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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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What does "penetrate even to dividing soul and spirit" mean in Hebrews 4:12?

Do you know what the author of Hebrews, purportedly Paul, meant by "it penetrates even to dividing"? Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,...
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What is meant by "obsolete" in Hebrews 8:13?

Hebrews 8:13 (ESV): 13 In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. What is meant by obsolete? Related ...
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Why did Hebrews 9:4 claim Aharon's Staff was in the Ark- contradicting [Numbers 17:25 | 1 Kings 8:9 | 2 Chronicles 5:10]?

The NT author of Hebrews 9:4 recounts items in the Ark of the Covenant (while at the >> desert tabernacle). [Hebrews 9:4] "Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid ...
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Does Hebrews 12:17 mean that GRACE has an end?

Hebrews 12 (KJV) ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ ¹⁶ Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. ¹⁷ For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited ...
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What are the “two unchangeable things” referred to in Hebrews 6:18

Hebrews 6:17-18 reads as follows in the NASB: [17] In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, [18] so ...
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In what way was Jesus' prayer heard (Hebrews 5:7)?

Hebrews 5:7 (ESV): During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of ...
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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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Did God give an oath to Isaac as alluded in Psalms 105:8-10?

PSALMS 105:8-10 niv 8 He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, 9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. 10 He confirmed it to Jacob ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Is Jesus flesh the veil in Heb 10:19?

Heb 10:19,20 which says in the NIV: Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that ...
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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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Was Melchisedeck eternal in Hebrews 7:3?

Was Melchisedeck eternal in Hebrews 7:3? Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest ...
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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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What is the logos in Heb 4:12?

Heb 4:12 For the word (logos) of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, even penetrating as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to ...
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In Hebrews 12:24 how is the "sprinkled" blood sprinkled?

"But you have come to...Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel". Hebrews 12:22...24. ESV In Exodus 24:6...8 "...
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For the final temple, who will The-Prince | הַנָּשִׂ֗יא Ha-Nasi from [Ezekiel 44:3, 46:12] be since [Hebrews 7:27, 8:4] claims it can't be Jesus?

The Prince | הַנָּשִׂ֗יא Ha-Nasi in [Ezekiel 44:3] will be a future High Priest serving in the earthly Temple of HaShem forever. Yechezekel יְחֶזְקֵ֨אל | "Ezekiel" [44:3] " The prince - ...
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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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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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Does the use of past tense in Hebrews 2:4 indicate that signs, wonders, miracles and the gifts of the Holy Spirit had ceased?

Hebrews 2:1-4 (ESV): Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every ...
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Why does blood have to 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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Hebrews 9:28, what is the accurate translation of this phrase?

Hebrews 9:28, DRB: So also Christ was offered once to exhaust the sins of many; the second time he shall appear without sin to them that expect him unto salvation. The phrase he shall appear ...
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Is what Christ said to God in Heb 10:5-9 mentioned in one of the 4 gospels or any other place in the NT?

In Heb 10:5-9 (ESV) Christ was recorded as saying the following to God, quoting Ps 40:6-8 (but matches better with Septuagint translation) 5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “...
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Should we understand Deuteronomy 16:20, Ezekiel 18:9 and Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38 to be the same teaching?

[Deuteronomy 16:20 NASB20] (20) "Justice, [and only] justice, you shall pursue, so that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you. [Ezekiel 18:9 NASB20] (9) [if] he ...
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Are Heb.12:6 and 1 Cor. 5:5 essentially describing similar punishments?

In the N/T Letter to the Hebrews, we read: Hebrews 12:6: "5and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, 'MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, ...
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What is Hebrews 3:14 saying to do with "our confidence"?

[Heb 3:14 ASV] for we are become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end: What is he saying about "hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto ...
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What is the force of τε as used in Hebrews 4:12 [TR]?

... μερισμου ψυχης τε και πνευματος αρμων τε και μυελων και κριτικος ενθυμησεων και εννοιων καρδιας [TR - Beza, Stephanus, Elzevir and Scrivener all identical] ... dividing asunder of soul and spirit,...
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Hebrews 13:3 - intention?

In Hebrews, the writer says this in chapter 13 … HEB 13:3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were ...
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Jesus was tempted, but God cannot be tempted. How, then, do we reconcile James 1:13 and Heb. 4:15?

The Bible clearly explains: James 1:13: "God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone" (emphasis added). God cannot be tempted. Yet the text just as clearly ...
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Hebrews 9 - A 'New Covenant' for Who?

HEBREWS 9:15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the ...
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Psalm 95:7b-8a is cited 3 times in Hebrews. Why?

New International Version Psalm 95: 7b Today, if only you would hear his voice, 8a “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah Hebrews 3: 7 So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his ...
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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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How do we reconcile Hebrews 12:2 and Revelation 3:21?

So is Jesus sitting on the right hand of the throne of God... or is he sitting on it? 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the ...
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What does "taste death" in Hebrews 2:9 mean?

What does taste death in Hebrews 2:9 mean? Hebrews 2:9 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 ...
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What is the meaning and force of ακαταλυτοσ ('endless' life) Hebrews 7:16?

In Hebrews 7, the author has already noted, verse 3, that Melchisedec is mentioned in Genesis with no 'beginning of days' and is αφωμοιωμενον, 'likened to' the Son of God (Psalm 2 and Psalm 110). Thus,...
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What does the clause ἐκ πίστεώς μου add to Habakkuk 2:4 LXX?

The NT leans very heavily on Habakkuk 2:4 and it is clear that it is not looking at the Hebrew, which reads like this: [Rom 1:17 NKJV] (17) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith ...

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