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Take a look below at some of the conversations with "Bible Study Buddy by Monica Lin", an AI tool (custom GPT) built on GPT-4.  I encourage you to try and experience it for yourself. 


Whether you're new to the Bible or you've been studying it for decades, Bible Study Buddy is designed to enrich your journey at any stage. 


Among the countless ways you can engage with it: You can share your thoughts, and it will respond enthusiastically to engage in meaningful conversations with you. If you vaguely recall a verse but don't remember the exact wording or verse number, it will find and present the verse to you in multiple translations, along with insightful background and interpretation. You can also request passages on specific subjects that interest you for deeper study.


Plus, feel free to ask as many follow-up questions as you wish during a conversation; it'll never tire of discussing with you.


If you love savoring God's words, you'll enjoy your discussions with Bible Study Buddy!


Note: By default, Scriptures are presented in three translations to offer you a richer, more comprehensive understanding. The chosen translations by default are NIV (New International Version), NASB 1995 (New American Standard Bible, 1995 Edition), and NLT (New Living Translation).  


However,  you can always request another translation of your choice, such as the ESV (English Standard Version), KJV (King James Version), NKJV (New King James Version), NET (New English Translation), etc. 


Remember, Bible Study Buddy is your companion on this journey, not your teacher. It's here to explore Scripture alongside you, offering insights and facilitating discussions rather than dictating interpretations. 

Your own process of observation and interpretation is paramount, and Bible Study Buddy is designed to support, not replace, your personal engagement.


Always read the scripture yourself to confirm the accuracy of a cited passage, and consult well-regarded Bible commentaries to verify the provided background information.  Most importantly, pray for God's guidance in your study, as we should anyway in everything we do.


And let's not forget that generative AI has its constraints, despite being incredibly beneficial. It learns from humans and augments human efforts. It does not replace human thinking and experience, and it cannot replace divine guidance.


Therefore, if you ever believe something in the output generated by Bible Study Buddy (or any Generative AI tool) is incorrect or you have a different viewpoint, feel free to share it with Bible Study Buddy. It welcomes your thoughts and corrections. Bible Study Buddy quickly learns from them and wouldn't take offense.  This serves to ensure our exploration of God's Word together is as accurate and enriching as possible.

romans 8:28


Where does the Bible say: All things work for the good of those who love Him?



The verse you're referring to is Romans 8:28. Let's explore it in three translations for a comprehensive understanding:


Romans 8:28 (NIV): "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."


Romans 8:28 (NASB 1995): "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."


Romans 8:28 (NLT): "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."


Historical Context

Romans was written by the Apostle Paul around A.D. 57. This letter to the Romans is a comprehensive exposition of the Gospel and the righteousness that comes by faith.


The context of Romans 8 is centered on life in the Spirit. Paul contrasts the realm of the flesh with the realm of the Spirit, asserting that those in Christ are not under condemnation but have life and peace.


Cultural Context

In the Roman world, Christians faced various trials and persecutions. Paul's assurance that "all things work together for good" would have been a profound encouragement to believers experiencing suffering and adversity.


The concept of "those who love God" and "are called according to his purpose" reflects a communal and individual identity that was countercultural in a society that prioritized Roman gods and the emperor.


Societal Context

Paul addresses a society marked by division and inequality. His message that God's purposes transcend circumstances would have been particularly radical.


The early Christian community, which included both Jews and Gentiles, was learning to navigate their faith in a pluralistic society. This verse reassures them of God’s sovereignty and purposeful guidance.



Romans 8:28 offers a powerful assurance that God is sovereignly working in the lives of those who love Him, orchestrating every event, challenge, and opportunity for their ultimate good. This promise is not a guarantee against suffering but an assurance that nothing is wasted in God's economy. Everything that happens to a believer is used by God for their shaping, for the fulfillment of His purposes, and for their eventual blessing, in accordance with His overarching plan. This verse encourages believers to view their circumstances through the lens of faith, trusting in God's good purposes and His unending love.


I hope this exploration of Romans 8:28 has been enlightening! Do you have any other questions, or is there another topic on your heart that you wish to explore?




What's the Hebrew word for "hear" in "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord" in Deuteronomy 6:4? And what's its Strong's number?



The Hebrew word for "hear" in Deuteronomy 6:4, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one," is שְׁמַע (Shema). Its Strong's number is H8085. The word שְׁמַע (Shema) not only means to physically "hear" but also conveys the idea of listening with attentive obedience.


In the context of Deuteronomy 6:4, it is a call to Israel not just to hear the words but to understand and internalize the truth that the Lord is their only God and to live in a way that reflects that commitment.


Strong's H8085 (שְׁמַע, Shema): To hear, listen to, obey. The root of this word implies a depth of hearing that goes beyond the mere auditory process. It suggests an active response or obedience to what is heard.


This verse, known as the Shema, is a foundational declaration of the Jewish faith, emphasizing the monotheistic essence of Judaism and the importance of obedience to God. It sets the stage for the verses that follow, which instruct Israel on how to love and serve the Lord with all their heart, soul, and strength.


I hope this explanation helps! Do you have any other questions or is there another topic on your heart that you wish to explore?


faith in the midst of doubt


Could you provide 5 examples from the Bible where individuals express doubt or question God due to their experiences of suffering and hardship? 


Certainly, the Bible contains many instances where individuals express doubt or question God amidst their suffering and hardship. These moments offer profound insights into the human condition, faith, and the nature of God's relationship with humanity. Here are five notable examples:


1. Job
The Book of Job is a prime example of a righteous man who questions God's justice in the face of immense suffering.


  • Job 7:20 (NIV): "If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you?"
  • Job 7:20 (NASB 1995): "If I have sinned, what have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself?"
  • Job 7:20 (NLT): "If I have sinned, what have I done to you, O watcher of humanity? Why make me your target? Am I a burden to you?"


2. Asaph
Asaph in Psalm 73 struggles with the prosperity of the wicked compared to the suffering of the righteous.


  • Psalm 73:13-14 (NIV): "Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments."
  • Psalm 73:13-14 (NASB 1995): "Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence; For I have been stricken all day long And chastened every morning."
  • Psalm 73:13-14 (NLT): "Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain."


3. Elijah
Elijah experiences a moment of despair and questions God after fleeing from Jezebel despite a great victory at Mount Carmel.


  • 1 Kings 19:4 (NIV): "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors."
  • 1 Kings 19:4 (NASB 1995): "But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, 'It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.'"
  • 1 Kings 19:4 (NLT): "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors."


4. Jeremiah
Jeremiah, known as the weeping prophet, often expressed feelings of doubt and lament over his mission and the suffering of his people.


  • Jeremiah 20:7-8 (NIV): "You deceived me, LORD, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long."
  • Jeremiah 20:7-8 (NASB 1995): "O LORD, You have deceived me and I was deceived; You have overcome me and prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long; Everyone mocks me. For each time I speak, I cry aloud; I proclaim violence and destruction, Because for me the word of the LORD has resulted in reproach and derision all day long."
  • Jeremiah 20:7-8 (NLT): "O LORD, you misled me, and I allowed myself to be misled. You are stronger than I am, and you overpowered me. Now I am mocked every day; everyone laughs at me. When I speak, the words burst out. 'Violence and destruction!' I shout. So these messages from the LORD have made me a household joke."


 5. Jesus
Jesus expresses a moment of human vulnerability and questioning on the cross, citing Psalm 22.


  • Matthew 27:46 (NIV): "About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?' (which means 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?')."
  • Matthew 27:46 (NASB 1995): "About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?' that is, 'MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?'"
  • Matthew 27:46 (NLT): "At about three o'clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, 'Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?' which means 'My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?'"


These instances provide valuable lessons on the nature of faith, perseverance, and the complexity of human emotions in relation to divine will and understanding. They remind us that faith is not the absence of doubt, but the persistence to believe and trust in God's promises despite our circumstances and emotions. Would you like to explore any of these examples further or discuss another topic?