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The life of Jesus as presented by Matthew. The gospel covers His virginal birth to His death and resurrection. Matthew also presents Jesus as the Lion of Judah and the fulfillment of prophecy. It is placed first in the New Testament because many of the early church leaders believed it to be the first written. There are still a few scholars who hold to "Matthean priority."

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If divorced, is it acceptable to remarry or should you remain single?

Matthew 5:31-32 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual ...
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Is divorce acceptable in the case of adultery?

Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced ...
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In Matthew 23:35-37 why does all of Israel's judgment fall on the final generation?

Mat 23:35-37 NIV - 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered ...
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What does the word 'worthy' mean in Matthew 10:11?

Matthew 10:11 NASB 11 And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay [m]at his house until you leave that city. What does this word refer to in the above text?
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Were Samson and Samuel as great as John the Baptist? [closed]

The Bible mentions about three people who were dedicated by their mothers to be nazirites already from birth. These people were Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist. Jesus said: Mat 11:11 (NIV) "...
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How often should we visit those in distress according to James 1:27?

In James 1:27 it says Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. - James 1:27 ...
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What does Matthew mean by “those on His left” and “and those on His right” in Matthew 25?

In Matthew 25, starting in verse 34 the passage reads. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the ...
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Matthew 18:17 “the church” does that mean elders/overseers or the church body? ekklēsia, ekklēsias

Why does Martthew 18:17 use ekklēsia, then at the end of the verse use ekklēsias both for the "Church"? Does one mean the elders, like the jewish tradition of jewish leaders at the gate and the other ...
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In Matthew 24:3 how should Συντέλεια be translated?

The ancient text of Matthew 24:3 reads: “Καθημένου δὲ αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ τοῦ ὄρους τῶν ἐλαιῶν προσῆλθον αὐτῷ οἱ μαθηταὶ κατ᾽ ἰδίαν λέγοντες· εἰπὲ ἡμῖν, πότε ταῦτα ἔσται καὶ τί τὸ σημεῖον τῆς σῆς παρουσίας ...
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Who or what does the fig tree represent in Matthew 24:32-35?

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e] is ...
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Why didn’t they just ask Mary?

Why didn’t the Jewish leaders realize that Jesus was from Bethlehem, not Nazareth, originally? Mary “pondered” things, but did she talk about them? Or because she was a woman, would she have not been ...
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What is the relationship between Sabbath 31a and Matthew 7:12?

In the Talmud, Sabbath 31 a it reads, among other things: [Hillel said] That which is hateful to you do not do to another; that is the entire Torah, and the rest is its interpretation. Go study. ...
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Teachers of the Law, Mt. 2:4, 5:20, 7:29, 17:10, etc

There are many opponents to Christ’s claims listed in the gospels; some of whom seem to overlap in function and service. Can you please explain who the “teachers of the law” are? They are referenced ...
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In Matthew 4:5 how can the devil be called “the father of lies” (John 8:44) and yet be observed speaking the truth to Jesus?

Scripture says that the devil does not hold the truth, for there is no truth in him and that when he lies, he speaks his native language for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44): Jhn 8:...
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What is the verb tense for the word hunger in Matthew 5:6

What is the verb tense for hunger as used in Matthew 5:6
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In Matthew 23:23 is tithing a lighter commandment?

Matthew 2323 NASB 23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and ...
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In the parable of the talents, Matthew 25 , how did the servants trade their talents?

What is Jesus referring to as trading in the parable of the talents.
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What would have been the consequences of Caiaphas rending his garments?

In Mt.26:65, Caiaphas rends his garments when he hears Jesus reply identifying himself as the Power, the Cloud rider, and Messiah. It is understood that Caiaphas was forbidden as High Priest from ...
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Regarding the ambiguity of the “hanging” of Judas in Matthew 27:5

Matthew 27:5 (ESV) And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. The greek of that verse which is translated into the bold part above is the ...
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Why a reed or a man dressed in fine clothes? (Matthew 11:7-9)

In Matthew 11:7-9 (NIV), Jesus asks the crowd: What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, ...
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Is Micah 5:2 identifying the Messiah as “the Ancient of Days”?

But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity (...
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Did the Wise Men see the Star of Bethlehem at the east?

We read at Matthew 2:1-2 King James Version (KJV): Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, ...
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Angels came and ministered to Him. Matthew 4:11 NKJV

What does it mean when the Bible said that Angels came and ministered to Jesus after He was tempted by the devil?
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What does Matthew 9:5 mean that it is “easier” to say “Your sins are forgiven”?

Matthew 9:5 NIV 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? Was Christ contrasting the two or he was referring to something else?
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Matthew 7:1 vs 1 Corinthians 5:3

How should I distinguish Jesus' "judging" in Matthew 7:1 with Paul's "judging" in 1 Corinthians 5:3?
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Are Hosea 6:6 and Matthew 9:13 connected?

In some bibles, Matthew 9:13 Go and learn what the Scriptures mean when they say, 'Instead of offering sacrifices to me, I want you to be merciful to others.' I didn't come to invite good ...
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What is the meaning of “fan” and “purge his floor” in Matthew 3:12?

What is meant by fan & his floor in in Mathew 3:12? Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with ...
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Matthew 5:17-19

17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no ...
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Is the “coming” in Matthew 24:30 about Christ's arrival in heaven or a return to Earth?

[Mat 24:30 KJV] 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with ...
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Is Matthew 27:52 an allusion to 2 Kings 13:21?

[Mat 27:49-53 KJV] 49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias [IE: Elijah] will come to save him. 50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, ...
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In Matthew 24:20 to what “flight” does Jesus refer at the end of the age?

[Mat 24:20 NASB] 20 "But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. With the holidays around the corner many of us are travelling to be with family and friends, and many travel ...
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To whom does “I” refer in Matthew 24:5?

For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray Matthew 24:5 Who is the I referring to in I am? Is it referring to Jesus of Nazereth? Or is it refrring to ...
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In Matthew 4:3 what is the background of the term “son of God”?

I did an unscientific search for the phrase "son of God" and the only OT reference in the KJV that I found was this: [Dan 3:25 KJV] 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the ...
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What did Jesus teach about water baptism and discipleship in Matthew 28:19,20?

[Mat 28:19-20 KJV] 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have ...
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Were the Pharisees and Sadducees asking for some spectacular sign in the sky/heaven in Matthew 16:1?

Matthew 16:1 KJV 1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven After Christ had performed many miracles the Pharisees and ...
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Is the story of Barabbas possibly fabricated?

Note: I believe that the following question is a question of hermeneutics, because exegesis is defined as "a critical interpretation or explanation of the Bible". I would post the relevant passages, ...
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Was the power they received in Matthew 10 different from the one they received in Acts 2?

Christ gives power to the disciples to cast out demons and heal the sick which was prior to the giving of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 10:1 KJV 1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, ...
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In Matthew 7:23 does Jesus say he will “profess” or “confess” to the goats or that he “agrees with” them?

[Matthew 7:22-23 KJV] 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then ...
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The disciples and the 5loaves and 2 fishes

In Matt 15 ..16 and on it says 'Jesus gave them the bread and they took it and fed the multitude..weren't they astonished by the immediate multiplication? Also why did they want to send the multitude ...
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Could the symbolic gesture of shaking off dust in Matthew 10 and Acts 13 have been steeped in some Jewish culture?

Matthew 10:14 NASB 14 Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. Acts 13:51 NASB 51 But they shook off the dust ...
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What is meant by “before the Son of Man comes” in Matthew 10:23? [duplicate]

"23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next. Truly I tell you, you will not reach all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes." Matthew 10:23 BSB While I feel that this ...
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Does Matthew 10:15 refer to different degrees of torment/punishment in the eternal judgement?

Matthew 10:14-15 [14]Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. [15]Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable ...
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Is Matthew 13:47-52 an allusion to Habakkuk 1:13-17 and a clue to Jesus' use of the OT?

In Matthew 13:47-52 Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a large net cast into the sea which is a kind of "harvest" of mankind for destruction. In addition he seems to suggest : [Mat 13:47-52 ...
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What did Christ mean in Matthew 10:23?

Matthew 10:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 23 “But whenever they persecute you in [a]one city, flee to [b]the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of ...
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In Matthew 7:16, are the “fruits” by which a “wolf” is known their “works” or their “doctrine”?

Matthew 7:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 16 You will [a]know them by their fruits. [b]Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? Be trying to find from the ...
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What is the meaning of the Greek word “ἐχθροὺς” in Matthew 5:44?

NIV Matt. 5:44 “But I tell you, love your enemies (Gk. “ἐχθροὺς”) and pray for those who persecute you, …” What is the usage of the Greek word “ἐχθροὺς” in Matt 5:44?
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Why are there only 13 generations from Shealtiel to Jesus? ( mathew 1:12-16)

Matthew 1:17 KJV 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away ...
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What is the “swept and tidy” house referred to in Matthew 12:43-45 and Luke 11:24?

‘The lost Gospel of Q’ by Burton L. Mack, on pg 91, quotes Luke 11:24-26 seen below (compare Matthew 12:43-45) "When an unclean spirit leaves a person, it wanders through arid regions seeking rest ...
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What did Jesus mean by “on this rock, I will build my church”?

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 What does Jesus mean by "on this rock, I will build My ...
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What did Jesus mean when he said, “…go with him twain” (IE: “go the second mile”) in Matthew 5:41?

From Wikipedia: Matthew 5:41 is the forty-first verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. This is the third verse of the ...