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Investigation into the meaning or use of an individual word across a body of writing.

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Seek how? (ἐκζητέω)

Question for Greek scholars: ἐκζητέω is translated “seek after” in Acts 15:17 & Romans 3:11; “Enquired” in I Peter 1:10; “Diligently seek” in Hebrews 11:6; and “Sought carefully” in Hebrews 12:...
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Why do the deer and ram share a common root?

I am trying to understand the relationship between an אַיִל (ram, Ovis canadensis) and אַיָּל (stag, Cervidae). According to scientific classification these are different families. They seem to share ...
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Luke 17:21 ἐντὸς as “among” or “in the midst”: According to context what does ἐντὸς mean? [on hold]

It is pretty clear to me that it is a fabricated debate. From Homer through the time of Jesus there is no instance of the Greek term ἐντὸς being used to denote "among" or "in the midst". The ...
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The Surermacy of Jesus Christ in the book of Hebrews? [on hold]

People have different views on the supremacy of Jesus according to the letter of Hebrews. So what is your view?
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How is Saul's “בֶן־” (son) in 1 Samuel 20:31b to be understood?

Saul to Jonathan about David: WLC: וְעַתָּ֗ה שְׁלַ֨ח וְקַ֤ח אֹתֹו֙ אֵלַ֔י כִּ֥י בֶן־מָ֖וֶת הֽוּא׃ ס (ESV: Therefore send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die.) Is it standard and ...
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Same numbers and meanings - Hebrew vs. Greek - Strong's Concordance [on hold]

I asked this same question on Christianity. They are already voting it as "off topic" Arrrggg! Can anyone here help me with a futile search that I have been trying online? I am interested to find ...
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Why was prohibition against consuming grapes and raisins included in the Nazirite vow?

Wine and fermented drink contain alcohol, and one easily gets drunk when consuming them. Grapes and raisins, on the other hand, don't make you drunk, do they? So, why the prohibition? Does it have to ...
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Did the Israelites pay one, or two tithes?

On the website: "Hebrew Nations" the 'two-tithes' proposition is outlined: The Two Tithes The Tribe of Levi was divided into 2 major sections, Cohens (Priests) and Levites. The First Tithe was ...
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Did the Levites own cattle?

In Joshua 21, the NIV translation of the Bible has "pasturelands", while the KJV translation has "suburbs" (Jos 21:3,8,27,41). I wonder which one is the right translation? Jos 21:41 (NIV) The towns ...
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Question regarding Genesis 2:7 [closed]

Thank you for taking my question. In light of the recent change in abortion laws, I have been in a debate with some of my family members who are of the belief that "soul" life does not begin until a ...
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According to Genesis 4:1f, could Cain and Abel be twins?

In English, the Bible states: 1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, 'I have gotten a man from the LORD.' 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was ...
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In the LXX version of 2 Samuel 1:18, where did the bow go?

Translating 2 Samuel 1:18 seems to be a very difficult task. Could anyone please lay a helping hand? A very accurate solution seems to be: NET: He gave instructions that the people of Judah should ...
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“From Mount Horeb” (Exodus 33:6), how should we understand the preposition “from” in context?

Exodus 33:6, וַיִּתְנַצְּלוּ בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת-עֶדְיָם, מֵהַר חוֹרֵב. So the Israelites stripped off their ornaments at Mount Horeb. (NIV) The problem with the NIV's translation is that ...
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“Blasphemy” in 1 Kings 21:10 [duplicate]

And cause two men — sons of worthlessness — to sit over-against him, and they testify of him, saying, Thou hast blessed God and Melech; and they have brought him out, and stoned him, and he dieth.’ ‭...
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What is the “joy” that was set before Jesus mentioned in Hebrews 12:2 [duplicate]

Hebrews 12:2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the ...
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Why is עֲרוּמִּ֔ים (Gen 2:25) translated “naked,” and in the very next verse its singular form, עָר֔וּם (Gen 3:1), is translated “crafty/shrewd?”

I am curious as to why the Hebrew word for "crafty/shrewd," עָרוּם, used to characterize the serpent in the Garden in Genesis 3:1 is the same word in Genesis 2:25, describing Adam and Eve, yet ...
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The difference between “perceive” and “understand”

In Mark chapter 8 verse 17 Jesus is rebuking his disciples for not understanding his message regarding the leaven of the Pharisees: καὶ γνοὺς ὁ Ἰησοῦς λέγει αὐτοῖς Τί διαλογίζεσθε ὅτι ἄρτους οὐκ ...
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What is shekhar?

«And the nesekh (libation offering) thereof shall be the fourth-hin for the one keves: baKodesh (i.e., the Mizbe'ach) shalt thou cause the nesekh shekhar to be poured out unto Hashem.» ‭‭Bamidbar‬ ‭...
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Two words in Greek meaning “shame” - are they related?

I have a question regarding two words found in the Book of Revelation, that are both translated as "shame": Chapter 3 verse 18: συμβουλεύω σοι ἀγοράσαι παρ᾽ ἐμοῦ χρυσίον πεπυρωμένον ἐκ πυρὸς ἵνα ...
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What is חֶמְדַּת נָשִׁים in Daniel 11:37

Daniel chapter 11 speaks of the Willful king that will profane the temple and persecute the Jews. One of the many descriptions given to him is found in verse 37, וְעַל-אֱלֹהֵי אֲבֹתָיו לֹא יָבִין, ...
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In James 1:13, what does “God” mean in “for God cannot be tempted by evil”?

In Matt. 4:1, Jesus is tempted. Jesus is God and therefore God can be tempted. Perhaps what James is saying here is that there is no chance that Jesus who is perfect would ever give into temptation. ...
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What is the “hope” talked about in Hebrews 10:23

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. What is the hope referred into in the above verse? Is this the same hope talked about ...
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What is the “Sabbath-rest for the people of God” in Hebrews 4:9-11 referring to

Hebrews 4:9-11 New International Version (NIV) 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[a] just as God did from ...
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What does “into” mean in Matthew 6:13 [duplicate]

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. What does into mean in this verse? This prayer seems to me like God by default leads us into temptation and Jesus is asking ...
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What does “for” mean in Psalm 25:11?

Psalm 25:11 For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. What is the meaning of for in this verse? which word can be substituted instead of for to get the most accurate ...
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What does “in” mean in “in His hand” John3v35?

"In" could be "incorporated" as a bone is part of a hand. Yet there is no darkness in Him so "all things" would not include darkness. Or "all things" does include darkness and then "in" means "in His ...
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What does the word “for” mean and imply in Psalms 18:17?

Psalm 18:17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. Can for in this verse be translated because? Did God deliver David because his ...
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Why does Jesus use two different words for 'see' in John 16:16?

In John 16, Jesus speaks to the disciples about his death and resurrection, and makes a statement that particularly confuses them: Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, ...
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Why does YLT change the tense of Judges 6:14

Judges 6:14 in KJV and most other translation is in future tense And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have ...
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Distinguishing the differences in meanings when of, by, in, through, with & for are added before the Spirit? [closed]

All taken from KJV for consistencey Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers ...
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What is the difference between “the law” in John 1:17 & “the law” in Galatians 4:21

John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Here the scripture says law was given through Moses. And again from Galatians 4:21-22 Tell me, you who ...
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What does the phrase “drive out” mean in Numbers 33:55?

In the context of Numbers 33:55, what is the meaning of the Hebrew word translated “drive out”? 55 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those of them whom ...
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What do the words “boasts” & "knows mean in Jeremiah 9:24

Jeremiah 9:24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things ...
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Matthew 7:1 vs 1 Corinthians 5:3

How should I distinguish Jesus' "judging" in Matthew 7:1 with Paul's "judging" in 1 Corinthians 5:3?
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Are Hosea 6:6 and Matthew 9:13 connected?

In some bibles, Matthew 9:13 Go and learn what the Scriptures mean when they say, 'Instead of offering sacrifices to me, I want you to be merciful to others.' I didn't come to invite good ...
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What is the meaning of “fan” and “purge his floor” in Matthew 3:12?

What is meant by fan & his floor in in Mathew 3:12? Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with ...
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Why does the LXX translate דֹּדֶ֖יךָ as μαστοί in Song of Songs 1:2?

Song of Songs 1:2 Hebrew: יִשָּׁקֵ֙נִי֙ מִנְּשִׁיקֹ֣ות פִּ֔יהוּ כִּֽי־טֹובִ֥ים דֹּדֶ֖יךָ מִיָּֽיִן׃ KJV: Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. ...
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Why did God use a symbol of death to bring healing (Numbers 21:8-9)? [closed]

8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a ...
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The meaning of “know” in the Bible

I am wondering about the use of "know" in the sexual sense in the Hebrew Bible (e.g., "[Cain] knew his wife" in Gen. 4:17). Is this an euphemism by the first translators into English, or was this ...
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In Romans 16:1 does the fact that “deacon” is masculine suggest an “office” or simply “servant”?

In Paul's reference to sister Phoebe the KJV renders the masculine word διάκονος as "servant": [Rom 16:1-4 KJV] 1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at ...
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To whom does “I” refer in Matthew 24:5?

For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray Matthew 24:5 Who is the I referring to in I am? Is it referring to Jesus of Nazereth? Or is it refrring to ...
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What does Paul mean by “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness” in Rom 10:4?

KJV Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Is this scripture in regards to righteousness? Is this speaking of Christ as the limit, end or total ...
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How many is “a multitude” of heavenly hosts in Luke 2:13

Luke 2:13 (ESV) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying I’ve heard some teach that this is translated from “murias” (Strong's 3461), which ...
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What is the “sin” referred to in Hebrews 11:25?

Hebrews 11:25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. What is the sin referred to here?
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What does “such things” refer to in Hebrews 11:14

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. Hebrews 11:14 What does such things refer to? How and where did they say such things?
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Did God create evil? [closed]

God created the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and placed it in the Garden of Eden. So could there have been the knowledge of evil if evil itself had actually not been in existence created by God? ...
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What is the extent of the silence commanded of women in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-12?

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. 35And if they will learn any thing, let ...
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What did Jesus teach about water baptism and discipleship in Matthew 28:19,20?

[Mat 28:19-20 KJV] 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have ...
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The ultimate source of evil [closed]

In John 19:10-11 we read: Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest ...
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What does “fear of the Lord” in 2 Chronicles 14:13-15 mean?

2 Chronicles 14:13-15 13 Asa and the people who were with him pursued them as far as Gerar, and the Ethiopians fell until none remained alive, for they were broken before the Lord and his army. ...