Answers to difficult Bible verses

There are many difficult verses in scripture. These articles have been written to provide a reference source for suggested answers on certain passages and to stimulate further study by the reader.

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Question or Topic
The Missing Tribe in Moses' Blessing Deut. 33:1
The Hem of His Garment Matt. 14:35-36
The Difference Between the Judgment Seat of Christ and The Great White Throne Matt. 25, Rev. 20
Taking a husband's surname when married
"Made under the Law" Romans 9:6-8
Were the twelve apostles re-baptized? John 3:22-23; 4:1-2
Signing petitions
Legal change at baptism and forgiveness of sins 1 John 3:4
Do the Scriptures provide a genealogy... Gen 5:1-32; 11:10-32; Luke 3:23-38
Tattoos Lev 19:28
The claim of Jesus to the throne of David Jer 22:30,36:30
The practice of cremation
What is the meaning of the word "chosen"? Rev. 17:14
Legal change at baptism
What is "the abomination of desolation"? Matt. 24:15
Christian acceptance of homosexuality 1 Cor 6:9; 1 Tim 1:10
The Gogian invasion Ezekiel 38;39
Withdrawing fellowship 2 Thess 3:6
Business or investment partnerships with unbelievers 2 Cor 6:14
The swearing of an oath Matt. 5:34,36; James 5:12
"At home in the body ... absent from the Lord" 2 Cor. 5:6-9
"Because of the angels" 1 Cor. 11:10,16
Much study is a weariness of the flesh Ecc 12:12
What does the word "Selah" mean? Psa. 3:2-3
Was Caleb a Jew or a Gentile? Numbers 13:3-6
"Answer not a fool according to his folly" Pro 26: 4-5
"Observe all things I have commanded you" Matt 28:19-20
Bombing in Afghanistan?
What does Isaiah 19: 23-25 have reference to? Isa 19: 23-25
What really happened to Jephthah's daughter? Judges 11:31,32,34,39
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
What is a sin unto death? 1 John 5:16-17
Sin against the Holy Spirit Matthew 12:31-32
"He shall be called a Nazarene" Matthew 2:23
"To deliver such an one unto Satan" I Corinthians 5:5
Why don't disciples of Christ vote? Hebrews 11:13-16
"What have I to do with thee...?" Luke 8:28
"Satan" bound for a thousand years Revelation 20
Will we actually "see God" if granted immortality? Exodus 33:11,20
Who are the angels that sinned in II Peter 2:4? II Peter 2:4
Free will – Did Pharaoh have a choice? Exodus 9:16
Time and chance – Is this for all men? Ecclesiastes 9:11
Praying for the salvation of world leaders I Timothy 2:1-4
Was Christ's temptation from within? Luke 4:2-1
Angels ascending and descending on Christ John 1:51
Should we fear God if there is no fear in love? I John 4:18
Did Jesus have long hair? I Corinthians 11:14
Council from a "familiar spirit" I Samuel 28
Christ "in the form of God"? Philippians 2:6
Was the Last Supper also the Passover? Matthew 26:17-18
Is gambling forbidden in scripture? I Corinthians 6:12
Let your light shine, but not to be seen? Matthew 5:16
"Kicking against the pricks" Acts 9:5
The man without a wedding garment Matthew 22:1-14
Adulterers and adulteresses (symbolic) James 4:4
Did John actually have the Holy Spirit before birth? Luke 1:15
Prayer of faith saving the sick James 5:14-15
"Before Abraham was, I am" John 8:58
Who are the little ones (with angels)? Matthew 18:10
Preaching to the "spirits in prison" I Peter 3:18-20
How are gentiles a "law unto themselves"? Romans 2:13-15