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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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In Esther 5 why did Esther arrange a second meeting?

The Idea in Brief The events in question in this portion of the Book of Esther occurred over the Jewish Passover, which was a time for the Passover meal and then Feast of Unleavened Bread, which had ...
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In Esther 5 why did Esther arrange a second meeting?

The subtle chronology of the Esther story has been well set out in another answer.1 This answer is simply a supplement to it, suggesting another rationale for the sequence of events of interest to OP (...
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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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What is the context of Proverbs 7:17?

Context can be said to start earlier on, where the young man is being exhorted to pursue wisdom, and to walk in God's ways. For example: "It will save you also from the adulteress, from the ...
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What does it mean to be "equal with God" in John 5:18?

Equal – equivalent – the same – not much needs to be explained. However, should this ‘equal’ pertain to Jesus being equal with God or God? The argument that John 5:18 – implies that Jesus is equal to ...
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In Esther 5 why did Esther arrange a second meeting?

According to Rabbi David Nativ's lecture "The Historical Framework of Megillat Esther," (translated by David Silverburg), Esther's goal is to create tension between Haman and the King. So by hosting ...
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Is Paul talking about the 10 commandments or the entire Mosaic Law in Romans 13:8-10?

The entire Torah consists of several parts such as - Largely historical sections like most of Genesis and parts of exodus The giving of the Moral law (Ex 19-23) and its expanded meaning (much of ...
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My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist

This sounded like a euphemism. Went with that in the search and found: https://phillipwright.co/2016/03/09/the-debate-genitals-the-bible/ But Rehoboam was having none of that wimpy stuff. He was ...
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Does Romans 13:8 include a prohibition of taking loans?

Does Romans 13:8 include a prohibition of taking loans? Short answer NO. In the gospel of Matthew and Luke, Jesus commands us to lend and to not turn away from (reject) the one that ask to borrow (a ...
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Is Noah's "youngest son" in Genesis 9:24 Ham or Canaan?

And the sons of Noah were Shem, Ham and Japheth. Genesis 9:18 And Ham saw. . . and told . . . Genesis 9:22 And Noah awoke and knew what his younger son [Ham] had done. Genesis 9:24 And [Noah] said ...
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How to understand Genesis 17:27 NASB?

Exodus 12:44 elaborates the phrase in question as, עֶבֶד אִישׁ מִקְנַת־כָּסֶף (eved ish miknat-kesef), “a slave, a man purchase of money.” Abraham was to circumcise both his own offspring (e.g., ...
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Why is Jeremiah so opposed to a Jewish settlement in Egypt?

God's decreed word God had decreed that they will be taken to Babylon and those who were repentant will survive by submitting to the Babylonian king and in later years will return back Jeremiah 29:10 ...
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Isaiah 44:6 Distinction of persons or distinction of titles? (Grammar)

YHWH is given two titles: Thus says YHWH, the king of Israel and it's redeemer (title 1) YHWH, the Lord of Hosts (title 2) To see this, look at the first clause: כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה מֶלֶךְ-...
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Does Genesis 1:14-15 indicate God making the light (stars) instantaneously shine on the Earth?

I'd like to elaborate a little on Dottard's good answer Questions of Instantaneous and completeness of works Genesis is ambiguous. In Gen 1.1, "God created the heavens and the earth". If ...
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In this particular verse and context, what does “overcome the world” mean here in 1 John 5:4? Sin? Godless system?

Given that this present world is a sinful world, then the overcomers in the context of verse 4 have overcome sin and they have overcome the world. One cannot be done without the other, really. They ...
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What is the context of Proverbs 7:17?

Bathing was much less frequent in the ancient middle east and people often wore and used large amounts of various perfumes to disguise personal odour. This became especially important when people ...
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Prunes or Cleanses in John 15:1-4 ESV?

I would say the Kathairó would be the best translation in this case, because it is a bit more clear, but they both mean the same thing. Pruning is symbolism for making something pure. When you prune ...
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What does Proverbs 23:10 mean regarding the prohibited entry in "Fields of Orphans"?

To understand this important instruction it is necessary to recall how ancient Israelite land and property was delineated. Each family/clan had an allocated piece of land to work and from which to ...
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Did Moses fast for 81-days straight in Deuteronomy 9:9-18?

The passage in Deut 9 records one or possibly two of the many miracles associated with the life of Moses. Fasts of up to 40 days are humanly possible; BUT a fast without any hydration is impossible ...
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Was it common to have famine?

The time of the Judges was circa 1375 to 1050 B.C. According to my NIV Study Bible notes: The author is unknown. Jewish tradition points to Samuel, but it is unlikely that he is the author because ...
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Meaning of "quick" or "quickly"

Because the Book of Revelation was written in Greek, we are not concerned with the meaning of “quick” or “quickly,” but rather the Greek word ταχύ. Therefore, an English dictionary is not an ...
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What does it mean to be "equal with God" in John 5:18?

Jesus never claimed to be equal with the Father. John 5:18 is merely describing one of the reasons that the Jews were seeking to kill Jesus, that he was calling God his own Father (true), making ...
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