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What does phrase in Psalm 139:9 "the wings of the dawn/the wings of the morning" mean?

Just referencing some commentaries in https://www.biblestudytools.com/psalms/139-9.html Psalms 139:9 John Gill's Exposition of the Bible [If] I take the wings of the morning And fly as swift as the ...
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Could Jesus actually have risen from the dead on the fourth day, instead on the third day?

The English versions are correct in translating "on the third day." To take Matthew 16.21 as an example, this is the relevant section in the Greek. καὶ τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἐγερθῆναι [Jesus began to ...
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The Son of Jonah / John: Literally, or Metaphorically?

English Greek Strong Origin Ocurrences John Ἰωάννης 2491 Hebrew - Yochanan (יוֹחָנָן) 135 Jonah Ἰωνᾶς 2495 Hebrew - Yonah (יוֹנָה) 9 Barjona Βαριωνᾶς 920 Aramaic - bar (בַּר) and Yonah (יוֹנָה) 1 ...
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What does it mean that ''though [Abel] is dead, he still speaks'' in Hebrews 11:4?

The author of Hebrews 11:4 is very likely referring/alluding to Gen 4:10 - “What have you done?” replied the LORD. “The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. This "...
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What's the significance of pomegranates?

A gotquestions.org article What is the significance of pomegranates the Bible discusses the characteristic of the fruit, the decoration motif in priestly garments and the temple, and possible ...
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In Genesis 9:20-24 why is Ham, the second born, referred to as the "younger son"?

Philo argues at length in De Sobrietate that "qaton" is not a measure of age at all. II. (6) Such then is the condition of the sober man; but when Moses speaks of Noah's "younger son," he is not ...
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What do these two parables from the Gospel of Thomas mean exactly about the Kingdom of God?

The enigmatic gnostic texts are very open to a wide range of interpretations. After all you have to a gnostic to really now what they mean.1 It doesn't help that the translations of the different ...
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In Deuteronomy 24:6, what is the significance of taking the millstones?

Deuteronomy 24:6: No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man's life to pledge. The nether is the lower part of a hand mill, used for grinding corn, while the ...
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In Matthew 16:19 what are the "keys of the kingdom"?

The demonstrative pronoun "this" points "this rock" away from the little rock "petros" and toward another rock. "And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of ...
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What action is the author referring to by the phrase, "wait on the Lord"?

"Wait on the LORD" occurs often in several places throughout the OT such as: Ps 27:14, 33:20, 37:34, Prov 20:22, Isa 8:17, 40:31, etc. The verb "wait" translates one of two Hebrew words as follows: ...
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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 "enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus" mean in Hebrews 10:19?

Under the Mosaic Law, in the tabernacle (and later the temple) there was a section named the Holy of Holies. It was the section furthest from the entrance. The ark of the Covenant resided here, in the ...
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“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” - Is John 3:3 a universal statement, O.T. Saints included?

Yes, surely, also the OT prophets should be born anew, in Holy Spirit, in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, which means that before Christ's crucifying and destroying the sin of humanity on Cross, ...
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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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Elaborate on what Psalm 138:2 "For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name." means

‎אִמְרָה ʼimrâh, im-raw'; or אֶמְרָה ʼemrâh - clearly means word, or specifically ‘that which is spoken’ - utterance, speech, word . And essentially the translation of this verse you quoted “For You ...
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Exodus's hardening heart of Pharaoh similar to Romans 1:24 & Romans 1:26's claim that God gave over women & men to their homosexual lustful sex acts

This is not actually a question about predestination, but of what causes a person's heart to become spiritually hard, and then hardens further to the point where that person is proven to all and ...
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What’s the meaning of the word confuse in Genesis 11: 7?

The lemma is בלל, which is vocalized as בָּלַל (bālǎl) in the Masoretic text, meaning to confuse, confound or cause difficulty for understanding. The word is also used to describe pouring out of a ...
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Could someone please give an elaborate explanation as to how Wisdom, knowledge & understanding are different and/or overlap in Proverbs 24:3-5?

This proverb works on two levels, that of practical skill and the metaphoric level. Wisdom Wisdom is what proceeds from God. It is the start. It also has a sense of practical skill. This is the ...
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Is forever literal in Isaiah 9:7?

The operative Hebrew word here is עוֹלָם (olam) which simply means a long duration either in antiquity or in the future. Now, let us be very clear, ancient Hebrew, as with most ancient languages, had ...
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What is the difference between the μορφῇ of God and the εἶδος of God?

The understanding of these words are heavily influenced by Greco-Roman philosophy and can be illustrated in Plato's Allegory of the Cave. In this allegory, Plato uses his metaphor to help us better ...
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Why was Reuben described as being "unstable as water" Gen 49:4?

I see the Hebrew of Genesis 49:4 like this: Volatile like water, you will leave no remnant. When you went up to the bed chamber of your father, then you profaned the increase of my bed. Details: ...
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Why was Reuben described as being "unstable as water" Gen 49:4?

First of all, on 12 sons of Jacob, only a half of them were represented by animals, or, in one case (Joseph) by a plant (tree?). Five of them (Simeon and Levi, Zabulon, Gad, and Asher) had no animal/...
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Hebrews 12:2 "for the joy" or "instead of the joy"?

The mirrored image - replacing what is negated I have had a look through all 22 occurrences of anti (ἀνθ’) or anth (ἀντὶ), and I would agree that the correct translation is 'instead of the joy', ...
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