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

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In 1 Corinthians 3:9, does “You are God's field” refer only to the Body of Christ, and if so, what does it mean?

In the gospels, Jesus referred to the "field" as "the world": [Mat 13:38 NKJV] (38) "The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one....
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Who is the Word in John 1:1

John 1:1 states “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) and is translated also to: John 1:1 Goodspeed “…and the Word was divine.” John 1:...
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What meaning does the verb ἐτελέσθησαν have in Psalms 105:28 LXX (106:28 KJV)?

καὶ ἐτελέσθησαν τῷ Βεελφεγωρ καὶ ἔφαγον θυσίας νεκρῶν I reviewed the Hebrew word צָמַד (tzamad), and it seems to mean “join” or “fasten.” When I reviewed LSJ’s entry on τελέω (τέλω), I didn’t see any ...
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What does “Destroy” mean in John 2:19?

"Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple , and in three days I will raise it up." ESV. "Destroy" from "lysate" an imperative. Here I am not trying to discern the meaning of this word to those who ...
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Is Jesus' “I am” statement in John 8:58 equivalent to God's “I am” statement in Exodus 3:14?

Is Jesus' "I am" statement in John 8:58 equivalent to God's "I am" in Exodus 3:14? What is the meaning of "I am" in John 8:58 and what is the meaning of "I am" in Exodus 3:14?
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In Hebrews 5:7, what is the meaning of εὐλαβείας?

The Greek text of Hebrews 5:7 states, ὃς ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις τῆς σαρκὸς αὐτοῦ δεήσεις τε καὶ ἱκετηρίας πρὸς τὸν δυνάμενον σῴζειν αὐτὸν ἐκ θανάτου μετὰ κραυγῆς ἰσχυρᾶς καὶ δακρύων προσενέγκας καὶ ...
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What does “should” mean in Philippians 2:10?

"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those ...
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Ephesians 2:3, “διανοιῶν” singular or plural?

Ephesians 2:3 (GNT): ἐν οἷς καὶ ἡμεῖς πάντες ἀνεστράφημέν ποτε ἐν ταῖς ἐπιθυμίαις τῆς σαρκὸς ἡμῶν, ποιοῦντες τὰ θελήματα τῆς σαρκὸς καὶ τῶν διανοιῶν, καὶ ἦμεν τέκνα ...
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What action is the author referring to by the phrase, “wait on the Lord”?

Several verses have the phrase "wait on (or upon) the Lord." For example: Psa 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. Isa 40:31 ...
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Hebrews 2:9, What is the accurate translation of (ὅπως)=(ut)?

Hebrews 2:9 (GNT): τὸν δὲ βραχύ τι παρ᾿ ἀγγέλους ἠλαττωμένον βλέπομεν ᾿Ιησοῦν διὰ τὸ πάθημα τοῦ θανάτου δόξῃ καὶ τιμῇ ἐστεφανωμένον, ὅπως χάριτι Θεοῦ ὑπὲρ παντὸς ...
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Was the phrase ζωὴν ἐν ἑαυτῷ in John 5:26 related to the Tetragrammaton as well as the ὁ ζῶν in Revelation 1:17?

John 5:26 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; John 5:26 NA27 ὥσπερ γὰρ ὁ πατὴρ ἔχει ζωὴν ...
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What does “not yet see” mean in Hebrews 2:8?

"Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him." E.S.V. Possible considerations: Is "not yet see" ...
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What does “with” mean in Romans 8:16?

"The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God." E.S.V. There is on this site a question which looks at the meaning of the word "spirit" in this verse. Here I want to ...
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What are “dominions” as the word appears in Colossians 1:16?

"For by him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities.." E.S.V. Possible areas for consideration: Do we need to ...
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What is the meaning of “The days” in Psalm 139:16?

"And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me," N.K.J.V. If David believed some of his days had been fashioned by God, he might, I suggest, have not included the day when "Then ...
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Is there any proof that the word elohim, when it denotes gods, is taken to mean that these gods as having plurality of persons within themselves?

The word Elohim that is translated as "gods" in Genesis 35:2 and Exodus 18:11 does not seem to substantiate that these gods as having plurality of persons within themselves. Does the meaning of ...
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Romans 12:1, what is the accurate translation of (λογικὴν)?

Romans 12:1, what is the accurate translation of (λογικὴν)?: Spiritual. Reasonable. Logical. Intelligent. Romans 12:1 (GNT): Παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, διὰ τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν τοῦ Θεοῦ, ...
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Why the Greek word “agapee=ἀγάπη” is translated as “love” in some verses, and “charity” in other verses, in KJV?

Why the Greek word "agapee=ἀγάπη" is translated as "love" in some verses, and "charity" in other verses, in KJV? I noticed that in the Latin Vulgate two words meaning "love" were used, e.g: Romans ...
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What does it mean that the Greek middle voice is used at Luke 4:3 to command the stone to become bread?

The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread (Luke 4:3, NIV) (NA28) εἶπεν δὲ αὐτῷ ὁ διάβολος· εἰ υἱὸς εἶ τοῦ θεοῦ, εἰπὲ ⸂τῷ λίθῳ τούτῳ ἵνα γένηται [a] ἄρτος⸃ I ...
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Ephesians 2:2, are there versions other than (DRB), (WYC) and (LV) having the word “this”?

Ephesians 2:2, Latin Vulgate (LV): in quibus aliquando ambulastis secundum saeculum mundi huius secundum principem potestatis aeris huius spiritus qui nunc operatur in filios diffidentiae ...
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What does “apestalken” mean in 1 John 4:14?

"the Father has sent [apestalken] his Son to be the Savior of the world", E.S.V. Some possibly relevant thoughts: "the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world": that the authority of ...
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Romans 1:14 “ἀνοήτοις” or “insipientibus” is this word “thoughtless” or “unwise”?

It is supposed that KJV more literal than many other translations of the Bible. In Romans 1:14, KJV translated the word "ἀνοήτοις" as "unwise" but the literal translation should be "thoughtless". ...
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Why DRB translated “prudens”, and “prudentes” as “wise” in some verses, While was forced to translate them as “prudent” in some other verses?

I consider- through my research- Latin Vulgate as the most reliable and authentic text of the Bible. DRB (Douay-Rheims Bible), I consider, the most loyal, literal English translation of the Latin ...
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Luke 16:8, what is the accurate translation “age” or “world”?

Luke 16:8 (ASV): {cf6 And his lord commended the unrighteous steward because he had done wisely: for the sons of this world are for their own generation wiser than the sons of the light.} ...
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Revelation 5:13, the accurate translation “in the Sea” or “on the Sea”?

Revelation 5:13 (DRB): And every creature, which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them: I heard all saying: To him that sitteth ...
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2 Corinthians 7:1, does Spirit have filthiness (defilement)?

2 Corinthians 7:1 (DRB): Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sactification in the fear of God. ...
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What does “is Spirit” mean in “God is Spirit”?

John 4:24 "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth". N.K J.V. There is on this site a question regarding this verse which looks at how "Spirit" relates to God and ...
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In Jeremiah 20:7 what is the accurate translation “deceived” or “persuaded” or “enticed”?

Jeremiah 20:7 (KJV): O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. Jeremiah 20:7 (ASV): O ...
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What is the meaning of “naon” in Matthew 27:5?

"Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed.." Matthew 27:5 N.K.J.V. To understand Judas entering the naon we need to understand "naon". What normally went on there. What ...
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What is the meaning of “the truth” in John 14:6?

"Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me". E.S.V. Here are three ideas which might be used in an answer to take it from a single ...
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What is the status of “if” in Romans 9:22. i.e. Does this “if” have a “then”?

"What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power..". E.S.V. Romans 9:22. There is already a question about "What if" on this site but comparing it with this one, they appear to me ...
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A question about the mind of Christ in Corinthians and Philippians

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. [1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV] Here, νοῦν, noun (mind) is accusative, masculine singular see Biblehub with ...
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In Mark 4:38, what does it mean to “care”?

[Mar 4:38 NLT] (38) Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, "Teacher, don't you care that we're going to drown?" [Mar 4:38 MGNT]...
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What does “knowledge” mean in 2 Peter 2:20?

"For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ they are again entangled in them and overcome..". E.S.V. Under this verse ...
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What is the meaning of the Greek words “born of women” as they relate to John the Baptist and to Jesus Christ?

In Matthew 11:11 Jesus says: Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist [KJV] I understand that the relevant Greek words here (and in Luke 7:28) are ‘...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “purge your conscience from dead works” in Hebrews 9:14?

What does "purge your conscience from dead works" mean in Hebrews 9:14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your ...
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Does “a woman” in Leviticus 18:19 and 20:18 refer to all women including a man's wife or just women who were not his wife

In these passages, does "a woman" include a man's own wife, or is that not included and it's just referring to women that he is not married to? Leviticus 18:19 “You shall not approach a woman to ...
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What does “is…glorified” mean in John 13:31? A.V. “Now is the Son of man glorified”

In my thinking about "is... glorified" I have 4 points which are mostly pulling in different directions: 1.Quote from N.I.V. Study Bible [1985 Zondervan] footnote re:v31 "Here the idea of glory ...
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What does fruitful mean in Gen 1:28?

In Genesis 1:28, God says to Adam and Eve, "Be fruitful..." Does the term fruitful specifically refer to child-bearing, or is it used in general way to refer to the successes they were intended to ...
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What does “jealously” mean in James 4:5? E.S.V. “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”

There is on this site already a question and answer that take a pretty comprehensive look at the difficulties this verse presents. However they do not, to my mind, really focus on the word "jealously"...
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Why KJV translated “Χριστοῦ” as “God” in Ephesians 5:21?

Ephesians 5:21 (DRB): Being subject one to another, in the fear of Christ. Ephesians 5:21 (KJB): Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. KJV and NKJV, both versions translated ...
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Is “a thousand generations” declaration from God that Earthly World will last for at least 30000 years?

In Exodus 20:6 (in some translations), Deuteronomy 7:9 and 1Chronicles 16:15 the phrase "thousand generations" had mentioned, does this mean that the Earthly World will last for at least thirty ...
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What did Jesus imply in John 11:9,10?

"Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, ...
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What is the meaning of “deliver” in Matthew 6:13? “but deliver us from evil”. E.S.V

Already on this site are several questions regarding this verse but none that I have read really hone in on the word "deliver". The point and detail of this question is: What is the semantic range ...
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What does 'wrest' the scriptures mean, 2 Peter 3:16?

In 2 Peter 3:16, the apostle Peter says : As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable ...
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Is the Greek word Protoktistos used anywhere in the Bible?

Arguing against the teaching that Jesus is a created being, some point out that calling him the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15)does not mean the first created. The trinitarian will often ...
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What are the differences and similarities in the meanings of “light” in 2 Corinthians 4:6 and “brightness” in Hebrews 1:3?

What are the differences and similarities in the meanings of light ( φωτισμός, οῦ, ὁ ) in 2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, ...
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What does “be done” mean in Matthew 6:10 “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”? E.S.V

"your will be done" seems not to be a request. e.g. It does not use the word "give" as in "give us this day". Could the Greek be translated "your will is done", Making a statement of fact: God's ...
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Rhema versus Logos

What is the difference between ‘rhema’ and ‘Logos’? Does the difference between these two words provide deeper understanding to the mystery of ‘the Word was made flesh (John 1:14)’ and ‘God was ...
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יְשׁוּעָ֑ה ( Yeshua) in Isaiah 52: 7 refer directly to the Messiah?

Does יְשׁוּעָ֑ה ( Yeshua) in Isaiah 52: 7 refer directly to the Messiah ? Is this a poetic play on words? ie, a proper noun to describe salvation, referring to the coming Saviour/ Messiah in cryptic ...

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