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What was the Pharisee’s view of “demonology”?

“We read “As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like ...
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Proverbs 18:22's grossly oversimplified, glib, nonchalant view about getting married [closed]

Most of the verses in the Bible's Proverbs can be read by and in themselves. In other words, in general, for the most part, we would Not need to apply hermeneutic tools like scripture-interprets-...
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(Proverbs 17:16) "fools" setting a "price" on "wisdom" when they have "No sense" and/or they have "No heart" for it (Multiple /layered meanings)

( Related Postings: Psalm 37:4 & Psalm 20:4 "...grant you your heart’s desire..." and "...give you the desires of your heart..." "dual-natured layers of meaning" ) ...
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Elaborate on what Proverbs 14:9a says about "fools" and "sin" in order to get a deeper understanding. (layers of meaning)

משלי 14:9 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex אֱ֭וִלִים יָלִ֣יץ אָשָׁ֑ם וּבֵ֖ין יְשָׁרִ֣ים רָצֹֽון׃ Proverbs 14:9 (New American Standard Bible 1995) 9 Fools mock at [a]sin, But among the upright ...
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1st John 1:1 “Word of Life” is this “Jesus” or the “Scripture”?

We read: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was ...
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Does Job 42:11 imply that Job’s wife came back to him?

How else did Job have additional kids? Job’s wife is not explicitly mentioned, or is she? We read: And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice ...
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In Jeremiah 13:17 what does Jeremiah mean by “My soul will weep”?

Q: so in Jeremiah 13:17 is Jeremiah being literal, figurative(as if He is grieved), or metaphorical when he says “my soul will weep”??? Hear and give ear: Do not be proud, For the Lord has spoken. ...
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Does 1 Corinthians 7:7 mean God sovereignly decree’s some people to be married & others to singleness?

We have the similar question: Is celibacy a gift according to 1 Corinthians 7:7? I’m not asking if Celibacy is a gift, but my question is: Q: Does 1 Corinthians 7:7 mean God predestines some to be ...
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What is the deeper contextual meaning of Mark 4:11's "outside"?

Mark 4:10-12 New American Standard Bible 1995 10 As soon as He was alone, [a]His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables. 11 And He was saying to them, “To you has been ...
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Anyway of interpreting adultery verses in Proverbs 2,3,6,7 & 9 in a more gender-neutral / gender-inclusive / politically correct manner [closed]

Proverbs 2:16-19 Proverbs 5:3-20 Proverbs 6:24-35 Proverbs 7:5-27 Proverbs 9:13-18 ( may be more broader than just adultery, sexual fornification, sexual lust because it could also include being ...
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Galatians 5:4 “fallen from grace/failed to grasp grace” Greek roots

I heard a Pastor through a teaching sermon on Galatians make mention that Galatians 5:4 is spoken from Paul in terms of “failing to grasp grace” rather than “falling from grace” as if justified ...
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Hebrew referring to Adam & Eve in Genesis 1-3

In Genesis there is word play for man (ish איש) and woman (ishah אשה); also in regards to Eve, the name (chawah חוה) means living or life bearer does it not? With this in mind, in regards to the ...
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Why the Offence?

MATTHEW 15:11 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” 12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were ...
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Do the (Isaiah 29:7-9) and (Ecclesiastes 5:3) bible verses relate to dreams and visions associated with fleshly desires as opposed to Godly?

Related Question Postings: https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/30584/19810 Analyzing ( Jeremiah 29:8 ) rejection of other prophets prophecy by keeping Jeremiah 28 & Jeremiah 29 in context I ...
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Implications of disregarding Samuel's warnings

Samuel 8:10-18 (KJV): And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your ...
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How did Paul became a Roman citizen?

In Acts 16:37 we read that Paul was Roman (emphasis mine) But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out ...
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Analyzing ( Jeremiah 29:8 ) rejection of other prophets prophecy by keeping Jeremiah 28 & Jeremiah 29 in context

@b-a 's answer in this related posting is quite good, and I just wanted to spawn out some more questions about it: Related Question Posting: https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/30584/19810 ...
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What is the most accurate rendering of Psalms 11:7

4 different translations: “For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭11:7‬ ‭NKJV “Certainly the Lord is just; he rewards godly deeds; the ...
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What is the most accurate rendering of Psalms 7:11 (Textual Criticism)

A few different translations: “God judgeth the righteous, And God is angry with the wicked every day.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭7:11‬ ‭KJV “God is a righteous judge, And a God who shows indignation every day.” ‭‭...
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What is the more accurate rendering of 2 Thessalonians 1:9 “ruin” or “destruction”?

We read two different translations: “These will pay the penalty of eternal ruin, separated from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power,” ‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭(NABRE‬‬) Vs “...
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What is Peter speaking about in 1 Peter 5:10?

Applying the historical-grammatical method in our exegesis, looking at the Greek text as well, how can I understand what Peter is saying in 1 Peter 5:8-11, specifically verse 10? I have a few ...
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What does it mean that the Lord stirs someone up? 1 Chronicles 5:26

We read: So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria. He carried the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh into ...
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Romans 1:21 “nor were thankful/or give thanks” how do we interpret this?

I’ve studied Romans 1:18-32 for some time, so I understand the context. God’s wrath being revealed from Heaven against godless humanity who rejects God & His revelation. Yet, there is a ...
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Why did Jesus use the words “sons of the kingdom” in Matthew 8:12?

We read: “I tell you, many will come from the east and west to share the banquet with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, but the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer ...
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Do we have any modern medical knowledge of the type of Disease God struck Jehoram with? (2 Chronicals 21:15,18,19)

We read: 12 And a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus says the Lord God of your father David: Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, or in the ways ...
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4 different ways to interpret 2 Peter 2:20-22?

Given the surrounding context of 2 Peter 2:20-22 we might come to 4 different conclusions on the interpretation of this verse. Given the rule of rational deduction, can we interpret 2 Peter 2:20-22 ...
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John 3:36 & Continual Wrath

Q: What does the analysis of the Greek text indicate for “continuous wrath” against the “object”(person who disbelieves) in Christ? Put it another way: Does the Greek text show from John 3:36 that the ...
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Job 32:8 & the nature of “spirit”

I’ve always quoted this verse when evangelizing to people (in the past), with reference to man having a spirit. I assumed this scripture was a direct reference to the biblical implications of an ...
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John 6:39 and Jesus' Confidence

I've done a decent amount of study from theologians and teachers of the Word regarding John 6:37-40, I've even studied it apart from the teachers. It seems most apparent and obvious that Jesus will ...
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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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Psalm 149:5-9's indication that "godly ones" will execute "vengeance" in light of Romans 12:19 & Leviticus 19:18 prohibiting vengeance?

How do we reason the use of Psalm 149:5-9's indication that "godly ones" will execute "vengeance" in light of Romans 12:19 & Leviticus 19:18 emphasizing prohibiting vengeance? ...
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Why is Revelation 19:11-16 interpreted by some to refer to Jesus Christ?

I observe that a lot of people interpret that the rider on the white horse is Jesus Christ. I used to hold to this view, but when I study the rider in more detail, I am not convinced that the rider is ...
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Luke 14:25-33 (Discipleship Tested/Counting the cost Parable) as instructions for Personal Financial Planning/Project management/Business Planning

Is evaluating Luke 14:25-33 verses which discusses the Parable about Discipleship Tested / Counting the cost as instructions for Personal Financial Planning/Project management/Business Planning be ...
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What does Acts 4:22 mean by referring to the age of the man that was healed?

In Acts 4:22 (NIV) one reads For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old. What was the purpose of mentioning the age in this context? I understand that it may be a way to note ...
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Why do some think that Ezekiel had his first vision on his 30th birthday?

Why do some think that Ezekiel had his first vision on his 30th birthday in [Ezekiel 1]? The Bible Project mentions the vision happening on Ezekiel's birthday in this video
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Does Romans 16:11 reveal the apostle Paul (Saulus) was related to Herod Agrippa?

Based on Paul's request in [Romans 16:11] from the NKJV : "Greet Herodion, my countryman" (ἀσπάσασθε Ἡροδίωνα τὸν συγγενῆ) and "Antiquities of the Jews" by Josephus, Book XX (CH 9.4) : "...
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What deeper understanding can the bible reader get from the 2 Samuel 8:2's account of how David killed off the defeated people of Moab?

( Related Posting: Was the use of a measuring line literal or symbolic in 2 Samuel 8:2? Related Posting: What are the Dangers of the Judgemental side of David's life in the Bible? ) What deeper ...
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What is the meaning behind Acts 2:44-45?

In Acts 2:44-45 (KJV) one reads 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. Does ...
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Would it be correct so say that James 4:17 is tryijng to say "one who 'spiritually, mentally' strongly grasps the right thing to do"?

James 4:13-5:3 New American Standard Bible 1995 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14 [a]...
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What is meant by meditation in Psalm 48:9 and Psalm 104:34?

What is meant by meditation in Psalm 48:9 and Psalm 104:34? The English word “meditate” evolved its meaning in the mid- to late-1900’s. Previously, it had been more like ”to contemplate”. So how can a ...
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In Jeremiah is evil always associated with the north regardless of geographical location?

The motif of evil coming forth from the north is repeated many times throughout Jeremiah. Already in the first chapter Jeremiah prophesizes that evil will come from the north. Then again in 4:6; 6:1 ...
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Who first interpretated John 8:58 ego eimi as Yahweh claim?

What is the oldest record of the interpretation that the "I am" ego eimi in John 8:58 claim is Yahweh claim of Exodus 3:14? Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham ...
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Reconciling Revelation 13 with Revelation 11

Continuing on from my previous question, I’m after some further understanding of this same section in Revelation. Consider this ... 1st - Here the beast was given authority .. REV 13:5 And he was ...
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Who is giving this Entity Authority?

This passage has me curious... REVELATION 13:5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. I’ve always assumed that it ...
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“Nothing beyond what is written”?

In 1 Corinthians 4:6, Paul tells us to learn the meaning of the saying, “Nothing beyond what is written.” Does this mean we are to take the plain and obvious sense of what is actually said, being ...
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Are there any academic scholars ,who interpreted Isaiah 11, non messianically? [closed]

Are there any academic scholars ,who interpreted the Stump of Jesse ,and all the predictions in the Isaiah 11, as NOT a reference to the far future Messiah and his messianic age,as believed by Jews ...
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Book of Esther's major theme is that God's people may have Unwillingly strayed away from God, but God is still Loving towards said people

I'm trying to approach the Book of Esther in the Bible in a holistic manner ( taking a bird's eye view ) of God's varying calibrated auspices of His chosen Israelite nation. Also I am taking into ...
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Why is Jeremiah so opposed to a Jewish settlement in Egypt?

Jeremiah 42:7-19 Ten days later the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah. 8So he called together Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers who were with him and all the people from the least to ...
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Did the Egyptian curse Yahweh (blasphemy) or the Israelite in Leviticus 24?

Leviticus 24:10-12 וַיֵּצֵא בֶּן אִשָּׁה יִשְׂרְאֵלִית וְהוּא בֶּן אִישׁ מִצְרִי בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיִּנָּצוּ בַּמַּחֲנֶה בֶּן הַיִּשְׂרְאֵלִית וְאִישׁ הַיִּשְׂרְאֵלִי. יא וַיִּקֹּב בֶּן ...
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When was the prophecy in Ezekiel 29:12 (Egypt's downfall) fulfilled?

Note : There are two other questions on this, not as precise (I would say) as this one, but neither of those two questions has any answers, nor do they posit my suggestion of the second section (2). ...
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