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The Number 59

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 59

The English phrase "fifty and nine," used for the number 59, is recorded 2 times in 2 King James Bible verses.

The possible meaning of the number 59 is derived from both the writings in Scripture and the history behind some of its events.

The united Kingdom of Israel, in 930 B.C., split into two pieces after the death of Solomon. The biggest piece was composed of ten Israelite tribes. The smaller piece, the Kingdom of Judah, was composed of two tribes plus the priestly tribe of Levi. The first ruler of the newly formed kingdom was Solomon's son Rehoboam. He reigned from 930 to 913 B.C. and died at the age of 59.

Paul, in 59 A.D., is in the middle of a two-year stay as a Roman prisoner in Caesarea. He will not leave the city until the following year when he is sent, via ship, to Rome per his request (Acts 25, 27).

Apostle Paul is 59 years old in 61 A.D. He arrives in Rome, in the early part of the year, as a prisoner to await his trial before Emperor Nero.

Appearances of Number Fifty-Nine

Judah's King Jehoshaphat ruled from 872 to 848 B.C. Consider one of the kingdom's better monarchs, he made his son Jehoram co-ruler in 853. Jehoshaphat then lived only a few more years until he died at the age of 59.

Isaiah 59 reveals several reasons why God does not respond to prayers asking for his help.

Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened that it cannot save, nor is His ear heavy that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have come between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.

For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perverseness.

None calls for justice, nor does anyone plead for truth . . . (verses 1 to 4).

Mercy, Redemption and Number 59

Psalm 59 was written by David when King Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him (1Samuel 19:8 - 11)! His song pleads for God's protection then praises his abundant mercy.

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from those who rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of evil and save me from bloody men, for behold, they lie in wait for my soul; the mighty are gathered against me . . .

But I will sing of Your power; yea, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my fortress and refuge in the day of my trouble. To You, O my Strength, I will sing; for God is my fortress and the God who shows me steadfast love (verses 1 - 3, 16 - 17 of Psalm 59).

The words "redeem" and "redeeming" together are written 59 times in 43 King James verses. In the Old Testament the words were sometimes used to denote buying back material possessions that was forfeited.

If thy brother be waxen poor, and hath sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold (Leviticus 25:25, KJV).

Many times, however, the words are used in reference to Jesus' sacrifice which makes it possible for humans to be redeemed from sin and purified so that they may serve God.

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:13 - 14 KJV).

David and His City

The Greek word Dabid, Strong's Concordance #G1138, is found 59 times in 54 Greek New Testament verses. It is found the most in the gospel of Matthew (17 times) followed by Luke (13) then the book of Acts (11). The word is translated "David" in the King James Bible.

Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David (Dabid), that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day (Acts 2:29, KJV).

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David (Dabid), and the bright and morning star (Revelation 22:16, KJV).

The Greek word Hierosoluma, Strong's #G2414, is found 59 times in 59 Greek New Testament verses. It is found the most in the book of Acts (19 times) followed by John (12) and then Matthew (11).The word, which means "set ye double peace," is the Greek version of the name "Jerusalem."

David, shortly after he is made king over all Israel, attacks the city of Jebus and conquers it. He renames it Jerusalem and makes it his capital. His victory lends itself to Jerusalem also being called the city of David (2Samuel 5:6 - 10).

Behold, we go up to Jerusalem (Hierosoluma); and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death (Matthew 20:18, KJV).

Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem (Hierosoluma) heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John (Acts 8:14, KJV).

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 59

There are 14 words and phrases in the Bible's original languages that are recorded exactly 59 times.

The English phrase "fifty and nine," used for the number 59, is found twice in the book of Numbers.

59 is the 17th prime number. Primes that immediately come before it are 43, 47 and 53, while those that come after it include 61, 67, 71 and so on.

In the Old Testament, the only Biblical chapter to contain 59 verses in the King James translation is Leviticus 13.

In the New Testament, the chapters Luke 12 and John 8 have 59 verses in the KJV.

The English word "Jericho" is recorded 64 times in 59 King James Bible verses. It is found the most in the book of Joshua (29 times) followed by Numbers (9). Jericho, also known as the "city of palm trees," is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and is believed to possess the oldest known protective wall.

Jesus visited the city of Jericho, in late March of 30 A.D., just before his arrest and crucifixion. Not only does the Lord heal people as he enters and exits the city, he motivates a corrupt Jericho tax collector named Zaccheus to repent of cheating others (Luke 19:1 - 10)!

Book number 59 in the KJV Bible is the book of James which contains 5 chapters and 108 total verses. This writing was authored by one of Jesus' half-brothers of the same name. James, according to the Apostle Paul in 1Corinthians 15:7, was blessed with a special post-resurrection visit by Christ just before his ascension into heaven.

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