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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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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“Stepping Out in Faith” or “Breaking a Commandment?” [closed]

First off, I want to thank you for even reading this post. All right, so let me give you the rundown. I feel like I'm supposed to step out and do something that requires faith. I feel like God is ...
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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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Mary's Apparent Non-Sequitur In Luke's Annunciation Account

In the twenty-seventh verse of his first chapter, Luke introduces Mary as a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph. When the angel Gabriel heralds the news of the Messiah's impending birth ...
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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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Abiathar or Ahimelech…Who got it wrong?

In Mark 2:25 Jesus names Abiathar as the High Priest who gave David the show bread. In 1 Samuel 21:1 it is recorded that David came to Ahimelech the priest who gave him the show bread. Who got it ...
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Philippians 2:12 why “with fear?” [duplicate]

Soon after the beautiful declaration concerning the salvation of all mankind in Phil. 2:10-11 Paul exhorts the church So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, ...
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Jews time in exile

Jeremiah prophesied 70 years of Babylonian captivity, which began 606 BC and ended in 536 BC. On the other hand, Ezekiel, while 30 years into this captivity (Eze 1:1), prophesied 390 and 40 years ...
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How old was Zedekiah when he became king?

1 Chronicles 3:15 says Jehoiakim was born 2nd, Zedekiah was born 3rd, and Shallum [Jehoahaz] was born 4th. Jehoahaz was 23 years old when he became king(1), and Jehoiakim was 25 years old when he ...
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How can the verses which say no one has seen God be reconciled with those that say the Lord appeared to people such as Abram?

At John 1:18 it says, "No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him." Also, John 4:24 states, "God is spirit, and those who ...
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How does the phrase “Only God is good” in Mark 10:18 demonstrate that the use of θεός in respect to Jesus does not violate the Shema?

Mark 10:17-18 (CEV): As Jesus was walking down a road, a man ran up to him. He knelt down, and asked, "Good teacher, what can I do to have eternal life?" Jesus replied, "Why do you ...
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What exactly was “contrary to what was written” in 2 Chronicles 30:18?

Numbers 9:6-14 talks about some israelites that were unclean but still wanted to celebrate the Passover. They asked Moses if they could, and Moses asked God, and God said (verse 10, NIV): ... When ...
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Why did Moses claim he was not eloquent when the Lord called him?

Ex 4:10: And Moses said unto the Lord, o my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue This was Moses ...
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Does God dwell in human temples?

Paul in his epistles Says God Does Not Live in Temples Made of Human Hands, But Jesus Says He Does Paul says "God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not ...
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Does God have fury or not?

Isa 27:4 Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together. View more But in other places it says that God has fury Isa ...
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How to reconcile “Carry one another’s burdens” in Galatians 6:1 and “carry his own load” in Galatians 6:5

I am trying to get the flow of what is written in Galatians 6:1–10: 1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him with a spirit of gentleness. But watch ...
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If the earth was formless and empty ,how come the spirit of god hover over the waters? [duplicate]

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. If the ...
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Reconciling God of Israel refusal of King David's request to build a temple, & (2 Corinthians 5:17-19) new creature in Jesus Christ

1 Chronicles 22:8-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 8 But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have [d]waged great wars; you shall not build a house to My ...
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In Romans 3, is there an advantage or no advantage?

In one instance, Paul seems to be saying there was an advantage being a Jew (i.e., of the circumcision) because they had been entrusted with the words of God. Romans 3:1–2 1 What advantage, then, ...
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Is there a contradiction between 1 Samuel 15:29 and 1 Samuel 15:35?

The same verb root נ-ח-ם conjugated in binyan Nifʿal, referring to the same subject (i.e., God), occurs in both 1 Sam. 15:29 and 1 Sam. 15:35, the first occurrence being a negation, while the second ...
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Answer not a fool, or answer a fool?

Proverbs 26:4 (KJV) says, Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. The very next verse, verse 5, says, Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise ...

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