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How can God draw near to us (James 4:8) if He is already wherever we are (Psalm 139:7-12)?

Psalm 139:7-12 means that there is nowhere one can go to escape God's presence. This represents distance. While it may seem paradoxical, they are not speaking of the same type of nearness. Drawing ...
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What is the grammatical basis for understanding אלי in Psalm 2:7 differently than Psalm 22:1?

It's like "Wind the clock" and "The wind blows" in English, where the appropriate word is automatically understood from the context, despite having the same spelling. In Hebrew, &...
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What does "atoned" mean in "Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity". Psalm 78:38?

The English word atone in the context of the Psalm does not mean to make amends or reparation, nor does it mean that practically anywhere in the Bible. The word never actually meant this until ...
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Why does the KJV say JAH in Psalm 68:4?

This is rather uncomplicated. The name יָהּ (Yah) is simply a shortened form of יְהוָֹה (YHWH), the latter is called, "The Tetragrammaton" = "four letters" denoting the sacred ...
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Does the Fool say "There is no God" or "No to God" in Psalm 14:1

Please note: יש is how you say there is in Hebrew, and אין is how you say there is no/not. So, it is incorrect to say the translators supplied there is. Old Testament usage וְאִ֨ישׁ אֵ֤ין "and ...
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Can 'everlasting' in Psalm 90:2 mean two different things?

The Meaning of עוֹלָם עוֹלָם simply means "a long, continued amount of time." Most of the time, that long amount of time will mean forever or into eternity: Cf. 1 Ch 16:34, 16:41, 2 Ch 5:13,...
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How did Jesus complete the sign of Jonah?

There are several intriguing similarities between the Jonah account and what happened to Jesus, though it is understood that Jonah was initially disobedient to God, while Christ never was. However, ...
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Why does the KJV say JAH in Psalm 68:4?

I expect opinions on this question to vary, and perhaps there is no firm answer. From my 2+ years of Hebrew study, the following represents my own conclusions. There are only a handful of verses with ...
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Who are the sons of God (υἱοῖς θεοῦ) mentioned in Psalms 88:7 LXX

Note the triple parallelism of Ps 89:5-7 - The heavens praise Your wonders, O LORD— Your faithfulness as well— in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies can compare with the LORD? Who ...
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Did David choose the pestilence in 1 Chronicles 21:13?

Yes, David chose the pestilence--the only one of the three options that had been specified as being "of the Lord." Look carefully at the options. Either three years' famine; or three ...
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Did David choose the pestilence in 1 Chronicles 21:13?

There may be an important clue in the Exodus law about census (Exodus ch30 vv11-16). The first key point is that the census must be accompanied by the payment of a "ransom", at a fixed rate ...
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Did Hermann Gunkel believe that cultic poetry and Psalms were the same genre?

Yes, Gunkel is saying that Psalms are cultic poetry. However it should be understood that the adjective "cultic" here means relating to organized religion and public worship and not to a ...
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What is the meaning of Psalm 91 and is it a failed promise?

You should take a vision sub specie aeternitatis, that is to say, from the eternal perspective; then any “plague”, or “affliction”, or “wound” can be regarded as such if and only if it refers to harm ...
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How are we to understand the earth does not move?

Not so fast - even today we say the "sun rises" despite the fact everyone knows that it is the earth's rotation that makes the sun appear to rise. We also talk about the rotation of the ...
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How did Jesus complete the sign of Jonah?

Background information: God commanded Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh and warn its people that He was going to destroy it for its wickedness. Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh to warn them. ...
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Does everyone born of a woman start with their name in God's Book of Life?

In Revelation 3:5, Jesus wrote to the church in Sardis, "The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but ...
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How can God draw near to us (James 4:8) if He is already wherever we are (Psalm 139:7-12)?

Imagine you are a radio with a spoiled antenna and wish to listen to a broadcast of a beautiful music, say, Beatles' "Hey Jude". The radio-waves of this music are spread everywhere, but you ...
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In Psalm 22:20 is there a change to singular animals?

Actually, in Ps 22 the enemies of David are metaphorically given various titles that form a chiastic pattern: V12 - Bulls of Bashan (plural) V13 - - Lion (singular) V16a - - - Dogs (plural) V16b - - -...
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Is the Law eternal?

We could split hairs over whether the Psalm refers to "the Law" as being eternal and as such is problematic for Christians, but we should recall that Jesus taught: For verily I say unto ...
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Psalms 8:3-6 - has this been manipulated by Paul to imply it relates to Jesus?

It is in Hebrews chapter 2 that Psalm 8 is directly and fully quoted, so this answer deals with what the writer to those first century Hebrew Christians explained. That might not be the apostle Paul. ...
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Psalm 16:10 - "See the pit" vs "see corruption"

Here are the simple facts: Hebrew The operative word in the Hebrew text is שַׁחַת (shachath) which is "pit", usually for trapping a wild animal or, the grave for the dead, eg, Job 33:22, 24, ...
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Who does "his" refer to in "for he sees that his day is coming", Psalm 37:13?

This is a Psalm I have long loved, and I thought I was familiar with it, until this intriguing question was posed! The verse in question could, indeed, refer equally to the day of the Lord, or the day ...
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What does "atoned" mean in "Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity". Psalm 78:38?

The verb כָּפַר (kaphar) literally means "to cover over". For example: Gen 6:14 - Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with compartments, and cover it inside and ...
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Can we know how or why the Septuagint renders "forever" in Psalm 102:28? No other translation has this

Here is the verse from the LXX: “σὺ δὲ ὁ αὐτὸς εἶ, καὶ τὰ ἔτη σου οὐκ ἐκλείψουσιν.” (Psalm 101:28 LXXS-T) "And you, yourself, are he; And your years will not give out." (translation mine) ...
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What does "atoned" mean in "Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity". Psalm 78:38?

The Hebrew means that God "dealt with" their sin by covering it over (but not covering it up - on the contrary, it has to be exposed). The means he used to demonstrate this was via ...
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What are the strophes of Psalm 37?

Whether one calls them a "strophe", "stanza" or "verse", etc, is a matter of taste. Acrostic poems based on the letters of the Hebrew alphabet are common on OT ...
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A question about Psalm 37:5

According to Young's Analytical Concordance, in Psalm 37:5 gālāl simply means "to roll". This would give the idea of rolling one's ways on to God, so the believer would roll his or her ways ...
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Does the Fool say "There is no God" or "No to God" in Psalm 14:1

The Hebrew of Ps 14:1 is as stark as it is simple. The relevant phrase is just: אֵ֣ין אֱלֹהִ֑ים = "no God". The Cambridge commentary is quite correct when it observes: There is no God Cp....
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Does the Fool say, " There is no God!" because he doesn't know, or he ignores General Revelation? Psalm 14:1

This is an instance where fully quoting the relevant text would be helpful. Psalm 14:1 actually says: "The fool hath said in his heart, '[There is] no God'." A.V. ['God is not' - Y.L.T.] [...
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What is the meaning of Psalm 91 and is it a failed promise?

When everyone around you meet a calamity, Christian have to meet it too. Psalm 91 does not say Christian are exclusive, for example; 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the ...
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