Romans 15

Chapter fifteen actually finishes the teaching on strong and weak believers from the previous chapter. Rather than causing weaker Christians to stumble in their faith, stronger Christians “ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just to please ourselves” (Romans 15:1-6). This is essentially further teaching on the proper outworking of love …

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Nehemiah 1

Ezra and Nehemiah were originally one book in the Hebrew text, because they tell the three-part story of Israel’s return from captivity in Persia. When the Hebrew text was translated into Greek (the Septuagint), this was retained as one book, called Esdras B (or 2 Esdras). It was not until Origen and, finally, Jerome in …

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Jeremiah 31

Chapter thirty-one continues the promise of Israel’s future judgment and guaranteed restoration, the Tribulation and Messianic Kingdom. It is best to read chapters 30 and 31 together as one cohesive passage detailing the promises regarding Israel’s future restoration in the Messianic Kingdom. The majority of this chapter does not automatically seem to refer to the …

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