Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
Number 37, 48, 52, 65, 390, 888

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Our research into the meaning of certain numbers in the Bible sometimes turns up fascinating facts that are insufficient for a single dedicated article. This article presents our findings on 37, 48, 52, 65, 390 and 888.

The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 37

Sarah, the only woman in Scripture where her age at death is recorded, lived 37 years after she gave birth to Isaac. She died at the age of 127 (Genesis 17:17, 23:1).

The Apostle Peter's ministry, which began in 30 A.D., lasted until his martyrdom either in 67 to 68 A.D. His ministry of 37 to 38 years is only slightly longer than that of Apostle Paul.


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The Number 48

In the King James Bible the word "milk" is used 48 total times.

The tribe of Levi, because they were dedicated to serving God, did not receive an inheritance of farmable land in Canaan (Num. 18:20, Deuteronomy 18:1 - 2). The Eternal, using the tithes and offerings Israelites gave, was to be their primary means of support. They did receive, however, 48 cities in which they could live, six of which were to be designated as cities of refuge (Num. 35:7, Joshua 20, 21:41).

The book of Jonah is the tenth shortest KJV book with only 4 chapters, 48 verses and 1,321 words. Ezekiel is the third largest book with 48 chapters, 1,273 verses and 39,407 words.

The Number 52

Azariah (Uzziah) was a good king over Judah. He was placed on the throne at the tender age of 16 (2Kings 15:2) and co-ruled with his father, Amaziah, for twenty-four years. He then governed for another 28 years for 52 years total.

Azariah enjoyed the second longest reign of any ruler of either Israel or Judah. His death at age 68 would ultimately make him the oldest monarch who would ever be over Judah since the time it became a separate kingdom in 930 A.D.

The prophet Nehemiah, a captive of the Persian Empire, was given the task of returning to Jerusalem and supervising its rebuilding (Nehemiah 1 - 2). Under his oversight, the city's walls were repaired and rebuilt in 52 days (6:15).


The Number 65

Mahalealel, the great, great grandson of Adam, and Enoch, representing the seventh generation of patriarchs, were both 65 years old when they had their first son (Genesis 5:15, 21).

Sixty-five (65) is also associated with the Israelite tribe of Ephraim. This relationship is due to Isaiah the prophet’s words that stated, "Within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken . . ." (Isaiah 7:8).

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).

The Biblical Meaning of 888

As Joseph ponders whether to divorce his new but pregnant wife Mary, an angel appears in his dreams to alleviate his concerns. This messenger from God also informs him that his wife, ". . . shall give birth to a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus" (Matthew 1:21).

Jesus' name, in the original Greek language from which the New Testament was written, is spelled Ι (Iota), η (Eta), σ (Sigma), ο (Omicron), υ (Upsilon) and σ (Sigma) or Ιησουσ (Strong's Concordance #G2424). Their numeric equivalents of 10, 8, 200, 70, 400 and 200 (see our article on numerology), add up to 888.

Surprisingly, other English Biblical names used for Jesus also have a factor of eight within them when we add the numeric equivalents of the Greek letters. These include Christ (1480 or 8 times 185), Lord (800 or 8 times 100), Messiah (656 or 8 times 82) and others.

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Numerology Definition

References

Number in Scripture:
Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance

Quotes related to the
meaning of numbers 37, 48, 52, 65, 390 and 888 from
Holy Bible in Its Original Order, Second Edition


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