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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 is the difference (in the Hebrew) between 'sin' and 'sins' in Psalm 51:2 and Psalm 51:9?

The two words in question are: חַטָּאָה (khatta'ah) = "sin", feminine in Ps 51:2, & 3 [derived from the verb חָטָא (khata) "to miss, go wrong, sin"] חֵטְא (khet) = "sin&...
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What is meant by Sleep of Death in Psalm 13:3?

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; lighten mine eyes: He asks the Lord to light up his eyes. In Hebrew thinking, light was the embodiment of ...
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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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Psalm 23:6 meaning

The Hebrew may be expressed as 'length of days' , see Biblehub and also Young's Literal Translation, which is all that is revealed in the Old Testament. It is the New Testament which opens up the ...
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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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What is the connection between Y-H-V-H's battle with the dragon and creation in Psalms 74?

Sumerian creation myth and the myths of many related cultures and cultures descendant from it (Like the Akkadians; see the Epic of Atra-hasis and Babylonians) were based off of the Enûma Eliš. Most of ...
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Dissecting Psalm 22 metrically

Thanks for the question. I'm not poetically inclined, so to speak, but was intrigued by the question nonetheless. Was confused for a while because I kept trying to have it make sense by syllables in ...
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What is the difference (in the Hebrew) between 'sin' and 'sins' in Psalm 51:2 and Psalm 51:9?

חַטָּאָה (Chattah) is feminine. חֵטְא (Cheit) is masculine. They are same word. However, in Hebrew nouns are gendered. Some nouns have both male and female forms. "Sin" is one of them. But ...
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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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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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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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Psalm 74:8 feast of God or God's meeting place!

The operative word in Ps 74:8 is מוֹעֵד (mo'ed) can mean the following (see BDB) appointed time, eg, Genesis 18:14; Exodus 13:10 (J), Exodus 23:15; Exodus 34:18; Joshua 8:14 appointed meeting, eg, ...
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Is Psalm 5:3 referring to prayer or sacrifice?

The Hebrew line in question is "בֹּקֶר אֶעֱרׇךְ־לְךָ" — literally, "in the morning I shall arrange to You". No Jewish interpretation of this Hebrew that I can find talks at all ...
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Is Psalm 5:3 referring to prayer or sacrifice?

I was about to offer my literal translation of Ps 5:3 and noticed that the NASB produced a very similar result: In the morning, LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will present to You and ...
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What is the significance of Psalm 119:168 having נֶגְדֶּֽךָ (before you) instead of לְפָנֶ֥יךָ (before you) as in Psalm 102:28?

There is very little difference between the two words in practice. BDB lists this passage specifically: a. locally (rather stronger and distincter than לִפְנֵי), (a) Gn 31:32 נֶגֶד אַחֵינוּ הַכֶּר־...
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Psalm 50(51):4 when Thou art judged (referring to God)

Let us take this in three steps about the last half of Ps 51:4: The Hebrew Text לְ֭מַעַן תִּצְדַּ֥ק בְּדָבְרֶ֗ךָ תִּזְכֶּ֥ה בְשָׁפְטֶֽךָ = that [you] are justified/vindicated when you speak and ...
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Masoretic apparatus in Psalm 89 of the Stuttgartensia

This is the minor Masorah, which is a collection of notes by the Masoretes. They correspond to the words in the verse which have the little circle above them. The ל here is an abbreviation of the word ...
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Psalm 5:7 - What is the holy temple?

First, we should address whether this was actually a psalm written by David or is a song "of David," meaning inspired by him or attributed to him. David did not enter the Temple, so if this ...
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Precious or difficult?

It depends. Both are found in Judaism. Medieval and modern Chabad scholars translate it as “difficult”, whereas modern scholars such as the Jewish Publication Society (JPS), who print the Tanakh used ...
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Does Psalm 45:6 and Hebrews 1:8 say, "Your throne, God, is forever" or "Your throne is God forever"?

Let us examine these two texts separately. Psalm 45:6 The text of this verse is (with my literal translation with which all except one translation agrees: כִּסְאֲךָ֣ אֱ֭לֹהִים עֹולָ֣ם וָעֶ֑ד שֵׁ֥בֶט ...
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What does the Psalmist mean by "see thy power and thy glory" in Psalm 63:2?

Seeing the Lord's power and glory is a profound spiritual encounter. In the sacred verses of Psalm 18, we witness David's powerful testimony well demonstrates his experience of it. The foreword of ...
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Is "trumpets" plural in some English translations of Psalm 47:5 based on a textual variant?

Let's take a look at what it says: The Hebrew text of Psalm 47:5 reads "בְּק֣וֹל שׁוֹפָֽר" (bekol shofar), which can literally translate to "with the voice of the shofar" or "...
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