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The set of letters written by the apostle Paul, as a corpus.

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Is Phil. 2:10-11 referring to Exodus 20:4-5 and Deut. 5:8-9?

Note the numbers in square brackets. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven [1] above, or that is in the earth [2] beneath, or that is in the ...
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Can χήρα (widow) in 1 Tim. 5 mean "never-married"?

Ἄγαμος (unmarried) appears only in 1 Corinthians 7. The unmarried are grouped with widows: 1 Cor. 7:8But I say to the unmarried (αγάμοις, non nuptis) and to the widows (χήραις, viduis): It is good ...
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Not having the right to eat - 2 Thessalonians 3:10

2 Thessalonians 3:10 (ESV), 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. Regarding the emboldened text above, is the ...
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In the context 2 Cor. 12:1-10, what is the sufficient grace (v 9) the Lord refers to and what the sufficient mean?

Text: 2 Cor. 12:1-10 (ESV) I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was ...
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1 Corinthians 13:2 - Prophecy and All Mysteries and Knowledge [duplicate]

1 Corinthians 13:2 (NASB), 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. Is Paul ...
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Why does the Greek word ἐντρέπω (entrepo) appear to have nearly opposite meanings?

Each of the following verses use this Greek word (English translation of it is bolded)--but a glance at them quickly shows that the word has virtually opposite meanings, with either shame or honor, ...
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Did Jesus eat with idolaters?

Paul instructs believers not to eat with certain classes of sinners, including fornicators, drunkards, and idolaters. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a ...
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Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all

Saul persecuted saints and committed crimes until his conversion to Christianity. These events occurred in the past. But why then Paul is using the present tense "I am" as if he was still a ...
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Does the sower and the planter receive different rewards in 1 Corinthians 3:6-8?

1 Corinthians 3:6-7 ESV I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. After asserting two ...
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Why does Paul include Christ in 1 Corinthians 1:12?

1 Corinthians 1:12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Paul rebukes the church of Corinth for choosing to ...
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How do you reconcile Rom. 4:2-5 with John 6:28-29: believing a work or not a work?

How do you reconcile  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him ...
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Why does Paul use three different words for gift besides grace in Rom. 5:15-17?

Why does Paul use three different words for gift besides grace in Rom. 5:15-17? Is Paul only using these words as synomyms to reduce repitition of the same word, or is there a significance in the ...
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Does Romans 16:11 reveal the apostle Paul (Saulus) was related to Herod Agrippa?

Based on Paul's request in [Romans 16:11] from the NKJV : "Greet Herodion, my countryman" (ἀσπάσασθε Ἡροδίωνα τὸν συγγενῆ) and "Antiquities of the Jews" by Josephus, Book XX (CH 9.4) : "...
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Did Paul establish in [2 Corinthians 13:1] that keeping Torah [Deuteronomy 19:15] was useful when justifying missions?

The apostle Paul teaches Deuteronomy in [2 Corinthians 13:1] stating "This will be the third time I am coming to you. By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established. (13:1 ...
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Why was Jesus' remark : "Sy legō" (σύ λέγω) in [Mark 15:2, Matthew 27:11] a "Good Confession" (καλός ὁμολογία) to Pontius Pilate in 1 Timothy 6:13?

The apostle Paul regards Jesus' response to Pontius Pilate as a "Good Confession" in [1 Timothy 6] : "I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before ...
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Was Jesus' mother Mary ever considered a "real widow" ὄντως χήρας after Jesus' crucifixion - based on Paul's Widow doctrine in [1 Timothy 5]?

In John 19:26-27, we learn Jesus' mother Mary may have been considered a Widow to Jesus (who asks the apostle John to care for her like a son). - Since Mary's only husband Joseph was supposedly ...
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If Saul Σαῦλος did hear Stephen’s Speech to Sanhedrin, why was Stephen’s Speech not a Gospel message to Paul Παῦλος based on Galatians 1:11-12?

Saul appears unable to hear Stephen’s Gospel message in Acts 7, based on Galatians 1:11-12. We Learn in [Acts 7:58] - Saul (who also is called Paul, Acts 13:9) was present while the Sanhedrin stoned ...
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Adam was not a son, but the father of all mankind: What, then, is the significance of the "Second Adam" being "the Son of Man" not "Father of Man"?

Jesus is called the "last Adam" or "second man (Adam)": And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. . . . The ...
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Does 'panaq' (Proverbs 29:21) have relevance to Galatians 4:1-7 (sonship)?

The word panaq is used only once in scripture, in Proverbs 29:21, and thus has caused some head-scratching as is seen in the question on this site which asked if it were good to turn a 'slave' into a ...
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Can Philippians 1:6 be connected to 1 Corinthians 1:4-9?

Knowing that Paul mentions the guarantee of the Spirit multiple times in different letters, could it be possible that Paul is referring to the same concept of final perseverance in both Philippians 1:...
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Jesus 'became' a life-giving spirit. 1 Cor 15:45

... “The first man Adam became a living being;” the last Adam a life-giving spirit. BSB ... The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. ASV ... The first man ...
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In whose home did the church meet in Philemon 1?

1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker— 2 also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in ...
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How is the Sermon on the Mount, Matt. 5:17-20 in particular, consistent with grace?

The Sermon on the Mount stressed keeping the Law at an even higher level than the Pharisees, who were stricter about keeping the Law that most of the Jews. The Sermon on the Mount pushed keeping the ...
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Does our righteousness that comes from God is equal to His righteousness?

In Phil. 3:9 we read: "and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;&...
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What does 2 Corinthians 4:10-11 mean?

What does this mean? 2 Cor 4:10-11 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given ...
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What Does 2 Corinthians 4:12 mean?

It’s confusing why Paul would say life is at work in the Corinthians but death is at work in him and in Timothy. Similar confusion about 2 Cor 13:9 which is the one NIV cross-reference. Is he talking ...
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Why emphasize the body?

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭ Feel free to ...
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What hermeneutic principles demonstrate that the apostolic epistles are for the whole Church (past, present and future)?

What hermeneutic principles can be applied to our study of the apostolic epistles to demonstrate that they have full relevance to the entire Church (past present and future from the inception ...
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How do we know the epistles are for all belivers today? [closed]

How do we know the epistles are for all believers today? They were written to specific audiences in the cities of Rome, Corinth and Philippi etc. How do we know that those Epistles now apply to all ...
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How to understand 1 Timothy 2:9 in light of 1 Corinthians 11:15?

1 Timothy 2:9 NIV 9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, But in the letter ...
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Was it only the incident of incest (1 Corinthians 5) that caused Paul to change his plans about visiting the Corinthians?

Some of the things that Paul mentions in his two letters to the Corinthians seem to point to the incident of incest mentioned in the first letter which somehow had caused a lot of consternation 1 ...
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1 Corinthians 12:26: Relation of rejoice to honored

Biblical Hermeneutics. In 1 Corinthians 12:26 (NASB1995), If the first statement is If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it I wonder why didn't apostle Paul write the succeeding ...
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In 2 Corinthians 6:7 what are the weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left?

2 Corinthians 6:7 NIV 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left What are these weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the ...
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Eph. 2:6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus

We know that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God. In Eph.2:6 it says that we, believers of Christ, made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Does it mean we are also sitting ...
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Who are the unrighteous whom Paul refers to in Romans 1:18-27?

Upon initial reading of Romans 1:18-27, it seems like Paul is talking about everyone who is not a believer (and therefore he is also talking about those who are unrighteous, as the passage implies). ...
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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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How does the Lord's discipline (falling asleep)exempt them from being finally condemned with the world in 1 Corinthians 11:32?

Paul admonishes the Corinthians for abusing the Lord's supper. 1 Corinthians 11:29[NIV] For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. He ...
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Was Paul offering an olive branch after hitting hard in 1 Corinthians 15:10?

1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 ...
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What is Paul's intent with "we do not wrestle against flesh and blood" in Eph. 6:12?

The previous question at Are the principalities and powers in Titus 3:1 the same as in Ephesians 6:12? is about the other part of the verse. Given the larger context in Eph. 5 & 6, dealing with ...
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What did the Apostle Paul mean speaking about Prophesy

In his First Epistle to the Corinthians, Paul often speaks about prophesy (προφητεύητε) as one among the skills, members of the community may have; I cite some passages: 1 Corinthians 11:4 Any man ...
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What is this place of judgement reached by obvious sins in 1 Timothy 5:24?

1 Timothy 5:24 NIV 24 The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that ...
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Where does the quote in Hebrews 3:7-11 come from and why is it attributed to the Holy Spirit?

Hebrews 3:7-11 begins with: Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, "..." This seems like a quotation from some other part of the Bible. From Googling, I found that Psalm 95:6-11 has similar ...
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Do Titus 1:2 + 2 Timothy 3:16 mean that scripture is inerrant?

Amended for clarity Two passages from Paul that are often used together: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; (Titus 1:2) All scripture is given by ...
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How would one become transformed by the renewing of their mind & prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God in this age?

In a nutshell, the Apostle Romans 12:1-2 Paul is encouraging his audience to become a new being, not be conformed to that particular age, but also to submit themselves to the total will of God. How ...
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What does αποκαλυψαι tell us of Paul's received revelation in Galatians 1:15,16?

Paul says, in Galatians 1:15, 16 : οτε δε ευδοκησεν ο θεος ... αποκαλυψαι τον υιον αυτου εν εμοι [TR] But when it pleased God ... to reveal His Son in me [[KJV] The same word, αποκαλυψαι, is used ...
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In Philippians 4:5, what does Paul mean when he states, “Let your moderation be known unto all men”?

While analyzing this particular verse, the word used for moderation in the Koine Greek is "epieikies" meaning equitable, fair, and/or fitting. How does that translate to moderation or in ...
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The usage of "according to my gospel" in Paul's writings

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. (Rom. 2:16, KJV) Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my ...
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God and Father or Godhead and Father?

“one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭ With respect to ”God and Father”, does the Greek allow for the reading God (as in Father, Son and Holy ...
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1 Corinthians 7:5 - Satan's Temptation and Lack of Self-Control

1 Corinthians 7:5 (ESV), 5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not ...
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Who are the wise and the disputer (debater) and what is the Biblical clue to know them?

1Corinthians 1:20 :- Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?