israel claim to dwell below the highest heaven?

In Deuteronomy 32:40, why would The Lord say "I lift My Hand to heaven" - Does The Lord of Israel claim to dwell below the highest heaven? NIV | Deuteronomy 32:40-41 "40 I lift My Hand ...
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Did Moses fast for 81-days straight in Deuteronomy 9:9-18?

Did Moses fast (without food or water) for 81-days straight in Deuteronomy 9:9-18 | Or did Moses eat & drink in verses 12-17? If the descent from Mount Horeb, destruction of the Golden Calf, and ...
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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 ...