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What law was broken to have stoning called upon in Numbers 14:10?

In reply or response to the people of Israel complaining that they'd rather go back to Egypt and not go into the promised land because they had seen that the inhabitants were bigger than they were, ...
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Did Pharisees use Ezra 6:11-12 to condemn Jesus in Mark 14:58?

Ezra 6:11-12 provides terms of punishment for anyone who attempts to tear down the 2nd Temple : [Ezra 6:11] "I also issue an order that whoever alters this decree shall have a beam removed from his ...
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How did Ezra the Scribe prepare his heart to seek the law of the LORD?

Ezra 7:10: For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments. How exactly did Ezra the Scribe go about manifesting this? A ...
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What is the specific translation of “δωρεὰν” (“dorean”) in Gal 2:21? Did righteousness used to come by the law?

In Galatians 2:21 it reads: "εἰ γὰρ διὰ νόμου δικαιοσύνη, ἄρα Χριστὸς δωρεὰν ἀπέθανεν" Some translations are: Latin Vulgate: "si enim per legem iustitia ergo Christus **...
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If Peter is released from keeping the Torah [Romans 7:6], Why does 1 Peter 1:14-16 uphold (Leviticus 11:45 & Leviticus 19:2)?

Why does the Apostle Peter add in [1 Peter 1:14-16] that all should be: As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who ...
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What law says women are not allowed to speak, Roman law, Jewish law, something else?

Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 1 Corinthians 14:34 What law? Please provide a reference.
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Who took off his sandal in Ruth 4:8?

Ruth 4:8 ESV 8 So when the redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself,” he drew off his sandal. Ruth 4:8 KJV 8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe. Ruth 4:8 ...
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Did Hannah pay for Samuel's dedication to the Lord in 1 Samuel 1? [closed]

According to the law in the book of Leviticus one was obliged to pay a certain amount for dedicating someone to the Lord Leviticus 27:1-7 NIV 27 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Give the following ...
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Why didn't Boaz acquire Naomi in Ruth 4:9?

Ruth 4:9 NIV 9 Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon. 10 I have also acquired ...
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Matthew 5:17-20 - to Fulfill the Law

Christ came to fulfill the Law? Matthew 5:17-20 English Standard Version Christ Came to Fulfill the Law 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to ...
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Is Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac also a prefiguration of the law for redeeming firstborn sons from God?

Every firstborn son belongs to God and must be redeemed. This law is repeated several times in the Pentateuch. For example: Ex 13:11-13: 11 “This is what you must do when the Lord fulfills the ...
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In the suspected case of an unfaithful wife (Numbers 5:11-31) why is the husband not punished?

In the suspected case of unfaithful wife 'the husband is said to be innocent' even after the wife have been proved to be innocent after under going the test. Numbers 5:11-15 NIV 11 Then the Lord said ...
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Moses _commanding_ divorce

Pharisees said that Moses commanded divorce and implied for any reason. Were they misrepresenting Deuteronomy 24:1 (which says “if,” not “do”) or are there one or more other passages where Moses ...
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As Mary was too poor to offer a lamb after giving birth to Jesus, offering birds instead, does this prove the Magi had not yet pitched up with gold?

As Mary was too poor to offer a lamb after giving birth to Jesus, offering birds instead, does this prove the Magi had not yet pitched up with gold? Otherwise, she could have afforded to buy a huge ...
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James 2:10 pertains to breaking the law as viewed from a holistic perspective,& also has Nothing to say about degrees of severity of different sins

James 2:8-13 8 If, however, you are fulfilling the [a]royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are ...
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Law of God vs Law of Christ

The phrase "Law of Christ" appears only twice in the NT, namely, 1 Cor 9:21 & Gal 6:2. In the first of these, we read: To those without the law I became like one without the law (...
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Is Paul proposing law-keeping as an ideal for the Christian life?

In Romans 13:10 (NASB) Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law. Is Paul proposing law-keeping as an ideal for the Christian life?
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What is the significance or symbolism of wringing off the head of a bird in Leviticus 1:14?

It is said during the offering of a burnt sacrifice of a bird the Priest shall wring off its head and burn it,then shall drain its blood,remove its feathers,divide it and then finally burn it. ...
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How does Hebrews 7:18 say the law was weak and useless?

The author of the book of Hebrews seems to say that the (regulation)law that governed the Priesthood was weak and useless and so had been set aside. Hebrews 7:18 [NIV] 18 The former regulation is set ...
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Does living by the “law of the spirit” mean living by the law?

I ask this question as Paul seems to suggest that living a life of sin leads to death. Once we accept Jesus as our saviour we get the spirit that gives us life Once the spirit is in us we will stop ...
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Romans 7:9 ~ Why does Paul say the commandments were supposed to bring life but brought death

This question is on the premise that Paul is talking about Sinai Law as he refers to Adultery and Coveting. If not I will delete this question. Out of the 10 commandments only 3 are positive that we ...
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Romans 5:13 which Law is Paul referring to

When I read the below verse, I am unclear which Law Paul is Talking about. Is he refering to the Law on Mount Sinai? Cain was punished even before the law was given The whole earth was punished ...
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Is God assigning equal importance to the new moons, the Sabbaths, and the holy convocations in Isaiah 1:13-14?

Isaiah 1:12-17 (ESV): 12 “When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? 13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and ...
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Did Samuel sleep in the holy of holies at Shiloh?

When God calls Samuel it seems like he sleeping inside the Temple/Tabernacle were the ark of God was 1 Samuel 3:2-3 NASB 2 But it happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his ...
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Why did the angel tell Hagar to return to her mistress after being illtreated in Genesis 16?

After being mistreated by her mistress Sarah the slave woman Hagar escapes to Beer-lahai roi which is between Kadesh and Bered Genessis 16:6 NASB 6 But Abram said to Sarai, “Look, your slave woman is ...
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Why does Jesus use Blood as a symbol of life (in him) when G-d clearly told us not to consume blood

Why did Jesus choose blood as a symbolic way of saying that there is life in his blood? Tanakh clearly says that blood is life and no one should consume it. I know it is very symbolic but yet why ...
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How did Yahshua/Jesus observe the Sabbath? [closed]

Peace, Blessings, and Divine Love. Being how Christ was ethnically a Hebrew, being an Israelite from the tribe of Judah, he observed the teachings/laws of Moses. Numerous times he was able to ...
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Did the Israelites not outgrow their clothes in the forty year wanderings?

It is said according to Deuteronomy the Israelites wondered in the wilderness for forty years without their clothing and sandals wearing out. Deuteronomy 29:5 NASB 5 And I have led you in the ...
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How to understand 1 Samuel 16:7 in light of Leviticus 21:16-20?

1 Samuel 16:7 NIV 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward ...
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Are there other O.T. commandments that experienced a similar “spiritual reinterpretation” as circumcision in the N.T.? [closed]

Circumcision in the O.T. was a commandment that was carried out in a physical fashion. Males had to undergo a literal, physical circumcision of their foreskin. However, in the New Testament the ...
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Did Daniel prophesy a change from Sabbath observance to Sunday observance in Daniel 7:25?

Daniel 7:25 (ESV): 25 He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his ...
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Was Tamar complicit in her rape case in 2 Samuel 13?

2 Samuel 13:12-14 NASB 12 But she said to him, “No, my brother, do not violate me, for such a thing is not done in Israel; do not do this disgraceful sin! 13 As for me, where could I [f]get rid of my ...
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Was Leviticus 18:22 only prohibiting homosexuality that involved pagan rituals?

I have heard some progressive Christians claim that Leviticus 18:22 was only condemning homosexual activities for idolatrous rituals. I know that 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10 was using the ...
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Is Ezekiel 20 talking about works-based salvation when it says “my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live”?

Ezekiel 20:13 (ESV): 13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness. They did not walk in my statutes but rejected my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; and my ...
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Why are female slaves not set free as males in Exodus 21:7?

Exodus 21:7 NASB 7 “Now if a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to [f]go free as the male slaves [g]do It is clear slaves were treated as property and they were treated similarly ...
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Why did the Mosaic law prohibit the killing of an ox or sheep and its young on the same day in Leviticus 22:28?

28 But, whether it is an ox or a sheep, you shall not slaughter both it and its young in one day. What is the reason for this prohibition?
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Why does Deuteronomy 24:10 say you shall not enter the house to take a pledge?

Deuteronomy 24:10 NASB 10 “When you make your neighbor a loan of any kind, you shall not enter his house to take his pledge. 11 You shall stand outside, and the person to whom you are making the loan ...
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What is a reviler?

In the question Why will drunkards not inherit the kingdom of God?, the querent asks about drunkards. My question is about revilers (emphasis mine): 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV): 9 Or do you not know ...
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Why will drunkards not inherit the kingdom of God?

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV): 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who ...
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Is Paul talking about the 10 commandments or the entire Mosaic Law in Romans 13:8-10?

Romans 13:8-10 (ESV): 8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not ...
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“What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” - what is meant by sin in the context of Romans 6:15?

Romans 6:15-23 (ESV): 15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are ...
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Jesus' yoke (Matt 11:28-30) vs the Law's yoke (Acts 15:10): Why is Jesus' yoke easier?

Jesus promises that his yoke is easy: 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and ...
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“Do not stay in the stronghold”

In 1 Samuel 22:5 (NASB) But Gad the prophet said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold; leave, and go into the land of Judah.” So David left and went into the forest of Hereth. Why must David ...
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Are the multiple mentions of Gentiles attending synagogues on Sabbath in Acts evidence that the Gentiles are to keep the Sabbath?

Acts 13:42-48 (ESV) 42 As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. 43 And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to ...
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Bible passages (like in Psalms) that seem legalistic (and maybe even sanctimonious) Vs Colossians verses warnings against legalistic behavior

Some bible scripture verses (especially those in the Psalms) can seem legalistic and also sanctimonious. Psalm 101:2-4 2 I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk ...
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Did the Levites fight in David's wars?

According to 1 Chronicles 12 some Levites went to join David in his fight against raiding parties and turning the kingdom over to him. 1 Chronicles 12:26 NIV 26 from Levi—4,600, 27 including Jehoiada, ...
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Is Exodus 21:20-21 implying that there are situations in which it is legitimate for a person to (mildly) beat up their slave?

Exodus 21:20-21 (ESV): 20 “When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be avenged. 21 But if the slave survives a day or two, he is not to be ...
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Why does Paul say circumcision is by the letter rather than from the patriarchs in Romans 2:29?

Romans 2:29 NASB 29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from It is clear circumcision was given to the ...
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What is the difference between “abolishing the law” and “fulfilling the law” in terms of meaning and implications, in light of Matthew 5:17-20?

Matthew 5:17-20 ESV: 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 say to you, until heaven and earth pass ...
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When will all be accomplished? Matthew 5:18

Matthew 5:17-18 (NASB): 17 “Do not presume that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not ...

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