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Questions tagged [law]

The legal codes and specific laws of the Bible.

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How does Romans 4:15b relate to its context?

Precisely what does Romans 4:15b (bolded below) mean, and how does it relate to its immediate context? 13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not ...
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Did the Jews eventually emulate the ritual of cutting themselves during mourning for the dead in Jeremiah 16:5-6?

Moses had initial warned the Jewish people about cutting themselves when mourning for the dead. KJV Leviticus 19 28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks ...
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1 Corinthians 9:9: concerning the topic of oxen or for the sake of oxen?

Translations seem split on whether Paul is considering (rhetorically) whether the commandment in Mosaic Law concerns the topic of oxen or is for the sake of oxen: For it is written in the Law of ...
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Are we missing something in John 10:34?

In John 10:34, why does Jesus say "is it not written in your Law," instead of "is it not written in the Law?" Is Jesus questioning that Psalms 82:6 is not divinely inspired, but instead may have been ...
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Was it only the cases involving a death sentence that required two or three witnesses in Numbers 35 and deutoronomy 17?

Numbers 35 NASB [30]'If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death at the evidence of witnesses, but no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness. Deuteronomy 17:...
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In Deutoronomy 21 was atonement made for the city closest to the murder or the whole Israel nation?

After a man is found murdered the elders of the closest city to where the body was found are said to be the one that made atonement Deuteronomy 21 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Expiation of a ...
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Leviticus 5 “..it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it..” exegesis

Leviticus 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 2 Or if a person touches any unclean thing, whether a carcass of an unclean beast or the carcass of unclean cattle or a carcass of unclean ...
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What was the significance of witnesses being the first to act against the offender in Deutoronomy 17:7?

Deuteronomy 17:6-7 [6]On the evidence of two witnesses or three witnesses, he who is to die shall be put to death; he shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness. [7]The hand of the ...
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Is the foreigner/ Gentile absolved from the law pertaining to 'unclean animals' in Deutoronomy 14:21?

Deuteronomy 14 NASB [21]"You shall not eat anything which dies of itself. You may give it to the alien who is in your town, so that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner, for you are a ...
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Why were the elders of Israel uncertain about the man picking sticks on the Sabbath in Numbers 15:32-34?

Numbers 15:32-34 Nasb Now while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the sabbath day. 33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron ...
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What does the“unclean and clean” refer to in Deutoronomy 12:15?

Deutoronomy 12:15 NASB 15 “However, you may slaughter and eat meat within any of your gates, [g]whatever you desire, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you; the ...
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Are the both works of Ephesians 2:8-10 works of the Torah?

Eph 2:8-10  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus ...
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Are the swarming things in Leviticus 11:29-38 the only creatures that defile other articles besides human beings?

After describing about five groups of unclean animals/creatures in Leviticus 11 it seems only the swarming creatures have the effect of defiling other vessels like stoves,ovens and pots besides human ...
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What is the most probable meaning of Leviticus 20:20?

Leviticus 20:20 NASB 20 If there is a man who lies with his uncle’s wife he has uncovered his uncle’s nakedness; they will bear their sin. They will die childless Does this refer to the following: ...
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Is it a written law or an oral law that Peter says is violated when a Jew associates with a non-Jew?

"You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, (Acts 10:28 ESV) Can someone offer a citation from Torah or other Jewish works that may have ...
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How was atonement made for eating and touching an “unclean carcass” without shedding of blood in Leviticus 11:39-40?

Leviticus 11:39-40 NASB 39 ‘Also if one of the animals dies which you have for food, the one who touches its carcass becomes unclean until evening. 40 He too, who eats some of its carcass shall ...
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( Exodus 22:15 ) (exegesis) Elaborate on “if it is hired, it came for its hire.”

Exodus 22:14-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 14 “If a man borrows anything from his neighbor, and it is injured or dies while its owner is not with it, he shall make full restitution. 15 If ...
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Why was the water not defiled by an unclean carcass in Leviticus 11:35-36?

Leviticus 11:35-36 NASB 35 Everything, moreover, on which part of their carcass may fall becomes unclean; an oven or a [t]stove shall be smashed; they are unclean and shall continue as unclean to ...
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Why go above and beyond full restitution? (Numbers 5:7)

Confessing and Paying for Sins Numbers 5:5-8 (GW) 5The Lord said to Moses, 6“Tell the Israelites: If you do something wrong to another person, you have been unfaithful to the Lord. When you ...
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In John 7:23, which law is not broken—circumcision or the Sabbath?

John 7:23 23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath? NASB, ©1995 Is it ...
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Did the Priest face a specific direction during the wave offering?

Exodus 29:24 24 And thou shalt put all in the hands of Aaron, and in the hands of his sons; and shalt wave them for a wave offering before the LORD. Leviticus 8:29 29 And Moses took the breast,...
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As Christian believers, why don't we follow the Mosaic Law according to specifically Matthew 5:17-20, but more generally Matthew 5-7? [closed]

According to Matthew 5:17-20 NIV, Jesus says 17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until ...
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Did the Israelites misconstrue the prophet's instruction in Jeremiah 29:5?

Jeremiah 29:5 KJV 5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; 6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your ...
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Did the Israelites renege on the pledge in Ezra 10 to divorce foreign wives?

Ezra 10:10,19 NIV 10 Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have been unfaithful; you have married foreign women, adding to Israel’s guilt. 19 (They all gave their hands in pledge to ...
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What does wool signify in Ezekiel 44:17?

Priests are forbidden to wear any woollen clothing during ministering in the temple & the reason given here is perspiration. Ezekiel 44:17 KJV .17 And it shall come to pass, that when they ...
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How to understand these pairs of lawful & unlawful sacrifices in Isaiah 66:3?

Isaia 66:3 NASB 3 “But he who kills an ox is like one who slays a man; He who sacrifices a lamb is like the one who breaks a dog’s neck; He who offers a grain offering is like one who offers ...
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What was nailed to the cross in Colossians 2:14?

Colossians 2:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, ...
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Why did God not punish David as well in the incident of Uzza in 1 Chronicle 13:7-10?

David initial organises a new cart to carry the ark which is against the law which subsequently leads to the death of Uzza.Since David had been a contemporary of Samuel the prophet he was familiar ...
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Who wore the ephod in 1 Samuel 30:7?

After a party of marauding Amalekites had invaded Negev & Ziklag taking David's people hostage. David asks Abiather to bring the ephod so that they may inquired from God.Its not clear who ...
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In Proverbs 1:8 is it “mother's law” or “mother's instruction”?

Could the word ‘torah’ be more universal in use as law/teaching/instruction or could this use in proverbs mean that the mother also taught the Law? I guess what I am trying to ascertain is whether ...
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Exegesis of Galatians 3:20 ( Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one )

Exegesis of Galatians 3:20 ( Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one ) Galatians 3:15-22 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 15 Brethren, I speak [x]in terms of ...
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Did Phinehas stay outside the camp after killing Zimri & Cozbi in Numbers 25?

Numbers 25:7 KJV 7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; 8 And he went after the man ...
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What's the point of the law saying “you shall not murder” if later on it says “whoever strikes a man … shall be put to death”?

There are two Old Testament commands that seem redundant to me: Exodus 20:13 ESV - You shall not murder. Exodus 21:12 ESV - Whoever strikes a man so that he dies shall be put to death. I know ...
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Did the custom of mourning change in 2 Samuel 15:30?

According to the Jewish law one was obliged to uncover his head during mourning Leviticus 10:6 (KJV) 6 And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your ...
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In Exodus 22:2 when may the intruder be killed?

Exodus 22:2 NKJV 2 If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed. 3 If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt for his ...
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Priest or Nazirite who waved the offering in Numbers 6?

Numbers 6:19-20 NASB 19 The priest shall take the ram’s shoulder when it has been boiled, and one unleavened cake out of the basket and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them on the [i]hands of ...
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How are the two lambs offered on the Sabbath in Numbers 28:9?

Numbers 28:9 NASB 9 ‘Then on the sabbath day two male lambs one year old without defect, and two-tenths of an [d]ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering, and its drink offering: ...
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Why does the prince offer six lambs on the Sabbath in Ezekiel 46:4?

Ezekiel 46:4 NASB 4 The burnt offering which the prince shall offer to the Lord on the sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish and a ram without blemish; In Ezekiel the prince offers six ...
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Does Not Paul's deciding to circumcize Timothy (Acts 16:3) seem hypocritical since Paul's Galatians says justification by faith in Jesus Christ alone? [duplicate]

In Acts 16:3, Paul's action that involving the Timothy's circumcision seemed to be caused by a need to please the Jews who were living in the vicinity where Paul and Timothy were residing at that ...
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What is the relationship between “be ye doers of the word” (James 1:22) and “the doers of the law” (Romans 2:13)?

James 1:22 (KJV) 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Romans 2:13 (KJV) 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of ...
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In Romans 8:3-4 what is “the righteousness which is of the Law”?

Romans 8:3-4 KJV For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the ...
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The “but” in John 1:17

Why do many people paraphrase John 1:17 like "the law was from Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ"? There is no "but" in Greek, at least not in NA28. Is it some kind of bias? For me there ...
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In Romans 11:25 what is “the fullness of the Gentiles”?

Romans 11:25 KJV For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness ...
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Does Isaiah 51:4 speak of a new law?

KJV Isaiah 51 4 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people. 5 My ...
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Does Deuteronomy distinguish laws written in books from those written in stone?

In Exodus and later in Deuteronomy, Moses brings down tables of stone from the mountain with what is now commonly known as the Ten Commandments, including the one that commands: "You shall not kill....
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What is Paul saying in Galatians 2:17-19?

Galatians 2:15-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 15 “We are Jews by nature and not sinners from among the Gentiles; 16 > nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of [a]...
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In 1 Timothy 1:9 what does Paul mean that the law is not made for a righteous person?

1 Timothy 1:9 (NKJV) knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for ...
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Has God ordained the divorce decree? [closed]

How did Jesus explain divorce with respect to Moses permitting it versus God's Law?
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Was the appointing of Solomon not contrary to the law in 1 kings 1:28-30?

David appoints Solomon as King 1 Kings 1:28-30 (NKJV) Then King David answered and said, “Call Bathsheba to me.” So she came into the king’s presence and stood before the king. 29 And the king ...
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Why is a male child circumcised on the 8th day?

In Gen. 17:12, it says "And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, ...