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Are “your hearts” poetically portrayed as musical instruments in Ephesians 5:19?

Paul states the following in Ephesians 5:18–19 (NKJV, emphasis added): And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and ...
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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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Word order of 1 Corinthians 1:24

I saw that the greek of the latter half of 1 Corinthians 1:24 is: "Χριστὸν Θεοῦ δύναμιν καὶ Θεοῦ σοφίαν." The direct word for word translation would be "Christ God power and God wisdom&...
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What is the significance of the word choice of Numbers 18:1?

Numbers 18:1 seems to change a lot depending on the word choice of the translation that we read. Guilt vs iniquity vs responsibility: So the Lord said to Aaron, “You, your sons, and your father’s ...
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How does Paul use 'prasso' and 'poio' in Romans 7:15 and 7:19?

Romans 7:15 ESV [My brackets] "For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do [prasso] what I want, but I do [poio] the very thing I hate." Romans 7:19 ESV [My brackets] "...
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Based on the entire use of "call on the name" throughout Scripture, what do saints in Bible times believe about Jesus whenever they call on His name? [closed]

On Christianity Stack Exchange, I asked the question Do all instances of the phrase “call on the name” prove that Jesus is God?, in which I explain, in detail and with far more references, that the ...
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Is Matthew 24:40 mistranslated in most English translations?

In context, Matthew 24:36-44 ESV reads as follows: 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, ...
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What is the difference (in the Hebrew) between 'sin' and 'sins' in Psalm 51:2 and Psalm 51:9?

In Psalm 51, David is clearly deeply penitent and stricken by the enormity of what he had done. It is evident that he blames none but himself, saying 'my transgressions' verse 1 ; 'mine iniquity' and '...
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"Have the people sit down...So the men sat down" - John 6:10

The verse in question reads as follows: (John 6:10, ESV) "Jesus said, 'Have the people sit down.' Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in numbers."...
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Did David's mother have children to different fathers or does 2 Samuel 17:25 have another explanation?

In 1 Chronicles 2:13-17 (NIV), it's said that David and his brothers were the sons of Jesse, and that they had a sister named Abigail: Jesse was the father of Eliab his firstborn; the second son ...
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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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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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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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What did Paul mean when he said, " We are seated in the heavenly realms"?

I am reading from the book of Ephesians at chapter 2 (NIV), which has a title, Made alive in Christ.In verse 6, Paul goes on to say, And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in ...
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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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In Song of Solomon 5:16 what is the significance of the plural suffix?

In Song of Solomon 5:16, the verse in Hebrew transliteration is: ḥikkōw mamṯaqqîm wəḵullōw maḥămaddîm zeh ḏōwḏî wəzeh rê‘î, bənōwṯ yərūšālim חִכּוֹ֙ מַֽמְתַקִּ֔ים וְכֻלּ֖וֹ מַחֲמַדִּ֑ים זֶ֤ה ...
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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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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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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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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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In Psalm 32:5, do sins count or not?

In the beginning of Psalm 32 David says how great it is to be someone who's sin is never counted against them: 1Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. ...
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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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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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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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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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"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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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What does Exodus 26:27 say?

I was reading through Exodus the other day and thought that the translation of Exodus 26:26-27 was odd. OSB: "You shall make bars of incorruptible wood: five for the posts on one side of the ...
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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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Is Proverbs 25:20 about singing songs to an "evil" heart or to a "sad" one?

Proverbs 25: 20 (NASB, literal translation in bold) "Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on natron, Is he who sings songs to an evil heart." I didn't understand this when ...
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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 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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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 ...