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Questions tagged [law]

The legal codes and specific laws of the Bible.

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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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What is “the fulness 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, ...
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Why must a Hebrew slave who has to work six years only be released after the seventh year?

In Jeremiah 34:14, we read that a Hebrew slave which has served six years must be let go at the end of the seventh year: Jer 34:14: מִקֵּץ שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים תְּֽשַׁלְּחוּ אִישׁ אֶת־אָחִיו הָעִבְרִי ...
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Were the disciples in Matt 12:1-2 acting rebellious?

I'm trying to understand Matt 12:1-2. The Pharisees just seem to be around while Jesus and his entourage and travelling between towns. And the disciples in accordance with Deuteronomy 23:24-25 are ...
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Was Jesus’ teaching on the unpardonable sin intended to confront the Pharisees with their sin rather than an expression of eternal un-forgiveness?

We understand that since Jesus taught the law from the perspective that no one can actually keep the law, we know that some of His teachings were not intended to raise the “good works bar” higher but ...
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Exo 32:20: Was it part of a Mosaic atonement ritual to drink water mixed with the ashes of the golden calf?

In Deuteronomy 9:21, Moses said " I took your sin, the calf you had made" By saying this, Moses indicates that the calf is sin objectified. Exodus 32:20 (NKJV) Then he took the calf which ...
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Why does the peace offering have a three day ultimatum within which it must be eaten? Lev 19:6

For some other sacrifices, there was a one day ultimatum e.g the Passover (Exo 12:10) the peace offerings for thanksgiving (Lev 7:15) Leviticus 19:5-7 (NKJV) And if you offer a sacrifice of ...
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Who were the priests the LORD was referring to prior to the giving of the Law and the ordination of Aaron? (Exodus 19:22-24)

The events of Exodus 19 onward occurred during the first Pentecost. These events took place about 50 days after the first Passover in Egypt. There were no ordained priests in Israel yet. The only ...
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How was Noah able to distinguish between clean and unclean animals even before the Law was given? [duplicate]

Genesis 7:2 (NKJV) "You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female Genesis 8:20 (NKJV) ...
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Were some other animals cursed in an implied way according to the phrasing used in Gen 3:14?

There were no unclean animals in the garden of Eden. This is why the phrase "You are cursed more than all cattle" strikes me. Genesis 3:14 (NKJV) So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because ...
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Were the laity allowed into the court of the tabernacle?

Leviticus 1:2-5, 11 (NKJV) seems to indicate that they were allowed into the court: "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When any one of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall ...
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How can a sparrow nest on the altars of God according to Psalm 84:3

The sparrow finds a while the swallow finds a nest. Both birds find homes and nests on the LORD'S Altars (plural), not altar. Psalm:84.3 Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a ...
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Is John 6:53 consistent with the position of the law as regards to the drinking of blood? [closed]

I know that the Bible prescribes the drinking of wine during communion. But it also requires Christians to consider that wine to be blood!! David refused to drink water from the well of Bethlehem in ...
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In 2-Ch 30:2, why was a Passover on the second month accepted contrary to the ordinance of Moses?

2 Chronicles 30:2 KJV For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second month....... According to the above passage, ...
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Why did God tell Ezekiel that he gave Israel laws that were not good?

At Ezekiel 20:25 (RSV) we read: Moreover I gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not have life. How could God's laws or statutes not be good?
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Was Barnabas' land ownership as a Levite against Mosaic Law?

Acts 4:36-37: Thus Joseph who was surnamed by the apostles Barnabas (which means, Son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field which belonged to him, and brought the money and ...
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Romans 13 1-2 says abide by law but we go to other countries and break their laws

Romans 13 1-2 "Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against ...
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In Romans 8:2 what is “the law of sin and death”?

Interlinear: http://biblehub.com/text/romans/8-2.htm BSB Romans 8:2For in Christ Jesus the law [principle] of the Spirit [breath] of life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
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In Romans 8:2 what is the “law of the spirit of life”?

BSB Romans 8:2For in Christ Jesus the law [principle] of the Spirit [breath] of life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Interlinear: http://biblehub.com/interlinear/romans/8-2.htm
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How Should “keep” be defined in Acts 15:5

I have a source (author) that says the word "keep" in Acts 15:5 should be defined as "to guard" or "to put a fence around" to which the logic of defining the term as such is based on the context. I ...
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How far was a “Sabbath's Day Journey”?

From the information in Acts, what is the least amount of distance the disciples might have traveled, in order to get an idea of what they thought a "Sabbath's Day Journey" was? NKJV, Acts 1:12 - ...
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What is the specific “Law” referred to in Romans 7?

Romans 7:7-8 (NASB) says, 7 "What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known ...
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In Romans 10:4 why does Paul say that the law righteousness promised in Deuteronomy 6:25 actually pointed to righteousness by faith alone?

The Deuteronomy text clearly states that “…the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day” ...
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Are the last three books laws of the Pentateuch related?

There are verses in these last books that seem to expand on each others laws. I think the best example is verses like Leviticus 20:9 and Deuteronomy 21:18–21,where they both talk about the punishment ...
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Can Jeremiah 17:5 be validly interpreted as a prohibition against “Tradition”?

NASB, Jeremiah 17:5 — Thus says the Lord, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the Lord.” Can this passage be validly used to counter ...