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Are these two different groups that are being referred to in Numbers 14:22-23?

Numbers 14:22-23 (KJV) 22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not ...
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To what does “the word of God and testimony of Jesus Christ” refer in Revelation 1:2?

In the opening of Revelation we read (NIV emphasis mine): The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel ...
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In Isaiah 45:23 is God saying that all shall bow to God or to Cyrus?

NIV Isaiah 45:23 By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. In the BibleHub ...
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Who all is an idolater according to Ephesians 5:5?

In Ephesians 5:5 (NIV) we read: For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. On initially ...
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In John 10:18 what command did Jesus receive from his father?

New International Version John 10: 17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority ...
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What is the “book of the wars” mentioned in Numbers 21:14?

Numbers 21:14 (NKJV) 14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the LORD: “Waheb in Suphah, The brooks of the Arnon, Could the book of wars be the one Moses wrote & recited to ...
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Who are “the rest” in Acts 5:13?

Acts 5:12-14 reads: 12 At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s portico. 13 But none of the rest ...
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Who is being referred to as Εις ανδρα τελειον in Ephesians 4:13?

Ephesians 4:13 (NKJV) 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; Ephesians 4:...
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Are the seventy elders mentioned in Exodus 24 the same as the ones mentioned in Numbers 11?

When Moses goes up the mountain to meet the Lord he is instructed to bring along seventy elders. Exodus 24:1 (KJV) 1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and ...
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Who is being referred to in Exodus 1:20-21?

Exodus 1:20-21 [20]So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. [21]Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them. In the above text ...
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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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The Clever Enchanter

In Isaiah 3:3 the prophet describes what will happen when Israel is no longer in God's favor. Specifically it lists resources, public service, defense that will be lost, but what is the "clever ...
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Who is the source of Job's afflictions in Job 1& 2?

In one instance it seems like God is afflicting Job Job 1:11 (KJV) 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. Job 1:16 (KJV) 16 While he ...
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What are the sayings of Hozai (the Seers) according to 2-Ch 33:19

2 Chronicles 33:19 Also his prayer and how God received his entreaty, and all his sin and trespass, and the sites where he built high places and set up wooden images and carved images, before ...
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What is “the last trumpet” to which Paul refers in 1 Cor 15:52?

1 Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For there to ...
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What and where are the “springs of living water” in Revelation 7:9-17?

Looking at the following texts: Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, ...
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What were the four standards around which the tribes of Israel were camped (Numbers 2:1-34)?

H1714 Original: דּגל Transliteration: degel BDB Definition: 1) banner, standard Numbers 2:17 (NKJV) "And the tabernacle of meeting shall move out with the camp of the ...
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What is the Serpent Well in Nehemiah 2:13?

Nehemiah 2:13 (NKJV) And I went out by night through the Valley Gate to the Serpent Well and the Refuse Gate, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were ...
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Fourth from whom in Genesis 15:12-16?

(KJV) Genesis 15:12 12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy ...
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In Romans 12:1 - What is “Therefore” there for?

Question: In Romans 12:1 - What is "Therefore" there for? Is "therefore" there to indicate that Paul is concluding an argument? If so, what was the justification that Paul gave ...
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On which day was the wave offering made in Leviticus 23:10-11?

Leviticus 23:10-11 New International Version (NIV) 10 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf ...
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In 1 Corinthians 15:23 do we overlook a comma after Christ?

In 1 Corinthians 15:23 do we overlook a comma after Christ? (a mark of punctuation used for indicating a division in a sentence). I need help with the Greek punctuation and if there’s a comma would ...
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What is the “Last trumpet” that Paul was referring to in 1-cor 15:52 [closed]

Trumpets are mentioned in apocalypse and "Day of the LORD" prophecies. E.g Psalm 47:5 (God goes up with the sound of a trumpet) Isaiah 27:13 (God saves his people after a trumpet blast) ...
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Did Gideon build two Altars in one night in Judges 6?

(KJV) judges 6:24 24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. It seems in the above text Gideon built an ...
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Who is the angel in Revelation 11:1-8?

I am reading through Revelation again, in the NKJV. I recently read chapter 11, and something stood out at me that I have never seen before. I want to ask about it, hence this post. Revelation 11:1-8 ...
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Canaan is the servant, but who are the other “Servants” that Noah was referring to in Gen 9:25?

When Noah said in Gen 9:25: "A curse on the Canaanites, a servant of servants shall he be to his brethren" The first servant in the statement is clearly Canaan. Who are the other servants? Is ...
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Does τὸν ὄντα correspond to יהוה in Wisdom 13:1?

Wisdom 13:1-5 (translation mine) 1 Truly vain are all men by [their] nature in whom there is not the knowledge of God: who, though they have seen the good things [of creation], do not know him that is....
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Is 1 Corinthians 5:11 referring to “the Lord's Supper”?

(KJV) 1 Corinthians 5:11 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an ...
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According to 1 Peter 2:7-8, unto what were the disobedient “destined?”

I am seeking a grammatical analysis of 1 Peter 2:(7-)8 (especially as rendered in the King James and NET translations, respectively) in order to determine what they are “destined unto” or what is “...
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Who wore the new garment in 1 Kings 11:29-31?

(KJV) 1 Kings 11:29-31 29 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new ...
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In Hebrews 13:15 whose name is he saying to “openly profess”?

New International Version Hebrews 13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
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In 1 Corinthians 10:9 why does Paul say that the Israelites “tested Christ”?

NIV 1 Corinthians 10: 1For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2They were all ...
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In Isaiah 49 is the servant the messiah or is he Israel?

On the one hand he seems to be speaking of Israel but in the next breath it seems that the servant is the messiah who gathers in the remnant of Israel: NIV Isaiah 49: 1Listen to me, you islands; ...
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In Hebrews 9:26 what does it mean that Christ “did away with the sin”?

Is it referring to "the sin" or to "the sin offering"? NIV Hebrews 9:26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at ...
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Of whom (or what) does the author of Hebrews “have many things to say, hard to utter” in Hebrews 5:8-11?

(KJV) Hebrews 5:8-11 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey ...
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To whom was Isaiah referring to in Isaiah 1:10-12?

(KJV)Isaiah 1:10-12 10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. 11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? ...
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Does “ask and you shall receive” apply to all believers or just to the Apostles?

In John 14:14 Jesus told the Apostles "And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son." Does this promise apply to anyone and everyone from that time forward ...
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In Psalm 27:13 where is “the land of the living”?

NET Bible Psalm 27:13 Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience the Lord’s favor in the land of the living? "in this life"? in Zion? in the "afterlife"?
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Is Job 15:7 referring to wisdom from Proverbs 8:25 or to Adam?

NET Bible Job 15:7 Were you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills? Proverbs 8:25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, ...
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Are these the stolen gods/idols of Laban in Genesis 35:2?

Genesis 35:2,4 NASB 2So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments; ... 4So they ...
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Does the inner man refer to the mind in Romans 7?

Romans 7:22-23,25 NASB [22]For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, [23]but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me ...
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In Hebrews 11:3 what is the meaning of κατηρτίσθαι?

Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] Πίστει νοοῦμεν κατηρτίσθαι τοὺς αἰῶνας ῥήματι θεοῦ, εἰς τὸ μὴ ἐκ φαινομένων τὸ βλεπόμενον γεγονέναι. This is rendered variously as "formed", "made", "created", ...
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In John 1:9 is it “the true light was coming into the world” or “lights every man coming into the world”?

Are both readings plausible or is it clear from the grammar (not just the context) which is correct? New American Standard Bible There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens ...
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In John 1:9-13 who is/are the “world” vis a vis “his own”?

BSB John 1: 9The true Light who gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. 11He came ...
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In 2 Corinthians 5:17 what has come and what has passed away?

Paul is describing a new way of looking - a new perspective. He says that he once saw the messiah from one point of view but now seems him and everyone else in a new light. According to verse 17, what ...
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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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Who is “taken out of the way” and what is the function of “ginomai” in 2 Thessalonians 2:7? [duplicate]

Can anyone explain to me why all the major translators render this "until He is taken out of the way", upper case He, implying God. "For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; ...
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In Luke 24:30 is the “blessing” on the road to Emmaus the Jewish Kaddish Prayer? And if so, what would be the significance of that?

I saw that someone said in another Christian discussion forum, that - the "blessing" of Luke 24:30, on the road to Emmaus, was the Jewish "Kaddish Prayer" - a prayer said at meals, and mourning, and ...
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To what does laying on of hands refer to in 1 Timothy 5:22?

1 Timothy 5 NASB [22]Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin. Does this refer to laying on hands on the sick ...