The Bible Pages, key-word index, section Sion to Speak
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Section Sion to Speak (the other sections → rkw011.htm)
Sion – Look under the heading “Zion”.
Sir – On the title “Sir” (from sire, “father”), especially if used in the religious context. → raa082.htm
- 2 Corinthians 4:5, “For we do not proclaim ourselves [as lords] but the anointed Jesus as Lord, and ourselves your slaves for the sake of Jesus”. → raa062.htm
- Galatians 3:24–25 – Paul described the Old Covenant as a tutor-slave (Greek paidagôgos). → roa113.htm
- On the slavewoman and the freewoman of Galatians 4, and the bondage of Galatians 5:1. → rca082.htm – raa022.htm
- The apostle Paul to the saints in Galatia: “For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). → (roa113.htm) – (rca082.htm)
- Some have claimed that the apostle Paul upheld slavery. Is that true? → roa162.htm
- In the Bible, the word “yoke” does not always refer to slavery. Even marriage is at times called a “yoke”, that is, a bond (a binding contract regarding marriage). → roa162.htm
- Romans 6:6, “we should no longer be slaves of sin”. → rba052.htm
- Are you a TV-slave? A challenge to all believers.→ rwa062.htm
- The town-name Smyrna occurs in one New Testament passage, Revelation 1:11. (Greek Smurna = “myrrh”.) The adjective-form smurnaios occurs in one passage, Revelation 2:8.
- (The word smurna occurs also in Matthew 2:11 and John 19:39, in the meaning “myrrh”. Mark 15:23 contains the verb-form smurnizô.)
- Smyrna was a coastal town in what today is the western part of Asiatic Turkey.
- Some talk about “church eras”, and call one of them “the Smyrna era”. It appears that the “church eras” dogma was invented by the Baptist preacher William Miller (1782–1849); at least, he was among the first to promulgate it in a more public way. But, is that dogma correct and true? → raa032.htm
Snake, snakes – Look under the headings “Serpents” and “Dragon”.
Snare – On the “snare of the Devil”, 1 Timothy 3:7 and 6:9–10. → rma082.htm
Sodom and Gomorrah
- Genesis 14:8–24 records an event when the patriarch Abraham freed people of Sodom and Gomorrah who had been captured by certain warlords.
- Genesis 19 records the destruction of the towns Sodom and Gomorrah. At that time, the Lord had his angels tell Abraham’s nephew Lot to flee from Sodom, before that town was destroyed, along with other places in the area.
- Genesis 18:20 records that the Lord said, regarding Sodom and Gomorrah, “their sin is very grievous” (AKJV). But, that passage does not state the exact nature of their wickedness. Regarding Genesis 19:1–5 – it could even be that the men of Sodom were so incredibly wicked that the reason why they wanted to rape the Lord’s angels (messengers), was that they knew that the Lord had sent them. That is, it could be that they through such an incredibly heinous act wanted to express their hate against God. Whatever; the end result was that they were destroyed.
- (Compare with the reason why the Lord caused the Flood to destroy the inhabitants of the Earth – read all of Genesis 6:1–7, with care.)
- The Bible condemns (forbids) all forms of sexual immortality and violence, but when it comes to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, it may be that there was something else in the picture. See the notes above, and also below.
- The makers of the 1560 Geneva bible put the word “sodomite” into 1 Kings 14:24, 15:12 and 22:46 and 2 Kings 23:7. Later, some put that word even into Deuteronomy 23:17. But, those verses do not refer to Sodom. The Hebrew word in question is qadesh which has no connection with the town Sodom.
- Regarding the word “sojourner” in the meaning “foreigner” (Genesis 23:4, et cetera), look under the heading “Foreigners”.
- On where the ancient Israelites’ 40-year desert sojourn actually took place. → roa062.htm
- Solomon was the son of king David of Israel. After David’s death, he reigned for forty years. (Some estimate that that reign was circa 1015–975 BCE.)
- The Hebrew form of the name is Shelomoh. In the Greek text of the Septuagint version (LXX) that is transcribed as Salômôn, and in the NT Greek as Solomôn.
- Regarding the bible-book called Song of Solomon, look below, under the heading “Song”.
- Regarding Jesus the Son of God, look under the heading “Jesus”.
- The two sons of oil of Zechariah 4:14. → rta012.htm
- The “sons of hell” of Matthew 23:15. → roa121.htm
- Galatians 4:22, “For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman”. → raa022.htm – rca082.htm
- For more, see the other parts of this multi-page index, or use the search function.
Song, songs (and singing)
- The Jews sort the bible-book called “Song of Solomon” (also called “Song of songs”) under the section Kethuvim, “the Writings”. → (rca012.htm, appendix)
- No passages in the book Song of Solomon are quoted at this site.
- The mocking song against the king of Babylon (Isaiah 14:4–12, and onward). → rda051.htm
- The mocking song over the king of Tyre (Ezekiel 27:1–2, 28:12 and so on). → rda051.htm
- In the New Testament, songs and singing are mentioned in around 11 passages, Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26, Acts 16:25, 1 Corinthians 14:15 and 26, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, James 5:13, Revelation 5:9, 14:3 and 15:3 (and also, in OT quotes in Romans 15:9 and Hebrews 2:12).
- Look also under the heading “Psalm, Psalms”.
Sons – Look above, under the heading “Son”.
- The Bible does not mention such a concept as “immortal soul”. The talk about “immortal souls” appears to be of Catholic origin. Humans are mortal and do not have everlasting life in themselves; that is something they must be given by God.
- In numerous bible-passages where English bible-translators have put in the word “soul”, the meaning is “a person”, “an individual”; in some other passages, the meaning is more like “life”, “mind”, or similar. Further:
- What bible-translators have rendered as “soul”, is often the Hebrew nephesh or the Greek psuchê. Those words had a wide usage with many different meanings.
- The old Hebrew word nephesh refers to such things as “breath”, “life”, “mind”, “person”, “being”, et cetera. The 1769 KJ version translates nephesh in many different ways, such as “soul”, “life”, “person”, “mind”, “heart”, “creature”, “body”, “himself”, “yourselves”, “dead”, “will”, “desire”, “man”, “themselves”, “any” and “appetite”.
- A note: The KJV1769 never translates the noun nephesh as “spirit” or “ghost”, except in Job 11:20 and Jeremiah 15:9 where it talks about “giving up the ghost”. (Some versions note in the margin of that verse, “or, a puff of breath”; some others make it to a “sigh”, and so on. In the case of Jeremiah 15:9, there are numerous different interpretations – guesses – as to what the Hebrew wording might have meant, such as “breathe her last”, “gasps for breath”, “her breathing is laboured”, and so on.)
- The old Greek word psuchê refers to such things as “life”, “breath”, “self” (mind, consciousness), “spirit”. The 1769 KJ version translates it in various ways, such as “life”, “mind”, “heart”, “soul”.
- Regarding the root and origin of the English word “soul” – etymological lexicons give only dubious explanations, if any. Some note that the word “soul” (Middle English soule, Old English sawol) is related to similar words in other Germanic languages, but that does not lead to the actual root or original meaning of that word.
- Look also under the heading “Spirit”.
- Who can speak for God? Who has spiritual or religious authority on the human level? → rsa062.htm
- 1 Corinthians 1:10, the translation “all speak the same thing”. What did the apostle Paul mean and refer to? → raa062.htm
- Should believers speak lies? → roa052.htm
- Regarding glossolalia (“speaking in tongues”), look under the heading “Glossolalia”.
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