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"If I make my bed in hell" from Psalm 139:8

The word "hell" in this text is from the Hebrew word "sheol" (שְׁאוֹל), and can mean grave, pit, or tomb. To make one's bed there, obviously, would be a euphemism for death or ...
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What is Jesus' argument in John 10:34-36?

There is context to this verse in question Pay close attention to when they interrupt Jesus to determine what they were offended by and what didn’t offend them “I and the Father are one.” John‬ ‭10:...
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Hebrew of Psalm 82:8 - Gender Mismatch?

Those two qal imperatives aren't feminine. They are 2nd person, masculine, singular. See quote from Gesenius below, that explains the ה ending. In the imperative with afformatives (קוּ֫מִי, קוּ֫מוּ) ...
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Can anyone shed some "light" on the vocabulary in Psalm 119:105?

To be a "lamp to my feet" is to clarify the actual path before me, so that I avoid stones, potholes, snakes, bad companions, and the like. To be "a light for my path" is to ...
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Is God hidden or not?

The apparent conundrum or contradiction is scripture is much broader than the OP documents: God is Hidden: John 1:18 - No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made ...
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Who are the rulers of Psalm 2:2?

I think in this case "ruler" is a synonym of "king". The verse has a semantic rhyme, as many verses in Psalms have. The rhyme deepens and enriches the meaning of the verse. The ...
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What is Jesus' argument in John 10:34-36?

First of all I am well familiar with Michael Heisner's position regarding Psalm 82:6 and I disagree with his take. As a side note I do agree with his paper on "Who is the angel of the Lord in the ...
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What is Jesus' argument in John 10:34-36?

What is Jesus' argument in John 10:34-36? John 10:33-36 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself [...
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What is Jesus' argument in John 10:34-36?

I’m quite surprised that Austin's interpretation of John 10 is getting so much praise here in the forum. I for one find such an interpretation quite problematic, for which just one of those reasons ...
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Can anyone shed some "light" on the vocabulary in Psalm 119:105?

The poetry לִנְתִיבָתִֽי וְ֝א֗וֹר דְבָרֶ֑ךָ נֵר־לְרַגְלִ֥י (Psalm 119:105, MT) This verse has a synonymous parallel. נֵר־לְרַגְלִ֥י is synonymous with לִנְתִיבָתִֽי וְ֝א֗וֹר. Both are predicates of ...
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Is Psalm 85:13 a reference to the ministry of John the Baptist?

The answer to this is actually in the previous few verses of Ps 85:10-13 (the translations vary somewhat)- 10 Loving devotion and faithfulness have joined together; righteousness and peace have ...
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Did David and Saul have different afterlife theologies?

Recall that Saul, as he aged, became increasingly mentally unstable - among other things, he had become psychotically paranoid about David and tried to kill him many times, sometimes at the expense of ...
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Can the departed spirits / Rephaim rise (Isaiah 14:9) or not (Psalm 88:10, Isaiah 26:14)?

Other lords fall, the LORD does not The previous verse in Isaiah 26 provides the antecedent for verse 14: 13 O Lord [Yahweh] our God, other lords [adonim] beside thee have had dominion over us: but ...
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What is the most accurate rendering of Psalms 7:11 (Textual Criticism)

OK, here is the main reason for the variant TPT translation. It's a matter of the masorah added to the text around the Masoretes added between the 7th to 10th century to preserve the pronunciation of ...
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Psalm 11:5 does God’s soul hate the wicked, or does the wicked hate his own soul?

It is true that the Vulgate and the Septuagint give a very different translation from the Masoretic text in Ps 11:5. Specifically, we have: Vulgate (as translated by DRB): The Lord trieth the just ...
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How do we reconcile psalms 127:3 with Ephesians 2:3?

The two references, Ps 127:3 vs Eph 2:1-3 are discussing quite different "children", and so cannot be directly compared. Ps 127:3 is discussing literal, biological children Eph 2:1-3 is ...
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What is 'put on' in Psalm 132:9 ? What is the 'righteousness' and the 'salvation' that clothes?

Checking this out, I went to the NLT Study Bible notes, which only muddied the waters because it uses neither the word 'righteousness' nor 'salvation' in Psalm 132:9! The NLT is a self-professed "...
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Why does the book of Proverbs portray a negative bias towards wine?

If you did a similar comparison with how some books in the Bible speak of sex, you might notice far more warnings about the negative (if not downright dangerous) aspects of the abuse of sex, than of ...
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Is God hidden or not?

The answer is contained in the question: your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. In simple terms, if ...
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Is a completely generic 'speaking of oppression' a viable reading of Ps. 73:8

A very literal translation of Ps 73:8 would read: They scoff and speak wicked oppression; loftiness they speak. Most versions then render this in more idiomatic English my changing some adjectives ...
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Is a completely generic 'speaking of oppression' a viable reading of Ps. 73:8

The MT for Psalms 73:8 with cantorial markings is: יָמִ֤יקוּ ׀ וִידַבְּר֣וּ בְרָ֣ע עֹ֑שֶׁק מִמָּר֥וֹם יְדַבֵּֽרוּ The translation difficulty starts with the first word, ימיקו, yamiku. This is a ...
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Is there a contradiction in Psalm 44:17?

The context of the Psalm does not need to be Babylonian. Commentators ascribe a wide range of possible moments for its composition, from the days when the First Temple still stood, to the Exile, to ...
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Waters above the heavens true or false - Psalm 148:4

According to this (very good) question, if it's true or false, we have to see the Psalm 148:4: 4 Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. (KJV) or in Hebrew: ...
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Where, if anywhere is Psalms 22:16 in Qumran Dead Sea Scroll 4Q88/4QPs f?

4Q88 –  4Q Psf Frag 1 https://www.deadseascrolls.org.il/explore-the-archive/image/B-367900?locale=en_US 4Q88 –  4Q Psf Frag 2 https://www.deadseascrolls.org.il/explore-the-archive/image/B-367902 I ...
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Did the writer of Psalm 45:6 think that the human king to which this verse was addressed was Almighty God?

Did the writer of this verse think that the human king to which this verse was addressed was Almighty God? No. The writer did not think that the human king to which this verse was addressed was God ...
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What is Jesus' argument in John 10:34-36?

I think Austin gives a good response. I would add that the people understood Jesus was not making himself out to be the Father(the only true God) or they would not have put their faith in him after ...
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Hebrew vowel pointing in Psalm 119:67

I'm unable to answer this as I would like, but will put what I did find. The other six occurances of שָׁמַ֜רְתִּי (Qal perfect 3rd person singular) 1 Samuel 25:21; 2 Samuel 22:22; Psalm 17:4; Psalm 18:...
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Seeking explanations for renounced covenant and God’s wrath “against (His) anointed” in Psalm 89:38-45

The assumption that "my anointed" always refers to Jesus is often true but not always. This Psalm is a case that refers to someone else, namely: V3 & 4 - You said, “I have made a ...
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Why do English bibles change the correct meaning of אֶקְרָ֑א Eqra “I-will-call” in Psalms, but אֶקְרָ֑א “I-call” in Proverbs (as if קוֹרֵא Qore)?

This is a very good question, because the words appear to have identical spelling/appearance. The two Hebrew words are understood to express a subtly different concept based on their context. The ...
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What is Jesus' argument in John 10:34-36?

We have the advantage of having all the N.T. scriptures to hand, whereas the people in Jesus' day 'only' had the Hebrew scriptures, and that was why Jesus quoted that part in the Psalms, to stop the ...
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