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How does Hebrews 11:27 say Moses was not afraid?

Hebrews 11:27 ESV By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. But in the original narrative the author clearly states that ...
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Does Hebrews 9:24-26 imply mankind was sinning since the beginning of the world?

Hebrews 9:24-26 has the following explanation of Jesus' once-for-all death (NKJV, emphasis mine): For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into ...
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Strong Exegesis of Hebrews 12:15 "fail of the grace of God" in what sense?

Text body in immediate context: 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root ...
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Hebrews 6:6; could Jesus be crucified again?

Hebrews 6:6; DRB; 6 And are fallen away: to be renewed again to penance, crucifying again to themselves the Son of God, and making him a mockery. What is the meaning of crucifying again to ...
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How to understand Hebrews 13:4?

There are differing translations of Hebrews 13:4. Here are two examples: Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and ...
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Does Hebrews 12:23 confirm that Mankind has an immaterial subsistence?

We read: "But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn ...
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Hebrews 7:8; who is meant by the phrase "witnessed that he liveth", Melchizedek or Jesus Christ?

Hebrews 7:8 (ASV): 8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there one, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. About whom is this phrase "of whom it is witnessed that he liveth" ...
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Why is this quote applied to the Son?

“I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men,” ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭ Or “I will be ...
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Hebrews 5:7; (Who) in the beginning of the verse refers to Melchisedec basically?

Hebrews 5:5-10; DRB; 5 So Christ also did not glorify himself, that he might be made a high priest: but he that said unto him: Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. 6 As he saith also in ...
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To which of the angels did ELOHIM say at any time, You are MY son. Today have I begotten you… ? [Heb 1:5; Ps 2:7] [closed]

Hebrews 1:1-2 declares - “ELOHIM, having in the past spoken to the fathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 1:2 has at the end of these days spoken to us by HIS Son, Whom HE ...
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What does perfection mean in Matt 5:48? [duplicate]

Of what exactly does the perfection that Matthew 5:48 (KJV) speaks consist when it says: Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. I ask because in Hebrews 4:15 (...
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Hebrews 11:23 “By faith Moses, when he was born”?

Let’s lay out the context: “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.” ‭‭...
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Two-edged sword

In the first century, did fencing style swords exist? Was there ever such a thing as a one-edged sword? I’m puzzled by the mention of a two-edged sword, as if sharper than another kind of sword. If ...
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Does Hebrews 10 indicate the temple was still standing when Hebrews was written?

Hebrews chapter 10 makes multiple references to the Levitical sacrifices, and argues that they have been superseded by the sacrifice of Christ. Q1 Does the author intend to refer to Levitical ...
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If the greek word "autou" "his " is the original word used in Hebrews 1:8, why is the greek word "sou" "your " preferred by most translations? [duplicate]

Hebrews 1:8 NIV But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. Hebrews 1:8 NASB But regarding the Son He says, “...
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Hebrews 2:16 – Does the Greek mean that Christ ‘took not on him the nature of angels’, or does it mean ‘For surely it is not angels he helps”?

I was reading an article by Martin Luther on the wonder of Christ not being ashamed to call his people “brethren”, dealing with Hebrews chapter 2. Then he quoted verse 16 as “For verily he took not ...
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Were Egyptians, as a large group, slaves in Abram's time & does this have anything to do with the iniquity of the Amorites?

NASB95 for reference Genesis 16:1 Hagar is the Egyptian handmaid/slave of Abram & Sarai. Genesis 15:16 God tells Abram his descendants will be enslaved for 400 years because of the iniquity of the ...
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What is the difference between "new/neas" covenant of Hebrews 12:24 and "new/kainos" covenant Hebrews 9:15?

Hebrews 12:24 "and to Jesus , the mediator of a new covenant,and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel". ESV. "new/neas". Hebrews 9:15 "...
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Hebrews 5:1-2; Hebrews 4:15; Revelation 21:8; What is the Will of God?

Hebrews 5:1-2; DRB; 5 For every high priest taken from among men, is ordained for men in the things that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins: 2 Who can have ...
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How could Christ uphold the universe as a helpless babe

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of ...
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Who is "His" in NASB "Scepter of HIS kingdom" Hebrews 1:8 if the Father is speaking to the Son?

Hebrews 1:8 NASB 1995 But of the Son He says, “YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM. Who is this "HIS" if the Father is speaking ...
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Why is "ho theos" translated as "O God" in Hebrews 1:8 when "ho" is translated as "the" throughout the New Testament? Are there better translations? [duplicate]

'o qronoV sou 'o qeoV eiV ton aiwna tou aiwnoV ho thronos sou ho theos eis ton aiona tou ainos the throne of you the God to the age of the age The same ho theos is in Hebrews 1:9 but ...
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Hebrews 6:2 and the Greek understanding of "Eternal Judgement"

"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of ...
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Was Jesus obedient unto death, Phil 2:8; or He became obedient because He suffered, Heb 5:8?

Philippians 2:8; KJV; 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Hebrews 5:8,9; KJV; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned ...
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Is Jeremiah 32:40 a direct reference to the New Covenant?

And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭32:40 I ...
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Hebrews 2:9-10; were Sufferings of Jesus for the aim of Perfection or for Substitutional Atonement or for both?

Hebrews 2:9-10; KJV; 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for ...
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Does Hebrews use Psalm 95 to speak about Jesus and His presence during the Exodus?

Psalm 95 is a "kingship Psalm (see v. 3 the great king), which, after an introductory call to worship (vv. 1-3) focuses on God as creator of the world (vv. 4-5) and creator of Israel (vv. 6-7). ...
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How should we understand the connection between Ps 2 and Heb 1, ‘becoming heir’?

He said to me, ‘You are My son, today I have fathered you. 8‘Ask it of Me, and I will certainly give the nations as your inheritance, and the ends of the earth as your possession. Ps 2:8 But in these ...
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And the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul?

Act 7:58 Why is this mention in the bible? Is it because of the following Luke wanted to introduce Saul here, in some filmy-like plot (not just plainly - he was to be a special figure in the Bible, in ...
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Correct pronoun for Hebrews 1:5-13 He or it

In Hebrews 1:5-13 we see most translations using a masculine pronoun “He” to indicate God the Father is speaking these things “For to which of the angels did He ever say” 1:5 “And when He again ...
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Why does Hebrews 3:1 call Jesus an apostle?

I was reading Hebrews 3 when I saw that the author is calling Jesus the apostle. Hebrews 3:1-2 (ESV): Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and ...
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What is the source of the Jesus saying in Hebrews 10:5-7

Hebrews 10:5–7 (ESV): Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; 6  in burnt offerings and sin ...
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How does "a great high priest" compare with "a royal priesthood"?

"Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession." Hebrews 4:14 ESV. "But you are a chosen race, a ...
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In Hebrews 9:23, Why is the purification of Heavenly things achieved by "sacrifices" (plural) [duplicate]

In Hebrews 9:11-12 we are told that Jesus our High Priest enters the Most Holy Place only once 11But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come, He went through the greater and ...
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At Hebrews 6:13-14 God made a promise to Abraham to greatly multiply his seed, but at Genesis 22:15-17 the angel of the Lord swore the promise, why?

Hebrews 6:13-14, "For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, vs14, saying, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply you.&...
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The Messiah would suffer according to Moses?

“Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things ...
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Hebrews 3:13 What is the meaning of while it is called “Today”?

Hebrews 3 12Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13but [b]exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be ...
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How did Moses see the reproach of Christ, according to Hebrew 11:26?

“considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:26‬ ‭ In order that Moses COULD consider and place in the balance his ...
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What is the "substance" of things hoped for?

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1, KJV) ἕστιν δὲ πίστις ἐλπιζομένων ὑπόστασις πραγμάτων ἔλεγχος οὐ βλεπομένων (TR) What is this "...
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In what way was Rahab justified by works (presumably of the Law of Moses?) in James 2:25 (cf. Heb. 11:31)?

We are told several times that Rahab the harlot was saved when she protected the spies sent from Israel to survey the city of Jericho. Here is one example: James 2:25: "In the same way [as ...
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What does "in the scroll of the book" mean? Hebrews 10:7

"Then I said, "Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written in the scroll of the book". Hebrews 10:7. All quotes from ESV. Here scroll is kephalidi and book is bibliou. &...
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What does the phrase "Perfect for all time" mean?

Heb 10:14 BSB because by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are being sanctified. Does this mean that All sins past and future are already forgiven? Does this mean that ...
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Does the Holy Spirit cleanse the body, according to Heb 10:22?

The verse of interest here is Heb 10:22 (ESV): Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure ...
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What has God not "desired" in Hebrews 10:8?

"When he said above, "You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings"[these are offered under the Law]. Hebrews 10:8. ESV ...
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How to understand 1 Corinthians 13:2 in light of Genesis 15:6 and Hebrews 11:6?

According to 1 Corinthians 13 it seems other gifts combined with faith cannot qualify one to be recognized as pleasing to God outside of love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-2 ESV 13 If I speak in the tongues of ...
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Definitive distinction between Greek Heir κληρονόμον ("klēronómos") in Hebrews 1:2 versus an Ivri Heir יוֹרֵ֥שׁ ("Yoresh") in Genesis 15:3?

Was the Greek term for [Heir] : κληρονόμον ("klēronómos") - always associated with divine inheritance, similar to the Ivri term for [The Heir] : הַיֹּרֵשׁ֙ ("Ha-Yoresh") | [Heir] ...
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Why is Jesus appointed heir? Heb 1:2 [closed]

We read the magnificent introduction to Hebrews. In many parts, and many ways, God of old having spoken to the fathers in the prophets, 2in these last days did speak to us in a Son, whom He appointed ...
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Who is the Master craftsman?

Who is the master craftsman in Proverbs 8:30? John1:1-14 Refers to the Word being in the beginning, and that everything was made through Him. But the context of Proverbs 8 refers to wisdom as a women. ...
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In Ezekiel 10:4, Why does Ezekiel see a Cloud not a man as the כְּבֽוֹד יְהֹוָה֙ Glory of YHVH - when Hebrews 1:3 definition of God's Glory is Jesus?

If Hebrews 1:3 describes God's Glory as [Jesus] when referencing "ὃς ὢν ἀπαύγασμα τῆς δόξης" (Who being the brightness of His glory). - Then Jesus the Nazarene [was/is/will be] the radiance ...
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Why does the author of Hebrews interchange heart and mind in Hebrews 8 and 10?

In one instance the author of the book of Hebrews says he will write the laws in their hearts and put them in their minds Hebrews 8:10 ESV For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of ...
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