Aug
2015

The Greek word “blaberos”

Found just once in the New Testament (1 Tim. 6:91 Tim. 6:9
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9 But they that are minded to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and hurtful lusts, such as drown men in destruction and perdition.

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), the Greek adjective “blaberos” meant “hurtful,” “injurious,” “harmful.” Those who seek wealth often experience significant problems, one of which is “hurtful” lusts (desires).

Aug
2015

The Greek word “biotikos”

Found just three times in the New Testament (Lk. 21:34Lk. 21:34
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34 But take heed to yourselves, lest haply your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come on you suddenly as a snare:

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; 1 Cor. 6:3-41 Cor. 6:3-4
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3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more, things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have to judge things pertaining to this life, do ye set them to judge who are of no account in the church?

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), the Greek adjective “biotikos” meant “things essential to daily life” or “necessities.” In Lk. 21:34Lk. 21:34
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34 But take heed to yourselves, lest haply your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come on you suddenly as a snare:

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this word refers to necessities associated with anxiety.

In 1 Cor. 6:3-41 Cor. 6:3-4
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3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more, things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have to judge things pertaining to this life, do ye set them to judge who are of no account in the church?

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, this word is used in a judicial sense. Paul told the Corinthians judicial matters, compared to spiritual matters, are actually quite small. All too often people reverse this truth; legal matters are of great concern and spiritual matters receive little to no attention.

Aug
2015

The Greek word “biosis”

Found just once in the New Testament (Acts 26:4Acts 26:4
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4 My manner of life then from my youth up, which was from the beginning among mine own nation and at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;

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), the Greek noun “biosis” meant “way of conduct” or “manner of life.”

Paul used this term to describe how he had lived prior to becoming a Christian (i.e. his former life as a Pharisee).

Aug
2015

The Greek word “bioo”

Found just once in the New Testament (1 Pet. 4:21 Pet. 4:2
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2 that ye no longer should live the rest of your time in flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

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), the Greek verb “bioo” means “live.”

True Christians want to “live” the rest of their lives for God rather than pursue sin.

Aug
2015

The Greek word “bios”

Found eleven times in the New Testament (Mk. 12:44Mk. 12:44
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44 for they all did cast in of their superfluity; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

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; Lk. 8:14, 43; 15:12, 30; 21:4Lk. 8:14, 43; 15:12, 30; 21:4
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14 And that which fell among the thorns, these are they that have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, who had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed of any, 12 and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of thy substance that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 30 but when this thy son came, who hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou killedst for him the fatted calf. 4 for all these did of their superfluity cast in unto the gifts; but she of her want did cast in all the living that she had.

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; 1 Tim. 2:21 Tim. 2:2
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2 for kings and all that are in high place; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity.

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; 2 Tim. 2:4; 12 Tim. 2:4; 1
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4 No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of this life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier. The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy 1 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, according to the promise of the life which is in Christ Jesus, 2 to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers in a pure conscience, how unceasing is my remembrance of thee in my supplications, night and day 4 longing to see thee, remembering thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 5 having been reminded of the unfeigned faith that is in thee; which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and, I am persuaded, in thee also. 6 For which cause I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline. 8 Be not ashamed therefore of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but suffer hardship with the gospel according to the power of God; 9 who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal, 10 but hath now been manifested by the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 whereunto I was appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher. 12 For which cause I suffer also these things: yet I am not ashamed; for I know him whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to guard that which I have committed unto him against that day. 13 Hold the pattern of sound words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed unto thee guard through the Holy Spirit which dwelleth in us. 15 This thou knowest, that all that are in Asia turned away from me; of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 The Lord grant mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus: for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; 17 but, when he was in Rome, he sought me diligently, and found me 18 ; and in how many things he ministered at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

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Pet. 4:3; 1 Jn. 2:16; 3:171 Jn. 2:16; 3:17
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16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vain glory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 But whoso hath the world's goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?

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), the Greek noun “bios” meant “possessions,” “livelihood,’ “life,” “living.”

Jesus took note of a woman who cast in all her “living” (Mk. 12:44Mk. 12:44
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44 for they all did cast in of their superfluity; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

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). There are the riches and pleasures of “life” (Lk. 8:14Lk. 8:14
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14 And that which fell among the thorns, these are they that have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

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). Jesus described a woman who spent all her “living” on doctors (Lk. 8:43Lk. 8:43
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43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, who had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed of any,

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). A son was accused of squandering his “living” on sinful activities (Lk. 15:30Lk. 15:30
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30 but when this thy son came, who hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou killedst for him the fatted calf.

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). There are the affairs of this “life” (2 Tim. 2:42 Tim. 2:4
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4 No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of this life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.

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). John spoke about the pride of “life” (1 Jn. 2:161 Jn. 2:16
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16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vain glory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

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) and the “goods” of this world (1 Jn. 3:171 Jn. 3:17
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17 But whoso hath the world's goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?

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Aug
2015

Bithunia (Bithynia)

Mentioned just twice in the New Testament (Acts 16:7Acts 16:7
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7 and when they were come over against Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia; and the Spirit of Jesus suffered them not;

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; 1 Pet. 1:11 Pet. 1:1
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The First Epistle General of Peter 1 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect who are sojourners of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

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), “Bithynia” was a province of Asia Minor which was evangelized in the first century. “According to Acts 16:7Acts 16:7
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7 and when they were come over against Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia; and the Spirit of Jesus suffered them not;

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, Paul and Timothy seek in vain to go from Mysia to Bithynia; 1 Pet. 1:11 Pet. 1:1
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The First Epistle General of Peter 1 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect who are sojourners of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

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assumes a Christian church in Bithynia” (Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament, 1:218).

Aug
2015

The Greek word “bibrosko”

Found just once in the New Testament (Jn. 6:13Jn. 6:13
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13 So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves, which remained over unto them that had eaten.

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), the Greek verb “bibrosko” meant “eat.” This definition is reflected in the NKJV translation of Jn. 6:13Jn. 6:13
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13 So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves, which remained over unto them that had eaten.

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“Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten” (emphasis mine).

Aug
2015

The Greek word “biblos”

Found only in Mt. 1:1Mt. 1:1
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The Gospel According to St. Matthew 1 1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

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; Mk. 12:26Mk. 12:26
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26 But as touching the dead, that they are raised; have ye not read in the book of Moses, in the place concerning the Bush, how God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

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; Lk. 3:4; 20:42Lk. 3:4; 20:42
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4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight. 42 For David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

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; Acts 1:20; 7:42; 19:19Acts 1:20; 7:42; 19:19
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20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be made desolate, And let no man dwell therein: and, His office let another take. 42 But God turned, and gave them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, Did ye offer unto me slain beasts and sacrifices Forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? 19 And not a few of them that practised magical arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all; and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.

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; Phil. 4:3Phil. 4:3
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3 Yea, I beseech thee also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

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; Rev. 3:5; 13:8; 20:15, 19; 22:19Rev. 3:5; 13:8; 20:15, 19; 22:19
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5 He that overcometh shall thus be arrayed in white garments; and I will in no wise blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, every one whose name hath not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that hath been slain. 15 And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire. 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book.

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, the Greek noun “biblos” meant “sacred writing,” “book,” “scroll.”

Matthew used this term to describe the “book of the generation of Jesus Christ” (Mt. 1:1Mt. 1:1
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The Gospel According to St. Matthew 1 1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

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). In Mk. 12:26Mk. 12:26
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26 But as touching the dead, that they are raised; have ye not read in the book of Moses, in the place concerning the Bush, how God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

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we read about the “book” of Moses. Luke spoke about the “book” of Isaiah (Lk. 3:4Lk. 3:4
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4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight.

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). David is associated with the “book” of Psalms (Acts 1:20Acts 1:20
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20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be made desolate, And let no man dwell therein: and, His office let another take.

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). There is a “book” of life (Phil. 4:3Phil. 4:3
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3 Yea, I beseech thee also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

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; Rev. 3:5; 13:8; 20:15; 22:19Rev. 3:5; 13:8; 20:15; 22:19
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5 He that overcometh shall thus be arrayed in white garments; and I will in no wise blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, every one whose name hath not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that hath been slain. 15 And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire. 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book.

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Aug
2015

The Greek word “biblion”

Found most often in the book of Revelation (23 times), but also used in Mt. 19:7Mt. 19:7
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7 They say unto him, Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorcement, and to put her away?

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; Mk. 10:4Mk. 10:4
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4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.

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; Lk. 4:17, 20Lk. 4:17, 20
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17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And he opened the book, and found the place where it was written, 20 And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down: and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him.

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; Jn. 20:30; 21:25Jn. 20:30; 21:25
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30 Many other signs therefore did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book: 25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that should be written.

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; Gal. 3:10Gal. 3:10
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10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one who continueth not in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.

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; 2 Tim. 4:132 Tim. 4:13
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13 The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, bring when thou comest, and the books, especially the parchments.

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; Heb. 9:19; 10:7Heb. 9:19; 10:7
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19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses unto all the people according to the law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 7 Then said I, Lo, I am come To do thy will, O God.

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, the Greek noun “biblion” means “book,” “scroll,” “document.”

In Mt. 19:7Mt. 19:7
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7 They say unto him, Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorcement, and to put her away?

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this word describes a “writing” of divorcemnt. Jesus had the “book” (scroll) of Isaiah (Lk. 4:17Lk. 4:17
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17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And he opened the book, and found the place where it was written,

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). Some of the signs performed by Jesus were not recorded in the “book” of John (Jn 20:30Jn 20:30
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30 Many other signs therefore did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book:

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). Paul wanted Timothy to bring “the books” (2 Tim. 4:132 Tim. 4:13
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13 The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, bring when thou comest, and the books, especially the parchments.

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). John was told to write what he saw in a “book” (Rev. 1:11Rev. 1:11
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11 saying, What thou seest, write in a book and send it to the seven churches: unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamum, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

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). In Rev. 5:2Rev. 5:2
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2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a great voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

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we read about finding someone who was “worthy” enough to “open a book.” John spoke about the “book” of life (Rev. 17:8Rev. 17:8
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8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and is about to come up out of the abyss, and to go into perdition. And they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, they whose name hath not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast, how that he was, and is not, and shall come.

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), and the “books being opened” at the final judgment (Rev. 20:12Rev. 20:12
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12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works.

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