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Should we put God to test or not?

The two scriptures (Deut. 6:16 and Malachi 3:10) should be read differently because the original Hebrew words for "test" are different in the two verses. In the King James version, the words ...
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Concerning the "breastplate".what is the authors intent? Book of Revelation

This answer will serve to substantiate from the Greek text the impression of one commenter: Καὶ οὕτως εἶδον τοὺς ἵππους ἐν τῇ ὁράσει καὶ τοὺς καθημένους ἐπ᾿ αὐτῶν, ἔχοντας θώρακας πυρίνους καὶ ...
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Did Abraham lose track of a visitor?

The "two" in some translations is an interpretative addition. It does not exist in the Hebrew of Gen 18:22, which is simply הָֽאֲנָשִׁ֔ים ("the men"). The word "two" is added in those translations for ...
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Should we put God to test or not?

Do not try the LORD your God, as you did at Massah. (Deut. 6:16, JPS) לֹ֣א תְנַסּ֔וּ אֶת־יְהוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶ֑ם כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר נִסִּיתֶ֖ם בַּמַּסָּֽה׃ (Deut. 6:16, BHS) Bring the full tithe into the ...
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Interpreting "psyche" as "soul"?

SOUL, WHAT IS IT? When reading the scriptures , the Hebrew word "ne'phesh" and the Greek word " phy'khe" meaning " Soul", we notice that it is basically used to refer to &...
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What would Peter "bind" or "loose" on earth?

Short answer: Jesus was referring to the authority Peter would have as an elder in making judgments regarding church discipline; he would be an emissary of the divine court, delivering verdicts that ...
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Did Matthew intend “evil” or “the evil one” in the Lord’s Prayer?

The tradition that has come down through the Eastern Church is to interpret ἀπὸ τοῦ πονηροῦ as "the evil one". That is how the Lord's Prayer appears in every (Eastern) Orthodox Prayer Book and ...
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Onesimus was a brother in the flesh of Philemon?

This short little letter, delivered by former runaway slave Onesimus to his master, Philemon, shows relational problems between the slave and his master, then how the slave began to relate to Paul (...
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In Romans, does Paul vary how he identifies "the Gospel" in a way which also identifies "His Son" and "the Christ" as God?

In the words of a famous song, "This land is your land, this land is my land ..." However, that does not make you equivalent to me. It is true that Paul speaks of one faith and Gospel, etc -...
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What does Jesus mean by "hot", "cold" and "lukewarm" in Revelation 3:16?

The Laodiceans did not have a fresh water supply. They built an aqueduct to bring the cold water down from the mountains, but by the time it got to Laodicea the water was lukewarm, and very ...
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Did Mark intend to end his gospel at 16:8?

If one discounts the longer or shorter ending of Mark (For why scholars have rejected these endings see this answer.), there are only two explanations for Mark's apparently unresolved ending at 16:8. ...
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What does Paul mean by "sound doctrine" in Titus 2:1

Paul's letter to Titus is fairly clear end-to-end that its main concern is the behaviour and lifestyle of believers. The surrounding passage makes it clear that 'sound doctrine' or 'healthy teaching' ...
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Did Jeremiah complain about corrupt torah in Jeremiah 8:8?

The Bible Forgery URL states that Jeremiah 8:8 should be translated as: “How can you people say ‘We are the experts, for we have the Lord’s Bible,’ when behold, like a forgery, the pen has been ...
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What textual clues are there that the original readers of Genesis would have understood 11:27–50:26 in a different way than Genesis 2:4–11:26?

There are a number of indicators: Themes In the texts in Chapter 11 and earlier, all of the stories are about God's punishment of mankind. While the theme of salvation is present in these texts, ...
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What sort of phrasing is "the many" in Romans 5?

The Uses All four instances of the adjective πολύς in v.15 and 19 that are used substantively to refer to "the many" people are articular masculine plural forms, three being nominative case (...
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Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus and the rich man - literal, allegorical or a mixture of both?

Positive Argument (Negative arguments in a separate post for readability) The setting of the parable This question is insightful because "Is the parable of the rich man and Lazarus a true story&...
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Does Ephesians 5:3 mean that if a person fall into sins "sexual" or "covetous" he/she should not confess it to anyone in the Church?

The above text should really be taken in conjunction with the context which follows in verse 12 of Ephesians 5, namely : ... it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in ...
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Does Ephesians 5:3 mean that if a person fall into sins "sexual" or "covetous" he/she should not confess it to anyone in the Church?

The word that the ESV is translating as named is ὀνομαζέσθω (onomazesthō), a passive form of ὀνομάζω (onomazō). In the passive voice, onomazō can mean to be known or be heard of.* An example of ...
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What does Revelation 14:11 mean by "they have no rest, day or night"?

'If any man worship the beast' ... 'he shall be tormented in fire and brimstone' ... 'before the holy angels and before the Lamb' ... 'And the smoke of their torment ascends up to ages of ages' ... '...
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What relationship is there between lack of faith ("unbelief") and miracles ("mighty works") according to Matthew 13:58?

The other side of this same coin is what Jesus often said in other places. Recall that "belief", "faith" and "trust" all translate the same Greek noun - pistis, best ...
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According to Romans 1:3-4, did the resurrection "make" the Son of God or "declare" the Son of God?

The answer to this question about when Jesus was declared the "Son of God" can be determined from just two considerations. 1. Grammar of Rom 1:4 The verb ὁρισθέντος = "having declared&...
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What words existed in Greek to express the concept "eternal"?

First, "eternal" is in fact a direct descendent of the Greek word "αἰών" by way of the Latin "aeternus" = "aevum" + "ternus". When you say "eternal", you could also debate on historical grounds ...
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Moses and the Rock

Not entirely sure that there is just one, or even two answers to this conundrum. I have pondered this on many occasions and done some research as well. Some of the answers I have come across are: ...
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Meaning(s) of "ἠγέρθη" in Mark 16:6

The word 'ἠγέρθη' transliterates into ēgerthē, meaning in its infinitive form 'to rise'. To understand the intended meaning of the word in a specific case we should look both at how the word is used ...
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Does Apostle Paul give a warning against different denominations?

In a word, no. In the passage you cite, Paul is condemning divisiveness and a party spirit within a local church, not denominationalism. From our perspective today, you might say Paul's teaching in ...
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What is the purpose of listing two different birds in the curse of Proverbs 30:17?

I am seeing parallelism here. There is a two-fold disobedience; one in disobeying the father by mocking and the other in disobeying the mother by disregarding her direction. I lean towards your ...
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Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus and the rich man - literal, allegorical or a mixture of both?

I know this almost a waste of electrons but I will post for completeness and balance. Many still believe that the parable of the rich man and Lazarus as told by Christ in Luke 16:19-31 is a literal ...
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