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Figurative Language and Parallelism The prophecy in Deuteronomy 28 contains both literal and figurative language to express the future experience of Israel. Taking a slightly expanded context, vv.47-51 reads (all quotes are from NKJV, but this one is displayed to illustrate parallel thoughts, which are common in Hebrew, so formatted and given A-C notes to ...


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Galatians 5: 19The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Paul was ...


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This is a very interesting question, because the 'Curse of Canaan' passes all the way from Genesis 9 to Zech. 14:21 ,"Yes, every pot shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts." This ...


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The "distaff" part of David's curse is still a subject of speculation1. There are two suggestions supported by scholarly research. The Wikipedia article for distaff explains that it is a term for a spindle used for holding the fiber which is to be spun into thread or yarn. The Wikipedia article also notes that distaff is used as an adjective to denote the ...


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The Biblehub Interlinear indicates that the verb behind 'visiting/punishing' is paqad Strong 6485 and is used in Exodus 34:7 in its Qal form whose primary meaning is given by BDB (again, on the Biblehub page) as 'observe' but also with secondary meanings of 'attend to' and 'look about for'. The verb is in the masculine, singular participle form (again, from ...


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The word יִמְשָׁל־(yim-sal, a derivative of "מָשַׁל "-mashal) is interpreted "dominion", of which we understand it's meaning as "to rule". Earlier, in Gen. 2:15, Adam was given the commandment to " שָׁמַר"(shamar) which is to "keep watch, preserve"(BDB); this commandment was given to Eve as well, being part of Adam; together they were to "keep watch and ...


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Whatever the act perpretated by Ham, whether merely seeing his father naked, or taking advantage of Noah's drunken stupor to homosexually rape him, in Genesis 9:24-25 Noah clearly regards it as worthy of extreme punishment. So the question is not why Noah invoked a curse, but why he invoked it on the as yet unborn Canaan when the blame rests solely with his ...


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The Bible bans the practice of triumphalism in places like Obad 1:12, Prov 24:17. This is further strengthened by other statements that say something like, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord", eg, Heb 10:30, Rom 12:19, Deut 32:35, etc. The Bible also contains many prayers asking that other do not gloat when we fall, eg, Obad 1:13, ...


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For answering this question one needs to first establish axiom on God. The axiom is that God is Creator of all humans and loves all humans, the bearers of His image and likeness and thus, He also wants "all to be saved and come to the knowledge of Truth" (1 Timothy 2:4). He loves also sinners and awaits in His long-suffering for their repentance (I ...


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I believe the phrase “being made a curse for us” is a direct reference to the “blessing and the curse” described in Deuteronomy 28. Here Moses is reminding Israel that they must do ‘everything” written in the law or else they will endure the curse. God never executed judgment on Israel for not keeping everything written in the law. By God’s mercy, that ...


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It doesn't appear to be a euphemism. The word translated distaff here (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance) is from an unused root meaning to be round, hence a circuit, spindle or crutch. It appears 10 times in the Old Testament and is translated as district (or circuit) 8 times in Nehemiah. Once, in Proverbs it is translated as spindle and the KJV has it, in ...


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In order to proceed, we need to define which covenant(s) we are discussing. In the OT, there are at least five covenants: Noahide covenant stated in Gen 8:20 – 9:17 Abrahamic covenant stated in Gen 15, 17, 18:9-15, 22:15-18 Israelite covenant stated in Ex 19-24 and then expanded in PARTS of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Levitical covenant stated in ...


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Gill offers this answer: saying, that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul: it was a common form of a vow or oath with the Jews (b), (b) is an extra-biblical document: Misna Nedarim, c. 2. sect. 2, 3 it may be asked, what became of this vow? or how did they get clear of it, since they did not accomplish the fact? These are the ...


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I think we need to expand the passages a bit and understand the type of literature we are reading in Psalms and in Proverbs. The different literary styles of the bible Proverbs is wisdom literature. It compares and contrasts actions and uses exaggeration to prove a point. They are straight forward and meant to make young men wise. Psalms are poems and songs ...


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To understand the text it is necessary to know what Jesus's view about signs and wonders was. As far as He was concerned, He felt obliged to give bread to the children, so that they would be nourished (in the spiritual sense) and turn away from selfish living to serve God with selfless loyalty. In other words, the miracles He performed were to have the same ...


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Who is Jesus speaking to in the first part of Matthew 17:17? Matthew 17:17 New English Translation (NET Bible) 17 Jesus answered, “You unbelieving and perverse generation! How much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I endure you? Bring him here to me.” The parallel account Mark 9:14-19 (below) gives us more details. It is obvious that ...


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This is actually a good question and no the two phrases do not mean the same thing. Here is the significance of the difference. "A curse for us" is emphasizing a single specific curse that points back to the one that Paul offers--“Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.” When you change it to "cursed for us" you make it a general statement that does not ...


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Along with the answer of Enegue, and the comments of Bach, I should add a linguistic particular regarding the occurrences of the conceptual root we've discuss here (בקע). Often, in the MT, we found expressed a particular concept by different graphical roots (someone speaks about them as 'allomorphic roots'). In this case, the same basic concept included in ...


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Credit Reference Link: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/should-we-pray-the-imprecatory-psalms/ Credit Author: William Ross Date of Publication: March 17, 2015 Article Title: Should We Pray the Imprecatory Psalms? March 17, 2015 By William Ross In light of the recent execution of 21 Christians and capture of hundreds more in Syria, perhaps it’s ...


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The best answer I have found for this is linked below. Why I like it—it looks to the historical Jewish teachings of this Jewish passage (I think we as Christians do a terrible job acknowledging that the Old Testament is, in fact, Jewish. We often like to interpret things through our Western lens. Let’s remember, the first Christians were Jewish. Jesus ...


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Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the lads. maul: (of an animal) wound (a person or animal) by scratching and tearing. 2 bears vs 42 lads I don't think they were killed but they were damaged and fled so that Elisha could went on his way to Mount Carmel. I think people read too much into it. They were just a nuisance that blocked ...


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All these answers are good. I'd like to add another point: Calling him "bald-head". Scripture implies, especially when we read I Corinthians 11, that hair is indicative of authority. Notice this takes place immediately after Elisha takes up Elijah's mantle. I would suggest that by calling him "bald" these young men were calling Elisha a fraud, an imposter ...


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to be made a curse = to be cursed. Christ is no longer hanging on a tree. He was buried then resurrected. Now He's God in His humanity. He was already God in man, but now His humanity is 'officially' in the Godhead, Rm 1:4. To be made sin on our behalf is to be counted as sin, treated as sin. Jesus Christ wasn't a sinner experientially. Nor was He treated as ...


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If you are looking for an interpretation that's loyal to the text and preserves the spindle translation as the true one (from your OP it is evident that you favor that one), then you have one in the IVP Bible Background Commentary, p. 326: The word the NIV translates "crutch" has now been identified from Ugaritic and Akkadian as the word for "spindle" ...


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In the biblical worldview, a sin leaves a stain on one's soul/spirit. In order to remove it one must either bring atonement or get the adequate punishment that will remove the stain that was left on one's soul (see Psalm 51:2-10; Jeremiah 33:8; Gen. 4:7). However, sometimes the stain left by the sin cannot be entirely removed by punishing the sinner alone (e....


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Paul's polemic is clearly an allusion to Deuteronomy 21:22-23 which says "has been cursed" and not "became a curse" and Paul quotes it properly (though not verbatim). So it can be construed as him creating a euphemism in order to avoid saying that Jesus was accursed by God though I don't personally think that is in view at all, particularly since he says the ...


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One way of looking at why the noun is used here, is to first understand what the verse is referring to here by the word "curse". Naturally "curse" here means the damnation sin brings, see Genesis 2:17. Now, we can easily hypothesize that Christ's removal from the living was made into a removal of world's curse from the human race through the Atonement, such ...


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* Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked*. Is it not obvious that the Sin here was, looking at Noah's naked body.! Not Sodomy, not castration or any other wicked thought... We all know from experience, or should know, that it is not right to look on ones parents naked bodies..! Some may say 'How can Canaan ...


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