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A quick search of the world "eleven" reveals that most instances are of an incidental sort: Deuteronomy 1:2 (ESV) 2 It is eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea. This is a statement of a fact that just happens to include the number eleven. Other mentions of the number arise because eleven is one less than twelve: ...


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Metaphors are a pithy way to express truth, and as such are heavily employed in proverbs such as this one, and indeed in all of wisdom literature. This metaphor should communicate strongly to anyone familiar with rope (or, interestingly, in our own day, cable). A rope woven from two strands is so easily unravelled that its disintegration is automatic—even ...


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Ecclesiastes is a contemplation of meaning by the philosopher king (notionally Solomon), who calls himself Qoheleth. Unlike most wisdom literature in the Bible, which is phrased as dialog between the wise teacher and the student reader1, this text is semi-autobiographical meditations that dwell on the vanity of various aspects of life. The crux of the book ...


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I asked this question on Mi Yodeya and this answer says that these were different measuring utensils (standard weights). This answer is based on the Targum, an early translation into Aramaic; I don't have the linguistic skills to evaluate that myself, but it's generally held to be a faithful translation + clarifications (like this). When transactions were ...


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Numerology A recent question linked to a reference of meaning of various numbers in the Bible and this passage seem to be the primary source of meaning for the number 14. None of the other references seem particularly compelling and seem to be included for data-mining purposes. I would say that the number 14 has no particular meaning in the Bible outside ...


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If we are to think like the first-century hearers, we must recognize that the importance of the number fourteen is that it is a multiple of (that ever-so-important number) seven. Matthew is implying that the entire flow of God's history of creating a people for himself shows that Jesus the Christ is our Sabbath rest. Forty-two, not Fourteen Three sets of ...


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I see Bruce stated this in a comment, but I'll give more detail. In Hebrew, David's name adds up to 14 when each letter is treated as a number (called gematria). You skip the vowel points (nikkud) and just add up the values of the consonants dalet waw daleth (the same character is used for V and W). Dalet counts as 4, Waw counts as 6, and another Dalet ...


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We have to look at the verse in a broader context. The whole book is a collection of wisdom from the perspective of one who has lived a full life. Within this chapter, the lead-up to this verse is: 8 There is one that is alone, and he hath not a second; yea, he hath neither son nor brother; yet is there no end of all his labour, neither is his eye ...


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Forty is a round number designating a fulness of time according to Kittel: On the linguistic problems of the stems τεσσαρ- and τεσσερ- → 127, 6 ff. Forty plays an important role in many civilized and uncivilized peoples as a number for specific periods of days and years, for numbers of men and things.1 It is gen. used as a round number.  in Bab. ...


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These two mountains of brass are the backdrops of the scene of which the four chariots ‘come out’ from. The chariots themselves I take the arguably most commonly held view: the four winds represents angels directing the four monarchies that overturned the known world starting with the Babylonian, Persian, Greek and then the Roman empire. The question before ...


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The Totality of Two Jon Ericson claimed in his answer that two may be a number of completeness. At first I found this surprising, but I begin to find myself persuaded; and because technical terms have a power of persuasion in themselves, I have called it binary completeness. One may think of two sides of a coin, or two people in a marriage, or any number of ...


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Wikipedia also notes one more "pair": Chapters 9 to 14 This section consists of two "oracles" or "burdens": The first oracle (ch. 9-11) gives an outline of the course of God's providential dealings with his people down to the time of the coming of the Messiah. The second oracle (ch. 12-14) points out the glories that await Israel in "the ...


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The numerical values of David's name adds up to 14, as has already been stated. Besides there were exactly 14 generations between Abraham and David. But Matthew had to skip 3 generations to make 14 from David to the captivity in Babylon, and had to skip many more to make only 14 from Babylon to Jesus. The numerical value of David's name itself may explain ...


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The bronze mountains represent the entrance or gateway to the presence of God and in particular are reminsicent of the two great bronze pillars of Solomon's temple. Context of the Canon Mountains Mountains are used often as symbols throughout the Hebrew Bible. Their use is not uniform, but there are identifiable symbolic themes. Mountains may represent ...


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I offer two possibilities here. Option 1 Before we tackle the mountains we need to ask: what are the four chariots (with their four colors of horses)? Rashi sees here references to the four powerful kingdoms of Babylon, Media, Greece, and Edom. The mountains are bronze (or copper or brass) to signify strength and hardness: and the mountains were ...


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The number "666" or "616" is taken from the passage in Rev. 13:18, Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. and has been arguably the most contested verse of the New Testament. The source of the problem is whether it is to be ...


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The Hebrew has two phrases: one has 70, one has 50K, and the grammar is not right to just add them up. Or to do anything else. In short, the text is a mess, and every translator has to choose his or her own solution. 'Likely' depends entirely on what assumptions you bring to the table.


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The 666 number in 1 Kings 10:14 appears to be simply coincidence. The text in Revelation where 666 also appears says, "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number ...


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I believe we should not be quick to think of forty as a (exaggerating) chiffre for quite some time to accomplish a task or achieve to endure a test. A healthy and confident person may be able to survive 40 days without food or drink e.g. under the humid and warm conditions of a cave. Is it a miracle? Life is a miracle. The number of days and months of the ...


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A "cord of three strands" is a figurative expression. When applied to marriage, it includes the husband and wife, two strands, who are intertwined with the central strand, God. Being united with God gives a couple the spiritual strength to cope with problems and to achieve happiness.


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I have read several commentaries on this portion of scripture and see it causes a lot of confusion because the most probable meaning is that it is not associated with the first coming of Messiah but the second coming. Originally I may have fell into the 'destruction of Jerusalem' trap because Jesus spoke about the destruction of Jerusalem while sitting on ...


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Two mountains would make me think first of Gerizim and Ebal, where the Levites pronounced the blessings and curses, respectively, of Torah upon the people of Israel. These were pronouncements of God's blessings if Israel and Israelites kept covenant, and cursing if they did not (Paul refers to this in Gal 3:10). I have not studied Zechariah in any depth, but ...


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Before explaining the meaning of the chariots and the direction they take it would be could to identify why they are ‘going out to the four winds of heaven, after presenting themselves before the LORD’. As this part is not fully explained within the text it would be helpful to refer to similar ideas in the Bible: Daniel said: "In my vision at night I ...



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