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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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In 2 Corinthians 6:15, who or what is "Belial"?

2Co 6:15 What harmony exists between the Messiah and Beliar, or what do a believer and an unbeliever have in common? "Belial aka Beliar" is a Hebrew word meaning something like "worthlessness one":...
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In John 11:33 what does ἐνεβριμήσατο τῷ πνεύματι καὶ ἐτάραξεν ἑαυτὸν mean in this context?

How you translate the verbs in ἐνεβριμήσατο τῷ πνεύματι καὶ ἐτάραξεν ἑαυτὸν in 11:33 affects how you interpret the surrounding verses, especially when answering the question why did Jesus weep (11:35)....
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Philippians 2:12 - How should "Work Out" be interpreted?

1. Question In Phil 2:12, How should "Work" be translated, and why is "Out" injected? Setting aside doctrinal presuppositions of faith/work/eternal salvation -- Phil 2:12, NASB - ...
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In 1 Corinthians 6:19 is the word σῶμα (sōma) intended to be singular or plural?

In the TR of 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul says ἢ οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι τὸ σῶμα ὑμῶν ναὸς τοῦ ἐν ὑμῖν ἁγίου πνεύματός ἐστιν οὗ ἔχετε ἀπὸ θεοῦ καὶ οὐκ ἐστὲ ἑαυτῶν The following is how some of the major English ...
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Mt. 12:32-Does Jesus imply, speaking against the Holy spirit includes denying His divinity and the personhood?

In V 32, Jesus speaks parallelism in that He clearly shows, as Himself is, the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, not a force or energy of some sort. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be ...
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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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Does the Codex Sinaiticus contain the Hebrew Tetragrammaton or Greek LORD (KURIOS)?

The New King James Version uses the Tetragrammaton in the New Testament (written as +LORD [CAPS-smallcaps]) apparently it uses a Tetragrammaton source material, or it arbitrarily implies it while the ...
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Deuteronomy 18:15 "from among your midst, from your brothers"

This is a follow-up to a comment at Ancient Bible Hebrew Deuteronomy 18:15. In the phrase מִקִּרְבְּךָ֤ מֵאַחֶ֙יךָ֙ the second word מֵאַחֶ֙יךָ֙ is an apposition, so both words have the same referent. ...
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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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Does the word one in Deuteronomy 6:4 and Mark 12:29 mean the cardinal number 1?

Deuteronomy 6:4 YLT Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our God is one Jehovah; Mark 12:29 YLT and Jesus answered him -- 'The first of all the commands is, Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one;...
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Copper, bronze, and brass

I was talking with a colleague about the bronze snake of Numbers 21, because a student had referred to it as the "copper snake" on a test. (Bronze of course is an alloy of copper and tin.) I ...
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Hebrews 8:12 - Does God actually forget?

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Does this verse indicate that recall of certain items becomes impossible in ...
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Why is the sharp sword not "double-edged," in Revelation 19:15?

I am reading in the book of Revelation at chapter 1,where John sees a vision of a man.John then goes on to give a detailed description of the man who is without question-Jesus Christ. I notice that ...
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Question regarding “baptism for the remission of sins” in Acts 2:38

Background information: The Nicene Creed declares: “We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.” However, while doing research into this subject, I found this quote from the Lion Book of ...
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Why does, in Isaiah 45:1, the text changes from third to first person? What is the correct way to read it?

In Isaiah 45:1, the versicle begins in the third person, i.e., the prophet is going to speak the message from God about Cyrus. But suddenly it changes to the first person (God speaking). Isaiah 45:1 ...
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Which term is ‘Elyon’ derived from and what is its significance?

Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. The ‘Most High’ translates the Hebrew adjective ‘Elyon’. What is the term which ‘Elyon’ ...
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What does "take away sin/sins" mean in John 1:29 & Hebrews 10:11?

What does takes away the sin mean in John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! and take away sins in ...
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Revelation: Why might John use word frequency patterns - do they to convey hermeneutic meaning?

Richard Bauckham observes how John uses certain words and phrases either four times, seven times, or two times, along with certain multiples, such as fourteen and twenty-eight. Gregory K. Beale ...
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Does "the partial" (1 Cor 14:10b) allude to the imperfect nature of the "Spiritual gifts" or refer to the imperfect users and their use?

Context: 1 Cor 13:8-12 (ESV) 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in ...
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What distinct and intelligible meaning can be derived from analysing John 1;1b and c's "Word" and "God"? [duplicate]

Can we take a plainer way in identifying the "word" and "God" in this verse or use substitution of the terms once the "word" and "God" already have been ...
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Trying to understand the meaning/purpose when it comes to Psalm 45 use of the word "daughter"

Hebrews 1:5-9 (NASB) 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again, “I will be a Father to Him And He shall be a Son to Me”? ........................
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Does Genesis 3 suggest that Adam and Eve's fig-leaf loincloths (v. 7) were unable to cover nakedness, unlike the tunics of skin (v. 21)?

In Genesis 3:6-10, the first recorded effect of Adam and Eve's sin is that they realized they were naked. Because of this, they sewed fig leaves together to make loincloths, but this isn't considered ...
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Difference between eternal & everlasting life

Looking for help distinguishing between the two. From what I've gathered, eternal life could mean "time-based", i.e. heaven, and everlasting life means "quality" of life here ...
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How does "has blinded" in John 12:40 compare with "has blinded" in 2 Corinthians 4:4?

"He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them". John 12:40. ESV "In their case ...
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Word Study: G5546: Χριστιανός Christianós

The word Christian is used 3 times in the bible. Two are from Luke listed below. And, the third from Peter in his first letter. Acts 11:26 (KJV) And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch....
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Is "all things" the correct translation of "πάντα" in Mark 10:27 and Matthew 19:26?

In the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, the phrase "πάντα [γὰρ] δυνατὰ" appears in a synoptic passage (Matthew 19:26 and Mark 10:27 respectively.) This phrase is often defined (e.g. by the state ...
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Why does the peace offering have a three day ultimatum within which it must be eaten? Lev 19:6

For some other sacrifices, there was a one day ultimatum e.g the Passover (Exo 12:10) the peace offerings for thanksgiving (Lev 7:15) Leviticus 19:5-7 (NKJV) And if you offer a sacrifice of a peace ...
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Healing in the New Testament [closed]

Do you know any scriptures on healing from the New Testament? I am having a lot of issues with sickness and want to confess the word of God over myself to get healing. I pray and read God's word, but ...
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What is the meaning of "lampstand" in Revelation 2:5?

What is the meaning of "lampstand" in Revelation 2:5 ? Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your ...
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Gen 9:4 - Why can't we eat the life?

What is the reasoning behind the prohibition from eating the lifeblood of an animal? It isn't until Moses that purposing of the blood for atonement is provided as some additional reasoning behind the ...
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What is the meaning of "saved" in Acts 15:1?

I understand that there are different contexts and usages of saved. What is the meaning in this one? But certain ones having come down from Judea were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are ...
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How does the words, "Broken Faith" in Exodus 21:8 relate to Moses's who "broke faith" in Deuteronomy 32:51?

What does it really mean to "Break Faith" as mentioned in the Old Testament? If a man sells his daughter...he has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. ...
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The fifth rib in Abner

I noticed the mention of fifth rib in the murder of Abner: 2 Sam 3:27 And when Abner had returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly and smote him there under the ...
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Was the "Kingdom at Hand" (Matthew 4:17) postponed by the Jewish rejection of Jesus; did they have the power to trump Jesus's anticipation?

At Hand Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand (Matt. 4:17) Also see Be sure of this, that the Kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. (Luke 10:11). The Greek is gar eggiken e basileia ton ouranon ...
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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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Amos 6:13 names of places or something else?

The Hebrew in Amos 6:13 reads הַשְּׂמֵחִים לְלֹא דָבָר הָאֹמְרִים הֲלוֹא בְחָזְקֵנוּ לָקַחְנוּ לָנוּ קַרְנָיִם The KJV translates thus: Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, ...
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In John 11:26 what is the meaning of "die"?

John 11:26 (version-A) and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this? The translation of this verse in my native language, in English will be like this : John 11:26 (...
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Does the Granville Sharp rule apply to Titus 2:13 when dealing with "the Blessed Hope?

...while we wait for the Blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God... (Titus 2:13, KJV) The modern NIV translation seems to translate this part of verse 13 as if the Granville Sharp rule ...
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In Romans 1:11 why does Paul seem to fudge about his agenda by saying "some spiritual gift"?

NIV Romans 1: 11I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. It sounds ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase 'only true God' in John 17:3?

In John 17:3, Jesus addressed the Father as 'the only true God'' which semantically means that no one else is true God except the Father. However, Jesus is also addressed as ''God'' in the same gospel ...
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Would using "Nations" instead of "Gentiles" be more appropriate as a translation of "ethnos" in the New Testament as in Acts 15:17?

Ethnicity This word, ethnos, from what we get ethnic or ethnicity simply means a nation or nationality. It could refer to any people group around the world (or as far the N.T. is concerned, the ...
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In Mark 5:41 what does "talitha cumi" mean?

In Mark 5:41, Jesus speaks in Aramaic as he resurrects a young girl: Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Other translations ...
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What does Matthew mean by "those on His left" and "and those on His right" in Matthew 25?

In Matthew 25, starting in verse 34 the passage reads. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation ...
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Does gēs in Matthew 24:30 refer to all the earth, or a particular location?

Matthew 24:30 (ESV), a part of the Olivet Discourse, reads: Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man ...
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Is John 6:27 a command or casual advice?

John 6:27 Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures unto eternal life… If this is a command, what can be said of modern Christianity? If this is just advice, why did the ...
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Is the Greek word "pragmaton" as used in Hebrews 11:1 referring to a thing done, an action, deed?

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. [Hebrews 11:1 KJV] Is the Greek word "pragmaton" as used in Hebrews 11:1 referring to a thing done, an ...
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Is there any deeper meaning to the word translated as 'potsherd' in Job 2:8?

I am looking at the word translated as 'potsherd' in Job 2:8 and was wondering if anyone came across any other OT evidence that suggests there is a deeper/symbolic meaning behind the fragment of ...
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What does the term in Job 1:7 and 2:2 mean?

In both Job 1:7 and 2:2 Satan says to God: And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down ...
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John the Baptist compared with Samson, Samuel via Nazirite vow

The Bible mentions about three people who were dedicated by their parents to be Nazirites already from birth. These people were Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist. Jesus said: Mat 11:11 (NIV) "...
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Law of God vs Law of Christ

The phrase "Law of Christ" appears only twice in the NT, namely, 1 Cor 9:21 & Gal 6:2. In the first of these, we read: To those without the law I became like one without the law (...

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