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 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 ...
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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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How to reconcile 1 John 4:15 with Mathew 8:29?

The fourth chapter of 1 John talks about how we should test every spirit, for not every spirit is of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. It says in verse 15: 1 John 4:15 ...
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Does Philippians 2:12 contradict 3:9?

Philippians 2:12 (NASB) So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; ...
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What does the anointing with power mean in Acts 10:38?

δύναμις (from 1410 /dýnamai, "able, having ability") – properly, "ability to perform" (source). In the New Testament, Jesus is shown to have His own divine power (δύναμις) (2 Peter 1:2-3, 16, ...
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Did King Solomon make the Israelites his servants?

Initial we are told that King Solomon used the descendants of the conquered tribes as his servants to build his cities and other works 1 Kings 9:22 NKJV 22 But of the children of Israel Solomon ...
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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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How were people reunited (Gen 11) after being divided by language (Gen 10)?

Genesis recorded that Noah had three sons. Probably they were living among their own people and must be spoke one language but then how Noah's sons were divided into seperate community according to ...
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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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How can Jesus say that Jews are the children of the devil (John 8:44) and provide salvation (John 4:22)?

In the Gospel of John there are conflicting descriptions of the Jews. For example: How can Jews be both the children of the devil (John 8:44) and provide salvation (John 4:22)?: [Jhn 8:44 ASV] (44) ...
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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 ...