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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Is there a contradiction between Ecclesiastes 9:5 & Luke 16:19-31?

Ecclesiastes 9:5 (KJV) 5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Luke 16:19-31 (KJV) ...
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Is there a contradiction between Romans 2:10 & Romans 2:11?

Romans 2:10(KJV) 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. The (NKJV) says for ...
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Why did God ask Adam where they were & what they had done since he already knew what had transpired in the garden?

Genesis 3:6 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did ...
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Why did Paul get Timothy circumcised,do we have a paradox here? [closed]

Acts 16:1-3 We see Paul getting Timothy circumcised because of certain Jews: [NIV] 1 Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a ...
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Is there a contradiction between Romans 3:1-2 and Galatians 5:2?

It would seem like Paul is for circumcision in Romans, but makes a u-turn in Galatians, where he seems to preach against circumcision. The passages, for reference: Romans 3:1-2 Then what advantage ...
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Could there be a chronological discord in Genesis 37, 38 & 39?

In Genesis 37 we meet Joseph when he is 17years old,then in Genesis 38 we meet Judah who marries Shua then has sons Er, Onan & Shelah,Er marries Tamar then dies & eventually Judah inpregnants ...
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A Seeming Contradiction in Ezekiel 33:12-19

I am struggling to understand the translation of this text. Ezekiel 33:12-19 (ESV) 12 "And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when ...
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Is there a contradiction between exodus 9:1-7 & exodus 9:17-23 since all the egyptian cattle died in the 5th plague?

EXODUS 9:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 2 For if thou refuse to let them go, ...
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Eternal oblivion or Afterlife [closed]

The Christian Bible is based on the concept of hell and heaven yet it contradicts itself by revealing eternal oblivion instead of afterlife: Ecclesiastes 9:5-10 5: For the living know that they will ...
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Do Romans 7:6 & Romans 7:14 contradict each?

On one hand Paul seems to be saying in Romans 7:6: We have been delivered from the LAW, that being dead wherein we were held, that we should serve in newness of spirit and not in the oldness of ...
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In Luke 16 : Are the Uses of "Mammon" Contradictory, in the Same Context?

Closely Related: - How Should "Mammon" be Interpreted - Linguistically? Do Luke 16:9 and Luke 16:13 contradict each other? I would think associating, or walking, or making friends with the ...
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Do Revelation 20:14 and Revelation 22:15 contradict each other?

Do Revelation 20:14 and Revelation 22:15 contradict each other?: Rev 20:15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. Rev 22:15 Outside ...
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How are we to understand 1 Cor. 15:50?

1 Cor. 15:50(KJV) says, "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." Is Paul saying those that are "flesh ...
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Why are the four gospel accounts of the empty tomb so different and how do we reconcile them?

The four accounts of the empty tomb seem to differ as follows: Matthew 28:1-8 says that when the two women, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, went to visit the tomb, there was an earthquake and an ...
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How can the number of names of Jesus's genealogy in Matthew 1 equal three times fourteen? [duplicate]

Please actually read the question earlier then defining it as a duplicate. If its actually a duplicate, then OK, but if its not a duplicate please do not come to that conclusion by simply seeing the ...
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In Luke 20:36 how does immortality obviate marriage?

In Luke 20:36, Jesus appears to connect the absence of marriage in the resurrection with deathlessness (as shown by the use of the Greek term "gar"), suggesting that marriage and death go together. ...
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In Genesis 1:11-13, were there trees by the end of Day 3?

It appears that in Gen 1:12, by the end of Day 3 there were plants and trees covering the dry land: Gen 1:11 And God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees ...
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Did Jesus call his disciples before or after going to the Capernaum synagogue?

I have a question concerning a potential contradiction in the order of events in Galilee. In Luke 4:31-36, Jesus visits the Capernaum synagogue and heals the man of unclean spirits. Early in Luke 5, ...
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Why is there dust on the ground if there was a mist watering the ground?

Gen 2:6-7 ... A mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground ... Is there an explanation why there is still dust on ...
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In Genesis 17:24 and Acts 16:3, did Abraham and/or Timothy come under the curse of the Torah?

Paul argues in Galatians that circumcision obligates one to keep the whole of Torah: Gal 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of ...
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Does the Gospel of Luke omit John the Baptist baptizing Jesus?

The Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Mark both plainly relate that John the Baptist baptized the Lord Jesus Christ. Matt. 3:13-17 13 Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, ...
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Where was Jesus when he said "He who believes in me believes not in me..."

In John 12 Jesus is talking with a crowd and then he disappears. Then the narrator provides an explanation for why "the Jews" could not believe in Jesus. However after it ends, Jesus is ...
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Historical Evidence of the Sabbath Rest Beginning the Preceding Night?

1. Question - a Reference Request for Historical Evidence: In view of this question : Luke 23:54 - How should "Sabbath Dawning" be Interpreted? Is there any historical evidence showing ...
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Re. The Crucifixion: Possible to Correlate Timekeeping and Calendar Systems?

Related: - Historical Evidence that the Jewish Calendar Day Began at Sunset? - In the Gospels, How Should the Hours of the Day be Understood? - Historical Evidence that the Jewish Calendar Day ...
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How is Jesus with us when two or three are gathered, if he is still hanging out in the clouds? [closed]

Matthew 18:20 makes it sound like he's here with us: For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 makes it sound like he's not ...
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Historical Evidence that the Jewish Calendar Day Began at Sunset?

1. Question - a Reference Request In view of the question : Luke 23:54 - How should "Sabbath Dawning" be Interpreted? Whether or not Luke is stating that the Sabbath began at dawn, or not ...
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Luke 22:16 - Did Jesus say he was not going to eat THAT Passover?

Related: - Is there any significance to using φάγω vs ἐσθίω? - In Luke 22, How Should Prepare and Eat - be Translated from the Aorist Subjunctive? - In the early church, was the Last Supper Considered ...
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Leviticus says animal sacrifice will cleanse you from your sins. Hebrews says it's impossible. What does "clean" mean?

Leviticus 16: 2The Lord said...6Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household...9 Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the Lord and ...
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Why does Judges 18:1 say that Dan had no inheritance?

Judges 18:1 says that Dan had no inheritance but Joshua 19:40-48 indicates otherwise. What am I missing? Judges 18:1 ESV In those days there was no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of ...
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Is Genesis 3:16 saying that pain exists prior to sinning? [duplicate]

There is pain in childbearing yet God's curse is that he'll multiply it. Genesis 3:16 seems to imply that pain does exist even prior to Adam sinning since the curse of multiplying (increasing) pain ...
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Confused between Romans 2:12 vs John 14:6

It appears to be a contradiction to me. In Roman 2:12 Paul states that there is a way to salvation without Jesus if you obey your conscience and have never heard of Jesus. Of course in John 14:6 Jesus ...
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Conflicting locations for Rachel's burial

Genesis 35:19 seems to say she died and was buried near Bethlehem, in Judah. This has strong tradition even to this day with a "tomb" there. So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath ...
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Why do some parts of the books of Kings not appear in the books of Chronicles?

II Kings 14:28 KJV — Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and Hamath, which belonged to Judah, for Israel, are ...
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How could Rachel fulfill Joseph's dream if she was dead?

Genesis 35:24 states that the only two sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin: The sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin. Genesis 35:16-19 makes it clear that Rachel died in Childbirth. They ...
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When does the cleansing of the Temple happen? At the beginning of Jesus's ministry or later?

The gospel of John says that the cleansing of the temple was early in Jesus's ministry (John 2:14-21). The other gospels put this event after Jesus enters Jerusalem, near the time he was crucified. So ...
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Did both thieves on The cross mock Jesus?

In the accounts of Matthew and Mark both thieves on the cross mock Jesus, but Luke's account says that one of them didn't mock Him but on the contrary he rebuked the other thief and said "Lord, ...
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Does God really hate some people (Ps 11:5), even though he loves the whole world (John 3:16)?

From John 3:16, we know that God loves the world. 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16, ...
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Galatians 5:18 vs. John 3:16

Galations 5:18-21 states But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, depravity, idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, ...
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In Exodus 2-4 who was Moses' father-in-law?

In re-reading through Exodus I came across 2 people that are called Moses' father-in-law Exodus 2:18-21 states it is Reuel: 2:18 So when they came home to their father Reuel... 2:21 Moses agreed ...
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Harmonizing Matthew 10:10, Luke 9:3, Mark 6:8

Matthew 10:9-10 Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts - no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. (NIV) Luke ...
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Could foreign peoples (non Israelite) serve as priests in the temple?

In reading Isaiah 56:6,7, it seems to indicate the allowance of foreign peoples serving as priests at the temple. This, it seems, would be in direct contradiction to the Levitical priesthood. The word ...
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How to reconcile Luke 2:11 and Acts 2:36?

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 (ESV) Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both ...
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In Acts 12:21-23 did King Herod die with worms coming out of his flesh?

Acts 12:21-23 says Herod Agrippa was struck down by an angel and eaten of worms: Acts 12:21-23: And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto ...
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Is this a contradiction in the first sentence of Genesis 1?

In Gen. 1:1-2, it states, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved ...
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How can one reconcile Ephesians 2:8-9 with Philippians 2:12?

It is clear from Ephesians 2:8-9 that salvation is by grace received through faith alone and not one's doing, not a result of works but Philippians 2:12 seems to be saying otherwise. For by grace ...
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Why does Gen 35:26 state that the sons of Jakob were born in Paddam-Aram?

The end of Gen 35:26 reads ... These are the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram. Among these sons is Benjamin (V.24), who was not born in Paddam-aram, but on the way to Ephrath (Vv. ...
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Who is speaking, the angel or Jesus in Revelation 22:8-16?

Revelation 22:8-16 (ESV): 8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9 but he said to ...
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Apparent contradiction in Joshua

Joshua 15:63 says: But the Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem the Judahites could not dispossess; so the Jebusites dwell in Jerusalem beside the Judahites to the present day. Similarly, Joshua 17:12 ...
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Morality of God's commandment to kill rebels [closed]

What turns me down about God are 2 stories that I have readed on my bible. God hardening pharaoh's heart and punishing him because of it, and Levites killing his relatives Today I will talk about ...
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Did Eli rebuke his sons?

In 1 Sam 3:13, the LORD tells Samuel of his judgement on the house of Eli: “For I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a ...