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The language in which the Jewish Scriptures (Tanakh) -- or the "Old Testament" in Christian Bibles -- were written.

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"If I make my bed in hell" from Psalm 139:8

Psalm 139:8 (KJV), 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. I am interested to know what the Psalmist meant by making his "bed in hell&...
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Hebrew vowel pointing in Psalm 119:67

In Psalm 119:67, the last word is a Qal perfect first person common singular of the verb "to guard, watch, keep." I'm curious about the qåmeṣ vowel under the mem when I expected a pàṯaḥ. ...
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What is the Hebrew for Sons of Man (Prov 8:4)?

Proverbs 8:4 (ESV): To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man. (KJV): Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. (Can't find "Sons of Man" in my ...
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Meaning of כָּמ֑וֹךָ in Hebrew / ὡς in Greek ("love thy neighbor *as* thyself")

What is the correct interpretation of the Hebrew "כָּמ֑וֹךָ" in Leviticus 19:18, or the Greek "ὡς" in Luke 10:27 (which is quoting the Leviticus verse)? I have a theory that "...
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Storehouses of snow and hail? - Job 38:22

Job 38:22 ESV, Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, What are these storehouses of snow and/or hail? There doesn't appear to be any special ...
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Which is the correct translation of Deuteronomy 33:6?

יְחִי רְאוּבֵן, וְאַל-יָמֹת; וִיהִי מְתָיו, מִסְפָּר. {ס} Deuteronomy 33:6 KJV 6 Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few Deuteronomy 33:6 ESV “Let Reuben live, and not die, but ...
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Why do translations use “judges” in Exodus 22:8 instead of “gods”?

Exodus 22:8 (NASB) If the thief is not caught, then the owner of the house shall appear before the judges, to determine whether he laid his hands on his neighbor’s property. The word in the original ...
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What is the Hebrew word translated "basket" in Exodus 2:3

What is the Hebrew word translated "basket" in Exodus 2:3 and what else is it used for in the Old Testament? When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes ...
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Analysis of Daniel 9:26

A question for those with ability with Hebrew .. Daniel 9:26 DANIEL 9:26 And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall ...
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What is the symbolism related to Lev 23:40

Feast of Tabernacles is one of God's appointed times. What is the significance of Lev 23:40, in particular the branches and leafy trees? On the first day you are to gather the fruit of majestic trees,...
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Was Jonah's success in Nineveh improved by having tried to run away?

Jonah Deliberately Disobeys God Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before ...
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2 Samuel 11:14 In what form of Hebrew did David write in?

In what form of Hebrew did David write in 2 Samuel 11:14? 14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. Did David use modern alef-beit אָלֶף־בֵּית or did he use ...
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Should the participle-clause in Song 6:10 be perceived more as "describing/nonrestrictive" or "defining/restrictive"?

Song of Songs 6:9b-10 presents the women of the royal court catching sight of the new bride before the wedding, and being so impressed that they declare her praise and blessedness with the following ...
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(Numbers 31:18), why do translators add "for yourselves"?

Why do English translations of Numbers 31:18 add "for yourselves"? English: "But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." ...
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(Psalm 119:96) understanding what author means by "limit to all perfection"/"consummation of all perfection"

(Psalm 119:94-96  NASB1995 ) 94 I am Yours, save me; For I have sought Your precepts. 95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me; I shall diligently consider Your testimonies. 96 I have seen a limit to ...
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II Timothy 3:5 Dunamis

In II Timothy 3, Paul cautions Timothy that in the last days men will come: Having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! II Timothy 3:5 (NKJV) The Greek word '...
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In Numbers 15:34, Why was a מִשְׁמָר Guard allowed to work on the Sabbath Day?

While בַּמִּדְבָּ֑ר In-the-Desert [Bamidbar] or "Numbers" chapter 15 verses 33-34, we notice Guards are permitted to work (provide security) on the Sabbath. "[34] They put him under-...
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Why do English bibles change אַרְצ֗וֹת הַחַיִּֽים from Psalm 116:9 to "Land of the Living"?

In Hebrew, the phrase בְּ֝אַרְצ֗וֹת הַחַיִּֽים from [Tehillim 116:9] is plural referencing multiple "Lands" אַרְצ֗וֹת Aretsot (on earth) where "The Living" הַחַיִּֽים Ha-Chayim (...
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NASB 2020 Translation choice in Exodus 39:5

I have just finished reading the five books of Moses in NASB 2020, believe or not, this following part was actually the strangest bit to me. Anyone who studied the original languages, could you please ...
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Jer. 12:9 question on a collective noun

This is my first post here, so I hope I'm doing this right... I have recently asked this same question on the b-hebrew forum but was very impressed by the quality of replies I see on this site. Why do ...
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Should translations pay more attention to the antithetical parallelism of Prov. 3:34?

אִם־לַלֵּצִ֥ים‬ הֽוּא־יָלִ֑יץ וְ֝לַעֲנָיִ֗ים‬ יִתֶּן־חֵֽן׃ (Prov. 3:34, MT) Does it better fit the antithetical parallelism of the poetry of this verse to translate the verse: Although He will turn ...
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On what basis does Proverbs 24:11 KJV translate môṭ as "those that are ready?"

On what basis does Proverbs 24:11 KJV (and some others) translate môṭ as “those that are ready?” Proverbs 24:11 (emphasis added), If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those ...
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Are the styles of verses like Matt. 17:11-12 or John 4:23 Hebraisms or something else?

The following two sets of passages are picked from several: Matthew 17:11-12: He answered and said, "Elijah is coming and will restore all things; but I say to you that Elijah already came, and ...
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Does Genesis 3 suggest that Adam and Eve's fig-leaf loincloths (v. 7) were unable to cover nakedness, unlike the tunics of skin (v. 21)?

In Genesis 3:6-10, the first recorded effect of Adam and Eve's sin is that they realized they were naked. Because of this, they sewed fig leaves together to make loincloths, but this isn't considered ...
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In Psalm 2:9 is the verb תְּ֭רֹעֵם from the root רָעָה shepherd or רָעַע break?

In Psalm 2:9 is the verb תְּ֭רֹעֵם from the root רָעָה shepherd or רָעַע break? תְּ֭רֹעֵם has multiple homonyms, three based on the root רָעָה and two off the root רָעַע. Two of these five make sense,...
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Can Song 7:6 be interpreted "How beautiful you are, and how delightful you are with love in its pleasures"?

Song of Songs 7:6 reads: מַה יָּפִית וּמַה נָּעַמְתְּ אַהֲבָה בַּתַּעֲנוּגִים All translations that I've seen interpret the word אַהֲבָה (love) here as a vocative expression (referring either to the ...
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Job 28:9 mountains' roots? [duplicate]

Job 28:9: They put their hand to the flinty rock, and overturn mountains by the roots "miš-šō-reš" Did Job in 28:9 believe that part of the mountains is rooted in the earth?
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Why do some translations change the order of events in Joel 1:18

In the NASB95, Joel 2:18 is translated as Then the Lord will be zealous for His land And will have pity on His people. Here the NASB refers to the Lord becoming zealous/jealous and that the Lord ...
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Is there a justification for a "prophetic waw consecutive imperfect" as suggested somewhat, by Net bible in Isaiah 9:6 as not "and he was called"?

Is there a justification for a "prophetic waw consecutive imperfect" as suggested somewhat, by NET Bible in Isaiah 9:6 as not "and he was called"? i.e. Sometimes Isaiah 9:6 is ...
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Isaiah 41:2 one from the east, vers 25 one from the north, are who?

Who stirred up one from the east whom victory meets at every step?[a] He gives up nations before him, so that he tramples kings underfoot; he makes them like dust with his sword, like driven stubble ...
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Haggai 2:21-23 fulfilled, failed or a future event?

Did this take place during Zerubabbel's life or is there a future Zerubbabel character? 21 “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I am about to shake the heavens and the earth, 22 and to ...
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Why does Joel 1:17 have a footnote connecting to Malachi 2:3?

I'm reading Joel in the ESV and I noticed a footnote in verse 1:17 saying "The meaning of the Hebrew line [under the clods] is uncertain." The same verse has a comparative reference which ...
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Why is YHWH, the name of the God, replaced by a title, "the LORD", why is the article "the" used? The 1st of thousands of references, Gen 2:4

I've looked through much of the "similar questions" section, but my search goes deeper, I believe, it goes to the idea of one's name and what it represents. And then to see that most ...
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Hebrew idiom in Exodus 4:13

"‏וַיֹּ֖אמֶר בִּ֣י אֲדֹנָ֑י שְֽׁלַֽח־נָ֖א בְּיַד־תִּשְׁלָֽח׃" (Exodus 4:13, Masoretic Hebrew) My word-for-word translation of this is: "And he said 'Oh Lord, please send by the hand of ...
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Exodus 32:3-5 a feast to YHWH! Was the calf meant to symbolize God?

3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. 4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made ...
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Help on getting a Greek new testament and a Hebrew Bible [closed]

Can I receive some help? I'm currently learning biblical Languages and don't have any physical copies of the critical NA28 text and the BHS. I'm in a country with no access to physical copies of these ...
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Is Genesis 1:27 same event as in Genesis 2:22?

Is Genesis 1:27 same event as in Genesis 2:22. Are the both account about Adam being made? So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (...
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Joshua 4:9 Until this day! What day is that?

9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day. Joshua 4:9 King James ...
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Job 2:1 a certain day or a day

The wording in LXX is on a certain day which is nowhere else to be found; Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to ...
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Malachi 4:6 KJV curse or ESV destruction

It's two differences in the end of Malachi 4 in KJV and ESV as follows; And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and ...
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Does Proverbs teach that all pride is evil? (Prov. 16:18–19)

The following verses seem to indicate that all pride is evil: 18Pride goes before ruin, Arrogance, before failure. 19Better to be humble and among the lowly Than to share spoils with the ...
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Psalm 16:10: hell vs Sheol vs realm of the dead

Psalm 16:10 King James Bible For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. New King James Version For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor ...
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Why does Nehemiah 1:5 in the NIV translate הַבְּרִית֙ וָחֶ֔סֶד "HaB'rit va-Chesed" as "[His] Covenant [of Love]"?

In Nehemiah 1:5 of the NIV Bible, we read a phrase : "[who] keeps [His] Covenant [of love]". Is וָחֶ֔סֶד "va-Chesed" really describing the type of Covenant? Why does Nehemiah 1:5 ...
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How should we translate אֵלַ֛י in Job 42:7?

most translations translate "of/about me" for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. (in Job 42:7, ESV) for you have not spoken the truth about Me as did My ...
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Amos 6:3 Sabbath or Seat?

Amos 6:3 has a different reading between the Masoretic Text (MT) and Septuagint (LXX). Seat; Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; (Amos 6:3 - KJV) (Read KJV)...
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convention for counting days - "on the third day"

Many times the phrase on the Xth day is used i.e. 22 When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled, Genesis 31:22 Does this mean a) Jacob fled + 2 days then Laban was notified b) Jacob ...
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Is Jesus in Matthew 23:37 quoting 2 Esdras 1:30?

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her ...
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John 4:25 Verbatim or scribe added text

The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah [#G3323] is coming (he who is called Christ) [#G5547]. When he comes, he will tell us all things.” (John 4:25) ESV. λεγει αυτω η γυνη οιδα οτι μεσσιας ...
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Numbers 22:20 - "Since" or "if"?

Lots of translations translate Numbers 22:20 as: That night God came to Balaam and said, “Since these men have come to summon you, get up and go with them, but you must only do what I tell you.” ...
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What does Psalm 1:1 mean to walk not in the counsel of the wicked?

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers (Psalm 1:1 NIV) What is this "counsel"? Edit: I have now found ...

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