Originally posted by DoctorScribbles
According to the Bible, does God ever repent? Yes or No?
If he does, doesn't that mean that he occasionally changes his mind?
1. You'll need to be clear about which meaning of "repent" is being used in each of the verses:
re·pent1 ( P ) Pronunciation Key (r-pnt)
v. re·pent·ed, re·pent·ing, re·pents
To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; be contrite.
To feel such regret for past conduct as to change one's mind regarding it: repented of intemperate behavior.
To make a change for the better as a result of remorse or contrition for one's sins.
To feel regret or self-reproach for: repent one's sins.
To cause to feel remorse or regret.
2. You'll need to take into account which translation of the Bible is being used. I'm guessing the SAB is based on the KJV, in which case I wouldn't be surprised to see words used in archaic senses.
3. You'll need to take into account what the original Hebrew word used in those verses are.
The question cannot be answered before these issues are considered.
EDIT: 4. You'll also need to discover how the readers of those passages interpreted them traditionally.