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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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Why does Jesus say Judas had perished when he was still alive?

It seems that Jesus is suggesting that Judas had already died before he commits suicide, which we know happens after the betrayal. For some context let me start the quotation from John 17:6. “I ...
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Did the Hebrews spend time in Egypt for 400 or 430 years?

I know this seems like an old question but here's the contradiction I'm struggling with: 400 years "Then the LORD said to Abram, "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a ...
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Were the Sidionians meant to be conquered?

"Now these are the nations that the Lord left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan. It was only in order that the generations of the people of ...
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Do Jesus' words in Luke 10:22 support Marcion's theology

Marcion says that Moses and The Jewish writings should not be relied upon and does not give a clear view of God The Father whom Jesus Christ revealed to the world. Christ says, that no one knew Him ...
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In Exodus 23:21 why won't the angel forgive?

Note: I asked a similar question and received a decent answer but it did not pursue the logic of the assertion and its apparent lack of consistency with other statements so I don't consider this to ...
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How does Joshua 24:9 say Balak fought Israel?

When Joshua reviews the journey of the Israelites he mentions a conflict with Israeli Joshua 24:9 NASB 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel, and he sent ...
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Disappearing Girgashites

"And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the ...
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Scarlet or Purple?

I was talking with a friend, and he offered this up as a contradiction between the two accounts. When Jesus is about to be crucified, during his flogging Matthew says the soldiers clothed him in ...
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How can we harmonise 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 and Hebrews 9 :27?

It seems according to Paul some will meet Christ without tasting death 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NASB [16]For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel ...
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How was David known as “king of the land” while fleeing from Saul?

In 1 Samuel 21:10, David "flees" to Gath, and King Achish's servants say to him, "Is this not David, the king of the land?" This is positioned immediately after David's goodbye to Jonathan (1 Samuel ...
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Does Daniel 10 imply that Daniel consumed meat and wine?

Daniel 10:2-3: At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over. Does this imply ...
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Did God “change His mind” in Ezekiel 4?

Others have asked similar questions pertaining to passages such as Amos 7:3, 6, Numbers 22, 1 Samuel 15, and 1 Kings 19 regarding this topic. My goal in asking this is not ask the same old question ...
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Is “Ish-bosheth” a modified form of “Eshbaal?”

A professor of mine made an interesting claim in class today with regard to 2 Samuel 2:8: But Abner the son of Ner, commander of Saul's army, had taken Ish-bosheth the son of Saul and brought him ...
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Did the Israelites pay one, or two tithes?

On the website: "Hebrew Nations" the 'two-tithes' proposition is outlined: The Two Tithes The Tribe of Levi was divided into 2 major sections, Cohens (Priests) and Levites. The First Tithe was ...
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In light of Exodus 22:16-17, does a man who seduces a virgin become her husband ipso facto?

My question was inspired by this, which was closed for being "off-topic" yet nevertheless contained some interesting food for thought. Consider the following passage from Exodus. (Exodus 22:16-17, ...
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Matthew 5:16 vs 6:1 - show good deeds or not?

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be ...
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Why does 1 Kings 15:5 say David did not turn from the commands of the Lord except in the Uriah case?

1 Kings 15:5 NIV 5 For David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to keep any of the Lord’s commands all the days of his life—except in the case of Uriah the Hittite. ...
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God's decision regarding The Great Flood

Am curious as to how and why God went all "I'm going to get rid of ALL creation." in Genesis 6:7 to "Noah take animals with you aboard the Ark." in Genesis 6:19-20 concerning the beasts of the earth. ...
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Regarding the ambiguity of the “hanging” of Judas in Matthew 27:5

Matthew 27:5 (ESV) And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. The greek of that verse which is translated into the bold part above is the ...
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Why do 1 Corinthians 15 and Ephesians 1 seem to disagree about Christ's future role?

In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul has a terminus for Christ's reign, which is when death has been put under his feet: [1Co 15:24-28 CSB] 24 Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the ...
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Does Matthew 5:44-45 and Luke 6:35-36 imply that God loves Satan?

If we have to be forgiving and love our enemies to follow The Nature of God The Father and be as His Children, then doesn't that mean that God loves satan? Matthew 5:44-45 King James Version (KJV) ...
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How was atonement made for eating and touching an “unclean carcass” without shedding of blood in Leviticus 11:39-40?

Leviticus 11:39-40 NASB 39 ‘Also if one of the animals dies which you have for food, the one who touches its carcass becomes unclean until evening. 40 He too, who eats some of its carcass shall ...
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Contradiction in the scriptures regarding the destiny of the wicked [duplicate]

How do you resolve the conflict in the Scriptures between where we read that the wicked will be damned and where there are clear indications that all will be saved? For example, the Scriptural texts ...
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Why are there only 13 generations from Shealtiel to Jesus? ( mathew 1:12-16)

Matthew 1:17 KJV 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away ...
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Why did they celebrate again the day after the New Moon in 1 Samuel 20:27?

1 Samuel 20:24-27 So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat. 25And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, even upon a seat by ...
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How does Genesis 2:6 reconcile with Genesis 1:11-13 AND to Genesis 2:5?

If we take Genesis 1 as supplying the outline of the making of the sky and land biodome it says that vegetation appeared on day 3 and the seeds were in the plants: NIV Genesis 1:11 Then God said, “...
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Does the teaching of Christ that Christians will be punished after death undermine the idea of salvation? [closed]

47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.48 But he that knew not, and did commit things ...
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Did Absalom have 3 sons (2 Samuel 14:27) or none (2 Samuel 18:18)?

Is there a contradiction between 2 Samuel 14:27 and 18:18? There were born to Absalom three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar. She was a beautiful woman. (2 Samuel 14:27 ESV) Now ...
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Does 1 Corinthians 10:18-22 contradict 1 Corinthians 8:4-13?

1 Corinthians 8:4-13 (KJV) [4] As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none ...
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How does Hebrews 12:21 quote Deutoronomy 9:19?

In the NKJV there are footnotes which indicate that Hebrews 12:21 is a quote from Deutoronomy 9:19 but there seem to be some differences there. Hebrews 12:18-21 NKJV. 18 For you have not come [g]...
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Does Paul contradict what he said in Acts 17:29-30 in Romans 1:18-25?

Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God ...
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Textual Criticism of 2 Samuel 23:8 and 1 Chronicles 11:11

2 Samuel 23:8 אלה שמות הגברים אשר לדוד ישב בשבת תחכמני ראש השלשי הוא עדינו העצנו על־שמנה מאות חלל בפעם אחד ס These are the names of David’s mighty warriors: Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, ...
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Did God command the making of graven images, in Exodus and Numbers?

Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: ...
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Can εἰ μή (ei me) be translated 'such as' instead of 'except' in Matthew 19:9?

And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery. We know, that adultery is not the only cause to divorce (Deuteronomy 24:1-4 and ...
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help me explain difference between Numbers 23;19 and Exodus 32;10,14

Help me explain difference between Numbers 23:19 and Exodus 32:10,14 Numbers 23:19 King James Version (KJV) God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: ...
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Is it possible that Saint Mark's account of Christ's prediction of Saint Peter's denials is doctored?

Saint Mark says that Christ said to Saint Peter at the Mount of Olives, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. Mark 14:30b ...
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Contradiction between Exodus 29:18 and Jeremiah 7:22

What does Jeremiah mean by his statement in Jeremiah 7:22? For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them concerning burnt offerings ...
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Exodus 33:11 Moses saw God face to face as a friend. John 1:17,18 Jesus said “No one has seen God.” Who should I believe [closed]

Exodus 33:11 - Moses said he saw God face to face as a friend. John 1:17,18 - For the Law was given by Moses (does not say God), but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man has seen God at any ...
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Did the sea hold 2000 or 3000 baths?

In 1 Kings 7:26 it is said that it could hold 2000 baths. But in 2 Chronicles 4:5 it is said that it could hold 3000 Baths. Can this be considered as a contradiction?
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Did Jezebel also destroy the sons of Naboth as alluded to in 2 Kings 9?

When Jehu recounts the Naboth incident he seems to insinuate that Naboth died with his sons. 2 Kings 9:25-26 NASB 25 Then Jehu said to Bidkar his officer, “Take him up and cast him into the [z]...
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How long was the ark at Kirjath Jearim in 1 Samuel 7:2?

In the text its clear that the ark was captured & then kept afterwards at Kirjath Jearim before Saul had been anointed king & Saul went on to rule for about forty years.David came into power ...
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Are there non-Rabbinical hermeneutics that recognize deliberate, non-chronological ordering of texts in the Pentateuch?

In Rabbinic Literature there is a principle of Biblical interpretation known as אין מוקדם ומאוחר בתורה (Ein Mukdam U'me'uhar B'Torah), which postulates that the Pentateuch does not (necessarily) ...
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What is the difference between οἴδασιν (in John 15:21) and γνόντες (in Romans 1:21)?

I have quoted John 15:21 and Romans 1:21 from the ESV. ESV John 15:21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know (οἴδασιν) him who sent me. ESV ...
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Defense of a variant of Numbers 22:5 about the location of Pethor

Numbers 22:5 (MT) reads: וַיִּשְׁלַ֨ח מַלְאָכִ֜ים אֶל־בִּלְעָ֣ם בֶּן־בְּעֹ֗ר פְּ֠ת֠וֹרָה אֲשֶׁ֧ר עַל־הַנָּהָ֛ר אֶ֥רֶץ בְּנֵי־עַמּ֖וֹ לִקְרֹא־ל֑וֹ לֵאמֹ֗ר הִ֠נֵּ֠ה עַ֣ם יָצָ֤א מִמִּצְרַ֙יִם֙ הִנֵּ֤ה ...
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Genesis 1:5 How can God call the light “Day” when light and day are two different concepts?

(Genesis 1:5) ויקרא אלהים ׀ לאור יום ולחשך קרא לילה ויהי־ערב ויהי־בקר יום אחד׃ פ (My translation of the bold part) And God called to the light, "Day" Just to make it clear, I understand that ...
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In Psalm 68:31 How come Princes come out from Egypt when Ezekiel 30:13 says “There shall no longer be princes from Egypt”?

According to Ezekiel 29:15; Egypt will be the basest of the nations never again to rise above the power of its neighbors. Modern Egypt doesn't meet this criteria so I guess that this prophecy ...
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Do 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles contradict each other on Jehoiachin's age when taking the throne and duration of reign?

In Kings II 24:8 it is said that Jehoiachin was 18 when he ascended the throne and he reigned for 3 months. But in Chronicles II 36:9 it is said that he reigned for 3 months and 10 days. Also ...
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How can we reconcile the suppossed contradiction 1 Kings 7 & 2 Chronicles 2?

1 Kings 7:13-14 NASB 13 Now King Solomon sent and brought Hiram from Tyre. 14 He was a widow’s son from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze; an 2 Chronicles ...
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The confusing order of Laban's tent raids in Genesis 31:33

In Genesis 31:33 we read of Laban's search of the tents of Jacob's party: וַיָּבֹא לָבָן בְּאֹהֶל יַעֲקֹב וּבְאֹהֶל לֵאָה וּבְאֹהֶל שְׁתֵּי הָאֲמָהֹת וְלֹא מָצָא וַיֵּצֵא מֵאֹהֶל לֵאָה וַיָּבֹא ...
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Chronological discrepancy in Joshua's name in Numbers and Exodus

In Numbers Chapter 13, Moses appears to rename Hoshea the son of Nun as Joshua the son of Nun: Verse 8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun; (ESV) Verse 16 These were the names of ...