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Is there a reason Psalm 136 has exactly 26 repetitions of "For His mercy endures forever"?

In Hebrew Gematria, the number 26 = YHVH ( יְהֹוָ֣ה). The sum of the Name "YHVH" ( יְהֹוָ֣ה) = "Yod"(10) + "Hei"(5) + "Vav"(6) + "Hei"(5).
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Is there a reason Psalm 136 has exactly 26 repetitions of "For His mercy endures forever"?

This will not answer the question but may provide some further information. If we temporarily ignore the last half of each verse "His love endures forever") and examine the first half of ...
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Why did Jesus fast in the wilderness?

There have been instances when fasting was used as a tool to gain spiritual strength. When the disciples of Christ were unable to cast out a spirit, they take part in the following discussion recorded ...
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Why are there 5 mentions of "I will" in Genesis?

Actually, when I looked at verses 4-8 in the literal translation (Young's Literal) I found ten things : 1) I -- lo, My covenant `is' with thee, and 2) thou hast become father of a multitude of ...
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Who are the 12 apostles of the lamb?

I don't put much stock in numerology normally, but I think this is one of the cases where the numerological meaning of twelve, the complete people of God, is more important than trying to identify ...
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Why did Jesus fast in the wilderness?

The earliest story of Jesus going into the wilderness occurs in Mark 1:13. Adam Winn (Mark and the Elijah-Elisha Narrative) says that all the details of Jesus' temptation narrative find parallels in ...
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Reason for using 66 and then 70

The difference is rather simple - the total family of Jacob was 70 people. Joseph had two children + Jacob himself were obviously four people. Therefore, we have: (a) 66 people other than Joseph's ...
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What is the meaning of "calculate" in Revelation 13:18?

How are we expected to "calculate the number"? As someone has already noted, the dictionary meaning of ψηφίζω (psēphizō) is to count or add up. The word is related to the noun ψῆφος (psēphos), ...
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Is there a reason Psalm 136 has exactly 26 repetitions of "For His mercy endures forever"?

After searching a bit on other Stack Exchange sites, I found this answer by Mi Yodeya user @Ploni: Psalms 136 (The "Great Halel"): It contains 26 mentions of the phrase "For His ...
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Why take five men to the Pharaoh?

For some inexplicable reason, the number "five" is a recurring theme in the story of Joseph. Here is a sample: Gen 41:34 - Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth ...
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"forty days and forty nights"

Ten is completeness (ten fingers, and the decimal system of numbers); four is the earth (north, south, east and west) so forty denotes something that is (usually) a duration on earth that is complete ...
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"Seven spirits of God" - literal or numerogical interpretation in early Christianity?

Zechariah 3:9 KJV For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the ...
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'Holy Spirit' vs 'Spirit of God' in context of Revelation 5:6

The Seven Spirits of God Ancient commentaries (e.g. Oikomenos, Andrew of Caesarea) relate the seven spirits of God here to the seven spiritual gifts prophesied by Isaiah:1 Isaiah 11:1–5 LXX And ...
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What is the meaning of the yields in the parable of the Sower?

Two things to add to the discussion. The "hundredfold" increase in the yield would have brought to the listener's mind the story of Isaac: "Isaac planted crops in that land and the ...
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Evidence from early manuscripts of Revelation 13:18?

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Evidence from early manuscripts of Revelation 13:18?

The context for a proper answer There is the old proverb (and sort of joke), that every person in the pew (especially in America) is very critical of the English translations they have in front of ...
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Evidence from early manuscripts of Revelation 13:18?

This is an addendum more than an answer, but intended to be helpful. Parts of this matter comes up in another answer here. This is the text that we debate whether means 666 or 616 or in the name of [...
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What is the significance of '14 generations' in Matthew’s account of Jesus's genealogy?

As explained by @Frank Luke, the original Jewish audience for Matthew would immediately have connected the number 14 to David. This was anticipated in verse 1 where Jesus is introduced as the "...
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Difference between the Mark of the Beast and the Seal of the Servants?

There are two marks: the mark or seal of God the mark of the beast A mark represents ownership. They that worshiped the beast received his mark (Revelation 13:8,12 - 18). In Revelation 7:2 we read ...
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What is it that the disciples misunderstood in Mark 8:14-21?

At that point in the earthly ministry of Jesus, His disciples' understanding was deficient in several areas. In this case, they lacked understanding of the sufficiency of Christ and His establishment ...
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What is it that the disciples misunderstood in Mark 8:14-21?

The numbers in the two feeding miracles are very important to notice (See Bargil Pixner, With Jesus Through Galilee According to the Fifth Gospel). Pixner calls "the Land" the fifth gospel ...
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What's the significance of the "three" and "four" formula in Amos?

A journal article Telescoping N + 1 Patterns in the Book of Amos by Robert H. O'Connell published in Vetus Testamentum Vol 46 (Jan 1996) proposes how the 8 judgment speeches are arranged "...
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What's the significance that Goliath defied Israel for forty days?

There is little question that a number of significant events occurred over a period of "forty days" such as: Gen 7:4, 12, 17 - forty days of rain at Noah's flood Gen 8:6 - forty days before ...
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On the Biblical Significance of Five

It is of note that the story of the famine, as recorded in Genesis, uses the word "five" five times. Reference Text (KJV) Gen. 43:34 And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: ...
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Why Were there 12 Baskets of Leftovers when feeding 5000?

The gospel of Matthew has a lot of interesting things to say about bread. Its first mention is when the devil tempts Jesus in Matthew 4, commanding the stones to become bread. Jesus refuses to do a ...
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Who laps and who kneels? Judges 7:5

Judges 7:2: The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ God's purpose in this passage ...
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"Seven spirits of God" - literal or numerogical interpretation in early Christianity?

At the time of writing Apocalypse, was "seven spirits of God" interpreted literally or symbolically? Generally, was the symbolic meaning of numbers strongly incorporated in early ...
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What is the Spiritual meaning of the number "fifteen" seeing that it occurs at significant portions of Scripture?

The significance of the fourteenth or fifteenth day of a month is the occurrence of a full moon on that date. The month starts with the new moon. It is another way of saying the night/day of the full ...
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Difference between the Mark of the Beast and the Seal of the Servants?

I've never heard the term "mark of the lamb", but I do understand your interpretation. But first, the term "mark of the beast" is generally understood by most serious students of the Bible. Found in ...
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