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Jesus doesn't accuse & releases the adulterous woman, yet Matthew 5:27-28 seems to say otherwise, regarding, "whoever looks at a woman lustfully..."

In Matthew 5:27-28 Jesus appears to contradict himself from His statements in John 8:1-11, and in Matthew 5:29.
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Mt. 15:21-28 vs. Mt. 10:5 - What was Jesus doing in the region of Tyre and Sidon?

21 Then Jesus went from that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My ...
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Did Jesus ask for a donkey and a colt or just a colt?

Luke 19:30 (ESV) saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. Matthew 21:2 (ESV) saying ...
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Why are David's men called "The Thirty" in 2 Samuel 23:24 when verse 39 says there were 37 in total?

Why are David's men called "The Thirty" in 2 Samuel 23:24 when verse 23:39 says there were 37 in total?
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2 Maccabees 2. Where did Jeremiah hide the ark?

2 Maccabees 2 4: The same document also tells how the prophet, in virtue of an oracle, ordered that the tent and the ark should accompany him, and how he went to the very mountain that Moses climbed ...
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Contradiction on Peter's location during his second denial

Problem: It seems that Matthew and Mark place Peter in the vestibule, or the "porch", as the KJV puts it, when he denied Jesus the second time whereas John places him at the fire back in the ...
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Centurion Dispute

Did the Centurion of the gospels send someone to ask Jesus, as written in Luke 7:1-10, or is the account in Matthew 8:5-13 the clearer interpretation in that the Centurion himself ask Jesus to "...
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Why does James associate physical illness to sin?

We read in James 5:14-16 (NIV); 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in ...
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Why did Jesus say He wouldn’t drink of the vine when it seems like He did?

Jesus said, according to scripture: Matthew 26:29 NKJV 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” ...
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Jesus died for the forgiveness of sin past present future why then would God hold the believer accountable 2 Corinthians 5:10

I lead a Bible Study of Senior women. My question came up in the group and I am looking for a way to dispute the understanding of 2 Cor 5:10 if it is misunderstood. 2 Corinthians 5:10: KJV: For we ...
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Why are Paul's requirements for the Gentiles different from Jesus' teaching of the Moral Law?

Why does Paul dilute and change God's Moral Law requirement of mankind (Mt. 5:17-20) for the Gentiles to four other requirements instead (Acts 15:19-21, 28-29), calling the Decalogue a yoke upon the ...
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Why do some translations have a completely opposite interpretation of John 18:37?

In John 18:37, Pilate asks Jesus whether he is a king, and Jesus confirms the fact: YLT: Pilate, therefore, said to him, 'Art thou then a king?' Jesus answered, 'Thou dost say it; because a king I am,...
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Whats the reasoning behind the "understands" vs "hears" in Acts 22:9 and Acts 9:7?

In Acts 22:9 (NASB): "And those who were with me saw the light, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me." And Acts 9:7 (NASB): "The men who traveled with him ...
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Question regarding apparent contradiction between Luke 24 and John 20

I have a question about an apparent contradiction. In Luke 24 it says that the women went to the tomb and when they saw that it was empty, they entered and saw a vision of angels. After that they went ...
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Should we ONLY say the Lord's Prayer?

In In Matthew 6:9, the Greek it literally says: "Thus therefore pray you" or "Οὕτως οὖν προσεύχεσθε ὑμεῖς". Is Jesus saying that we should pray like that and only like that? ...
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Why do Matthew & Luke report that Joseph (Jesus' stepfather) had two different fathers?

I ran into a YouTube video that claims the Gospels of Luke and Mathew contradict on the name of Joseph's father. Luke claims that Joseph's father was a man named Heli but Mathew claims that the father ...
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Did Jehu's "blood of Jezreel" refer to the slaughter of Ahaziah's relatives?

In Hosea 1:4, the house of Jehu is condemned for the "blood of Jezreel". This has caused quite a bit of confusion because it appears to be in direct contradiction with the Lord having ...
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Why are some verses only applied to Jesus in part?

Hosea 11:1 and 2 Samuel 7:14, both verses are applied to Jesus by the NT authors themselves Matthew 2:15 (ESV): "and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord ...
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What's the Scope of Isaiah's Egyptian Eschatological Inclusion and Religious Fidelity to Yahwism: Righteous Remnant Or Wholesale Redemption:?

Considering Isaiah's dominant hostile portrayal of Egypt as either "oppressors" or "cruel masters" or a "splintered reed" and or aught to be coming to Israel in chains ...
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How can God draw near to us (James 4:8) if He is already wherever we are (Psalm 139:7-12)?

James 4:8 NKJV Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Psalm 139:7-12 NKJV 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or ...
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What does Luke mean in Acts 1:1 when he says "all things"?

In Acts 1:1 Luke says he wrote "concerning all things" that Jesus did and taught. Acts 1:1 (ESV): In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach We ...
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Does God hate sinners according to Psalm 5:5?

I need some help interpreting a scripture correctly. I'll state my question first, but read my quotation after to understand the direction of it. Does Psalm 5:5 indicate that God hates sinners? Romans ...
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Col1:15 -18 First Born

Col1:15 -18 First Born. Are you saying that the words Supremacy and First Born are synonymous? Are all firstborns considered supreme? Why didn't Paul just use the word supremacy? The question that ...
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Why does Neh. 8:17 say that nobody celebrated the Festival of Tabernacles since Joshua, when Solomon celebrated it in 1 Kgs. 8:65?

When Nehemiah celebrates the Festival of Tabernacles for the first time with the returning exile from Babylon, it is stated that From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had ...
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Should we honor Jesus or not?

In John 5:23 (NIV): that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. But in the same chapter John 5:41 (NIV): I do ...
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How many mighty warriors did David have? 37 or 53?

2 Samuel 23 was likely recorded at the end of David's reign and it records 37 mighty men and guards 2 Samuel 23:1 (NKJV): "Now these are the last words of David..." 2 Samuel 23:39 (NKJV): ...
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Why are the accounts in Matthew 19:16-17 vs Luke 18:18-19 different?

Matthew 19:16-17 (ESV): 16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? Luke 18:...
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Why God sent Isaiah to make people dull, deaf and blind lest they turn back and be healed?

I was surprised when in Isa 6:9-10, following the often cited passage about Isaiah's famous vision in Isa 6:1-4, his purification with coal in Isa 6:5--7, and Isaiah's famous offer in Isa 6:8 ...
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In the process of conversion of a non-believer, is saving faith a choice (under their control) or caused by external factors (outside their control)?

There are passages in the Bible that seem to suggest that saving faith is caused by external factors, over which a non-believer has presumably no volitional control: Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For by grace ...
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Is Mark 9:24 self-contradictory?

Mark 9:24 NKJV Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” How can a person believe and not believe at the same time? Note: This question ...
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Did Jesus, advising not to fear those killing the body, still fear death? Or did he fear both body and soul perishing in hell?

Jesus stated that we should not fear those who can kill the body but not the soul. Matthew 10:28 New International Version Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather,...
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Isn't the presence of a leper in a crowd as described in Matthew 8:1-4 contradictory?

Matthew 8:1-4 New International Version Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “...
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Did John misread the Septuagint?

The Book of Revelation implies that Gog and Magog are nations: 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle... Ezekiel, ...
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The Death Penalty and Did it Change?

I've heard it quoted in favor of the death penalty, in Genesis 9:5-6 God said to Noah and his sons: 5 Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require ...
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Resolving the apparent contradiction between verses 40 and 44-45 in Daniel 2

In Daniel 2:40-45, there appears to be a contradiction between what roles are ascribed to the iron and the stone in destroying the statue vision. Verse 40 states that the iron kingdom will "break ...
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If Jesus says the law won't pass away, then how can he negate the food laws?

Matthew 15:11 New English Translation What defiles a person is not what goes into the mouth; it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles a person. Jesus was Jewish and also proclaimed: Matthew 5:...
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Why does Paul say part of "the Lord's Supper" (1 Cor. 11:25) was "after supper" (v. 25)?

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul discusses "the Lord's Supper" (v. 20). He said that when Jesus was betrayed, He took the bread (vv. 23-24), and then, "after supper," He took the cup (v. ...
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Matthew 6:13 Reconciling "Lead Us Not Into Temptation", When The Holy Spirit Lead Jesus Into Temptation

How do we reconcile the prayer to for God to "lead us not into temptation (testing), but deliver us from evil. -Matt 6:13 ...When in Jesus own life, "...Jesus was led up by the Spirit ...
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In 1 Corinthians 15:5-8, why does Paul not mention the appearance to Stephen in Acts 7:55-56?

Q. In 1 Corinthians 15:5-8, why does Paul not mention the appearance to Stephen in Acts 7:55-56? [1Co 15:5-8 NASB95] [5] and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. [6] After that He appeared ...
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Is the Paul of Philippians 3:20-21 the same author, or teaching the same kind of resurrection as described in 1 Corinthians 15:35-38?

Q. Is the Paul of Philippians 3:20-21 the same author, or teaching the same kind of resurrection as described in 1 Corinthians 15:35-38? [Phl 3:20-21 YLT] [20] For our citizenship is in the heavens, ...
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Does Paul mean what he says: God will grant "Immortality through perseverance in Good Works"? (Rom. 2:7)

Romans 2:5b-10 God, 6 ...will repay everyone according to his works: 7 eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality through perseverance in good works, 8 but wrath and fury to those ...
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How does "He does not faint or grow weary" fit against "he was asleep"?

Isaiah 40:28 all ESV. "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is ...
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Was God tired while creating the universe?

Exodus 31:17 (ESV) reads: It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. I ...
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And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good,

The Beginning Genesis 1:1-5 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was ...
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Does the Lord delight in the death of the wicked?

Does 1 Samuel 2:25 contradict with God’s character in Ezekiel 18:23, 33:11? On one hand it says the Lord desired or delighted to kill the wicked sons of Eli. On the other it says he takes no delight ...
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Did Sheshan (1 Chronicles 2) have sons or not?

I recently stumbled upon the following verses in 1 Chronicles 2 (ESV). (I highlighted the confusing, seemingly contradicting, parts in v31 and v34.) 31 The son of Appaim: Ishi. The son of Ishi: ...
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Did God forsake Jesus while on the cross?

Comparing Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:24, Psalm 22:24, John 8:29, and John 16:32, did God forsake Jesus while on the cross? Matthew 27:46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, ...
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Suffer the sins of your parents (Deut 5:9) or not (Ezk 18:2)

In Ezekiel 18:2, Ezekiel conveys a message from God to the people of Israel. 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 to reconcile Deuteronomy 13 and 18

In Deuteronomy 13 the warning is sometimes a prophet prophecies come true but then he teaches worshipping false gods so that makes him a false prophet even if his prophecy or miracles come true but ...
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Did David and Joab Kill 'Every Male in Moab' (1 Kgs. 11:15) or Every Other Male (2 Samuel 8:2)?

We are told in 2 Samuel 8:2 that: David... defeated Moab and measured them with a line. Making them lie down on the ground, he measured two lengths of line for death, and a full length for life. Thus ...
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