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Which translation of Isaiah 38:17-18 is more accurate, and what does this tell us about Isaiah's view of Sheol, death and the afterlife?

Isaiah 38:17-18: 17 Behold, for my own welfare I had great bitterness; But You have kept my soul from the pit of nothingness, For You have hurled all my sins behind Your back. 18 For Sheol cannot ...
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Did the Apostle Paul, as a Pharisee, believe in disembodied spirits? Acts 23:6-10

Acts 23:6-10 (ESV): 6 Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to ...
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According to Ecclesiastes, what part of man goes to Sheol?

Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 (ESV): 18 I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. 19 For what happens to the ...
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Does it follow from Matthew 10:28 that the soul remains alive (i.e. conscious) after physical death?

Matthew 10:28: 28 `And be not afraid of those killing the body, and are not able to kill the soul, but fear rather Him who is able both soul and body to destroy in gehenna. [YLT] 28 And fear not them ...
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What does Ecclesiastes 12:7 exactly mean by "the spirit returns to God"?

Ecclesiastes 12:7 (ESV): 7 and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. What does Ecclesiastes 12:7 exactly mean by "the spirit returns to God"? ...
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Why did Jesus' disciples believe in ghosts / disembodied spirits? [closed]

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 any fundamental difference between the "spirit" of a human being ("breath of life") and the "spirit" of a disembodied (evil) spirit?

Simply put, I'm interested in knowing if there is any difference at all (in a fundamental sense) between two uses of the word "spirit": Context 1: "spirit" in the context of the ...
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Does Stephen asking Jesus to receive his spirit indicate that he believes Jesus is God?

Acts 7:59-60 "They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, ...
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Does the human spirit rise up after a person dies?

New International Version Ecclesiastes 12: 7 before the dust returns to the ground from which it came and the spirit returns to God who gave it. This is confirmed in Act 7: 54 When the members of ...
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What are the 7 spirits of God in Revelation 4:5 and 5:6? 7 lampstands are 7 spirits and 7 horns & 7 eyes are the 7 Spirits of God. Which are they?

In Rev 4:6 and 5:6 it says these are the 7 spirits of God. In Rev 4:5 it states that the lampstands are the 7 Spirits of God then in 5:6 it states that the 7 horns and the 7 eyes are the 7 Spirits of ...
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When were the spirits in 1 Peter 3:19-20 disobedient?

The passage seems to locate the time frame in which the spirits in prison were disobedient to the time period in which the ark was being prepared by Noah. Does the Greek support this reading of the ...
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What is the biblical "spirit of your mind" and "the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience", as they seem to stand in opposition?

A question asking about the mind of the flesh and the mind of the Spirit (Romans 8:6) is not the same because I am not asking about the mind of the Spirit, i.e. the Holy Spirit, plus my two verses in ...
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Did the Prophet Micaiah really see and hear the Lord and His host (1 Kgs. 22:20-21), and could any angel be a deceiving spirit (22:21)?

The prophet Micaiah related the Word of the Lord to kings Ahab and Jehoshaphat. Did he (Micaiah) really see the Lord and the host of heaven, or was this a vision?: 1 Kings 22:20-21: Micaiah said, “...
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What is meant by "familiar spirits" in Isaiah 19:3, 29:4?

Isaiah 19:3: 3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar ...
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What's the difference between a ghost and a spirit?

Matthew 14:26 English Standard Version But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. a ghost!” Φάντασμά (Phantasma) ...
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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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What part of man gets saved?

Which part of man Gets saved? Body? Soul? Spirit? Or the whole? Matthew 24:22 (KJV) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those ...
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Does the word "return" in Ecclesiastes 12:7 mean we were there before?

Somebody told me an interpretation of this verse and I feel it's not correct. Ecclesiastes 12:7 (NIV) 7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from,      and the spirit returns to God who gave it....
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