Questions tagged [matthew]

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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Would a man looking at his own wife 'to desire her' be committing adultery according to Jesus at Matthew 5:28?

Matthew 5:28 says "but I -- I say to you, that every one who is looking on a woman to desire her, did already commit adultery with her in his heart." (Young's literal) It seems to be a ...
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Did Jesus believe in ghosts / disembodied spirits?

Luke 24:36-39 (NASB): 36 Now while they were telling these things, Jesus Himself suddenly stood in their midst and *said to them, “Peace be to you.” 37 But they were startled and frightened, and ...
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Is there a possibility that Jesus in the whole Matthew 5:27-30 be talking about masturbation?

The subject may be a bit dark for the website but in plain view of reasoning, the line of reason is that: People who masturbate often look at women with lust. For masturbation to occur (in general) ...
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Does Matthew 5:18 shed any light on the spoken language of Jesus?

English Standard Version Matthew 5:18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. American Standard Version ...
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Swear or not swear?

In Deuteronomy 10:20 (NASB) You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him, and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name. In Matthew 5:34-37 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; ...
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In Matthew 16:18, was Jesus referring to Peter or himself when he said “upon this rock”? [duplicate]

In Matthew 16:18, was Jesus referring to Peter or himself when he said "upon this rock, i will build my church"? 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will ...
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Where do demons spend most of their time: in humans or in the heavenly places?

Matthew 12:43-45 gives me the impression that demons are constantly in the lookout for humans with "open doors" to inhabit. They find no comfort in living anywhere other than a human. 43 “...
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Matthew 21:31: Does “go” imply an action happening at the time of speaking?

Does "go" in Matthew 21:31: imply an action happening at the time of speaking (that is, like Present Continuous Tense general usage in English) or is it more of a general idea about ...
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What is the “Law” to be preserved? What is “everything” and how “accomplished”?

Sorry for asking so broadly (no prior homework done on semiotics, say). I'm completely new to Biblical Hermeneutics! Specifically, will accomplishment of the Law mean the Law starts to disappear ...
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Does Matthew 28:19 involve a spoken baptismal formula?

Is there anything in the text of Matthew 28:19 that teaches we should speak a baptismal formula before baptizing someone? While I think it's good practice, is a spoken formula taught anywhere in the ...
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Fishers of men vs evangelist

English Standard Version Matthew 4:19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” English Standard Version 2 Timothy 4:5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure ...
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Is Matthew 18:20 literally true? Does Jesus possess the divine ability of omnipresence?

Matthew 18:20 (NIV): 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Is Jesus literally omnipresent?
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Why did Jesus have the authority to forgive sins, why did the scribes take it as a blasphemy, and was this authority also given to men in general?

In Mark 2:5-12 Jesus surprises the scribes by forgiving the sins of (and miraculously healing) a paralytic. The scribes took it as a blasphemy, as they believed that forgiveness of sins was a ...
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Did Jesus pray not to die on the cross in Matthew 26:39?

New International Version Matthew 16:21 From that time on Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and scribes, ...
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Why does the Holy Spirit not know who Jesus is? Luke 10:22

All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Luke 10:22 ...
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When is the marriage of the Lamb? (Revelation 19:9)

The gospel of Matthew says “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven” (Mt 22:30, KJV). But then the Revelation of John says: "...
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Is the Sermon on the Mount based on Leviticus?

In Leviticus 19:17 (NASB) ‘You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may certainly rebuke your neighbor, but you are not to incur sin because of him. Then in Matthew 5:22 (NASB) ...
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What is the best translation for πρὸς ἐπιθυμῆσαι (to lust) in Matthew 5:28?

Two Greek words, πρὸς ἐπιθυμῆσαι, generate a variety of translations. Matthew 5:28 New International Version But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying “and great was its fall” at Matt 7: 27?

We read at Matt 7 : 26-27 (NRSVCE) : And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, ...
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What can be worse than the punishment of Sodom and Gomorrah?

Jude 1:7 New International Version In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer ...
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Is Leviticus 24 13-23 in contradiction with new testament?

I hope you can help me out with this dilemma. In Leviticus 24 (https://www.catholic.org/bible/book.php?id=3...) God says to Moses the following (V16): Whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD must ...
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You have overcome the evil one. Really?

Matthew 6:13 New International Version And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 1 John 2:14c I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives ...
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Gehenna (γέεννα) vs Hades (ᾅδης)

Mark 9:45 NIV And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. Berean Literal Bible And if your foot ...
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Are all Christians destined to go to heaven? John 14:2-3 [closed]

John 14:2-3 KJV 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and ...
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What does the greek word ´world´ mean in matthew 24:14?

One of the words for the world in greek is οἰκουμένῃ. I´ve heard people use this to mean the roman empire. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all ...
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four generations from Rahab to David?

In Matthew 1:5 it appears that there are only 4 generations from Rahab to David. This doesn't seem possible. I thought that period would have been 300-400 years (Judges). Am I missing something?
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Did God abandon Jesus? Why? [duplicate]

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭27:46‬ ‭
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Did the 5 foolish virgins lose their salvation or were they never saved to begin with?

Matthew 25:1-13 (NIV) reads: The Parable of the Ten Virgins “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were ...
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Word order in subject-predicate nominative constructions

Hi I am studying the use of the nominative and especially looking at the subject-predicate nominative constructions. I read the following in Matt 6:22: Matthew 6:22 (UBS5): Ὁ λύχνος τοῦ σώματός ἐστιν ...
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“Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth” moment? [closed]

In Exodus 4:23 (NASB) So I said to you, ‘Let My son go so that he may serve Me’; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, I am going to kill your son, your firstborn.”’” In Matthew 5:38-39 (NASB) ...
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How did the first disciples of Jesus come to be?

In John 1:35-42, 2 of John’s disciples followed Jesus after John announced the Christ’s presence. “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus....
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What is the correct translation of Matthew 5:13 “How shall it be salted?”

The ESV translation of Matthew 5:13 says “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty?[a] It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and ...
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Was John the Baptist wearing a prophet's garment in Matthew 3:4?

Matthew 3:4 NIV 4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. Similarly the prophet in Zechariah is said to have worn a ...
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In Matthew 10:25, who is Beelzebub/Beelzeboul?

[Mat 10:25 NASB] (25) "It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more [will they ...
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Is Matthew 27:25 binding?

Matthew 27:25 All the people answered, "His blood is on us and on our children!" Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, ...
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In Matthew 16:18, how should “ekklesia” be translated and understood?

Matt. 16:18 says, "κἀγὼ δέ σοι λέγω ὅτι σὺ εἶ Πέτρος καὶ ἐπὶ ταύτῃ τῇ πέτρᾳ οἰκοδομήσω μου τὴν ἐκκλησίαν καὶ πύλαι ᾅδου οὐ κατισχύσουσιν αὐτῆς"(TR-1550 Stephanus) "And I say also unto ...
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Why is Matthew 1:18 understood as referring to a virgin conception?

Matthew 1:18 (NIV) This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through ...
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Was it possible for Jesus not to take the cup of suffering in Matthew 26:39?

Mark:921 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. 22“It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity ...
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What is the meaning of “fulfill” in John 17:12 and Matthew 26:54?

I think my main concern is more of a philosophical tone, but I think I need some hermeneutical advice before. OK, these are the verses: While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name: ...
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What did Jesus mean by “the ends of the earth” in Matthew 12:42?

Matthew 12:42 New International Version The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, ...
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Was Jesus being sarcastic when he called Judas “friend” in Matthew 26:50?

Judas left during the last supper. Then Jesus went to Gethsemane and prayed. After that, Jesus saw Judas again in Matthew 26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With ...
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Is Moses' Law obsolete?

New International Version Matthew 5:18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until ...
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Did the star lead the Magi to King Herod in Jerusalem before leading them to Bethlehem?

Matthew 2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi a from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw ...
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Is Herod in Luke 3:19 the same as Herod in Matthew 2:1? [duplicate]

In Luke 3:19 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done And in Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem ...
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Are Matthew 21:9 and Matthew 23:39 out of order?

The background verse here is this: [Psa 118:26 NKJV] (26) Blessed [is] he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD. The fulfillment appears here: [Mat 21:1-...
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Was the star that led the Magi a real one or something else?

Was the star that the Magi followed in Matthew 2, a real one? Or Something moving overhead that shed light? What always puzzles me is : If the star was a real one, I presume that its light was useless ...
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What does "God with us' signify in Matt 1:23?

“Behold, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means, “God with us”). Matt 1:23 Some consider this passage is a proof that Jesus is God. ...
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If “Jesus is God”, what does it mean when He addresses the disciples as “brethren” in Matt. 28:10 and John 20:17?

Matt. 28:10: “..., “Do not be afraid, Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” John 20:17: “..., Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to ...
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Is it more accurate to translate Matthew 6:13 as “lead us not into temptation” or “into trial”?

Matthew 6:13 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Is it better to translate this as "lead us not into trial"?
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“But pray that your flight may not be in the winter, or on a sabbath…” - Matt, 24:20. Could this line be in reference to a single day?

It has often been said, by many a theologian, that Jesus' words, as portrayed in Matt, 24:15-22, to take just part of the "Olivet Discourses" (for the moment), imply a dual prophecy, ...

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