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Is Matthew 24:40 mistranslated in most English translations?

Let us examine the meanings of the pertinent words as nominated by the OP, according to BDAG. παραλαμβάνω (paralambanó) According to BDAG, this word has two basic meanings: to take into close ...
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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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In Psalm 32:5, do sins count or not?

Here the contradiction is only apparent, for the semantics of the "works" in Rom. 4:6 (let us, for a convenience call it "work 1") does not encompass the action of turning with a faith and ...
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Different words to describe the "rod serpent"

The word nachash, Exodus 4:3, is the same word used to refer to the entity in the garden of Eden responsible for sin coming into the world. The word emphasises the hissing of a snake and the ...
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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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By switching from "those days" to "that day," does Matthew 24:36 imply a transition into a separate topic?

This is rather uncomplicated: in Matt 24 "those days" refers to the time just prior to "that day". More specifically: V29-22 describes "those days" of turbulation just ...
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In what sense is God 'Holy'?

There are three Hebrew words that are (correctly) translated "holy" or "sacred", viz: קָדוֹשׁ (qodosh) = Holy/Sacred as an adjective קֹדֶשׁ (qodesh) = holy/sacred object as a noun ...
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Why did the cosmos (1 John 2:2) require propitiation?

The answer to this question about the need for propitiation/expiation as suggested in 1 John 2:2 is found in the original curse as recorded in Genesis Gen 3:17, 18 - And to Adam He said: “Because you ...
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Can usage of Θεὸς in Luke 20:38 support the translation of Θεὸς as "God" and not "a god" in John 1:1?

The short answer is "NO". The reasons for this are: Luke 20:38 does not mention the Word/Logos (the word used in John 1:1) The two passages in John 1:1 and Luke 20:38 are discussing quite ...
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In Song of Solomon 5:16 what is the significance of the plural suffix?

The plural noun in classical Hebrew can do other "non-number" jobs than simply the plural of "majesty". One common one is the "plural of abstraction", and that is the way maḥămaddîm is typically ...
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In Psalm 32:5, do sins count or not?

Like many things, confusion can arise from a single word or the merest accident. David says how great it is to be someone who's sin is never counted against them David did not say our sins are ...
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Why does the Hebrew switch in Genesis 12:3 for the same English translated word curse?

The second word for "curse" in Gen 12:3 is אָרַר (arar) and is simply the verb to curse. Uncomplicated! The first word, most commonly translated "curse" is קָלַל (qalal) and is ...
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Who is "your brother" in Deuteronomy 22:1-3?

The term "brother" (אָח ach) in the Torah can either mean a man born of the same mother, or, a fellow Israelite as per Deut 1:16, 3:18, 23:20, 24:7, 25:3, 14, 17:15, 25, 15:7, 11, 19:18, Lev ...
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Is Athanasius' translation of Isaiah 9:6 supportable?

The operative Hebrew word in Isa 9:6 is אֲבִיעַ֖ד ('abi'ad) - a compound word of father + perpetuity/eternity (עַד BDB), eg, Gen 15:18, Isa 57:15, Ps 111:3, 10, 112:3, 112:9, 132:14, 19:10, etc.. As ...
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What is the grammatical force of ek in Ephesians 5:30b?

According to Thayer's Greek Lexicon: ἐκ, before a vowel ἐξ, a preposition governing the genitive. Also, it denotes exit or emission out of, as separation from, something with which there has been ...
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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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Can usage of Θεὸς in Luke 20:38 support the translation of Θεὸς as "God" and not "a god" in John 1:1?

Question: Can usage of Θεὸς in Luke 20:38 support the translation of Θεὸς as "God" and not "a god" in John 1:1? Short Answer: In one sense it can as they both lack the indefinite ...
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Why did H.S direct John to use the word for "to happen" in Revelation 16:17 instead off the normal word for "to complete"?

I agree that the last word of Rev 16:17, Γέγονεν (Gegonen) might be much better translated, "It has happened!" or similar (rather than "It is finished/done".) That is, I object to "It is finished" ...
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Is Proverbs 25:20 about singing songs to an "evil" heart or to a "sad" one?

I think another possibility is that the NASB and other translations of the Masoretic Text do not accurately represent what was in the original Hebrew. The Jewish Publication Society Tanakh translates ...
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Usage of an uncommon Hebrew word for "shone" in Exodus

Quaran There are a few things going on here. Hebrew verbs have paradigms, e.g. different conjugations, and these paradigms determine different meanings in a way similar to, but not really the same as, ...
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2 Cor 2:16 - A fragrance from death to death and life to life

This is quintessential Hebrew poetic language, but in a very terse, somewhat abbreviated form. We see this in other places as well: Rom 1:17 - For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from ...
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2 Cor 2:16 - A fragrance from death to death and life to life

About the ABBA structure As in several other places in 2 Corinthians, Paul utilizes a chiastic structure. We see the simplest form (ABBA) in 2 Cor 2:15-16: A those who are being saved   B those who ...
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Should πνευματικα (pneumatika) in 1 Corinthians 14:1 be translated as "spiritualities" or "spiritual things" instead of "spiritual gifts"?

First, the word πνευματικά is an adjective NOT a noun. It should and must be rendered, "spiritual" - an adjective. Clearly a noun of some sort is implied but the real question, what noun ...
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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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1 John 1:9 - What is the significance of the usage ὁμολογέω (confess) in the context?

Actually, these two words have quite different meanings as follows: μετανοέω (metanoeó) This word means (BDAG): Literally, "to change one's mind". In the NT it means: feel remorse, repent,...
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What's the correct term for "day" in Genesis 3:8?

Ruach is translated (in the KJV) 232 times 'spirit', 90 times 'wind' and 28 times 'breath'. A few other times it is translated by other, similar, wordings. Yom is translated 1,167 times 'day', 65 ...
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'God' or 'gods' in 1 Kings 12:28 and Exodus 32:4?

This one is actually pretty easy to settle grammatically, without appeal to tradition or theology (and I won't attempt to give a theological explanation at all here). Grammatically, these are ...
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