'Investigate' in the Bible
Pharaoh sent representatives to investigate, and indeed, not even one of the livestock of Israel had died. But Pharaoh's heart remained hard, and he did not release the people.
"Send out men to investigate the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. You are to send one man from each ancestral tribe, each one a leader among them."
These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to investigate the land. And Moses gave Hoshea son of Nun the name Joshua.
When Moses sent them to investigate the land of Canaan, he told them, "Go up through the Negev, and then go up into the hill country
Then they presented the Israelites with a discouraging report of the land they had investigated, saying, "The land that we passed through to investigate is a land that devours its inhabitants. All the people we saw there are of great stature.
They said to the whole community of the Israelites, "The land we passed through to investigate is an exceedingly good land.
The men whom Moses sent to investigate the land, who returned and made the whole community murmur against him by producing an evil report about the land,
But Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among the men who went to investigate the land, lived.
you are to inquire, investigate, and interrogate thoroughly. If the report turns out to be true that this detestable thing has happened among you,
and if you are told or hear about it, you must investigate it thoroughly. If the report turns out to be true that this detestable thing has happened in Israel,
The judges will investigate thoroughly. If the false witness lies in testifying against his relative,
The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelite men have come here tonight to investigate the land.”
Then the king of Jericho sent word to Rahab and said, “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, for they came to investigate the entire land.”
Saul said, “All you leaders of the troops, come here. Let us investigate how this sin has occurred today.
Go and check again. Investigate and watch carefully where he goes and who has seen him there; they tell me he is extremely cunning.
Investigate and find out all the hiding places there where he hides, and return to me with reliable information. Then I'll go down with you, and if he's in the land, I'll search him out among all the thousands of Judah."
The exiles did what had been proposed. Ezra the priest selected men who were family leaders, all identified by name, to represent their ancestral houses. They convened on the first day of the tenth month to investigate the matter,
“Will it be well for you when He investigates you [and your tactics against me]?Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?
He shatters valiant men without a need to investigate, and he raises others in their place.
Take note of her ramparts; investigate her citadels; that you may speak about them to the next generation.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matterand the glory of kings to investigate a matter.
I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.
For all this I laid to my heart and indeed to investigate all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God; man knoweth neither love nor hatred: all is before them.
"Wander through the streets of Jerusalem. Look and investigate; search through her squares and see whether you find anyone even one person there doing justice and seeking truth. Then I'll forgive them.
We search our ways, and investigate, And turn back unto Jehovah.
You search and keep on searching and examining the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and yet it is those [very Scriptures] that testify about Me;
“You aren’t from Galilee too, are you?” they replied. “Investigate and you will see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”
When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and when he approached to investigate, there came the voice of the Lord,
So now you, along with the Sanhedrin, make a request to the commander that he bring him down to you as if you were going to investigate his case more thoroughly. However, before he gets near, we are ready to kill him.”
I was puzzled how I should investigate such matters, so I asked if he would like to go to Jerusalem and be tried there for these things.
But [as for me personally] it matters very little to me that I may be judged by you or any human court [on this point]; in fact, I do not even judge myself.