Is the commandment “You shall not kill” or “You shall not murder”?

Question: Is the commandment “You shall not kill” or “You shall not murder”? Answer: The Hebrew word in Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17 is ratsach. It is not the commonly used words for killing, which are haragh (to slay) and muth (to die). Ratsach is most frequently used in Numbers 35 where rules are given to determine if the death of a…

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Why does Psalm 104:8 read so differently in different translations?

Question: I have an interesting question. In the NIV it says. they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them. Psalm 104:8 NIV But in another version it says Mountains rose and valleys sank to the levels you decreed. Psalm 104:8 NLT Do they mean the…

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What is the meaning of the biblical word “korah?”

Question: What is the meaning of the biblical word “korah?” Answer: Korah is a proper name in Hebrew. Like most names, it is used without reference to its direct meaning. Such is still done today. My name is “Jeffrey,” but few use the word for its original meaning “at peace with God.” Scholars believe Korah…

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Aren’t Acts 2:38 and Matthew 26:28 different in some Greek texts?

Question: I read your Acts 2:38 in comparison to Matthew 26:28. Problem is the King James version agrees it’s the same in Greek, but the Nestle makes it more personal where it could read “for the remission of your sins”. Even though I don’t think that matters because it makes it more personal with the…

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Why wasn’t Jesus named Immanuel?

Question: I have another question from my studies involving Isaiah: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). How is it that Jesus was not named Immanuel? Is this a contradiction? Also, I’ve heard that virgin is…

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Does the word “forever” in Ecclesiastes 1:4 mean “everlasting?”

Question: Does the word “forever” in Ecclesiastes 1:4 means “everlasting?” Answer: “One generation passes away, and another generation comes; but the earth abides forever” (Ecclesiastes 1:4). The Hebrew word ‘owlam refers to something that is of a long, indefinite period. It is a period of time which you cannot say for certainty when it comes to an end. To…

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I think your translation of Nicolaitan is incorrect

Question: I did some research recently and I found your translation of the word “Nicolaitan” from the Greek to be incorrect. From your incorrect translation comes further assumptions which logically begin a continued false set of observations and conclusions. I am not trying to be difficult, merely bring to your attention that your answer needs to…

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In Mark 5:19, the word is “house” not “people.”

Question: In the article “How Do They Do That?” you stated: One of these cities was Decapolis. Just outside the town, Jesus freed a man possessed by demons. The man wanted to follow Jesus, but instead, Jesus tells him to go and preach what he has learned to his people (Mark 5:19-20). Look closely at…

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Why are the New Testament quotes of the Old Testament different?

Question: How would you punctuate Isaiah 40:3? How do the authors of the New Testament get Isaiah 40:3 wrong? Answer: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God'” (Isaiah 40:3). “For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah,…

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Why is YWHW translated LORD?

Question: I know the New World Translation is not a reliable translation, but why have the other Bible translations changed the original YHWH to LORD? Answer: When a translator encounters a word, he is faced with two choices: he can translate the word or he can transliterate the word. To translate requires finding a word…

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