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Investigation into the meaning or use of an individual word across a specific Biblical text or collection. This can include etymology, morphology, and usage as the word appears in text. This should not be exhaustive for all uses through the entire Bible or testament for frequently used words.

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'ἐκληρώθημεν προορισθέντες' in ephesians 1:11

With the help of Logos, interlinars, and commentaries I am trying to get to the initial meaning of bible verses. Ephesians 1:11: en hō kai eklērōthēmen prooristhentes kata prothesin tou ta panta ...
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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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What is the meaning of "Sorceress" in Exodus 22:18?

As I was reading my Bible completely through from the beginning I ran across this verse in Exodus 22:18: You should not suffer a sorceress to live. Up to this point, other than God's wonders, and ...
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Does the indicated etymology of «word» stem from an etymology of «λόγος»?

According to etymonline on «word»: The meaning "promise" was in Old English, as was the theological sense. Does Greek «λόγος», as in John 1:1, also have the meaning "promise"? Edit:...
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Why did Jesus say He wouldn’t drink of the vine when it seems like He did?

Jesus said, according to scripture: Matthew 26:29 NKJV 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” ...
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Translation choices for the words "pray" in Acts 7:59 and "appeal" in Acts 25:11

Biblehub shows the word "prayed" in Acts 7:59 used by the New International Version Bible is derived from the Greek ἐπικαλούμενον (epikaloumenon). This is the same word used in Acts 25:11 ...
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An explanation of El Shadai, please!

Does the Biblical term, El Shadai, mean mountaintop god, or perhaps, The Many Breasted God? I have seen both answers presented as truth claims! Gen 17:1 (NLT) - When Abram was ninety-nine years old, ...
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Image and Likeness of God?

Genesis 1:26 tells us what God wanted to do: "let us make man in our image and likeness". However in Genesis 1:27 man is only made in the image of God. But in Genesis 5:1 we are told that ...
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What does Jesus mean when he says "blessed" in the Beatitudes of Matthew 5?

I ask this as blessed can mean many things. Eternal life, financial wealth, health, having kids, having a job, being happy, etc. Blessings seem to be very broad, so I'd like to see if anyone can ...
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Question about the "daily" sacrifice. What might it refer to?

My question arises and is asked from a futurist prophetic perspective - that the ultimate fulfillments will be in future events leading up to Christ's return. It is not about the accepted ...
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Who is "A person" in, "A person cannot receive even one thing....". John 3:27?

John 3:27 ESV "John answered, "A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven." My emphasis. [anthropos/a person] From John 3:26 "He is baptizing and ...
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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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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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Is 1 Corinthians 9:27 about literally beating oneself up?

I'm used to reading the Bible in Finnish, so 1 Corinthians 9:27 seems very non-literal in most English translations. The Finnish 1992 translation is usually quite dynamic, but in this case it starts "...
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Why is Isaiah 9:6 translated in the future tense

In different translations of Isaiah 9:6 we see (emphasis mine): ESV: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called ...
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What is the difference between "old man" in Romans 6:6 and "flesh" in Romans 8:1?

What is the difference between "old man" in Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. ...
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Ez. 16:8 "...behold, thy time was the time of love;"---What does this phrase suggest?

Ezekiel 16:8 KJV Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love;... What exactly is "time of love" referenced by this verse?
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Help identifying this Hebrew word: "lesh," meaning "narcissistic"?

I am trying to track down a Hebrew word mentioned by Rabbi Rami Shapiro in his book The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: There are two types of people according to Proverbs: those who ...
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Gospel of Thomas, What is Putting a 'Foot in Place of a Foot?'

I've wondered about this for years, what does Thomas mean? The passage is below, Thomas 1:22: Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and ...
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Which of these four versions most accurately translates (μενοῦν/μενοῦνγε) in Luke 11:28?

NIV Luke 11:27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” 28He replied, “Blessed rather (μενοῦν/μενοῦνγε) are those ...
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What does "by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they" mean in Hebrews 1:4?

What does "by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they" mean in Hebrews 1:4 being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than ...
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What is the main reason that God created the woman? [closed]

The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He ...
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The gender of the Hebrew word Spirit in Hebrew English Interlinear

Every resource I've come accross that coments on the gender of the Hebrew word for Spirit mentions that it is generally female in gender. For example 'The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old ...
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Etymological History of Satana in Koine Greek

Can someone point me to an academic book on the etymological root of “satanas” (G4567)? Did it originate in the LXX when translating Job? Was satanas used extensively in Greco-Roman literature in ...
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How does "katecho" compare in 1 Corinthians 15:2 with its use in Romans 1:18?

1 Corinthians 15:1-2 ESV "Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the ...
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What is the exact meaning of הׇיְתָה in Genesis 1:2?

In the first clause of Genesis 1:2 there is a verb הׇיְתָה. Some versions translate it as "was" when it also bears the meaning "to become" and many more. My question is what should הׇיְחׇה be ...
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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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"I am" in Greek Septuagint translation of Exodus 3:14 vs. John 8:58 - how do they compare?

Exodus 3:14 YLT And God saith unto Moses, 'I AM THAT WHICH I AM;' He saith also, 'Thus dost thou say to the sons of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. How does the translation of the Greek ...
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What is the better rendering of colossians 2:14?

What is the better rendering of Colossians 2:14 ? KJV " blotting out the handwriting of ordinances which was against us " ESV " by canceling the record of debt that stood against us ...
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What is the 'shadow' caused by 'turning' (James 1:17)?

πασα δοσις αγαθη και παν δωρημα τελειον ανωθεν εστιν καταβαινον απο του πατρος των φωτων παρ ω ουκ ενι παραλλαγη η τροπης αποσκιασμα [James 1:17 TR, undisputed] Every good gift and every perfect gift ...
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In Job 33:23 what does "what constitutes his uprightness" mean?

Job 33: 23 אִם־יֵשׁ עָלָיו׀ מַלְאָךְ מֵלִיץ אֶחָד מִנִּי־אָלֶף לְהַגִּיד לְאָדָם יָשְׁרֹו׃ NET 23 If there is an angel beside him, one mediator out of a thousand, to tell a person what ...
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Is there any significance in the dimensions of the flying scroll? Zechariah 5:2

Zechariah 5:1-3 (NKJV) Then I turned and raised my eyes, and saw there a flying scroll. And he said to me, "What do you see?" So I answered, "I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits ...
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What does "protoimasen/prepared beforehand" mean in Romans 9:23?

Romans 9:22-23 ESV 22 "What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known ...
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How come the righteous Servant gets to see "His seed" even when he has no generations? Is 53:8,10

Isaiah 53:8(NKJV) He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was ...
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Is the spirit of man a created thing?

According to the book of Genesis, God created man apparently by two ingredients: (1) dust of the ground (2) the breath of God Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and ...
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Hebrew and Greek translated "fiat"

To what extent is the utterance "Let it be [done to me]"—attributed to Mary (Luke 1:38) and translated as "fiat" in the Vulgate—equivalent to the utterance "Let there be [light]"—attributed to God (...
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In Genesis 1:1 why בראשית instead of בראש?

Genesis 1:1 בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ׃ Question: Why did the Author of Genesis choose the word בראשית instead of בראש? I am pretty sure that the word ראשית is derived from ראש, but I am not ...
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Tribute Money at Capernaum

In Matthew 17:24-27 tax collectors in Capernum approach Peter and demand: “Doth not your master pay the tribute?” This money is usually assumed to be Jewish tribute money paid to the Temple. Why ...
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To which beginning is the word 'beginning' (arche) referring in the Gospel of John, outside of the prologue?

The standard reading of John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." is that the beginning - ἀρχῇ (archē) - refers to the old beginning, i.e., ...
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Are the words "beginning" and "word" mentioned in 1John 2:7 the same as those found in John 1:1?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; John 1:1 (YLT) Brethren, a new command I write not to you, but an old command, that ye had from the beginning -- the ...
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In Micah 2:12-13, what is a "breaker"?

In Micah 2:12-13 Micah predicts the arrival of the messiah whom he refers to as "the breaker" (הַפֹּרֵץ֙): KJV Micah 2: 12I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of you; I will surely gather the ...
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Does the usage of "all" in Matthew 24:37-39 indicate that Jesus believed in a global flood, encompassing all people worldwide?

Matthew 24:37-39 ESV 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, ...
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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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How did “Sirens” arise in the Septuagint translation of Isaiah 13:21?

I am reading in the book of Isaiah at chapter 13 verse 21 in the King James Bible , and I notice in this bible, and in other English bible translations, that owls and jackals are commonly mentioned. ...
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Does "all things" always mean the same in these seven verses?

John 1:3 All thingsπάντα were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all thingsπάντα into his hand. Romans 11:36 For ...
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Genesis 3:5 - 'as God' or 'as gods'?

The KJV states : ... shall be as gods, knowing good and evil [Genesis 3:5] Young's Literal states : ... as God, knowing good and evil [Genesis 3:5] Biblehub states that the participle 'knowing' is ...
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Jesus' command to give something to eat to Jairus' daughter

Does Jesus' command to the father and mother of the damsel - after He had raised her, that something should be given her to eat - indicate that they had been starving her to death? (Mark 5:40-43) ...
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Who are the dead in Christ in 1 Thessalonians 4:16?

I have used commentaries on biblehub.com so far to find the answer to: Who are the dead in Christ in 1 Thessalonians 4:16? For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the ...
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In 1 Corinthians 15:28 what does it mean that Jesus is "subjected"?

In this quote from Paul's writings about the post resurrection Jesus; how can Jesus be "subjected" to God if he is God? What does the Greek word for "subjected" mean? MLVBL 1 Cor. 15:27-28 "But ...
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(Genesis 4:7) What is Cain Ruling Over? Sin? The Door?

So I was spending some time with the Hebrew under the Cain and Abel narrative in Genesis 4. I noticed a peculiarity in the Hebrew in God's instructions to Cain after his offering was rejected. I ...

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