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Gideon is listed, in the Bible, as an outstanding example of someone who exercised great faith in God (Hebrews 11:32). He needed, however, to experience EIGHT miracles before his faith was strong enough to battle the mighty Midianites (Judges 6 - 8)! Two of these miracles, which he requested, involved a fleece placed on a threshing floor (Judges 6:36 - 40). The Eternal even proactively gave him, on the night he would fight Israel's enemies, one final miraculous assurance that his victory was guaranteed (7:9 - 15)!
While all humans are sinners, some in the Bible indulged in evil far more than others did. Our pick for greatest Old Testament sinners includes the Egyptian Pharaoh who refused to free God's people, King Ahab of Israel and his wife Jezebel, Kings Ahaz and Manasseh of Judah, and Haman (who sought to mass exterminate the Jews). In the New Testament, chief sinners include Herod the Great and son Antipas, Judas Iscariot, Simon Magus, Saul (before becoming the apostle Paul), and the end time Beast and False Prophet.
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At least seven Old Testament Bible books discuss the existence and activities of Satan. The book of Job has the most Old Testament references with fourteen. "Satan" is mentioned by name 56 times in God's word. "Devil" is used 61 times in the KJV Bible translation, with all references occurring in the New Testament.
Rome and the Word
It was not until 1250 that the Bible was divided into chapters by Cardinal Hugo. His divisions, though not always accurate, persists to this day and are in most modern translations.
Silver and Gold
Scripture mentions gold 417 times while silver is referred to 320 times. Although in modern times silver can be found more abundantly than gold it was not always the case. In the Middle East, before 500 B.C., the metal was harder to find than its golden counterpart was. This may be why, when the Bible comments on the wealth of Abraham (Genesis 13:1 - 2, 24:35) or stating what the children the Israel took from the Egyptians (Exodus 3:22, 11:2), silver is listed before gold.
Here is a good Bible study question. How many promises are found in God's word? There are 7,487 of them made from God to humans, two made by the God the Father to Jesus Christ and 991 between humans. There are also 290 promises made by humans to God, 21 given by angels and one by a man to an angel. Amazingly, there are also in the Bible two promises made by demonic spirits to God and nine given by Satan himself.
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Did you know that more than one edition of the King James Bible was printed in 1611? The first edition correctly states in Matthew 26:36 that Jesus came with his disciples to Gethsemane. The second edition erroneously states it was Judas. This and other misprints occurred, such as in the books of Leviticus, Ezra, Micah and Ezekiel, which were later corrected.
What are the shortest and longest books in the Bible? The shortest book is 3John, which contains only 299 words in the King James Version. The longest is the Psalms, which contains 43,743 words.
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