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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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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 each verse we have the following structure: V1-3 all begin with "Give thanks to ..." (various titles of God) V4-7 all begin with "To Him who ...&...


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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 family and Jacob + (b) four people of Joseph's family + Jacob = 70 people in total. Note the difference in the carefully worded sentences: (a) all the people who ...


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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 in itself and an extension, or a repetition, to that duration would achieve no more. In the situation of a trial (Jesus' temptation) the prolonging of the trial ...


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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 kindness is everlasting", corresponding to the 26 generations from Creation till the Giving of the Torah. Depending on which source texts you follow, Moses is ...


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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 of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. Gen 43:34 - When portions were served to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times ...


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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 "Son of David". It is crucial for Matthew to underscore that Jesus was the Messiah=Son of David. Of course, "son" is here used in an extended, ...


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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 "according to a stepwise pattern of escalation that involves the telescoping of N + 1 groupings (where "N" represents a number, usually 3 or 7)." General ...


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Amos 1:3 NASB Thus says the Lord, “For three transgressions of Damascus and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they threshed Gilead with implements of sharp iron. Amos 1:6 NASB Thus says the Lord,“For three transgressions of Gaza and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they deported an entire population to deliver it up to ...


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The same Joseph also did the following 5's. Genesis 43:34 When portions were served to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times as much as anyone else's. So they feasted and drank freely with him. Genesis 45:22 To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five sets of clothes. ...


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Yes, by jewish tradition, 70 is the number of all nations -- in Babel, the one language was confused into 70 languages, and there are 70 bulls offered on behalf of all nations at the Feast of Tabernacles. In this sense, 70 can be a number meaning "all" or "all the peoples". Here are some citations with references. Edersheim, contrasting ...


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The number 70 occurs in a range of contexts such as: The age of people at various stages, Gen 5:12, 11:26, 12:4, Ps 90:10 The number of people in some groups such as those that came to Egypt (Gen 46:27, Ex 1:5, Deut 10:22) the number of elders (Ex 24:1, 9, Num 11:16, 24, 25, Judges 8:14), the number of kings (Judges 1:7) The time of weeping, Gen 50:3 Money/...


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Ruth married a young man and had no child. Ruth married an old man and had a son. This was a work of God according to Psalm 127:3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Moreover, it was a special work of God. God saved her first pregnancy to become an ancestor to David. Ruth 4: 13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. ...


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We observe the following facts: While Naomi and her family was in Moab for 10 years, her sons would not have been married for all of that time. Perhaps only half (??) of that time. Further, it was while they we in Moab that the two sons died thus lessening the time available for marriage still further. Here two sons were called, "Mahlon and Chilion ...


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A duration of 40 units is used often in the Bible, and has a strong association with periods of testing, trial, probation, or preparation. https://www.gotquestions.org/40-days-Bible.html FWIW, my best guess is this is a trope used to designate a significant period, and then as mentioned has overtones related to spiritual preparation and so on. So when Jesus ...


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What's the significance of the "three" and "four" formula in Amos? Amos 1:3 - Amos 2:6 uses an expression of 3:4 | "Three" ( שְׁלֹשָׁה֙ ) : "Four" ( אַרְבָּעָ֖ה ) stating "Evident" : "Predictable" behavior of sinful traditions associated with 8-Kingdoms : Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, Moab, ...


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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 is to defeat Midian in such a way that Israel will have no grounds for boasting. He deliberately thinned out the army so that it was so tiny that there would be ...


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I think numbers in the Bible, like all things which have analogical significance there, may have more than one meaning depending upon the context in which the number is found, and certainly this applies to complex numbers. The meaning of a number is contingent upon the determination of whether or not the passage in which it is found is actually a figurative ...


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