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Did the Father sin by not answering Jesus request?

Hebrews 5:7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His ...
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In Hebrews 12-23-24, are the "angelic myriads", "congregation of the firstborn", and "righteous spirits made perfect" all descriptions of the saints?

Hebrews 12:22-24 Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to myriads of angels in joyful assembly, to the congregation of the ...
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In Hebrews 2:7, why is "And set him over the works of your hands" put in brackets or even completely removed from all current translations?

(Hebrews 2:5-9 ESV translation) For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or ...
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Heaven and Earth are the work of whose hands according to Psalm 8:6 Hebrews 1:10-13; 2:5-8?

Hebrews 1:10-13; 2:5-8 YLT and, 'Thou, at the beginning, Lord, the earth didst found, and a work of thy hands are the heavens; these shall perish, and Thou dost remain, and all, as a garment, shall ...
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What is the biblical concept/idea/meaning of Gods omniscience? [closed]

I have rewritten my question a few times because I had difficulties dealing with the definition of omniscience. Originally I wanted to know the difference between the concept of omniscience from a ...
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Does Psalm 45:6 and Hebrews 1:8 say, "Your throne, God, is forever" or "Your throne is God forever"?

Traditional translation: Your throne, God, is forever and ever. Or this translation: Your throne is God forever and ever. A significant clue is that the context is written about a human Israelite ...
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Is this Hebrews 1:2-3 translation a legitimate translation purely from a grammatical standpoint

2 In these last days he has spoken to us in his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things and through whom he created the ages. He being the radiance of the glory and the exact expression of his ...
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Why does the author of Hebrews render their quotation of Jeremiah 31:33 differently in two places?

The book of Hebrews uses the Hebrew Bible as support for its arguments many times. The author cites Jeremiah 31:33 in two different places and chooses to render the verse curiously differently each ...
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How are Old Testament saints made perfect through NT ones?

Hebrews 11:39-40 NASB And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would ...
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What is the "rest" referred to at Hebrews 4:9-11, and how does one "enter into that rest"?

Hebrews 4:9-11 NET Consequently, a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. 10 For the one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works. 11 Thus we must ...
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What does "made perfect" mean in Heb 5:9?

Hebrews 5:8-10 (ESV) Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by ...
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Who is the "he who destroyed the firstborn" in Hebrews 11:28?

In Hebrews 11:28, it says By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. Who is "he who destroyed the firstborn"? Is ...
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Does Hebrews 1:1-2 teach that Jehovah in the OT is always the Father?

This question is about "interpretation of a specific Bible passage," Hebrews 1:1-2 and how it informs our view of Jehovah in the OT. Question: Does Hebrews 1:1-2 teach that Jehovah in the OT ...
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What does "enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus" mean in Hebrews 10:19?

Hebrews 10:19-25 (NASB): 19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the ...
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When did angels ever deliver the word? (Heb. 2:2)

In the Letter to the Hebrews we read: Hebrews 2:1-3: "For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2For if the word spoken ...
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Heb 1:1-2 Didn't he also speak to us through His Angels?

Given the topics covered in Hebrews chapter 1, when, in verse one, it says "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the..." I expected the following word to be '...
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Why did Jesus descend from Judah not another son?

We read in Hebrews 7:14 NKJV 14 For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. Matthew 1 also records the lineage from Abraham to Jesus ...
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Hebrews 1:8 – should it be ‘god’ or ‘God’?

The word God in Greek is Θεὸς ("theos") – no differentiation ‘g’ or ‘G’ & god is a righteous servant of God, a king, a prophet, or a Messiah etc… Hebrews 1:8 8 But unto the Son he saith, ...
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Is the article ο in ο θεός at Hebrews 1:9 anaphoric to θεός at Hebrews 1:8? If not, what grammatical reason prevents it?

Is the article ο in ο θεός at Hebrews 1:9 anaphoric to θεός at Hebrews 1:8? If not, what grammatical reason prevents it? Note: Keep in mind and address that Wallace says "Most individualizing ...
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What does "by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they" mean in Hebrews 1:4?

What does "by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they" mean in Hebrews 1:4 being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than ...
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In Hebrews 1:2, to what does the Greek word «αἰῶνας» refer?

In Heb. 1:1-2, the Greek text according to the Textus Receptus states, Αʹ Πολυμερῶς καὶ πολυτρόπως πάλαι ὁ θεὸς λαλήσας τοῖς πατράσιν ἐν τοῖς προφήταις Βʹ ἐπ᾽ ἐσχάτων τῶν ἡμερῶν τούτων ἐλάλησεν ...
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How is the translation of 'universe' justified for Hebrews 1:2?

Heb 1:2 "but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe." NIV The Gr. 'aiōnas' is often rendered '...
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What exercise makes one skilful in the Word of God?

Heb 5:14. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Where in the book of Hebrews should this ...
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What was the significance of 'horns' of the sacrificial altar in Exodus 30?

We read in Hebrews 10:1-4: The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after ...
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What is the meaning of 'Power of the Death'?

What is the meaning of the word 'power of death' which Satan was holding as in Heb 2:14.?
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"willful sin" and forgiveness

Hebrews 10:26 speaks of willfully sinning after knowing grace and forgiveness. I suppose this the same as "backsliding". Is there no hope for the back slider who goes back to their sin, ...
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What is the Veil mentioned in Hebrews 6:19?

What is the veil mentioned in Hebrews 6:19 which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; ? Was not the veil to the Holy of ...
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How to reconcile Sarah’s faith in Hebrews 11 with her laugh in Genesis 18?

Hebrews 11:11 NASB “By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.” ‭‭ How do we reconcile Sarah‘s ...
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How did God forgive sins, without dealing with the guilt of the the past sins in their conscience

Heb 10:1 BSB For the law is only a shadow of the good things to come, not the realities themselves. It can never, by the same sacrifices offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near to ...
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Does "all things" always mean the same in these seven verses?

John 1:3 All thingsπάντα were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all thingsπάντα into his hand. Romans 11:36 For ...
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Is Hebrews 10:26 talking about a singular sin or continuous deliberate sin?

Does the text of Hebrews 10:26 and the context around it indicate one willful sin, or continuous deliberate sin in order to remove the sacrifice? Why does the NRSV and other translations indicate the ...
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Did God create out of nothing or just what is not seen?

Hebrews 11:1, 3 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not ...
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Is the singular word for 'apostle' only used with a definite article in Heb.3:1?

Is Hebrews 3:1 the only instance in Scripture where the word 'apostle' (in the singular) is used with a definite article, eg "τὸν ἀπόστολον"? I was trying to see if there is any Biblical ...
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Did Jesus, advising not to fear those killing the body, still fear death? Or did he fear both body and soul perishing in hell?

Jesus stated that we should not fear those who can kill the body but not the soul. Matthew 10:28 New International Version Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather,...
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According to Hebrews 11:5, did Enoch actually die? (Compare Hebrews 11:13)

According to the Book of Hebrews, did Enoch actually die? How is this "contradiction" resolved? Excerpted from this answer, https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/27939/6338 By faith ...
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What did Abraham give in his tithe?

Genesis 14:16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people .... //cut Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything ...
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Does the Greek verb for tithing indicate repeated action?

In Hebrews 7:6 several versions translate Melchizedek as “receiving tithes” in the plural (KVJ, NKJV, ESV, HCSB, ASV, and YLT) while many other versions have it in the singular “collected a tenth.” (...
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Hebrews 5:7, Did Jesus suffer death or not?

Hebrews 5:7 (DRB): Who in the days of his flesh, with a strong cry and tears, offering up prayers and supplications to him that was able to save him from death, was heard for his reverence. The ...
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How in the world was Sarah a woman of faith? Did she believe after Isaac was born?

A. Hebrews 11:11 (ESV) says, "By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered Him faithful who had promised." This sounds as if Sarah ...
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Was Jesus of Nazareth based on the Old Testament Jesuses? [closed]

Jesus (Joshua) son of Nun, kills the king of Jerusalem, hangs him on a tree, takes him down before sunset, throws the body in a cave, and rolls heavy rocks in front of the cave. These are all NT ...
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Can there only be one King of Righteousness?

Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek King of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: ...
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Who was under the authority of Jesus?

Matthew 8:9 New English Translation For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave ‘Do this!’ ...
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In Hebrews 12:23 who are "the gathering of the firstborn [plural]"?

[Heb 12:18, 22-24 CSB] (18) For you have not come to what could be touched, to a blazing fire, to darkness, gloom, and storm, ... (22) Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living ...
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Why does blood have to be shed for purification and forgiveness of sins? Hebrews 9:22

I'm trying to make sense and reach a deeper understanding of the concept of blood shedding for the atonement of sins. I'm particularly interested in the why aspect of it. Hebrews 9 is an intriguing ...
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Sarah’s faith and Abraham’s

In Hebrews 11:11, five English translations, one Spanish, one Dutch, and one modern Greek (ESV, NIV, NASB, KJV, NLT, NVI, HTB, FPB) credit Sarah with faith.  But an Italian and a Portuguese give the ...
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πάθημα vs πάσχω regarding suffering

Heb 2:10 and Heb 5:8 translate both of these words as a form of suffering. What significance is there between these two words? Are they differing types of suffering, such as physical vs emotional? Or ...
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In Hebrews 1:9 is it "above your companions" or "rather than your companions"?

Does the ISV have it right? All of the other translations I see have "above". Heb 1:8 ISV But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the scepter of your kingdom is ...
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What promise did Paul and New Testement believers receive that others did not?

Hebrews Ch.11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, obtained not the promise What is this promise Paul is speaking of?
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What is Heb 11:27 telling us about Moses 'seeing'?

Moses, depending on the translation offered, saw the invisible God. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he persevered, as though seeing Him who is unseen. Heb 11:27 NASB ...
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How is the Law changed in Hebrews 7:12?

For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. Hebrews 7:12 (NIV) How is the Law changed in Hebrews 7:12?

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