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A metaphor is a figure of speech that refers to one thing by means of another thing.

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What was Jesus referring to by "the eye of the needle"?

What is the opinion on Jesus's use of the phrase "the eye of a needle" in Mark 10:25: And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth ...
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Genesis 2 and 3 - Why was nudity suddenly a shame for Adam?

Genesis 2 Adam was created from mud, and Eve was created from one of Adam's ribs. Both had remained naked in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and ...
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Does Jesus always use the mustard seed to signify the property of "smallness"?

In Luke, we read: The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and ...
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Does Job's "covenant with [his] eyes" refer to marriage?

Job's final appeal to God includes this assertion of innocence: I have covenanted with my eyes Not to gaze on a maiden.—Job 31:1 (NJPS) The ESV reads this as a rhetorical question: I have ...
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Unfamiliar metaphors in Hosea 14:6-7

Hosea 14:5-7 (ESV) reads, 5 I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon; 6 his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall ...
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How does a believer behold as in the mirror the glory of the Lord in 2 Corinthians 3:18?

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (...
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John 12:24--In what way does the grain of wheat die?

John 12:24 23 But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it ...
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What is the significance of 'earthern vessel' in 'treasure in earthern vessel' of 2 Cor 4:7?

What is the significance of earthen vessel/clay jar in 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NKJV) where Paul talks about the treasure, the light of Christ's gospel? "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, ...
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How does the Stone hear words in Joshua 24:27?

Stones do not have ears to hear. Yet we learn in [Joshua 24:27] that The-Stone (הָאֶבֶן Ha-Even) was a Witness which שָׁמְעָה "heard" >> כָּל־אִמְרֵי יְהֹוָ֔ה "all [the] Words of ...
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Why were the destitute in the dunghill?

The metaphor of lifting the poor from a dunghill (Psalm 113:7, 1 Sam 2:8) or sending the proud to the dunghill (Lamentations 4:5) is quite the visual. In most verses, אַשְׁפֹּת seems to be used more ...
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John 15:5 – Bring Forth or Carry/Support Fruit?

In John 15 Jesus uses an example from agriculture to illustrate the relationship between Himself and His disciples: ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ ἄμπελος ὑμεῖς τὰ κλήματα ὁ μένων ἐν ἐμοὶ κἀγὼ ἐν αὐτῷ οὗτος φέρει καρπὸν ...
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Storehouses of snow and hail? - Job 38:22

Job 38:22 ESV, Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, What are these storehouses of snow and/or hail? There doesn't appear to be any special ...
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What does Eden represent in Ezekiel 31?

In comparing Egypt to Assyria in Ezekiel 31, Eden is used in the metaphor. Ezekiel 31:8-9: The cedars in God's garden could not match [Assyria]; The cypresses could not compare with its boughs, And ...
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What do the wings and features in the description of the heavenly creature in Ezekiel Chapter 1 signify?

I believe the faces of the creature may represent the different parts of God's creation as holiness illustrated. Soul of Man, Heart of a Lion, Strength of an Ox, Mind of an Eagle. I'm curious what the ...
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Did Jesus mix metaphors?

In Matt 9:36-38 (NIV) reads 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The ...
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In Hebrews 4:16, what/where is the "throne of grace"?

[Heb 4:16 NKJV] Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. [Heb 4:16 mGNT] προσερχώμεθα οὖν μετὰ παρρησίας τῷ θρόνῳ τῆς ...
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What does phrase in Psalm 139:9 "the wings of the dawn/the wings of the morning" mean?

I might be asking the obvious. What does phrase in Psalm 139:9 "the wings of the dawn/the wings of the morning" mean? (Psalm 139:7-10) (NASB1995) 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where ...
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Is the number "144,000" mentioned in Revelation 14 a literal number or a prophetic number?

Is the number "144,000" mentioned in Revelation 14:1-5 a literal number or a prophetic number representing a bigger multitude? 1 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount ...
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What is the significance of the insertion/interleaving/interlinearing of Melchizedek's sub-narrative into the Genesis 14's historical-political story?

( Credit Related Reference: Should we read Melchizedek in Genesis 14 to be metaphorical? ) Before discussing Genesis 14, this question posting is Not about whether the Biblical character of King ...
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Within context of Psalm 107:18 , what does food symbolically mean?

Does Psalm 107:18 reference to food symbolically mean God, prayer and meditating on God's Word (personal devotions/quiet time in today's lingo)? If yes, why does it say it abhorred "all kinds of ...
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Does "foundations of the earth" in Job 38:4 refer to just the earth, or is it a metaphor for more?

While asking this question on music at Christianity Stack Exchange, I had simply assumed that Job 38 described music as more primordial than matter, but then I realized I wasn't sure whether the ...
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What is the lesson of the "make straight paths" metaphor in Hebrews 12:13?

Hebrews 12:13 (NASB) "And make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed."
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Who is the Assyrian in Ezekiel 31:3

Ezekiel 31:3 Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs. This Assyrian mentioned ...
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In Mark 8:14-16 and Matthew 16:5-7 why did the disciples think the “leaven of the Pharisees” was about them forgetting to take bread?

14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, and they did not have more than one loaf with them in the boat. 15 Then he charged them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and ...
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(1 Kings 13) Symbolism of God's command to Unnamed Prophet specifying Not to eat bread Nor drink water nor return by the way which you came?

1 Kings 13:1-8 1 Now behold, there came a man of God from Judah to Bethel by the word of the Lord, while Jeroboam was standing by the altar to burn incense............................................. ...
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In 1 Corinthians 10:4, in what sense was Christ the rock that followed the Jews and how did he/it follow?

Is Paul saying that the rock trailed behind the wandering Jews? And was the rock literally Christ in a different form? Or is he calling attention to its value as a metaphor for Christ? KJV 1Co_10:4 ...
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Who or what is God referring to in Isaiah 11:1?

Isaiah 11:1: "A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit."
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What does the "Blood" & "Sea" & the "Great Mountain" mean?

John fortold events to come (Rev. 1:1) so what does this verse mean and what do the following stand for? A The "Blood"? B The "Sea"? C The "Great Mountain Burning With Fire"? D Why a "Third"? E ...
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Who are the dogs in Philippians 3:2 and Revelation 22:15?

Deuteronomy 23:18 says Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God. (...
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interpret, and infer/deduce from (1 Samuel 24:14) "................. Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, a single flea?"

(1 Samuel 24:12-15) 12 May the Lord judge between you and me, and may the Lord avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you. 13 As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes ...
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(Psalm 141:5) the righteous should correct us in a kind manner Or saying correcting by and in itself is kindness

Psalm 141:5 New American Standard Bible 1995 5 Let the righteous smite me [a]in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it, [b]For still my prayer is [c]against ...
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What's the significance between, "Let the WATERS bring...the moving creature" (Gn 1:20) and "Let the EARTH bring...the living creature" (Gn 1:24)?

הַמַּ֔יִם שֶׁ֖רֶץ נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֑ה (Gen 1:20) תֹּוצֵ֨א הָאָ֜רֶץ נֶ֤פֶשׁ חַיָּה֙ (Gen 1:24) I understand that fowls and fish come from the waters and that land animals come from the earth. It seems ...
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Exegesis of Galatians 4:12. Is the presented analysis valid?

Galatians 4:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 12 I beg of you, brethren, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong; Galatians 4:12 King James Version ...
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Does God have more than one bride? [closed]

If the church is the bride of Christ" Eph. 5, II Cor. 11:2: I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to ...
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What does price of a dog mean in Deuteronomy 23:18?

Deuteronomy 23:18 KJV 18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God. ...
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Psalm 37:4 & Psalm 20:4 "...grant you your heart’s desire..." and "...give you the desires of your heart..." "dual-natured layers of meaning"

Psalm 20:1-6 1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high! 2 May He send you help from the sanctuary And support you from Zion! 3 May He ...
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In what ways was Pharaoh "troubling the waters with his feet and fouling the rivers" Ezekiel 32:2

Ezekiel 32:2 (NKJV) "Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him: 'You are like a young lion among the nations, And you are like a monster in the seas, Bursting ...
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What does it mean to have a scent as "the wine of Lebanon" Hosea 14:7

Hosea 14:7 (NKJV) 7 Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; They shall be revived like grain, And grow like a vine. Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon. What is the wine ...
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In 2 Corinthians 5:1-4, why does Paul use a mixed metaphor?

Paul moves from "house" and "tent" to being "clothed" and "naked". Are these all one metaphor? [2Co 5:1-5 NASB] (1) For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a ...