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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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Why is there numerical ambiguity in Matthew 18:21-22?

Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV) 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, ...
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Who believes, is baptized, and is saved in Acts 16?

Acts 16 tells two accounts of Philippians being saved under the preaching of Paul. First is a woman named Lydia: One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Inconsistent translations of Revelation 13:10?

KJV has for Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the ...
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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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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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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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Usage of an uncommon Hebrew word for "shone" in Exodus

In Exodus 34:29 (KJV): And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin ...
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Different words to describe the "rod serpent"

In Exodus 4:3 (KJV) And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. Serpent comes from the word nachash and the outline of ...
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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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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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'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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Why does the Hebrew switch in Genesis 12:3 for the same English translated word curse?

Upon closer reading of the text in the Hebrew passage the same translated word in English to curse is actually two different words in the Hebrew with two different root meanings. What does each word ...
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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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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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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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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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"fourth" or "dust clouds"?

In Numbers 23:10 (KJV) Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his! The original word is ...
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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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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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Differences between sin offering and guilt offering mentioned in the bible? (Guilt offering vs sin offering)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that there are 5 types of offerings in the bible: 1) Burnt offering 2) Grain offering 3) Peace offering 4) Sin offering 5) Guilt offering As I read ...
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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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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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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 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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Why does everyone in John misunderstand Jesus?

Jesus seems to be misunderstood pretty consistently throughout the Gospel According to John: John 2:19-20 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” They ...
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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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"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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What is the meaning of word translated immortality in 1 Corinthians 15:53?

What is the meaning of immortality in 1 Corinthians 15:53? For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
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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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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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