• Brent Karding

    That’s a good idea! I’ve added it to a list of suggestions.

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    @Nathan-B That’s a tricky one! It certainly is an English infinitive.

    Since it’s describing “things,” you could use the Explanation relationship, as if it were a relative phrase - “things [that are] yet to be.” I think that would be the best thing to do.

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    @adiadidas15 said in Arcing Chiastic & Parallel literary structures:

    If I am arcing a passage which contains a chiasm, it would be nice to reflect that within the arcing module. I realize that arcing is focused on the functional relationships between clauses, whereas literary structure (chiasms, etc.) are simply about form, so these two methods aren’t a perfect fit with each other.

    I don’t think that’s possible, unfortunately, because of the visual layout of Arcing and the necessary visual layout of a chiasm. They couldn’t both be in the same space.

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  • Brent Karding

    Sorry my reply is so late, Chris! I didn’t see this post until now.

    Here I’d indent “supply and multiply your seed” further within its line, and then make “and increase the harvest” coordinate with it. That will make it more obvious that both verbs have “he” as their subject.

    You could also divide 10a after “supply,” to show that there are actually two verbs there. I’d do that in my phrase, so that you could see the three parallel verbs.

    Then the arrow of “for sowing” would go up to the indented phrase “and multiply your seed.”

    You did well to extract “who supplies…” from between the subject and verb of 10a.

    Let me know if any of that doesn’t make sense!

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  • Brent Karding

    Good morning, Daniel!

    I’d say that Thayer is a good place to start and to get basic definitions. It isn’t as accurate as BDAG, or as detailed and helpful, but Thayer will give you the basic idea.

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  • Brent Karding

    Hi Hugh,

    I don’t know of any detailed resources, but this is a helpful article by Knowable Word, a good source. Most of the article is explaining why you should mark up your Bible, but it looks like you’re already convinced. The end of the article has a few short ideas. It isn’t much, but it might guide your thinking a little bit.

    I’m sorry I didn’t see your post until now!

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  • Brent Karding

    @Wellington-Driedger It is a little tedious to use, but things will be improved when Biblearc 3.0 is released. (There’s no release date yet, though.)

    But you can highlight more than one word at a time; you can click and drag your mouse across as many words as you want, and highlight them all at once.

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  • Brent Karding

    Thanks for your suggestions! We will keep them in mind as we develop the new version of the app.

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  • Brent Karding

    Hi δούλος,

    This is actually an easy thing to fix, thankfully! If you click on the “NASB” above your phrase, you should see an option for two-column view. That will make the change.

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  • Brent Karding

    @John-Mark-Steel said in Ecclesiastes 5:8-9:

    The phrase “the king who cultivates the field is an advantage,” then, has a bit of sarcasm (or resignation), it seems.

    That’s possible! “After all,” though, is a translation of the Hebrew ו (vav), which can mean many, many things, like “and,” “but,” and so on. Translations vary: the ESV has “but,” the CSB, NIV, and NET Bible have nothing.

    The ESV translates the verse as a contrary point to verse 8: “But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to cultivated fields.”

    The NET Bible makes the same point as the CSB and NIV, but in a more paraphrastic way: “The produce of the land is seized by all of them, even the king is served by the fields.” In this case, verse 9 is another example of injustice.

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  • Brent Karding

    There hasn’t been an update, I don’t think, but sometimes the print feature does this. At other times it will print correctly.

    I suggest restarting the page or trying a different browser, and you’ll be able to get it to print properly.

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  • Brent Karding

    @John-Mark-Steel said in Ecclesiastes 5:8-9:

    Am I on the right track here with these verses? I’m especially interested in the relationships between ideas in these verses.

    Well, when I studied these verses a few years ago, I saw that commentators call them very difficult to interpret, if not impossible to do so with 100% confidence! But it looks like they are surely talking about injustice,

    It looks like the Preacher is saying, “Don’t be amazed when you see governmental injustice, because of the many layers of authority there.” Butt-covering will always be a reality in the structure of authority in organizations. Bureaucracy naturally leads to injustice - that’s the “because.”

    So I think he is calling us to acknowledge the “vanity” (impossible-to-understandness) of corruption in government. About the laziness, the protection of bad workers, the layers of authority that work against efficiency and ensure some level of mismanagement, the Preacher says, “Of course it’s that way! Always has been, always will.” This author isn’t holding his breath for improvement – not that we shouldn’t try to root out corruption; it’s just that, as Derek Kidner put it, “Qoheleth … knows what is in man" (The Message of Ecclesiastes, 55).

    And I really like your comparison of these verses to modern events, and to God’s good gift of government that is twisted by sinful people, just like all his good gifts.

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  • Brent Karding

    @Nathan-B said in Psalm 133:

    However, is there a possibility that the ‘there’ refers to the unity in verse 1? That the blessing of God and life everlasting are connected to living in unity. Not sure, but it seems to be a possibility.

    That’s a good thought, and it’s important to consider different options when interpreting the text. Here are two reasons why I don’t think that “there” is referring to “unity”:

    1. “There” is more likely referring to something must closer to it than a word or concept introduced at the beginning of the psalm, several verses back. This is the most natural way to read it, absent any clear contextual clues.
    2. If “there” is referring to unity, the argument would be this: “Dwelling in unity is pleasant because that is where God commanded the blessing of eternal life.” But what does it mean to say that unity is where God commanded a blessing? I would have expected a different word, not one that shows location, like “through.” Also, how is eternal life located (even figuratively) within unity? Wouldn’t that be a result of unity, rather than unity being the place where eternal life is located or found?

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  • Brent Karding

    That’s a helpful suggestion. I think it would require a lot of coding to accomplish, though. @Andy-Hubert, what do you think?

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  • Brent Karding

    @John-Mark-Steel No problem! After posting the passage for the arc, you can just click “reply” like you did a minute ago, and then click on the cloud button at the right of the menu (which is just below “Replying to ‘Cantar de los Cantares 3:1-5’”). That’s how to attach an image of your arc from the Discourse module that you’ve already saved to your computer. Of course, you can also type in whatever notes you want.

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  • Brent Karding

    Hi, John Mark!

    Did you mean to post an arc underneath this passage as well?

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    "In my desperation, I cry out to God for deliverance with confident hope."

    COMBINATION

    I combined the two psalms into one arc because I saw that there is a threefold refrain in 42:5-6a, 42:11, and 43:5.

    Here is more support for combining the two psalms into one:

    “Not only does one title serve for the two psalms, but the soliloquy ‘Why go I mourning …’ is heard in both (42:9; 43:2)…” (Kidner, 182, emphasis mine).

    “There is extensive agreement among the majority of interpreters that Pss 42 and 43 should be interpreted as a single psalm, for the following reasons: (a) many Heb. mss present the psalms as a single unit; (b) Ps 43 has no title, which is surprising in Book II of the Psalter; and © they are joined by a common refrain (42:6, 12; 43:5)” (Craigie and Tate, 325, emphasis mine).

    Boice asserts that “[t]he chief reason for taking the psalms together… is that both deal with spiritual depression” (Boice, 367).

    INTERPRETATION

    In the first two sections, the refrain follows the psalmist’s talking to himself (even in verse 9). In the third section, the refrain follows the psalmist’s talking to God.

    APPLICATION

    The threefold refrain teaches us how to respond to situations when we feel distant from God, longing to know him and enjoy his presence (v. 1-6a). It teaches us how to respond to feeling overwhelmed and depressed by our suffering (6b-11). It teaches us how to respond to injustice and oppression against us (1-5).

    In each case, our response should be the same: to talk to ourselves, reminding ourselves to hope in God, to remember our certain future of praise and joy because of the reality of God being our Savior.

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  • Brent Karding

    1 As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” 4 These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival. 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation 6 and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. 8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” 10 As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” 11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. 1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me! 2 For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 3 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! 4 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God (Psalms 42:1-43:5 ESV).

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  • Brent Karding

    @Ari-Constancio said in "Proper" behavior in church:

    @Brent-Karding Thank you! Would you deem appropriate to speak also of Ecclesiastes 5:1-7, as you’ve done a live video on “fearing God in corporate worship” over this passage?

    Yes, I had forgotten about that passage! That is one of the best ones, since it talks about fearing God and listening when you worship publicly. Thanks for reminding me!

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