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Why does the KJV translate Acts 5:24 the way it does?

KJV Acts 5 : 24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. Acts 5:24 ESV: Now when the captain ...
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How does the ESV translate הָעֹבֵר Iin Exodus 30:14?

יד כֹּל, הָעֹבֵר עַל-הַפְּקֻדִים, מִבֶּן עֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה, וָמָעְלָה--יִתֵּן, תְּרוּמַת יְהוָה Exodus 30:14 ESV Everyone who is numbered in the census, from twenty years old and upward, shall give ...
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Given that the Greek text for Revelation 5:3-4 twice gives the word for ‘one’, why does the AV twice say ‘man’?

Rev 5:3-4 (AV, emphasis added) “And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to ...
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Is 1 Timothy 3:16 wording so critical that if one wrong word is used, the relationship of Father with Son, and Who became flesh, is made uncertain?

This is about the relationship of the Son to the Father, and to the fact of Who actually came into the world via the virgin's womb. Different translations of 1 Timothy 3:16 read: “Hos was manifested ...
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Does the Greek word "καί" in James 1:27 create a Distinction ("God [and] the Father", KJV) or Surname ("God the Father", ESV)?

Different Translations of James 1:27 ( KJV | ESV ) present alternative concepts of "God" in relationship to the Father: KJV presents θεός as the observant servant of the Father [James 1:27,...
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Why do English bibles change אַרְצ֗וֹת הַחַיִּֽים from Psalm 116:9 to "Land of the Living"?

In Hebrew, the phrase בְּ֝אַרְצ֗וֹת הַחַיִּֽים from [Tehillim 116:9] is plural referencing multiple "Lands" אַרְצ֗וֹת Aretsot (on earth) where "The Living" הַחַיִּֽים Ha-Chayim (...
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Was Mal’ak of YHVH מַלְאַ֣ךְ יְהֹוָ֗ה definitive in [2 Kings 19:35], “an angel” (MT) or “the angel” (KJV)?

KJV translates the title “ἄγγελος κυρίου“ from LXX as a definitive title “the angel of the Lord”, although the Hebrew text excludes a definitive “Ha-” הַ for this מַלְאַ֣ךְ Mal’ak. [2 Kings 19:35, KJV]...
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Who gives the word in Acts 9:15 the Father or Jesus?

Who gives the word in Acts 9:15 the Father or Jesus? Or even the Holy Spirit? And if it's one of them, how could I know the letter (LORD) refers to Jesus Or Father? I feel confused to explain it to my ...
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Why does the KJV put "mine" in italics in Deuteronomy 8:17?

and thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. Deuteronomy 8:17 My understanding is that italics in the KJV indicate words that are added by the ...
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Why does the KJV use (singular) "cometh" as the verb for (plural) "distress and anguish" in Proverbs 1:27?

Here is the phrase in question: When distress and anguish cometh upon you.–Proverbs 1:27c KJV If I'm not mistaken, "cometh" is a singular form of the verb, equivalent to our modern-day ...
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Was "ὅστις" in Revelation 1:7 meant to be singular, since John 19:34 says only one of the soldiers pierced Ἰησοῦς?

Revelation 1:7 uses the pronoun "ὅστις" : [Revelation 1:7, KJV] "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the ...
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How to understand the KJV translation of Psalms 68:8?

Psalms 68:8 KJV 8 The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel. Psalms 68:8 NIV the earth shook, the heavens ...
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Rev 8:7 is it a third part of the trees or third part of earth burned up?

Significant differences between NIV and KJV in Revelation 8:7. NIV has "A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up" while KJV has only trees mentioned "and ...
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Verbs in Lord’s Prayer

“Thy Kingdom come” in Lord’s Prayer: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10 KJV) Q1. Does this mean: A1. We hope and pray that your kingdom will come. Or A2. ...
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In Psalm 119 verse 126, Who are "they" and What specifically is the voided "Law"?

In the King James Version of Tehillim, we read : Psalm 119:126 [KJV] "It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for [they] have made [void - thy law]." Who are "they" and What [specifically] is ...
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Matthew 26:45 KJV sleep on now meaning

Here is the KJV translation of first part of Matthew 26:45: 45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: Compare to the ESV: 45 Then he came to the ...
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(Malachi 1:12) No tetragrammaton, but capitalised LORD in KJV

Malachi 1:12 in the Leningrad Codex has a literal "Lord", אֲדֹנָי֙, in "the table of the Lord", שֻׁלְחַ֤ן אֲדֹנָי֙. Why does the King James Version signify an occurrence of the ...
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What is the meaning of the Greek word 'semeion' in Revelation

I was under the impression that the Greek word 'semeion' as used in Revelation, means "sign". However, I discover that this Greek word is interpreted as either 'event' (in the NLT), 'wonder'...
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Why might the KJV and YLT translations of James 2:1 ('Lord' of glory) differ?

This is a question about the KJV and the TR Greek text. ... του κυριου ημων ιησου χριστου της δοξης [James 2:1 TR - Stephens, Beza, Elzevir, Scrivener - identical] ... our Lord Jesus Christ, the ...
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Exodus 40 difference between "thou" and "he", and the official position of Moses

My questions are in Exodus 40, from verses 2-15 the word "thou" is used and from verses 19-30 the word "he" is used is there a important distinction? Also, Moses seems to be ...
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Did Solomon have 40k or 4k horses/stallls?

Did Solomon have 4k or 40k horses (or stalls for horses)? 2 Chronicles 9:25. And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the ...
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Michal childless or have 5 sons? [duplicate]

Was Michal childless or did Michal have 5 sons? I am getting different answers from 2 Samuel 6:23 2 Samuel 21:8 2 Samuel 6:23. Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her ...
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Were the pillars 18 or 35 cubits high?

I don't know if this this is the correct place to ask so please do whatever is necessary. 1 Kings 7:15 says that the pillars are eighteen cubits high. 2 Chronicles 3:15 says a different number. Who is ...
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Why do English bibles change "Yearn for Purity" (נַשְּׁקוּ בַר) in Psalm 2:12 to "Kiss the Son" or "Kiss his Son"?

We read in Tehillim 2:12 [MT], "Yearn for Purity, lest He be angry and your-way will perish when suddenly His-wrath will kindle. Happy [are] all who take refuge in-Him" (נַשְּׁקוּ בַ֡ר פֶּן ...
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In John 1:1 why is “The Word” used instead of saying Jesus? [duplicate]

Is there extra meaning or significance in saying “The Word” instead of saying Jesus?
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Does the Gospel of John teach Christian Universalism?

John 1:29 KJV The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 12:47 KJV And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I ...
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Why does the KJV translate ὀλιγοπιστίαν as "unbelief" in Matthew 17:20?

My question is to the Greek word: ὀλιγοπιστίαν - oligopistian translated "little faith", so why does KJV use "unbelief" which has a totally different meaning? Or does it? What am ...
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Why was the word "Bishop" used in Titus 1:7 and 1 Peter 2:25 [KJV] instead of "Guardian" (ἐπίσκοπον)?

Why was the word "Bishop" used in Titus 1:7 and 1 Peter 2:25 [KJV] instead of "Guardian" / "Episkopon" (Ἐπίσκοπον)? 1 Peter 2:25 [KJV] [25] "For ye were as sheep ...
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How does the NASB render καρδίαν as quick in Acts 7:54?

Ὡς δὲ ἐπληροῦτο αὐτῷ τεσσαρακονταετὴς χρόνος, ἀνέβη ἐπὶ τὴν καρδίαν αὐτοῦ ἐπισκέψασθαι τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς αὐτοῦ τοὺς υἱοὺς Ἰσραήλ. Most translations render καρδίαν as heart but the NASB chose to translate ...
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Did Leah have a physical defect in Genesis 29:17?

Genesis 29:17 NASB 17 And Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and [e]face. In other translations Leah's eyes are said to be tender Genesis 29:17 KJV 17 Leah was tender eyed; but ...
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Regarding Asaph (אָ֫סָ֥ף ), why do digital versions of KJV Bible remove his name from Psalms 73-83?

Regarding Asaph (אָ֫סָ֥ף), why do certain online KJV texts remove his name from Psalms 73-83, such as Bible Gateway's? If we only read the KJV, the Tehillim (Psalms) may appear to be written by King ...
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Which is the correct translation of Isaiah 63:11?

The MT for Isaiah 63:11 is: וַיִּזְכֹּר יְמֵי-עוֹלָם, מֹשֶׁה עַמּוֹ; אַיֵּה הַמַּעֲלֵם מִיָּם, אֵת רֹעֵי צֹאנוֹ--אַיֵּה הַשָּׂם בְּקִרְבּוֹ, אֶת-רוּחַ קָדְשׁוֹ Isaiah 63:11 NASB Then His people ...
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What is the proper translation of Genesis 25:18?

Genesis 25:18 ESV 18 They settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. He settled[a] over against all his kinsmen Genesis 25:18 Darby Translation 18 And they ...
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Why is the phrase 'not being myself under the law' missing in 1 Corinthians 9:20 in the KJV?

1 Corinthians 9:20 KJV 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 1 ...
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Why does the KJV translate בָּאֲפֵ֖ר as ashes in 1 Kings 20:38

וַיֵּ֙לֶךְ֙ הַנָּבִ֔יא וַיַּעֲמֹ֥ד לַמֶּ֖לֶךְ עַל־הַדָּ֑רֶךְ וַיִּתְחַפֵּ֥שׂ בָּאֲפֵ֖ר עַל־עֵינָֽיו׃ 1 Kings 20:38 KJV 38 So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised ...
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Who is the dresser of the vineyard in Luke 13:6-9?

Luke 13:6-9 6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7 Then said he unto the dresser of his ...
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Why is the hired servant not allowed to eat the holy thing in Leviticus 22:10-11?

Leviticus 22:10-11 KJV 10 There shall no stranger eat of the holy thing: a sojourner of the priest, or an hired servant, shall not eat of the holy thing. 11 But if the priest buy any soul with his ...
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Why does the elder ask John about the multitudes in Revelation 7?

Revelation 7:13 KJV 13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? The elder asks John about the multitudes in white robes ...
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Who heard the voice saying:this is my son in whom I am well pleased.. Was it people who stood by? Or John alone

And behold a voice from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." [Matthew 3:17 KJV] And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom ...
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What is a faith unfeigned for a true beliver?

One of my favorite verse to summarize the christian walk is 1 Tim 1:5 "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned" My ...
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How old was Ahaziah when he began to rule over Jerusalem?

How old was Ahaziah when he began to rule over Jerusalem? Answer1 2 Kings 8:26 (KJV): Two and twenty years old Answer2 2 Chronicles 22:2 (KJV): Forty and two years old
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How can we clearly understand what the punctuation marks in the KJV mean? [closed]

There are many Bible passages where it seems to me that a clear understanding of the usage of punctuation marks would shed light on the meaning of these passages. For example, Revelation 20:4: And ...
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What are the main Textual Differences between KJV and DRB?

First of all, the answer is possible, but needs some effort. I am not overhasty, take your time. I think the honest answer will direct us toward the most accurate translation to the most accurate ...
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Who spoke in 2 Kings 6:33?

2 Kings 6:33 KJV 33 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down unto him: and he said, Behold, this evil is of the Lord; what should I wait for the Lord any longer? In the ...
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What is the correct translation of Jeremiah 6:2?

Jeremiah 6:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 2“The comely and dainty one, the daughter of Zion, I will cut off. Jeremiah 6:2 King James Version (KJV) 2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to ...
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Is it adulterers and adulteresses in James 4:4?

James 4:4 NASB 4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James ...
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Why is John 5:4 missing in the NIV?

John 5:3-5 NIV 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. [4] [b] 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. John 5:3-5 KJV 3 ...
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Why KJV translated "Χριστοῦ" as "God" in Ephesians 5:21?

Ephesians 5:21 (DRB): Being subject one to another, in the fear of Christ. Ephesians 5:21 (KJB): Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. KJV and NKJV, both versions translated ...
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What does 1 Timothy 2:5 mean by "...there is one God..."?

What does 1 Timothy 2:5 mean by "...there is one God..."?. Does it mean "God the Father" or "God the Son" or may it means the Divine nature and Godhood? I was confused when I read Arabic and English ...
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Why does the NIV translate Psalms 52:1 differently than many other translations?

Psalms 52:1 NIV Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God? Psalm 52 King James Version (KJV) 52 Why ...
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