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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 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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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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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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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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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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Can the Greek word choice underlining “agony” mean “afraid” or “worried” in Luke 22:44?

Yes, this seems to be a common way that it was used. As another answer pointed out, the noun is not found elsewhere in the New Testament. However, Luke was familiar with (arguably, an imitator of) ...
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What does it mean to be "equal with God" in John 5:18?

The pertinent word here is ἴσος (hence the English isometric, isobar, isopleth, isometric, isomer, etc) which BDAG defines as: pertaining to being equivalent in number, size, quality, equal The word ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Perfect love that casts out fear vs Fear of God - Are 1 John 4:18 and 2 Corinthians 7:1 talking about different concepts of fear?

What is it we are afraid of? I find Jesus' answer quite effective: And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul ...
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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 God literally have a right hand?

In all the references quoted by the OP, the word "hand" is NOT in the text. There are many places where this idea is present. Possibly the most complete is in Rev 5:1 which has the phrase (...
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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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What did Paul mean by "power" in 1 Corinthians 4:19-20?

The operative word here is δύναμις (dynamis) for which BDAG lists six basic meanings. However, the relevant one here is #1 (the most common and basic): potential for functioning in some way, power, ...
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What are the various contexts we should consider in Hermeneutics?

I will provide a very biased answer to this very broad question. It is biased because I believe that all theology is a branch of Christology. Therefore, in trying to understand a Biblical passage, I ...
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Does the literary content of Genesis 1 compel the conclusion that it is a fictive construct for corrective polemics?

Corrective Polemics: Yes; Fictive Construct:No Polemic is defined as, an aggressive attack on or refutation of the opinions or principles of another If then, we regard Genesis 1 as a type of ...
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What or whom does "them" reference in 2 Kings 17:22?

The Book of Kings was written in Judah during the monolatrous period of the late monarchy and is consistently critical of the monarchy during the early monarchy. Each king of the former northern ...
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