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Can usage of Θεὸς in Luke 20:38 support the translation of Θεὸς as "God" and not "a god" in John 1:1?

In search of support for the translation of Θεὸς(theos) as "God" in John 1:1, I wanted to find a similar usage of theos - specifically at the beginning of a complete thought and without a ...
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Why did the cosmos (1 John 2:2) require propitiation?

... he is a propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world, [Young's Literal, 1862, 1 John 2:2] ου .. περι.. των.. ημετερων.. δε μονον.. αλλα και περι ολου του κοσμου ...
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Allusion to Herod the Great in Matthew 7:24-27?

I've been working on the Sermon on the Mount in my devotional reading recently, and I had a question of historical curiosity come up. The passage in question is the concluding "House on the rock/...
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Why is Satan referred to as the tempter the first time he tempts Jesus and then referred to as Satan or the Devil the other two times?

In the desert when Jesus was being tempted while fasting, is there any significance to the writer referring to Satan as the tempter the first time and the Devil the other two times? Matt 4:3 - The ...
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Does hermeneutics refer to Hebrew text after,translation , or is exegesis and hermenutics always about original text of original language?

I am confused! Biblical text seems to be gloss or whitewash,of original Tora and Tanach text, in some cases! To do a proper study of the scripture at hand,should one convert the text of any bible ...
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The outcry against them has grown great

I'm currently reading through the Bible in one year plan and I have lots of questions! It says in Genesis 19:13 (NKJV) 13 For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown ...
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In Genesis 3:14-19 did God curse or punish man and woman? Or neither?

Genesis 3:14–19 (NKJV) 14 So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, ...
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Can 'everlasting' in Psalm 90:2 mean two different things?

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. - Psalm 90:2 (KJV) 'Everlasting' is translated from the ...
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Can "we confess our sins" (1 John 1:9) in a general manner?

Can we be forgiven of things we don't presently know are sinful? In 1 John 1:9, we're told the following (NKJV, emphasis added): If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins ...
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Why were the offspring of the "sons of God and the daughters of men" described as men of renown? Were they mightier than the rest of the population?

Does men of renown in the Genesis 6:4 mean that the offspring of the union of the "sons of God with the daughters of men" mean that the said offspring were mightier than the rest of the ...
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Does Proverbs 14:9 mention God?

I found it interesting that all three popular Vietnamese Bible translations say something like this (translated back to English): The fool mocks at sin but the righteous has God's favor. Kẻ ngu dại ...
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Have there been any arguments to say 2nd Peter 3:16 is NOT calling Paul’s letters scripture?

Many people appeal to 2nd Peter 3:16 as demonstration that Peter believed Paul’s letters to be scripture. However, is there any alternative interpretations offered as to what it means when Peter says “...
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"Wine" vs. "new wine" in Hosea 4:11

Hosea 4:11 reads (NKJV, emphasis added): “Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart. What's the difference between "wine" and "new wine"? Is it that "wine" is ...
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In Matthew 12:31 does Διὰ τοῦτο refer to the preceeding or proceeding verse?

Is Jesus referring to Matthew 12:30 and using it to explain Matthew 12:31 when He uses Διὰ τοῦτο? Or does the rest of Matthew 12:31 explain Matthew 12:30? Matthew 12:30, 31 NIV 30 Whoever is not with ...
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What is the difference between “anger” and “wrath”?

Anger and wrath are listed separately in a list in Colossians 3:8, and Ephesians 4:26 might indicate that there is some difference in Paul’s mind between the term anger and the term wrath. Col 3:8 - ...
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How does "ananeousthai" Ephesians 4:23 compare with "anakainosei" Romans 12:2?

Ephesians 4:23 "and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds". ESV. My emphasis. renewed/ananeousthai. [Infinitive verb]. Romans 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this world, but be ...
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In Romans 8:18, how is the aorist ἀποκαλυφθῆναι translated as a future tense?

ἀποκαλυφθῆναι Is the aorist and would be translated as “was revealed” Does μέλλουσαν (present tense) “is about to be” somehow change the aorist ἀποκαλυφθῆναι to the future tense? Can someone explain ...
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Does Paul display a negative attitute toward gambling in Ephesians 4:14

In Ephesians 4:14, Paul instructs "that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery [Strong's 2940, kubeia] of men, in the ...
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Acts 2:38 vs Matthew 28:20- "In" vs "On" - By what nuance of meaning would Jesus use εἰς (eis) in Matthew while Peter would use ἐπί (epi) in Acts

By what nuance of meaning, in context, would Jesus use εἰς (eis) in Matthew and while Peter would use ἐπί (epi) in Acts? In Matthew 28:19, Jesus instructs his disciples regarding the nations, that ...
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In what sense is God 'Holy'?

Question: If 'Holy', (ἅγιος at Biblehub.com, and at logeion.uchicago.edu), is interpreted as 'separated unto', 'consecrated', 'dedicated to', or 'sacred', then in what sense can God be considered Holy?...
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1 Peter 1:3 What is a living hope?

What is the primary meaning of the term living hope, as opposed to any implied meanings? Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be ...
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What is the grammatical force of ek in Ephesians 5:30b?

This text is disputed. The question is only about the Textus Receptus Greek text, as below. οτι μελη εσμεν του σωματος αυτου εκ της σαρκος αυτου και εκ των οστεων αυτου [Ephesians 5:30 TR - Beza, ...
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Strong's 203 ἀκροβυστία uncircumcision and bible translations in general

The more mature I get in my faith, the more I realize love and faith matter above all else, and the works that are the product of true faith are good: too to feed the poor and visit the orphans and ...
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What is the Greek word for Qavah (Hebrew for "wait") in Isa 40:31

“But they that WAIT upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isa. 40:31). In this ...
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By switching from "those days" to "that day," does Matthew 24:36 imply a transition into a separate topic?

In Matthew 24:3, Jesus' disciples had a question (NKJV): Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the ...
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By using "parousia," does Jesus speak of a future time He would be physically present (Matt. 24)?

In Matthew 24, the word parousia (commonly translated as "coming") appears four times (NKJV, emphasis added): Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, ...
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'God' or 'gods' in 1 Kings 12:28 and Exodus 32:4?

The verses in the main question refer to the golden calves of Jeroboam I and Aaron, respectively. The term at issue is elohim. Does the phrase "behold elohim" refer to "the gods" ...
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Can "full of sweet wine" (Acts 2:13) be viewed as an assessment by not -understanding "others" of the message or its sound of "speaking in tongues?

Text: Acts 2:13 (YTL) "And others mocking said, They are full of sweet wine."
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Is Athanasius' translation of Isaiah 9:6 supportable?

Athanasius of Alexandria translates : ... the everlasting father ... [Isaiah 9:6 KJV] as : ... Father of the coming age ... ['On Luke 10:22' from Select Works and Letters (1) ]. I notice that ...
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What's the correct term for "day" in Genesis 3:8?

In Genesis 3:8 ESV And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of ...
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What is the significance of the Greek "ὅτι" as used in the original text of 1 Thessalonians 5:2?

1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 reads as follows: Περὶ δὲ τῶν χρόνων καὶ τῶν καιρῶν, ἀδελφοί, οὐ χρείαν ἔχετε ὑμῖν γράφεσθαι, αὐτοὶ γὰρ ἀκριβῶς οἴδατε ὅτι ἡμέρα κυρίου ὡς κλέπτης ἐν νυκτὶ οὕτως ἔρχεται. Or, ...
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Akkadian Kašdu, Hebrew Kaśdim (כַּשְׂדִּֽים׃) glossed as "clod-breakers": Is there a clear source for the gloss?

I'm aware of the origins of the Chaldeans as a branch of the Arameans who took over southern Mesopotamia. I'm interested in the meaning of the Akkadian and Hebrew words that apparently became attached ...
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How do we understand God's rejection of Saul in 1 Sam. 15:23, 28?

The verses in question read as follows: 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also ...
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What is the significance of the term 'bone and flesh' in Job 2:5?

In Gen. 2:23, 24 we this term used by Adam in the following way: 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 ...
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Would Genesis 9:4 prohibit eating meat taken from living animals?

Genesis 9:2-4 reads (NKJV, emphasis mine): And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish ...
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Who is "your brother" in Deuteronomy 22:1-3?

Deuteronomy 22:1-3 reads (NKJV, emphasis mine): "You shall not see your brother’s ox or his sheep going astray, and hide yourself from them; you shall certainly bring them back to your brother. ...
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Why would God give Jonah a Godly Revelatory message to warn the city of Nineveh?

Why would God give Jonah a godly revelatory message to warn the city of Nineveh? (like why wouldn't God just raise a prophet from Nineveh who could have warned them? Why Jonah, an Israelite foreigner ...
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Mark 2:16 - What differentiates sinners referred to as sinners as opposed to sinners not referred to as sinners?

Mark 2:16 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Are these ...
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Why does John say "he saw", instead of "heard", regarding the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ?

In the opening of Revelation we read (NIV) 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 to his servant ...
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1 John 1:9 - What is the significance of the usage ὁμολογέω (confess) in the context?

In the Gospels, μετανοέω (repent) is used. Are there contextual factors using the ὁμολογέω in 1 John? Are there any Scriptural examples to differentiate the two: μετανοέω and ὁμολογέω? Text: 1 John ...
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Psalms 16:10 - Pit or Corruption?

For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption [שַׁ֫חַת/šaḥaṯ]. -Psalms 16:10 The word, šaḥaṯ, is most often translated as pit. Why is šaḥaṯ here translated ...
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Psalm 84:10 - what is the significance of "a doorkeeper in God's house"?

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalms 84:10 NIV What does the author mean by &...
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Can anyone shed some "light" on the vocabulary in Psalm 119:105?

This is one of my favorite verses, Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. 105נֵר־ לְרַגְלִ֥י דְבָרֶ֑ךָ וְ֝א֗וֹר לִנְתִיבָתִֽי׃ I've always had my own interpretation of the verse, but ...
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What does it mean for the government to "praise" those who do good (1 Pet. 2:13-14; Rom. 13:3)?

My question pertains to two passages. The first one, 1 Peter 2:13-14 reads (NKJV), Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to ...
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1 Timothy 2:15 - How specifically should "τῆς τεκνογονίας" be translated? Did the translators make the right choice?

1 Timothy 2:15 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing [τῆς τεκνογονίας]—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. Ok, Checking out Biblehub.com, translators, in ...
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Should πνευματικα (pneumatika) in 1 Corinthians 14:1 be translated as "spiritualities" or "spiritual things" instead of "spiritual gifts"?

My question is motivated by an answer to a related question I asked on C.SE in regards to 1 Corinthians 14:1. Specifically, the linked answer argues that the Greek word πνευματικα (pneumatika) should ...
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How does "evil/ponera" in 1 John 3:12 compare with "evil/kakon" in Romans 12:17?

1 John 3:12 "..And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil [ponera] and his brother's righteous". ESV. Romans 12:17 "Repay no one evil [kakon] for evil, but give thought ...
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2 Cor 2:16 - A fragrance from death to death and life to life

For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is ...
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What is the significance of Hebrew word tummah at Job 2:3?

And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he ...
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Does God grant repentance conditionally according to 2 Timothy 2:25?

2 Timothy 2:22:26 (ESV): 22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ...
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