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Blameless Word Study
When you think of the word “blameless,” what goes through your mind? For me, that word gives the connotation of someone who hasn’t done anything wrong—that person is without sin. But the Bible ascribes the quality of blamelessness to some humans, such as Noah (Genesis 6:9), David (2 Samuel 22:21–26), and Job (Job 1:1, 8). Yet the Bible also says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And the Bible presents stories of these same “blameless” humans doing some pretty sinful stuff (see the story of David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11). Why is there such a contradiction? Does blameless mean something different to God that I’m not understanding?
These questions prompted me to do a word study on the word “blameless.” Where is the word blameless used in the Bible? What is the context? What does the Bible say about this word that can give us some understanding of this word? Interestingly, the Bible had so much to say about “blameless” that I will work through the Biblical meaning of blameless in five posts.
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