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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 are translated differently, "tempt" for the first, and "prove", for the second. Consulting the Hebrew dictionary of Strong's concordance, ...


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Ruth was a beautiful foreign woman in the land. That's the danger. https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/all-women-bible/ruth Her name is a contraction of reuth, which may either be the word for “the act of seeing,” “sight” and hence, as in English, objectively “a sight,” “something worth seeing”—or the word for “friendship” or “a female friend,” like reu ...


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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 ("Why did Esther invite Ahasuerus and Haman to a second banquet at her first banquet instead of putting her request directly before the king then and there?") ...


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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 immediately followed Passover. While Haman relied on the timing of the divination of dice, or the purim, Esther had banked on the timing of Passover. In other ...


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The noun "baal" (בעל) has several meanings. The four most common are: owner (or master) - as in Exodus 21:34, "the owner of the pit must pay" having some characteristic - Genesis 37:19, "here's that dreamer of dreams", Ecclesiastes 10:20, "and a bird [lit. a thing with wings] will inform" the common term for Canaanite deities, probably from the meaning "...


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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 storehouse, and let there be food in My House, and thus put Me to the test—said the LORD of Hosts. I will surely open the floodgates of the sky for you and pour down ...


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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 Deuteronomy) The series of copious regulations about the ceremonial law which included the religious calendar, regulations for the priests, regulations for ...


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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) both LXX and Classical Greek, and there are multiple examples of ἀγωνία with this sense available there. Because context is required, I have included only English ...


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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 the first banquet, where her only request is the mysterious request that the two come to a second banquet on the following day. As a result of the odd request, ...


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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 lender). Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. (Matthew 5:42 - BSB) also; 34And if you lend to those ...


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The Tetragrammaton, or "YHWH" which is often pronounced "Yahweh" or "Jehovah", is the proper name of the God of the Bible. The word "Elohim" or any variation thereof ("El", "Eloh", "Elah".. etc) is a title which means simply "God" or more precisely, "Mighty Ones" (in the case of "Elohim", or in the singular for all the others) and not a proper name. Just as ...


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The curse on the snake in Genesis 3:14 has no connection with the snake being an unclean animal. The implication that other animals might have been cursed to a lesser degree cause by the translation "more than all" is a translation artifact. It does not exist in the MT, and this is the reason that I tagged this question with the "Hebrew" tag. The Hebrew ...


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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 Cursed be Canaan. Genesis 9:25 It was Ham, the younger son of Noah, who transgressed. Noah does not even mention Ham's name. He curses Ham's son for the ...


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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., Ishmael, Isaac) as well as the slaves that he purchased from foreigners.1 Footnotes 1 cf. Lev. 25:44


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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 collect harvests. Only rarely were fences used, instead, "boundary stones" were used to mark corners and edges of property. If an unscrupulous adjacent ...


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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 the mention of David (Ruth 4:17, 22) implies a later date. Further, the literary style of Hebrew used in Ruth suggests that it was written during the period of ...


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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 and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28) Let's look at 3 types of fear: Fear of man - this could include worrying about bad things humans can do to you (I get why ...


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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 (similar to most such references): ἐπὶ τὴν δεξιὰν τοῦ καθημένου ἐπὶ τοῦ θρόνου = "on the right of the one sitting on the throne" Again, note that &...


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What is interesting is that before attending the Last Supper, "Satan entered Judas" (Luke 22:3). Jesus knew that Satan had implanted the betrayal in the heart of Judas (John 13:2), and proceeded to wash the feet of Judas anyway. Then again before the Last Supper ended, "Satan entered Judas" (Jn 13:27). So what is puzzling is why someone who was possessed by ...


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There is a parallel to between the passage in question and Galatians 4:8, which talks about the unbeliever who is impelled to idolatry. Galatians 4:8 (NASB) 8 However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. The parallel is that the unbeliever is "led astray" toward idolatry (1 Cor 12:2), and the ...


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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 kingdom, Israel, was (correctly) described as worshipping more than one god, a practice that the Deuteronomist, author of Kings, viewed with abhorrence. Each ...


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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 polemic, Genesis 1 is only as fictitious as the propaganda it is exposing and refuting. This means that the idea that Genesis 1-13 is a corrective polemic is not ...


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An Overview of Standard Viewpoints There are a number of views on what it means that the "false teachers" were "bought" by the "Lord."1 These views are summarized in Thomas R. Schreiner, 1, 2 Peter, Jude, vol. 37 of The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2003) under 2 Peter 2:1. He categorizes like so: The buying is ...


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The Hebrew word you are referring to is, in Masoretic notation, חֹ֫שֶׁךְ - ḥōšěḵ.* The Septuagint reading is σκοτος - skotos (also the word used in Luke 23:44, which you cite). Strictly speaking, it is not the earth (אֶ֫רֶץ - ʾěrěṣ) but rather the deep (תְּהוֹם - tehôm) that is covered by the darkness. The understanding here was that the waters of the deep ...


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Paul speaks of the poor quite a lot in his writings, showing that he had a heart for those considered poor (materially). He also had a tremendous burden for those who were spiritually impoverished, both in the Christian Church and outside of it, and most of his writings are concerned about the latter. However, here are some verses that show what he did ...


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I think that the significance of Sarah's denial being reported is a contrast against her later rejoicing as reported in Genesis 21:6 : God hath made me to laugh so that all that hear will laugh with me. Who would have said unto Abraham that Sarah should have given children suck, for I have borne him a son in his old age. . . . . [KJV] Sarah had expressed ...


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The serpent makes four claims in Gen 3:5, (1) "For Elohim knows that (2) when (on the day) you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and (3) you will be like Elohim, (4) knowing good and evil." "For Elohim knows" – What God does or does not know is theological opinion. Most people would agree that it would be reasonable for God to know the ...


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