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The Number 215

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 215

The phrase "two hundred and fifteen," used for the number 215, does not appear in the King James translation.

The possible meaning of the number 215 is derived primarily from the occurrence of certain words in the King James text as well as the Hebrew of the Old Testament.

The English word "gods" appears 244 times, in 215 verses, in the King James Bible. It is written the most in Deuteronomy (38 times) followed by Jeremiah (33) and Exodus (21). Jesus used the word in his famous answer to Jews who were attempting to stone him to death for blasphemy.

Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified . . . Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? (John 10:34 - 36, KJV).

Appearances of Number Two Hundred Fifteen

The second chapter of the prophetic book of Zephaniah has exactly 15 verses (215) in the King James. The second chapter of 1Timothy, as well as Titus, also possesses the same amount of verses.

The English word "places" appears 215 times, in 202 verses, in the King James Bible. It appears the most in the books of Jeremiah and 2Kings (27 times each) then the books of the Psalms and Ezekiel (18 times each).

And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of (Genesis 28:15, KJV).

The Hebrew word baqash, Strong's Concordance #H1245, is written in 215 verses in the Old Testament's original language. It is often translated in the King James as "seek," "require," or "sought." Both King David and his son King Solomon use the word to offer encouragement and wisdom.

Depart from evil, and do good; seek (baqash) peace, and pursue it . . . (Psalm 34:14, KJV).

The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh (baqash) knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness . . . He that covereth a transgression seeketh (baqash) love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends (Proverbs 15:14, 17:9, KJV).

The Hebrew word azab, Strong's #H5800, is recorded 215 times in 206 Hebrew Old Testament verses. It is found the most in Jeremiah (25 times) followed by 2Chronicles (23) and then both the Psalms and Isaiah (22 each). The word means to leave, loose, forsake or relinquish something. It is translate most commonly as "leave," "destitute," "left," and "forsake" in the King James.

Therefore shall a man leave (azab) his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh (Genesis 2:24, KJV).

And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute (azab) my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master's brethren (Genesis 24:27, KJV).

Strength and the Number 215

The English word "strength" appears in 215 verses in the King James Old Testament and another 17 in the New Testament. King Solomon offers the following short bits of insight into strength.

The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity (Proverbs 10:29, KJV).

Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard (Ecclesiastes 9:16, KJV).

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 215

There are 2 words and phrases in the Bible's original languages that are recorded exactly 215 times.

The book of Job, written around the 1660's B.C. is the oldest book in Scripture. It was penned roughly 215 years earlier than the five books (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), called the Pentateuch, written by Moses!

The unified Kingdom of Israel splits in two, each with their own rulers, in 930 B.C. Hezekiah becomes the 13th monarch to rule over the Kingdom of Judah when he takes the throne in 715 B.C. He is unique as he is the first ruler over Judah, in 215 years, to start his reign without the existence of the northern 10 tribes (the Kingdom of Israel). Israel's kingdom was overrun by Assyria and ceased to exist in 723.

The English word "his" appears 332 times, in 215 verses, in the King James book of 2Kings. Its first use is in the book's second verse.

And (King) Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub (a pagan deity, sometimes used as a synonym for Satan the devil, Matthew 10:25) the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease (2Kings 1:2, KJV).

215 is the product of 5 and 43. Both 5 and 43 are prime numbers.

The Hebrew word shesh, Strong's #H8337, is written 215 times in 202 Hebrew Old Testament verses. It is used the most in the books of Exodus and Numbers (28 times each) followed by 1Chronicles (24) and then 2Chronicles (22). The word is translated "six" or "sixteen" (when coupled with Strong's #H6240) in the King James translation.

If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six (shesh) years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing (Exodus 21:2, KJV).

And of these cities which ye shall give six (shesh) cities shall ye have for refuge (Num. 35:13, KJV).

The name "Joseph" appears 215 times in 195 King James Bible verses. It is found the most in Genesis (157 times) followed by Numbers and Joshua (12 times each). The most famous Joseph was Jacob's eleventh son who, after receiving a "coat of many colors," was sold into slavery by his brothers.

Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors . . .

And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him . . . (Genesis 37:3, 26 - 27, KJV).

Joseph, with God's help and blessing, ultimately becomes the second most powerful person in Egypt. He then helps his entire family survive a famine and establishes the nation of Israel in Egypt.

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