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The Number 440

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 440

The possible meaning of the number 440 is derived primarily from the occurrence of certain words in the Bible's original languages.

According to Number in Scripture by E.W. Bullinger, the Hebrew Gematria of the word "Naphish," the name of one of Ishmael's twelve sons (Genesis 25:15), is 440 (50 + 80 + 10 + 300). Ishmael was a son of the Biblical patriarch Abraham through his wife's maidservant named Hagar.

And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar . . . Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah (Genesis 25:13, 15, KJV).

Appearances of Number Four Hundred Forty

Entry 440 in the Greek definitions portion of Strong's Concordance is the word anthrax. The word, which occurs only once in the King James, is translated as "coals" in Romans 12:20. It means a live or burning coal of fire. The modern infectious disease called anthrax takes its name from this Greek word.

Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals (anthrax) of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:20 - 21, KJV).

The word "thousand" (or its plural) is recorded 583 times in 440 King James verses. It is written the most in the book of Numbers (102 times) followed by 1Chronicles (82). Its first use is linked to part of the payment Abimelech made to Abraham and Sarah in restitution of taking Sarah after falsely believing that she was merely Abraham's sister.

And unto Sarah he (Abimelech) said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved (Genesis 20:16, KJV).

Entry number 440 in Strong's Hebrew definitions of Old Testament words is eloniy. The word, one of many that are written only once in Scripture, names the family of the Elonites who trace their lineage back to Zebulun. The patriarch Zebulun, founder of one of Israel's tribes, was the tenth son produced by Jacob (Israel).

Of the sons of Zebulun after their families: of Sered, the family of the Sardites: of Elon, the family of the Elonites (eloniy): of Jahleel, the family of the Jahleelites (Numbers 26:26, KJV).

God, the Psalms and Number 440

The English word "God" is written 440 times in 376 verses in the King James Bible translation of the book of Psalms. Its first appearance in the book is in Psalm 3 written by King David. The word translated as "God" in the verse in question is Elohiym (Strong's Concordance #H430), the second most common word referencing our Creator. The most popular Hebrew word for God is YHVH (Strong's #H3068) which is known as the Tetragrammaton.

Many there be which say of my soul, there is no help for him in God (elohiym). Selah (Psalm 3:2, KJV).

It should be noted that the Psalms utilizes many other Hebrew references for God such as Adon (Strong's #H113), Adonay (#H136), Adonay Jehovah (#H3069), El (#H410), El Elyon (#5945), Elohim Elyon (#H5945) and others.

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 440

440 is the product of 2 x 2 x 2 (2 cubed) x 5 x 11. 2, 5 and 11 are all prime numbers.

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