doors

doors

Floor-level breaches in a wall with openable barriers. The biblical use of the term is both literal and symbolic. Among the literal uses, one finds doors to houses (Gen 19:6), which could be broken in during assault (Gen 19:9); doors used for signs for deliverance (Exod 12:23) or bondage (Deut 15:17) or work zones (Neh 3:20); doors used for assignations (Job 31:9); and doors built unwisely (Prov 17:19), closed for privacy (Matt 6:6; Luke 11:7), and pounded upon to rouse occupants (Luke 13:25). Symbolically, doors were places where sin lay in wait (Gen 4:7), the apertures through which speech made its exit (Ps 141:3), the model of sluggish action (Prov 26:14), an access route for hope (Hos 2:15), the narrow passage to eternal life (Luke 13:24), the right access to the human community of the church (John 10:1), the access route of faith among the Gentiles (Acts 14:27), opportunity to proclaim the gospel (2Cor 2:12), and the route of access to one’s life (Rev 3:12).

Gen 19:6

6Lot went out of the door to the men, shut the door after him,

Gen 19:9

9But they replied, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came here as an alien, and he would play the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them. ... View more

Exod 12:23

23For the Lord will pass through to strike down the Egyptians; when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over that door ... View more

Deut 15:17

17then you shall take an awl and thrust it through his earlobe into the door, and he shall be your slave forever.
You shall do the same with regard to your fema ... View more

Neh 3:20

20After him Baruch son of Zabbai repaired another section from the Angle to the door of the house of the high priest Eliashib.

Job 31:9

9“If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
and I have lain in wait at my neighbor's door;

Prov 17:19

19One who loves transgression loves strife;
one who builds a high threshold invites broken bones.

Matt 6:6

6But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Luke 11:7

7And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’

Luke 13:25

25When once the owner of the house has got up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then in re ... View more

Gen 4:7

7If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

Ps 141:3

3Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.

Prov 26:14

14As a door turns on its hinges,
so does a lazy person in bed.

Hos 2:15

15From there I will give her her vineyards,
and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
There she shall respond as in the days of her youth,
as at the time whe ... View more

Luke 13:24

24“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.

John 10:1

Jesus the Good Shepherd
1“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit.

Acts 14:27

27When they arrived, they called the church together and related all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles.

2Cor 2:12

Paul's Anxiety in Troas
12When I came to Troas to proclaim the good news of Christ, a door was opened for me in the Lord;

Rev 3:12

12If you conquer, I will make you a pillar in the temple of my God; you will never go out of it. I will write on you the name of my God, and the name of the cit ... View more

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