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Does Judges 5:14 imply that Ephraim had distant Amalekite roots?

Judges 5:14 Some came from Ephraim, whose roots were in Amalek; ; Benjamin was with the people who followed you. From Makir captains came down, from Zebulun those who bear a commander's staff. (NIV) ...
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What is the correct interpretation of וְנִשָּׂ֥א In Daniel 11:12

Daniel 11:12 KJV And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it. And the multitude shall be ...
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Why does the ESV translate ‘South’ as ‘Wilderness’ in Psalm 75:6?

While King James and some other versions cited ‘South’ in Psalm 75:6, ESV appears to translate South as ‘Wilderness’. For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting ...
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Is Herod in Luke 3:19 the same as Herod in Matthew 2:1? [duplicate]

In Luke 3:19 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done And in Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem ...
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What evidence exists that confirms the view that the early Hebews held to a solid dome cosmology [duplicate]

It is often stated that the early Hebrews believed in a cosmology that differed greatly from what we believe today. For example, it is claimed that the Hebrews believed that the sky was a solid dome ...
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How are ancient Hebrew texts deciphered? [closed]

Someone is telling me that the Bible is inaccurate for the reason that ancient Hebrew (specifically the dialect of Hebrew that the Torah was written in) is a lost language and nobody knows anything ...
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Should it read גִלְעָד or גַלְעֵד?

Genesis 31:47-48 reads as follows: וַיִּקְרָא-לוֹ לָבָן, יְגַר שָׂהֲדוּתָא; וְיַעֲקֹב, קָרָא לוֹ גַּלְעֵד. מח וַיֹּאמֶר לָבָן, הַגַּל הַזֶּה עֵד בֵּינִי וּבֵינְךָ הַיּוֹם; עַל-כֵּן קָרָא-שְׁמוֹ, ...
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Why would Adam and Eve eating again the Fruit of the Tree of Life in the middle of the Garden give them Eternal Life?

I was reading Genesis of the First Testament and came across the following excerpt, Genesis 3:22-23 (KJV): [22] And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: ...
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What does “all things visible” refer to in Colossians 1:16?

What does "all visible things" refer to in Colossians 1:16? All invisible creatures point to what is created in heaven which meant that all visible creatures point to what is created on ...
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What is the justification for English translations capitalizing “Word” in John 1:1?

What is the justification for English translations capitalizing “Word” in John 1:1? ΕΝ ΑΡΧΗ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος. New International Version In the beginning ...
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What does “sanctified” mean in John 10:36?

John 10:36 KJB "Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?" In this verse what is Jesus being sanctified ...
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What does 1 Corinthians 14:36 mean?

What does 1 Corinthians 14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? mean?
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What does the phrase “are of full age… and by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern” mean in Hebrews 5:14?

What does the phrase "are of full age... and by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern" mean in Hebrews 5:14 “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even ...
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Blood as cause for ritual defilement in Lamentations 4:15?

Hebrew in Lamentations 4:14-16 reads: נָעוּ עִוְרִים בַּחוּצוֹת, נְגֹאֲלוּ בַּדָּם; בְּלֹא יוּכְלוּ, > יִגְּעוּ בִּלְבֻשֵׁיהֶם. {ס} טו סוּרוּ טָמֵא קָרְאוּ לָמוֹ, סוּרוּ > סוּרוּ אַל-...
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Psalm 49:7(NASB) translation seems to say “No human being” can redeem his brother but Psalm 49:7(KJV) refers to those with earthly riches

Psalm 49:5-9 (NASB) 5 Why should I fear in days of adversity, When the iniquity of my [b]foes surrounds me, 6 Even those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches? 7 No ...
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Who Demands a Ransom?

Col 1:14 - In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Redemption , from the Greek ‘apolytrōsis, (‘Strongs Lexicon: G729- Liberation procured by the payment of a ransom’...
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Should Psalm 47:4 use of word “inheritance” associated with Ancient Israel's land's physical borders or inheritance in Jesus Christ?

Psalm 47:2-6 (NASB) 2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared, A great King over all the earth. 3 He subdues peoples under us And nations under our feet. 4 He chooses our inheritance for us, The glory ...
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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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What does ονομα mean in Matthew 28:19?

What does ονομα mean in Matthew 28:19? Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name (ονομα) of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19 NRSV). ...
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What was the usage of the “dove dung” mentioned in 2 Kings 6:25?

When reading about Samaria's condition, I have came across the following: 2 Kings 6:25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for ...
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Is the “four hundred years” the equivalent of the “four generations” in the Gen. 15:13-16 prophecy?

Gen. 15:13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. ...
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In Dan, Ch. 12, we are told about the “man dressed in linen”,. What period is “he” referring to in verses 5, 6 & 7 and who are the holy people

In Dan, Ch 12, the first 3 verses are in reference to the end-times. In verses 4, 8 & 9, an angel and Daniel converse regarding concealment (of words) until the end-times. Verses 10 through 13 are ...
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Did God prefer to view the Israelites as a Simple & humble Shepherded nation, and less about manly macho-ism, manly patriotism?

God and Samuel response to the Ancient Israelites request for a King seem to suggest that God & Samuel preferred the Israelites to be seen in God's eyes as a simple nation of shepherds, fisherman, ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “purge your conscience from dead works” in Hebrews 9:14?

What does "purge your conscience from dead works" mean in Hebrews 9:14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your ...
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What does Scripture mean by the “doctrine of baptisms” in Hebrews 6:1-2?

What does Scripture mean by the "doctrine of baptisms" in Hebrews 6:1-2 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation ...
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Who is the “possessor of heaven and earth” in Genesis 14:19. Abraham or God?

Who is the "possessor of heaven and earth" in Genesis 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: 20 and blessed be the most high ...
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Was Moses put in a basket in accordance with Pharaoh's new decree?

This is the chronology of events. First Pharaoh decrees to throw all boys in the Nile (Exodus 1:22) Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw ...
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Who tore down the walls of Jerusalem in Nehemiah?

This is the verse in question: "And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken ...
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St. John the Baptist and strong drink?

We know quite well that St. John the Baptist had a rather unique diet while living his ministry on earth. John lived an austere life. 4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a ...
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Why did the captive Jews refuse to sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?

As I focus on Psalm 137:4; the part of the psalm which relates to where the Jews declined to singing the Lord’s song in their land of captivity; I am still pondering over why those captive Jews said: ...
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How did the medium of Endor suddenly realize that Saul had fooled her?

Then the woman asked, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” “Bring up Samuel,” he said. 12When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, “Why have you ...
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Who is the woman in Revelation 12:1? [duplicate]

Who is the woman in Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: ? and ...
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What Kind of Poor, are the Poor in Spirit?

The “poor” in the verse “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven[,]” (Mat. 5:3 NIV) is the An.Gr. “ptōchoi”. While this word does refer to poor people Strong’s Concordance ...
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What are the “things above, where Christ is seated” as said in Colossians 3:1-2?

What are the "things above, where Christ is seated" as said in Colossians 3:1-2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right ...
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Does Ephesians 5:3 mean that if a person fall into sins “sexual” or “covetous” he/she should not confess it to anyone in the Church?

Does Ephesians 5:3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. mean that if a person fall into sins that are "sexual" or ...
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What is the meaning of “blood of her purifying” (Leviticus 12:4)

The MT reads, וּשְׁלֹשִׁים יוֹם וּשְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים תֵּשֵׁב בִּדְמֵי טָהֳרָה בְּכָל-קֹדֶשׁ לֹא-תִגָּע וְאֶל-הַמִּקְדָּשׁ לֹא תָבֹא עַד-מְלֹאת יְמֵי טָהֳרָהּ. Then she shall continue for ...
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Song of Songs 8:9 - allusion to virginity and promiscuity?

8 We have a little sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for? 9 If she is a wall, we will build a tower of silver to protect her. If she ...
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To whom does the “Lord” refer in 2 Corinthians 3:17?

Reading through 2 Corinthians 3:14-17 English Standard Version (ESV) 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because ...
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What is the “gospel of the Glory of Christ” in 2 Corinthians 4:4?

What is the gospel of the Glory of Christ in 2 Corinthians 4:4 ? 2 Corinthians 4:4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light ...
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Is there a difference between מַסְוֶה and צָעִיף (veil)?

I noticed that in Exodus 34, the term מַסְוֶה is used throughout in reference to the veil Moses wore on his face to hide his radiance. However, in Genesis throughout the Hebrew term used (for veil) is ...
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What does the sentence “their grapes are filled with poison” in Deu 32:32,33 (NIV) mean?

Sodom is known for having been more decadent than Israel. And judging on the below Bible verses, their decadence seem to have had something to do with their drinking culture. Was their grapes ...
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Is the alternate translation of προέθετο, “foreordained,” in Rom. 3:25 still considered acceptable?

A parallel Bible I used this morning from the 1800s notes that the Greek "προέθετο" from Romans 3:25 can be alternatively translated as "foreordained." However, modern parallel ...
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Why should Timothy use wine?

In 1Timothy chapter 5 Verse 23 it is written: Μηκέτι ὑδροπότει ἀλλ᾽ οἴνῳ ὀλίγῳ χρῶ διὰ τὸν στόμαχον σου καὶ τὰς πυκνάς σοῦ ἀσθενείας Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake ...
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What is חֶמְדַּת נָשִׁים in Daniel 11:37

Daniel chapter 11 speaks of the Willful king that will profane the temple and persecute the Jews. One of the many descriptions given to him is found in verse 37, וְעַל-אֱלֹהֵי אֲבֹתָיו לֹא יָבִין, ...
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What is the “hope” talked about in Hebrews 10:23

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. What is the hope referred into in the above verse? Is this the same hope talked about ...
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What is the “Sabbath-rest for the people of God” in Hebrews 4:9-11 referring to

Hebrews 4:9-11 New International Version (NIV) 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[a] just as God did from ...
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Is it possible that the soldiers near Pontius Pilate were less in number than the people in the crowd at Jesus' trial?

Matthew 27:24 KJV — When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of ...
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Are pulpits Scriptural requirements for preaching during Christian corporate worship?

The use of some sort of pulpit dates back to Old Testament times as I observed it was first mentioned in Nehemiah 8:4: And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the ...
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Did the event spoken of in Jude 9 literally happen? [duplicate]

Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. — Jude 9 This event is ...
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What does “as Jesus did” mean in 1 John 2:6?

In 1 John 2:6 NIV, it says that 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. What is the meaning of this verse in general, but more specifically the part of living "as Jesus did"? Jesus ...