Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
Number 46, 57, 59, 390

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Our research into the meaning of numbers in the Bible sometimes turns up fascinating facts that are insufficient for a single dedicated article. This article presents our findings so far on the numbers 46, 57, 59 and 390.

The Number 46

The book of Titus, one of the last manuscripts written by the Apostle Paul, is the sixth shortest in the Bible in terms of the number of words. It has only three chapters, 46 verses and 921 words. It is also the only book that has exactly forty-six verses.

No books in the King James Bible have exactly 46 chapters. That said, the books of Genesis, Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel (these last three are considered the Major Prophets) have more than this number.


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Biblical chapters in the KJV that have exactly 46 verses include Genesis 27, Exodus 29, Leviticus 26, Deuteronomy 1, 1Kings 2 and 18, Jeremiah 50, as well as Matthew 21, 22 and 25.

The book of 1Corinthians, written by the Apostle Paul in 56 A.D., is the 46th Biblical book found in most modern translations.

The forty-sixth book of the originally inspired arrangement of forty-nine Biblical books, organized by the Apostle John, is 2Timothy. It was written by Paul in 67 A.D. and is the last book penned by the apostle.

King Joash, one of the better rulers over the Kingdom of Judah, died at the young age of 46. He had ruled over God's people from 835 to 796 B.C.

The Number 57

The English word "eternity," which appears only once in the King James Bible translation, is found in the fifteenth verse of Isaiah 57.

King Amaziah of Judah was 57 years old when he placed his son Azariah as co-ruler of the kingdom. Amaziah lived another eleven years until, at the age of 68 (the oldest king to rule Judah), he died leaving his son sole monarch over God's people.

The 57th book in the KJV Bible translation is Philemon. It was written by the Apostle Paul from 61 to 63 A.D. while he was a prisoner in Rome awaiting his trial before the Roman Emperor.

One of the most eventful periods in the Apostle Paul's long ministry took place in 57 A.D. In this year, he was chased from Ephesus, during his third missionary journey, when a local pagan silversmith stirs up a riot against him. Leaving the city in the summer of 57, he travels to Macedonia and ends up in the city of Philippi. While staying in Philippi he writes the book of 2Corinthians. He then decides to make a short trip to Corinth where, in the winter, he writes the book of Romans.

The Apostle Paul turned 57 years old in 59 A.D. when he was a Roman prisoner in Caesarea (Acts 24). He remained in custody until the autumn of 60 A.D. when, at his request, he is sent to Rome to have his case heard by Emperor Nero.

Genesis 41, Leviticus 14, Judges 9 and John 11 all have exactly 57 verses.


The Number 59

The united Kingdom of Israel, in 930 B.C., split into two pieces after the death of Solomon. The biggest piece, which continued to be reference as the Kingdom of Israel, 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 new formed Kingdom of Judah was Solomon's son Rehoboam. He reigned from 930 to 913 B.C. and died at the age of 59.

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.

Leviticus 13, Luke 12 and John 8 each have exactly 59 verses. The 59th writing in the KJV Bible is the book of James.

The Number 390

In Scripture, the number 390 symbolizes a separated and punished Israel (Ezekiel 4:5). This is because Ezekiel was commanded to lay on his left side 390 days to represent the sins of the people and the length of their punishment in years (Ezekiel 4:1 - 5).

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