|Gen 33:11||λάβε τὰς εὐλογίας μου ἃς ἤνεγκά σοι, ὅτι ἠλέησέν με ὁ θεὸς καὶ ἔστιν μοι πάντα. καὶ ἐβιάσατοαὐτόν, καὶ ἔλαβεν.||Receive my blessings, which I brought to you, because God has shown mercy to me, and everything is mine.” And he urged him, and he received them.|
|Exod 19:24||εἶπεν δὲ αὐτῷ Κύριος Βάδιζε κατάβηθι, καὶ ἀνάβηθι σὺ καὶ Ἀαρὼν μετὰ σοῦ· οἱ δὲ ἱερεῖς καὶ ὁ λαὸς μὴ βιαζέσθωσαν ἀναβῆναι πρὸς τὸν θεόν, μή ποτε ἀπολέσῃ ἀπʼ αὐτῶν Κύριος.||Then the Lord said to him, “Go on, go down! And come back up, you and Aaron with you. But let the priests and the people not forcefully attempt to come up to God, lest the Lord slay some of them.”|
|Deut 22:25||Ἐὰν δὲ ἐν πεδίῳ εὕρῃ ἄνθρωπος τὴν παῖδα τὴν μεμνηστευμένην καὶ βιασάμενος κοιμηθῇ μετʼ αὐτῆς, ἀποκτενεῖτε τὸν κοιμώμενον μετʼ αὐτῆς μόνον,||“But if in the open country a man finds a girl who is engaged, and by overpowering he sleeps with her, you shall kill only the one who slept with her,|
|Deut 22:28||Ἐὰν δέ τις εὕρῃ τὴν παῖδα τὴν παρθένον ἥτις οὐ μεμνήστευται, καὶ βιασάμενος κοιμηθῇ μετʼ αὐτῆς, καὶ εὑρεθῇ·||“But if someone finds the girl, the virgin, who has not been betrothed, and by overpowering he sleeps with her, and it is discovered,|
|Judg 19:7||καὶ ἀνέστη ὁ ἀνὴρ τοῦ πορεύεσθαι· καὶ ἐβιάσατο αὐτὸν ὁ γαμβρὸς αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐκάθισεν καὶ ηὐλίσθη ἐκεῖ.||But the man arose to leave, so his father-in-law pressed him, and he remained and spent the night there.|
|2 Kgdms 13:25||καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεὺς πρὸς Ἀβεσσαλώμ Μὴ δή, υἱέ μου, μὴ πορευθῶμεν πάντες ἡμεῖς, καὶ οὐ μὴ καταβαρυνθῶμεν ἐπὶ σέ· καὶ ἐβιάσατο αὐτόν, καὶ οὐκ ἠθέλησεν τοῦ πορευθῆναι καὶ εὐλόγησεν αὐτόν.||And the king said to Absalom. “No indeed, my son, not all of us should go. We will not be a burden for you.” And he urged him and he did not want to go and he blessed him.|
|2 Kgdms 13:27||καὶ ἐβιάσατο αὐτὸν Ἀβεσσαλώμ, καὶ ἀπέστειλεν μετʼ αὐτοῦ τὸν Ἀμνὼν καὶ πάντας τοὺς υἱοὺς τοῦ βασιλέως· καὶ ἐποίησεν Ἀβεσσαλὼμ πότον κατὰ τὸν πότον τοῦ βασιλέως.||And Absalom urged him and he sent him with Absalom and all the sons of the king. And Absalom made a feast up to the standard for a feast for the king.|
|Sirach 4:26||μὴ αἰσχυνθῇς ὁμολογῆσαι ἐφʼ ἁμαρτίαις σου, καὶ μὴ βιάζου ῥοῦν ποταμοῦ.||Do not be ashamed to confess your sins, and do not constrain the flow of a river.|
|Sirach 34:21||καὶ εἰ ἐβιάσθης ἐν ἐδέσμασιν, ἀνάστα μεσοπορῶν, καὶ ἀναπαύσῃ.||And if you were overpowered by delicacies, arise halfway, and you will have rest.|
|Esther 7:8||ἐπέστρεψεν δὲ ὁ βασιλεὺς ἐκ τοῦ κήπου, Ἁμὰν δὲ ἐπιπεπτώκει ἐπὶ τὴν κλίνην ἀξιῶν τὴν βασίλισσαν· εἶπεν δὲ ὁ βασιλεύς Ὥστε καὶ τὴν γυναῖκα βιάζῃ ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ μου; Ἁμὰν δὲ ἀκούσας διετράπη τῷ προσώπῳ.||Then the king returned from the garden, but Haman had fallen upon the couch, begging the queen. And the king said, “So, you assault even my wife in my house?” And when Haman heard this, he was confounded in his face.|
|2 Macc 14:41||τῶν δὲ πληθῶν μελλόντων τὸν πύργον καταλαβέσθαι καὶ τὴν αὐλαίαν θύραν βιαζομένων καὶ κελευόντων πῦρ προσάγειν καὶ τὰς θύρας ὑφάπτειν, περικατάλημπτος γενόμενος ὑπέθηκεν ἑαυτῷ τὸ ξίφος·||But when the multitude were about to overtake the tower and were breaking down the door of the courtyard and calling to bring fire and to set fire to the doors, since he was surrounded on every side, he fell upon his own sword,|
|4 Macc 2:8||αὐτίκα γοῦν τῷ νόμῳ πολιτευόμενος, κἂν φιλάργυρός τις εἴη, βιάζεται τὸν ἑαυτοῦ τρόπον, τοῖς δεομένοις δανίζων χωρὶς τόκων, καὶ τὸ δάνιον τῶν ἑβδομάδων ἐνστασῶν χρεοκοπούμενος.||Therefore, for example, when living by the law, even if a person was a lover of money, he is constrainedto his path, lending to the people who are poor without interest and cutting down the debt when the seventh year arrives.|
|4 Macc 8:24||μὴ βιαζώμεθα τὴν ἀνάγκην, μηδὲ κενοδοξήσωμεν ἐπὶ τῇ ἑαυτῶν στρέβλῃ.||We should not struggle against compulsion nor hold useless views in view of the rack that would tortureus.|
|4 Macc 11:25||τὸ γὰρ μὴ δυνηθῆναί σε μεταπεῖσαι τὸν λογισμὸν ἡμῶν, μήτε βιάσασθαι πρὸς τὴν μιεροφαγίαν, οὐ κατάλυσίς ἐστίν σου; ;||For your ability to neither change our minds regarding our reason nor to force us to the eating of unclean food; is this not the dissolution of your rule?|
When you open an English translation of the Bible to Romans 3.25, depending upon which version it is, you may encounter the word propitiation referring to Jesus. For instance, the King James Version reads:
whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Other versions use the word expiation or the phrase atoning sacrifice or something similar. At first glance, these various translations may impress themselves on our mind as meaning more-or-less the same thing. However, when we dig in to study, we will find that they actually have very different, even opposing meanings. I encourage you to study with me and on your own, to see how the word choice of different translation committees (responsible for what ends up in various versions of the Bible) reflects on the character – or lack of character as we will see – of my Father and yours. Most importantly, I want to convey that how we perceive God on this topic can very much affect – either positively or negatively – our intimacy with Him.[Read more…] about Propitiation: This Unbiblical Word May Be in Your Bible
Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. — James 1.2
Editor’s note: I recently posted the a question that occurred to me as I read James 1.12. Below is a thoughtful response I received to the question:
Here’s the response… have a thought you care to share? Leave a comment below or submit content here.
Hi Jack, I have to thank you for your question about the crown of life mentioned in James 1:12. I prayed, read my Bible and then a song came to mind. Here’s what was revealed to me.
In Revelation 2: 8-10, Jesus tells the church at Smyrna[Read more…] about Crown of Death Crown of Life
Editor’s note: I post this sermon from George MacDonald’s second volume of “Unspoken Sermons” with the hope of addressing some well-intentioned concerns about statements in the Scriptures that indicate universal reconciliation (e.g., Romans 5.19, Colossians 1.19-20, etc.) and universal salvation (e.g., 1 Timothy 4.10, etc.).
Two incipient responses to universal reconciliation/salvation include:
Are you saying, ‘Everyone is going to heaven?’ (a get-out-of-jail card for everyone without any real penalties for sin).
What about ____? Hitler, Stalin, etc.
This sermon occurs to me as one of the best answers to such concerns and others. Here is a summary of the major components of the sermon:
- The Parables: their purpose according to Jesus
- The importance of doing what we see to do and the (merciful) blindness placed on those who insist on understanding instead of doing.
- Christ our righteousness – never an imputed righteousness
- Righteousness is simply fairness with a dialogue of objections
- Choose to be righteous and help will be freely given; otherwise, there are ways to compel you
- A vision of the prison of “The Outer Darkness”
Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy; for thou renderest to every man according to his work. – Psalm 62.12.
Some of the translators make it kindness and goodness; but I presume there is no real difference among them as to the character of the word which here, in the English Bible, is translated mercy.
The religious mind, however, educated upon the theories yet prevailing in the so-called religious world, must here recognize a departure from the presentation to which they have been accustomed: to make the psalm speak according to prevalent theoretic modes, the verse would have to be changed thus:
To thee, O Lord, belongeth justice, for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
Let the reason of my choosing this passage, so remarkable in itself, for a motto to the sermon which follows, remain for the present doubtful. I need hardly say that I mean to found no logical argument upon it.[Read more…] about Justice, A Sermon by George MacDonald