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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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How many sons did Absalom have?

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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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 ...
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How should John 3:13 be understood in view of the OT statements about Enoch and Elijah?

How should John 3:13 be understood in view of the OT statements about Enoch and Elijah? John 3:13 states: No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven – the Son of ...
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Is there a numerical contradiction between Ezra and Nehemiah?

In Ezra 2:65 it is said that there were 200 singers. But in Nehemiah 7:67 it is said that there were 245 singers. The context is exactly the same, but the numbers are different. Isn't this a ...
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Since Jesus hands over the kingdom to God the Father, in what way will he reign forever and ever? (1 Corinthians 15:24-26) [closed]

1 Corinthians 15:24-26 (NRSV) 24 Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign ...
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In Acts 5:9-11 why does Peter dispense immediate judgment?

In Matthew 13:30 Jesus taught a parable about not pulling up weeds until the harvest: NIV Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First ...
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How can we understand 1 Corinthians 8 in the light of 1 Corinthians 10?

1 Corinthians 8 NASB 1 Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. 4Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that [b]there is no ...
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Is what Paul says about boasting in Galatians 6:4 a contradiction of what he says in Ephesians 2:9?

In Ephesians 2:8-9 Paul seems to preclude boasting: KJV Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man ...
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Why does the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew (NASB) omit Admin of Luke 3:33 (NASB)?

I'm comparing both Matthew and Luke's genealogy of Jesus. Matthew wrote this: Ram was the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon... - Mat 1:3 (NASB) And Luke wrote this: the ...
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How can we harmonise Daniel 5 & 8?

We are told that Belshazzar got to know & elevated Daniel the night of his death In Daniel 5. Daniel 5:13,29-30 NASB [13]Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king spoke and said to ...
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How was Aaron able to store the manna when the ark had not yet been erected?

Exodus 16:33-34 (KJV) 33 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations. 34 As the LORD commanded ...
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Lapping like dogs or using their hands? An inconsistency in Judges 7:5-7

In Judges 7:5-7 God tells Gideon to make a test and to decide based on this who will stay with him and who will leave. This is what what we are told from verse 5 about the test: And the LORD said ...
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Why is Caleb said to be from the tribe of Judah in Numbers 13:6?

Numbers 13:6 (NKJV) 6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh; But in Numbers Caleb is said to be Kenizzite. Numbers 32:12 (NKJV) 12 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, the ...
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How did Matthew and Luke get different prices for sparrow?

I got the idea for this question from: Have any biblical scholars investigated the question of why Luke was getting a better price on his sparrows than Matthew?—@browserdotsys on Twitter The ...
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Why does Paul say that God doesn’t dwell in temples made with hands?

If the God that made the world and everything in it, doesn’t dwell in temples made with hands, then who dwelt in the tabernacle? What God dwelt in Solomon’s temple? Paul’s statement sounds like a ...
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Is there any ambiguity in Luke 2:5 to whether Mary and Joseph were already married?

From a comparison of various translations of Luke 2:5 it seems there might be some ambiguity in this verse as to whether Mary and Joseph were married by the time they were traveling to Bethlehem. Some ...
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Is the 480 years mentioned in 1 Kings 6 accurate?

1 Kings 6:1 (KJV) 1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in ...
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Does “G-D is not man” mean a man, as in Jesus can't be G-D? [closed]

In B'midbar (Numbers) parshat Balak (23:19) we read, "G-D is not a man...." The same phrase is found in Hoshea 11:9. Cf. 1 Samuel 15.29: "And also the Glory of Israel will not lie nor repent; for He ...
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How do we reconcile Eph 2:8-9 with Rom 2:6-7

How do we reconcile Eph 2:8-9 with Rom 2:6-7?To the Ephesians Paul says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, ...
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How come the righteous Servant gets to see “His seed” even when he has no generations? Is 53:8,10

Isaiah 53:8(NKJV) He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was ...
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When is the “ruler of this world” driven out? Jn 12:31

NIV John 12:31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince [ruler] of this world will be driven out. In that verse he was speaking about his upcoming crucifixion. But in Ephesians, ...
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Was Paul in error for teaching his disciples they were at liberty to eat meat sacrificed to idols and breaking his agreement at the Jerusalem Council? [closed]

Acts 15's Council at Jerusalem was initially to be an inquiry on the subject of circumcision, "certain individuals" who "came down from Judea", one would imagine these were fellow disciples and not ...
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In Ecclessiastes 6:12 why is Solomon unsure about where man goes after death?

For example, Solomon keeps saying things like: For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will ...
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What does it mean that a “false teacher” has been “bought” in 2 Pet 2:1?

In 2 Peter 2:1, the author warns believers about false teachers, saying: But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly ...
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How can we reconcile the supposed contradiction in the above texts in 2 Kings 15:30 & 2 Kings 17:1?

(KJV) 2 Kings 15:30 30 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son ...
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Why the Pauline discrepancy between Ephesians 4:8 (“gave gifts unto men”) as against Psalm 68:18 (“received gifts among men”)?

Psalm:68.18 You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men... The hebrew laqach is the word used in Psalm 68:18. It means to receive, acquire etc. ...
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How can we reconcile Leviticus 11:7 & Deutoronomy 12:14-15?

(KJV) Leviticus 11:7 7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. 8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ...
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Who wrote the second set of tablets in Exodus 34:27 & Deutoronomy 10:1-4?

(KJV) Deutoronomy 10:1-4 1 At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood. 2 And I will ...
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Can conflicting instructions about Pharisees' teachings be harmonized, and if so, how?

At Matthew 16:6 (NASB) Jesus said: Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. This is interpreted in verse 12 (NASB): Then they [the disciples] understood that He did ...
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In Isaiah 7:3-7 why does the prophet Isaiah promise Judah that Ephraim & Syria will not attack & prevail against it?

(KJV) Isaiah 7:3-7 3 Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field; 4 ...