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Examination of Metaphorical, Prophetic, and Mystical symbolism. However, figures-of-speech, or euphemisms, or word-study should be used separately.

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In Daniel 12,6-7, is there some significance to the man being “above the waters”?

[Dan 12:6-7 NASB] (6) And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long [will it be] until the end of [these] wonders?" (7) I heard the man dressed ...
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What is the imagery in Psalm 19:5?

Psalm 19:5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. What does this signify? Is it romantic/sexual?
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How does the symbol of dust modify the poor in 2 Samuel 2:8?

In 1 Samuel 2:8, the scripture says: He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth ...
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How does Isaiah's Idiom “Like-a Drop From-a Bucket” (כְּמַ֣ר מִדְּלִ֔י) symbolize Nations (גּוֹיִם֙)?

We read a poetic simile from the prophet Yeshayahu "Ke-Mar Mi-Deliy" in Isaiah 40:15 [MT] : "Behold the nations are like a drop from a bucket" (הֵ֚ן גּוֹיִם֙ כְּמַ֣ר מִדְּלִ֔י). How does ...
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Seeking to understand the use of the number 7 in the book of Daniel

I realize that the number 7 is used symbolically throughout the bible, prophets and writings. I noticed that the use of sevens seems to occur frequently in the book of Daniel. A few examples number ...
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Song of Solomon 5:7 Why did the watchmen beat the beloved woman?

Song of Solomon 5:7 The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. They beat me, they bruised me; they took away my cloak, those watchmen of the walls! They even stole her cloak. What’s ...
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Did the men of Solomon's time preferred lighter skin women?

Song of Solomon 1:5 I am dark, yet lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon. 6 Do not stare because I am dark, for the sun has gazed upon me. My mother’s ...
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Who is the root and the tree in Romans 11?

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the ...
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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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What is the significance of using water in Jesus's first miracle?

Jesus's first miracle John 2 When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine”...Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with ...
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Trumpet Call of God

Three times in the NT we are told about the "trumpet call of God" which is always associated with the second Advent and the great resurrection of the dead. These are: Matt 24:31, And He will send ...
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What is the allusion in Matt 12:6, “something greater”?

The text of Matt 12:6 is: But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. Most commentaries suggest that Jesus is referring to Himself. Could Jesus be drawing on the Old Testament ...
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Ezek. 41:18 KJV: Why only the two of the “cherubim's” faces in Messiah’s future earthly dwelling place, a man and a lion, rather than four?

Ezek. 41:18:KJV And it was made with cherubims and palm trees, so that a palm tree was between a cherub and a cherub; and every cherub had two faces; Verses 19-25 reveal that one of these two faces ...
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How does one practically receive the “light of the knowledge” of the Glory of God in 2 Corinthians 4:6?

1) How does one practically receive the "light of the knowledge" of the Glory of God in 2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to ...
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Did David sacrifice every six steps in 2 Samuel 6:13?

2 Samuel 6:13 NIV 13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. In the above text David is said to have offered a sacrifice ...
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In 1 Peter 5:8 is “your adversary, the devil” a reference to persecuting Jews in cahoots with Rome?

Peter speaks of a "roaring lion" on the prowl. I don't think anyone thinks that an actual lion is the problem. Nor does the Satan eat humans that I'm aware of. [1Pe 5:8-11 CSB] (8) Be sober-...
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What mountains is Isaiah 52:7 referring to?

I have read through Isaiah 52:7 time and again. I don’t seem to be coming to terms with how the feet of him that brings the good news are beautiful upon the mountains. “How beautiful upon the ...
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In Revelation 21:16 do the walls of the new Jerusalem rise 12,000 furlongs?

Revelation describes the height of the new Jerusalem to be equal to its base, which is 12,000 furlongs. Generally speaking one does not usually refer to the "height" of a city. I'm not sure what that ...
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In Acts 26:23 what does it mean that the Messiah will “proclaim light”?

[Act 26:23 ASV] (23) how that the Christ must suffer, and how that he first by the resurrection of the dead should proclaim light both to the people and to the Gentiles. [Act 26:23 MGNT] (23) εἰ ...
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In Ezekiel 44:19 is the concern with not sanctifying the people or with not soiling their holy garments?

Complete Jewish Bible Ezekiel 44:19 But when they go out into the Outer Court, into the Outer Court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they minister and place them in chambers ...
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What is the significance of how Jesus instructed Peter to get the money in Matthew 17:25

In Matthew 17 there is a story of Jesus telling Peter to go and get money for the temple tax. For some reason, Jesus didn't just make money appear or ask Peter to get some from Judas Iscariot (who ...
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In Revelation 6:6 what is meant by "Do not damage the oil and the wine”?

Revelation 6:5-6 (NASB) 5" When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand....
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Is the “lambkin” of Revelation 13:11 the “little horn” of Daniel 7:8?

[Rev 13:11 ESV] (11) Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. [Rev 13:11 MGNT] (11) καὶ εἶδον ἄλλο θηρίον ἀναβαῖνον ἐκ τῆς γῆς καὶ ...
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Is John 17:22 an allusion to Genesis 2:24?

[John 17:21-23 KJV] (21) That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (22) And the glory ...
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Is the river of Revelation 12:15 vomit?

A river coming out of the mouth of the Satan (whom I take to be Caiaphas, the High Priest, here and throughout Revelation, or rather, a Satan-filled Caiaphas) seems inappropriately clean and too ...
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Is Luke 19:44 an allusion to Psalm 137:9?

[Luke 19:44 NLT] (44) They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation." ...
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What is the symbolic significance of performing circumcision on the “8th day”? [duplicate]

In Leviticus 12:3 what was the symbolic significance of choosing the eighth day after birth for the time of circumcision? [Lev 12:3 KJV] (3) And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall ...
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In Revelation 11:1-2 why does the angel tell John to measure the temple?

[Rev 11:1-2 NLT] (1) Then I was given a measuring stick, and I was told, "Go and measure the Temple of God and the altar, and count the number of worshipers. (2) But do not measure the outer courtyard,...
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In Lamentations 2:8 what does it mean that the LORD has “stretched out a line”?

[Lam 2:8 KJV] (8) The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and ...
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What does the “prodigal son’s” demand for his inheritance in advance symbolize?

“And he said, "There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.' And he divided his property between them.” ‭...
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Could Jesus actually have risen from the dead on the fourth day, instead on the third day?

I was reading Luke 24:7 just now. The verse is about an angel who tells the disciples that Jesus was going to rise the third day. I noticed that it didn’t say on the third day, or after the third day. ...
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In 2 Corinthians 10:4 what are the “weapons of our warfare” and “strongholds”?

2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds What does this verse mean? What are our weapons? How are they mighty in ...
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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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In John 13:26 is Judas supposed to represent Judah?

KJV John 13:26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. There seems to be a ...
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What does “the key of David” imply in Revelation 3:7?

The Bible speaks of "the Key of David" when it says: And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that ...
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Is Revelation 17:12-14 describing physical war or is this metaphor?

Since the explanation given of the ten "horns" (which are symbols of militaries) is that they are "ten kings" should we assume that this is actual war between Jesus and actual kings? [Rev 17:12-14 ...
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Was the fountain of Zachariah 13:1 a fountain of water or of blood?

It is very understandable both that one might want to see a "fountain of blood" in this image but isn't it more likely that it is a reference to water? And as a fountain, is it referring to ...
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Is the 'angel of the abyss' (Rev 9:11) the self-same 'angel' — who has the 'key to the abyss' (Rev 20:1)?

Rev 9:11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer). Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel coming down out of ...
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What do porcupines symbolise in the Holy Bible?

(Isaiah 14:23, English Revised Version) I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts. (Isaiah 34:...
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In 1 Kings 7:25 do the oxen represent the “foundations of the earth”?

KJV 1Ki 7:25  It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was ...
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In 1 Kings 11:29-32 what happened to the 12th piece of the robe?

When Jeroboam leaves Jerusalem he met the prophet Ahijah: And at that time, when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him on the road. Now Ahijah had dressed ...
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In Matthew 25:24-26 what does ‘Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter" mean?

In Matthew 25:24-26 we have this interchange: 24 “He also who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering ...
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What is the meaning of “excellent things” in Proverbs 22:20?

Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, that I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth... -- Proverbs 22:20 (KJV) In the KJV, the Hebrew word ...
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What is the significance of copulating in the same place one was born (in Song of Songs)?

I can think of few times in the Song of Songs where the sexual union is strongly connected with the place of birth 8:5 (NIV): Under the apple tree I roused you;     there your mother conceived ...
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Why was Noah specifically required to build an ark with Gopher wood?

Genesis 6:14 " Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. There were different kinds of wood that could have served this purpose but ...
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What is the reason for the darkening of the sun during the crucifixion?

Matthew 27:45 (NKJV) Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. Every event during the crucifixion was symbolic, sometimes even prophetic. So that's what ...
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What do the three “plucked horns” of Daniel 3:8 represent?

Dan. 3:8 (KJV) says, "I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, ...
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Is there symbolism in the hebrew meanings of the green poplar, almond and chestnut sticks that Jacob peeled? Gen 30:37

Genesis 30:37 (NKJV) Now Jacob took for himself rods of green poplar and of the almond and chestnut trees, peeled white strips in them, and exposed the white which was in the rods. a) The first stick ...
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In Gen. 4, Seth is “appointed” as another seed “instead of Abel.” What is the ancient interpretation of this appointment?

In Genesis 4:25, it states: "And Adam knew his wife again; and she bore a son, and called his name Seth: 'for God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel; for Cain slew him" What is the ...
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Is there any significance in the dimensions of the flying scroll? Zechariah 5:2

Zechariah 5:1-3 (NKJV) Then I turned and raised my eyes, and saw there a flying scroll. And he said to me, "What do you see?" So I answered, "I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits ...