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Is "stars" the object of "made" or "rule" in Genesis 1:16?

Genesis 1:16 says (according to the Complete Jewish Bible translation) "God made the two great lights — the larger light to rule the day and the smaller light to rule the night — and the stars." My ...
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Who are the "divine beings" in Psalm 82?

We read in Psalm 82: I had taken you for divine beings, sons of the Most High, all of you; but you shall die as men do, fall like any prince.—Psalm 82:6–7 (NJPS) Some ...
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Does "Hebrew" refer to the language or the language family?

The book of Acts mentions the Hebrew language a number of times: And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great ...
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What is "the gift of God" in Ephesians 2:8?

This answer on C.SE referenced Eph 2:8-9 to support the idea that faith comes from God. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a ...
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What does "because of the angels" refer to in 1 Cor 11:10?

In 1 Cor 11:10, Paul writes regarding head coverings and headship: That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. (ESV) I don't mean to get too deeply ...
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Is it good to "turn a slave into a son" in Proverbs 29:21?

"He who pampers his slave from childhood will in the end find him to be a son." Proverbs 29:21, NASB I want to contrast this with a prior verse: "A slave will not be instructed by words alone; for ...
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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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Who is "I" in Psalm 4

Several verses in Psalm 4 are in the first person, for example in verse 1: Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and ...
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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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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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In James 2:23, does the use of the word "fulfilled" (ἐπληρώθη) suggest that Genesis 15:6 was a prophecy about the future (IE: Genesis 22:12)?

[Jas 2:20-26 NASB] (20) But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? (21) Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son ...
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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 ...
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