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Exegesis is the interpretation of a Biblical text, to explore its meaning, significance and relevance. Exegesis questions should generally specify which perspective is desired. If you don't want questions from just one perspective, ask at the Biblical Hermeneutics site instead.

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What is the contextual meaning of meek & it's relationship to entering the kingdom of God as like a child?

The concept of meek appears errored in most peoples view. Meek in its context of the time does not appear to mean timid. Instead it rather means to reserve action as in keeping the sword sheathed ...
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The spiritual person judges all things? [migrated]

The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 1 Corinthians 2:15 ESV In 1 Cor 2, Paul says the "natural person" can not understand God's truth, because it requires ...
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God's love or love of God in 1 John 3.17 [migrated]

I see that different translations use either God's love or love of God. There seems to be a big difference between the two. It seems to me that God's love is God's love for me whereas love of God is ...
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What are the teachings or biblical understanding, why God assigned Lucifer to guard the Holy Mountain?

You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the Holy Mount of God. (Ezekiel 28:14, NIV) God is an all powerful God, the creator of Heaven and Earth both the visible ...
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Why is 1 Kings 3:10 not in 2 Chronicles 1? [closed]

Why did God drop 1 Kings chapter 3 verse 10 from 2 Chronicles chapter 1? And the thing is good in the eyes of the Lord, that Solomon hath asked this thing YLT - 1Kin 3:10 I read this and I ...
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Gates of hell lock forever. What does gates of hell mean?

Jonah 1:17 Jonah was inside the fish 3 days and nights. Jonah 2:2… Jonah went down to "the land whose gates lock forever" (Todays English Version) & Mat 16:18 (TEV) "not even death will be able to ...
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7 mentions of night in Gospel of John

From reading Job 35:10 and Ps. 77:6 we understand that night is used to represent trials, a period of distress, trouble. Then, in the Gospel of John, we can read 7 mentions of night, starting from ...
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What did Jesus mean when He said “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me”

Please note, I am not asking about the meaning of “I will draw all men to myself”. This has been answered in another question here: What is the Catholic interpretation of John 12:32? The New ...
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Did Paul read aloud his letters to the Corinthians? To the Philippians? Other books?

I'd like to know if there's evidence that Paul presented his letters (e.g., Corinthians, Philippians, etc.) in the manner of spoken sermons to people of various churches, or if his letters were ...
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Why did Angel Gabriel greet Mary saying “the Lord is with you” in Luke1:28? [migrated]

The angel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” (Luke1:28) How can the angel said "the Lord is with you" when the Holy Spirit had not yet ...
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What is the definition of sons of God in Job 2:1?

Job 2 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord Multiple sons of God are mentioned in Job 2:1. What definition would entail the title 'Sons of God'. Is ...
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Proverbs 6:33 in the context of grace [on hold]

"He will be wounded and disgraced. His shame will never be erased." Proverbs 6:33 NLT In light of this verse, what does this mean for those who commit fornication and adultery in the age of grace? ...
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Which biblical verses indicate that Jesus was a messenger? [closed]

Is Malachi 3 evidence that Jesus is a messenger? “1 I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger ...
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How do the reformed theologians understand Hebrews 3:14?

How do the reformed theologians understand Hebrews 3:14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. ( ESV ) ? Does it not imply that we can ...
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Why did Jesus address Yahweh as God at the Cross?

Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus addressing Yahweh as 'Father'. But we see at Matt 27:46 Jesus addressing the Father as `God': "And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,...
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What is the meaning of: “a sword will pierce your soul”?

One of the joyful mysteries talks about that after Simeon talked to her, the Virgin Mary took the wound of sorrow and accepted God’s will. What is that supposed to mean if I am trying to achieve a ...
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2 Timothy 3:16-17 , if Paul teach Timothy that the Scripture is sufficient, then why make another Scripture according to the Calvinist?

Here is a quote from an article about the verse I read in this link : Verse 16 is a crucial text in our discussion. All Scripture (Greek: graphe which is refering to the sacred writings). Here is ...
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What is the signficance of the Prince of Persia delaying the Archangel Michael coming to Daniels aid? [closed]

A writer on Rumor mill news .com recently posted the idea that the Prince of Persia is a substitute (Satanic) god that some Christians worship as God and become deluded in the process. I cannot at ...
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Catholic interpretation of Revelation by John?

Does the Catholic Church have the book of Revelation all fleshed out or do they teach it's sealed? I'm aware of some elements, like the woman, for example, being Mary. If everything is fleshed out, ...
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How does the Tree of Life fit in Evolutionary Creationism

I understand how the creation narrative in Genesis can be interpreted to fit within an Evolutionary Creation perspective. In such a paradigm God used Evolution to beautifully create the biodiversity ...
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Mark 5 Jesus encounter with the demons. Relationship

Reading in Mark 5:1-20 ... 6 Catching sight of Jesus from a distance, he ran up and prostrated himself before him, 7 crying out in a loud voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of ...
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Are there other explanations of ”right hand” than masturbation (Matthew 5:30)?

The context in Matthew 5:30 strongly suggests that Jesus is talking about adultery. Verse 21 starts with "You have heard", starting a section about respecting your neighbor. Again, Verse 27 starts ...
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Was Judas a partaker of the feet washing by Jesus?

When Jesus washed his disciples feet in John 13, did he wash Judas' feet as well? If he did, does this not mean that Judas has a part in the salvation of Christ? John 13:8:  Peter saith unto him, ...
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How does Protestant Church explain Luke 2:48?

At Luke 2:48 we read of St. Mary's complaint to Jesus for `getting lost'at the Temple: His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously ...
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Does the Catholic Church explain why Jesus only appeared in short apparitions to his followers post-resurrection?

The Gospels give the account of ten apparitions of Jesus, which he allowed his followers after the resurrection. The longest time he spent with them was perhaps during the co-journey to Emmaus, that ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying 'to the right of the boat '?

We see at Luke 5:3-4 (NRSVCE) He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. ...
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Did God want Satan to tempt Jesus as a means of showing the spiritual realm that Jesus's love for and loyalty to God was undeniable?

Matthew 4:1 "Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." I am wondering if God wanted Jesus to be tempted by Satan as a means of showing Satan and the demons, ...
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Were the early Christians known by any other name?

We see in Acts 11:24-26 (NRSVCE): "For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and ...
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easy yoke and heavy cross

I am having difficulty reconciling a tension that I see in the teachings of Jesus. In Matthew 11:28--30 Jesus tells us 28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I ...
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Do the Edomites, Moabites and Ammonites exist today?

I'm not sure if this is the right site for this type of question but I'm asking this because the Bible makes frequent references to these nations in prophecies, some of which pertain to the future, ...
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What is the basis for the Apostles devoting themselves to prayer for nine days in Acts 1:14?

We know that in Acts the Apostles prayed in the upper room consecutively until the Holy Spirit descended on them. Oftentimes I heard that this was calculated to be for nine days. How did people reach ...
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Does the “fullness of time” in Galatians 4:4 depends on Mary's state of grace?

But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law. (Galatians 4:4) When God finally sent angel Gabriel, the encounter begins with an unusual greeting ...
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Does the Bible forbid space exploration?

I am very keen in space exploration, and have an ambition to be a pioneer in that field. However, I was thrown off-guard by this verse that I found, which appears to be forbidding space travel. ...
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How can Jesus saw Nathanael in John1:48 when he was not at that place? [closed]

Jesus said no servant is greater than his master. Jesus even showed to Apostles that he can walk on water but only Peter had enough courage to follow although his faith was not yet enough. Eastern ...
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How did Arius interpret Colossians 2:9?

Colossians 2:9 HCSB For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, NASB: For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, How did Arius interpret Colossians ...
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Nehemiah 9:2 were there foreigners in Israel at that time?

Nehemiah 9:2 NIV reads: “Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners.” Were there other people in Israel that didn’t have Israel descent at the time? And did they build ...
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Were all Nephilim evil?

The Bible speaks of the Nephilim as the offspring of the “sons of God and daughters of men” in books such as: Genesis, Enoch, and a couple others. It does explain that they bred from evil beings, but ...
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Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43

Is there a problem with the punctuation, as we see that Jesus did not go to paradise that day? Could Jesus' words be punctuated as: I tell you the truth this day - with me thou shalt be in ...
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How do Trinitarians explain John 17:3?

Unitarians use John 17:3 to affirm their faith that the Father alone is the only true God. They would say that this is the strongest evidence that there is only one person who is true God. Thus, the ...
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How do YECs interpret waters above the expanse in Genesis 1?

According to Protestant Young Earth Creationists what are the waters above the expanse in Genesis 1? Day four says the expanse contains the stars sun and moon so I do not think it can be the ...
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How come Good and Evil fruit brought from same tree of knowledge in the garden of Eden?

GOD's words will never change from the beginning of creation and forever. If we read in Mathew chapter 7 words 17-18 it says: 17) Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a ...
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Can you find scholarly support that Behemoth is an example of humble submission?

In the Book of Job, chapter 40 describes Behemoth, a large land animal that may be mythical, a hippo, an herbivourous dinosaur, or an as yet uncreated beast that God has in the works for the future. I ...
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What's the origin of this approach of trying to obtain meaning from the individual letters of Hebrew words?

In a recent question about the names of God, two answers from different people wrote that the letters of the Tetragrammaton by themselves give the meaning of: The Hebrew letters mean “Behold the ...
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How do soul sleep adherents explain 1 Peter 3:18-20?

1 Peter 3:18-20: Because even Messiah once suffered for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to Elohim, having been put to death indeed in flesh but made alive in the Spirit, 19 in ...
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Proverb 30 v:32 [closed]

I have a problem accepting and interpreting the following verse in christianity and it says: if you have played the fool and have planned evil put your hand over your mouth and it continues saying , ...
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El Elohe Isra’el - What does it mean?

So when Jacob names the site of his altar, he declares “El Elohe Isra’el”. I understand the most common translation of this phrase is said to be something along the lines of “God is the God of Israel”....
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What was the intended meaning of the quotation marks around “sinners” in the old NIV?

Take for example Matthew 9:10-13: While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they ...
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Where did the darkness come from? [closed]

In the beginning God said "let there be light" and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then God separated the light form the darkness. Where did the darkness come from? I do not have ...
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Do any church fathers interpret Luke 18:17 as teaching the necessity of infant baptism?

Luke 18:15-17 (DRB) And they brought unto him also infants, that he might touch them. Which when the disciples saw, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus, calling them together, said: Suffer children to ...
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According to Calvinists, how do Job's works correspond to his salvation?

Job 31:1–4 (DRB) I made a covenant with my eyes, that I would not so much as think upon a virgin.1 2 For what part should God from above have in me, and what inheritance the Almighty from on high? 3 ...