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The Number 62

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 62

The English phrase "threescore and two," used for the number 62, is recorded 6 times in 6 King James Bible verses.

The meaning of number 62 comes, in part, from its role in the famous 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel 9. The prophet Daniel, after he discovers that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years, is given by the angel Gabriel a prophetic timetable of seven weeks, then 62 weeks, then one final week.

Seventy weeks are decreed upon your people and upon your holy city to finish the transgression and to make an end of sin, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.

Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem, to Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two (62) weeks . . . And he (the Messiah) shall confirm a covenant with many for one week . . . (Daniel 9:24 - 25, 27).

Appearances of Number Sixty-Two

The Hebrew word tsidqiyah (Strong's #H6667) is found 62 times in the Old Testament's original language. It is written the most in the book of Jeremiah (47 Times). The word is translated as Zedekiah, the name of at least six individuals in the Bible. The most notorious of these men was King Zedekiah, the last ruler over the Kingdom of Judah.

Zedekiah, in 587 B.C., took the throne at the young age of 21. The following year, when Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar conquered Judah and destroyed Jerusalem, he was taken prisoner. The Babylonians not only forced him to watch his family and friends being killed, they also gouged out his eyes and took him in shackles back to Babylon.

Persia's Cyrus the Great, acting by the authority of Darius the Mede (see Daniel 6:28), conquers the city of Babylon when Darius is 62 years old (Daniel 5:31). The fall of the city, in 539 B.C., marks the end of the Babylonian empire that had existed for only seventy-three years.

The same year as Babylon's downfall is also when Daniel received his prophetic 70 weeks vision (mentioned above) that contained a 62 week period (Daniel 9:1 - 2, 22 - 27).

The start of the entire prophecy's first seven weeks was to begin "from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem" (Daniel 9:25). The Persian edict that commanded the rebuilding of both Jerusalem and her temple (Ezra 1:1 - 3, Isaiah 44:28) was proclaimed in 539 B.C.!

The Greek word doxazo, Strong's Concordance #G1392, is found 62 times in 54 Greek New Testament verses. It is found the most in the gospel of John (23 times) followed by Luke (9) and then the books of Acts, Romans and 1Peter (5 each). The word, which means "to render glorious," is usually translated as "glorify," "glorified," or "honored" in the King James.

When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified (doxazo) thereby (John 11:4, KJV).

Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify (doxazo) thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest (Revelation 15:4, KJV).

Number 62 and Paul

The gospel was able to spread fairly rapidly in the first century A.D. due to Roman roads. The Apostle Paul, for example, during his first missionary journey, was able to easily travel from Antioch in Pisidia to Iconium, Lystra and Derbe using the Roman road called the Via Sebaste.

Paul first used the Via Sebaste to travel the 93 miles (150 kilometers) from Antioch to Iconium in the province of Galatia. Then, from Iconium, the road ran 18.5 miles (30 kilometers) to Lystra. From Lystra there was then an unpaved track of road about 62 miles long (100 kilometers) that led to Derbe (Book of Acts in Its Graeco-Roman Setting, Volume 2, Chapter 10).

The Apostle Paul is 62 years old in 64 A.D. In this year, he is carrying out his fifth missionary journey which will take him to Spain (Romans 15:22 - 24, 28) and possibly to Britain.

The Apostle Paul is sixty years old in 62 A.D. In this year, he is in the middle of a two-year waiting period before his trial is heard by Roman Emperor Nero. Paul, not wanting Jewish religious leaders to try his case or attempt to murder him in Jerusalem, exercises his right as a Roman citizen to defend the charges against him before the emperor (Acts 25).

A Psalm of Quiet Faith

Psalm 62 is a relatively short song penned by King David. It reflects his faith and quiet resolve in God's care in spite of whatever the wicked may do.

Only for God does my soul wait in silence; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my Rock and my salvation; He is my fortress; I shall not be greatly moved . . . My soul, wait in silence for God alone; for from Him comes my hope (verses 1 - 2, 5 of Psalm 62).

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 62

The English phrase "threescore and two," used for the number 62, is found in the book of Daniel (3 times) followed by Numbers (2) and then 1Chronicles (1).

There are 10 words and phrases in the Bible's original languages that are recorded exactly 62 times.

62 is the product of 2 x 31. Both 2 and 31 are prime numbers.

The Hebrew word tsidqiyah, Strong's #H6667, is recorded 62 times in 61 Hebrew Old Testament verses. It is found the most in Jeremiah (47 times) followed by 2Kings (6). The word, which means "right of Jah" or "Jehovah is righteous," is translated as the name "Zedekiah" in the King James.

At least six people are named Zedekiah in Scripture. Zedekiah was the name of the last king over the Kingdom of Judah. He ruled at the time when, in 586 B.C., Jerusalem and her temple were completely destroyed and the people taken captive to Babylon.

Zedekiah (tsidqiyah) was twenty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah (2Kings 24:18, KJV).

Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah (tsidqiyah); and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death (Jeremiah 52:11, KJV).

Isaiah 62 is a chapter that primarily addresses the preparation for the Lord's Second Coming and the glorious restoration of His people.

For Zion's sake I will not be silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until its righteousness goes out as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch . . .

Behold, the Lord has sent a message to the end of the earth, "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your salvation comes. Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him'" (verses 1, 11).

Book number 62 in the King James Bible, and the majority of modern translations, is 1John. It has 5 chapters and 105 total verses.

The only Biblical chapter in the King James translation that contains 62 verses is Luke 2. The only books that have more than sixty-two chapters are the Psalms and the book of Isaiah.

King David specially selected the male descendants of Obed-Edom, which numbered 62 men who were able and strong, as doorkeepers for Jerusalem's temple.

All these were the sons of Obed-Edom. They and their sons and their brethren were able men with strength for the service, and there were sixty-two of Obed-Edom (1Chronicles 26:8, HBFV).

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