Questions tagged [contradiction]

At points the Bible seems to display contradictions in parallel accounts or the understanding of a given concept. Questions with this tag are (usually) seeking a resolution to the (apparent) contradiction.

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Does Jesus Judge or Not?

There are many passages that appear to directly contradict each other. Here is a sample on the subject of judgement. Jesus Judges no one: John 3:17, 18 - For God did not send the Son into the world ...
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How could King Herod have killed John the baptist in Matthew 14?

According to Matthew's narrative King Herod is said to have died whilst Christ was still a child in Egypt with his parents.It is said King Herod had been succeeded by his son Archelaus when Joseph ...
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Is there a conflict between these 3 verses - Galatians 1:18-20 & 2:1-2 & Acts 9:26-32?

background Paul asserts Galatians 1:18-20 that he saw none of the apostles except Cephas and James the Lord's brother. Acts 9:26-30 (27) But Barnabas brings Paul to the apostles and brought to the ...
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Why does 1 Chronicles say that Saul didn't inquire of God before consulting the medium?

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 records that Saul did not inquire of the Lord before seeing the medium: Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted ...
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How could 'Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob' be living eternally in Heaven if they never believed the requirement in 1 John 5:5-13 to receive eternal life?

We read three statements in 1 John 5:5-13 that appear to contradict the teachings of Jesus the Messiah from Matthew 8:10-11 & Matthew 22:30-22 regarding requirements of receiving eternal life. In ...
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Do Ephesians 1:13 and Acts 8:14-17; 19:1-7 contradict each other?

On the one hand Ephesians 1:13 appears to state that Christians receive the Holy Spirit upon the moment of conversion: Ephesians 1:13 (NIV) 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the ...
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Did Mark 5:2 put the author of Mark “in danger of eternal damnation”?

In Mark 3:29-30 [KJV], we learn that calling someone's spirit "unclean" is unforgivable : [29] "But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger ...
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Who made the request to sit at Jesus side?

In Matthew 20:20-28 we read 20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She ...
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Did Jesus first appear to the 11 disciples in Jerusalem or Galilee?

There seems to be a disagreement between the gospels of Luke and Matthew regarding the location of the first appearance of the resurrected Jesus to the eleven disciples. The author of Luke states, ...
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Jairus Daughter [closed]

In Matthew we read: 15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. 16 “No ...
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Was Moses a powerful speaker? [duplicate]

Exodus 4:10 Moses said to the LORD, "Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue." ...
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How to reconcile 1 Corinthians 10:13 & 2 Corinthians 1:8?

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will ...
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Why did God choose circumcision and Paul cancel it? [closed]

Genesis 17:9 — Then God said to Abraham, “Your responsibility is to obey the terms of the covenant. You and all your descendants have this continual responsibility. This is the covenant that you and ...
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If mmzr (ממזר) – in Deu 23:3 (MT) - is related with an an illegitimate union, why a person born from this union must be excluded? [closed]

Since we know (from the Bible) God is not partial, and that He does not charge a son with the sin of his father, how this is in harmony with the exclusion of people born from an illegitimate (sexual) ...
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How many sons did Jerub-Baal has?

Judges 6:32 Therefore on that day Gideon was called Jerub-Baal, that is to say, “Let Baal contend against him,” because he broke down his altar.... 8:30 Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, ...
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Is there a first person verb with a plural subject in Hebrew?

I am aware of singular verbs with plural subjects in the third person, masculine, singular. Such as Exodus 4:29, but I am wondering if there is a 1cs that has a plural subject? Feel free to add or ...
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Do Matthew 5:17-20 and Acts 15 contradict each other?

Matthew 5:17-20 (NKJV) 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one ...
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Bethsaidia or Capernaum?

In Mark 6:45 Mark states that they are headed to Bethsaida While John 6:17 states that they were headed to Capernaum Also were they not already in Bethsaida? Also you'll notice that in Mark 6:53 and ...
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Who incited David to count the fighting men of Israel? This is a contradiction [duplicate]

Who incited David to count the fighting men of Israel? God did (2 Samuel 24: 1) Satan did (I Chronicles 21:1)
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How is Matthew 23:35 consistent with the divine jurisprudence of Ezekiel 18:4 and 18:20?

How can these two passages be reconciled?: [Eze 18:2-4, 19-22 NLT] (2) "Why do you quote this proverb concerning the land of Israel: 'The parents have eaten sour grapes, but their children's ...
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How did Jonah become a sign to the people of Nineveh?

How does Jonah become a sign to the people of Nineveh in Luke 11:30. Luke 11:30 (ESV) 30 For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. In Mat 12:...
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1 Corinthians 14:13 - why pray to interpret your own message?

"So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. For ...
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David's census of Israel

David ordered Joab to take a census of Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:5 gives 1.1 million as the census results but 2 Samuel 24:9 says 1.3 million. Why the discrepancy
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Did Jesus die on the Cross & was he a spirit or not? [closed]

From the evidence it appears that Jesus did not die on the cross based on the below. Rom 6:9 & 1 Pete 3:18 imply Jesus died and raised as a spirit. Yet Luke 24:39 Jesus is not a spirit. Hosea 6:...
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Did the Early Church potentially use corrupted Septuagint or Masoretic Texts?

For the most part the Masoretic Text (MT) aligns with the Dead Sea Scroll (DSS) from the Essene community and the Greek translation Septuagint (LXX) which was compiled from older copies of an older ...
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Why Apostle Paul contradicts Jesus regarding God and His resurrected [closed]

If Paul the Apostle was inspired by God to write [Romans], why does Paul teach beliefs contradicting Jesus the Messiah when describing who God is in His relationship to the resurrected? In [Romans 14:...
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Simon the leper and Simon the Pharisee are one person and Mary of Bethany is not the woman of ill-repute with alabaster jar [closed]

The Hebrew Roots Bible denotes Simon in these events of the women anointing Jesus as Simon the potter. In Aramaic the name Simon is Shimeon for the Pharisee and for the potter. Is it possible that ...
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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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In Acts 7:38 Moses spoke to the angel on Mt Sinai and received oracles from the angel

“This is the one (Moses) who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭7:38‬ ...
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Hebrew 12:6 scourging or correction?

In Hebrew 12:6 we can read “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” Chastening : G3811 Paideuo can also mean instruct or train (even scourge) a child ...
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Does God command someone to do something against His laws?

Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering. Yet, in Genesis 22:2 God said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love--Isaac--and ...
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Why didn't Paul talk to Peter privately?

In Galatians 2 Paul describes a time when he rebuked Peter (Cephas) publicly: Galatians 2:11-14 (NIV): When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before ...
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Is there a contradiction between 1 Timothy 6:16 and 1 Kings 8:12?

1 Timothy 6:16 (KJV): Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom {cf15I be} honour and power everlasting. Amen. ...
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How to reconcile cheek slaps in Matthew 5:39 and John 18:23?

Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. John 18:23 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as ...
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How could the Devil test Jesus in the third test?

In Matthew 4 (The Message) For the third test, the Devil took him to the peak of a huge mountain. He gestured expansively, pointing out all the earth’s kingdoms, how glorious they all were. Then he ...
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Why does John gospel omit Jesus transfigurations and miracle of Jairus’s daughter while Synoptics states that he was attending? [closed]

James, John and Peter was chosen by Jesus to witness many miracles and to be present with him while he was praying in the garden the last night before the coming of juda and the soldiers. If John was ...
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If “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33), how is Genesis 11:7 to be understood?

1 Corinthians 14:33 God is not the author of confusion. Genesis 11:7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language. Deuteronomy 28:20 The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in ...
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Inconsistent interpretations of the word “until” in Matthew 1:25 and Luke 12:59?

Matthew 1:25: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. Luke 12:59: I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last ...
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Did Jesus challenge the Principles and Teachings of King Solomon and those of the Prophets before him? [closed]

During Jesus's epoch,the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem followed mainly the Principles of the Book of Torah(Laws of Moses) and other Prophets that came after him.During that period,Caiaphas,a High Priest ...
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Did Jesus allow his disciples to keep a staff on their journey?

Is there some here to clarify me why this question has tow opposite different answers in Bible , such that the question is : Did Jesus allow his disciples to keep a staff on their journey? The ...
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To whom did the Midianites sell Joseph?To the Ishmaelites or Potiphar officer of Pharoah?

Question:To whom did the Midianites sell Joseph? Answer 1 (1) "To the Ishmaelites" (Genesis 37:28). Answer 2 (2) "To Potiphar, an officer of Pharoah" (Genesis 37:36) Now is Potiphar officer of ...
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Did Jesus bear his own cross?

Did Jesus bear his own cross? John and Matthew seem to disagree: John 19:17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Matthew 27:32: As they ...
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How old was Ahaziah when he began to rule over Jerusalem?

How old was Ahaziah when he began to rule over Jerusalem? Answer1 2 Kings 8:26 (KJV): Two and twenty years old Answer2 2 Chronicles 22:2 (KJV): Forty and two years old
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Did Abraham really see God? [duplicate]

It says in Genesis God appeared to Abraham but other places no one has seen God Genesis 12:7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your [a]descendants I will give this land.” And there he ...
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Did Jesus ascend to Paradise on the day of the crucifixion? Is this a contradiction?

Did Jesus ascend to Paradise the same day as the crucifixion? There appear to be two contradictory answers here. Luke 23.43 Yes. He said to the thief who defended him, “Today you will be with me in ...
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Isaiah14:12 truth of translation

Was Isaiah 14:12 not even about the devil, but just a king , when referencing the Torah but that early church council supplemented the devil for the king in the Christian bible based on motives of ...
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Does Leviticus 23 Contradict the Rabbinical Sunset Reckoning of Calendar Days?

1. Question: If a "Jewish Calendar Day" is from Sunset to Sunset, and if the 10th is Yom Kippur, then does Leviticus 23 create a contradiction by excluding the daytime portion of the 10th? ...
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Has Isaiah 59:20 been changed in Roman 11:26?

Has the meaning of Isaiah 59:20-21 been changed? Roman 11:26: And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come from Zion; He will remove godlessness from Jacob. Isaiah 59:...
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How could Abraham change God's mind in Genesis 18:24-32?

Regarding Genesis 18:24-32. Help me understand how/why Abraham’s multiple supplications caused God to change His mind so many times in light of “I am the Lord and I change not”. Malachi 3:6
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Was it Peter or Paul who first revealed that the gospel would be announced to the gentiles?

Paul is preaching to the gentiles in Acts 9 and Peter has his vision in Acts 10. So why does Peter say that the Lord chose him to preach to the gentiles and that Cornelius was the first of the ...

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