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In Proverbs 30:20 what is so evil about a woman wiping her mouth after she eats?

The idea of the verses 18-20 speaks about things that won't leave any "tracks" after they act: the eagle in the sky, the snake on the rocks, the ship in the water and relations between man and woman ( ...
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Reconciling James 1:26 and James 3:8

It is the same as to say, "nobody among living is able not to sin" (cf. Ecclesiastes 7:20), which is true, and "go and sin no more" (John 8:11), which is also true. To reconcile ...
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How can the Holy Spirit be a person if He (or it) can be 'poured out' according to Acts 2:17?

This argument about the Holy Spirit being "pourable" is specious because it is based on an idiom with which we are unfamiliar. Note the following that discusses other people being "...
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"... where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative?

Is Jesus' description of Gehenna (Hell) literal or figurative? This is an admittedly difficult subject because we do not recognize our wretchedness before God. The reason that animal sacrifices were ...
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"... where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative?

God revealed himself in literal fire a number of times. He appeared in a burning bush to Moses, Exodus 3:1-6. Fire came out of the tabernacle from before the Lord and consumed upon the altar the burnt ...
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Are the spirits of the dead conscious according to Isaiah 14:9-11?

Whether the dead are conscious or not is not the subject of Isa 14. It is a prime example of personification of inanimate objects that is common in the Bible. Indeed, "sheol" itself is ...
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Is a euphemism the correct understanding of the word יָד in Isa 57:8?

The Idea in Brief The word “hand” in Is 57:8 appears to be euphemistic reference for the aroused anatomy of the male phallus. (The double-entendre also appears evident in Song of Solomon 5:4 and Song ...
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"... where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative?

"...where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative? The simple answer is that it is figurative and therefore not ...
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When shall we see "face to face"? 1 Corinthians 13:12

When shall we see Jesus "face to face"? The simplest direct answer is found in Rev 22:3, 4 - No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be within the city, ...
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What did Jesus mean by "buy from me gold refined by fire" and "salve to anoint your eyes" in Revelation 3:18?

GOLD There are three words in the book of Revelation denoting gold. χρυσίον (chrusion) Rev 3:18, 17:4, 18:16, 21:18, 21 is used to denote either true gold associated with the Jew Jerusalem (Rev 3:18, ...
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Was Ba'al relieving himself?

According to the Oxford Jewish Study Bible, the Hebrew of the verse is "uncertain", although Talmudic commentary (Rashi, in English translation) seems to understand that he is on a journey refers to a ...
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What does "being salted with fire" mean in Mark 9:49?

What does it mean to be salted with fire?! Salted with fire is to be purified as gold with Calcium hypochlorite. Compare Mal3:2-3 For He will be like a refiner’s fire, like a launderer’s soap. 3And ...
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What is the nature of the "voice" John 10:27 is talking about?

In a sense, Scripture preserves for us the voice of God. God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His ...
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What does it mean to "seek God's face" (2 Chronicles 7:14)?

In Exodus, it is written that “the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend” (Ex 33:11). But in the same passage (Ex 33:20), God tells Moses, “You cannot see My ...
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What does it mean to "seek God's face" (2 Chronicles 7:14)?

'Seeking God’s face' means to approach him in prayer, confess your wrong, and beg for forgiveness Confession brings relief: Psalm 32:3-5 (NASB) 3 When I kept silent about my sin, my [a]body wasted ...
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How does Jesus manifest himself to those who love him?

This is a question about faith, or "seeing" Christ. Faith does not mean that you believe something improbable or unlikely. Faith refers to perceiving something through spiritual sight, ...
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How does Jesus manifest himself to those who love him?

Though others may disagree, I think these verses touch on the mystery of God’s life in the soul. Jesus’ words suggest that this union is meant to be hidden from the eyes of the world: The world will ...
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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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"... where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative?

This is not difficult - either the expression, "where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" is literal or figurative/metaphor. We should pause to note Mark 9:48 is a direct ...
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In what sense did Jesus "see the Father doing"? John 5:19

Short answer: When Jesus says,  " the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise," He is basically ...
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interpret, and infer/deduce from (1 Samuel 24:14) "................. Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, a single flea?"

It's considered a figure of speech (Meiosis). You've probably used this phrase at least once or have heard someone use it, the dog's bark is bigger than its bite, much less a dead dog. And a flea bite ...
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Reconciling James 1:26 and James 3:8

Rather than being contradictory, the two verses complement one another. It is precisely because the tongue cannot be tamed that it can be used to gauge the true condition of the heart. but no human ...
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What was the "death in the pot" in 2 Kings 4:38-41?

Rlb.USA asked: “Would the soup really have caused death? Was this a strange figure of speech that means something else?” And, “Is there a modern-day explanation on why adding flour absolves it's ...
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What does "Under the Sun" mean in Ecclesiastes?

You might want to consider another meaning and teaching that is later revisited in the new testament which is linked to the meaning in Samuel 12:12 and can be found in Matthew 6:1 : Be careful not ...
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Did Ruth uncover Boaz' feet, or something else?

The biblical account is clear and straightforward. Ruth waited till Boaz had fallen asleep then uncovered his feet and remained there, laying at his feet. Later in the night, Boaz awoke and asked ...
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Did Ruth uncover Boaz' feet, or something else?

I appreciate both the spiritual and the intellectual discourse on this question, but of paramount importance, is the fact, that we resolve this within a hermeneutic purview.And if that is true of the ...
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