# Meaning of Numbers in the BibleNumbers 101, 108, 118, 143, 145, 160,180, 220, 234, 250, 345, 390, 420,456, 700, 1010, 2000, 4000 and 5000

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Our research into the meaning of numbers in the Bible sometimes turns up fascinating facts that are insufficient, at the present time, for a single dedicated article. This article presents our findings so far on the numbers 101, 108, 118, 143, 145, 160, 180, 220, 234, 250, 345, 390, 420, 456, 700, 1010, 2000, 4000 and 5000.

## Meaning of the Number 101

101 is equal to the sum of five primes (13 + 17 + 19 + 23 + 29).

The number 101 is the 26th prime number. The primes before it are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89 and 97.

According to the Free Dictionary, more books are now published with a title that begins with the number 101 (such as "101 Ways to . . ." or "101 Dalmatians") than with 100. This is likely a marketing tool used to entice sales by offering something "a little extra."

## Meaning of the Number 108

108 is equal to 2 x 2 (2 squared) x 3 x 3 x 3 (3 cubed). This number also represents 9 dozens.

The patriarch Jacob, in 1692 B.C., is 108 years old. He and his family of twelve sons complete their goal of reaching Hebron (Mamre) in order to be with Isaac who is 168 (Genesis 35). Jacob will live near his father Isaac for the next twelve years until his death at 180. Isaac will end up living longer than either his father Abraham or his son Jacob.

The English word "worship" is recorded 108 times in the King James Bible. It appears the most both in the book of Psalms and Revelation with 15 appearances each.

## Meaning of the Number 118

The Bible contains 1,189 chapters. Psalm 118 is in the exact middle of Scripture as 594 chapters are recorded both before and after it. The middle verse of God's word offers plain but profound advice on how a person can live their best life on planet earth.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man (Psalm 118:8, HBFV).

The numbers 2 and 59 are factors of 118. The prophetic books of Isaiah and Jeremiah contain 118 chapters and 2,656 verses in the King James translation. The books of 1John and 2John have 118 total verses.

The first chapters of Joshua, 2Kings, Ecclesiastes, Zephaniah and 2Timothy each have exactly 18 verses (118). Ecclesiastes 1:18 reveals the conclusion King Solomon drew from being uniquely gifted with wisdom.

For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow (Ecclesiastes 1:18, HBFV).

The Gospel of Mark references Psalm 118 twice (Mark 11:9, 12:10). Matthew refers to the song thrice (Matthew 21:9, 42, 23:39). Luke makes reference to Psalm 118 twice (Luke 13:35, 20:17) while the Gospel of John does so only once (John 12:13).

## Meaning of the Number 143

All of Apostle Paul's books, as well as the epistles penned by James, Peter, John and Jude, and the book of Revelation, total 143 chapters.

All the non-gospel accounts in the New Testament, not including the book of Acts, contain 143 chapters. From Romans to Hebrews has 100 chapters and James to Revelation has 43.

143 is the sum of seven consecutive primes (11 + 13 + 17 + 19 + 23 + 29 + 31).

The numbers 11 and 13 are factors of 143.

Jonathan Apphus (Maccabee), in 161 B.C., assumes the position of High Priest at Jerusalem's temple. He is one of the leaders of the Hasmonean dynasty of rule in Judea. In 143, he is taken prisoner by General Diodotus Tryphon of the Seleucid Empire and is soon murdered. Jonathan is replaced as High Priest by his brother Simon Thassi.

## Meaning of the Number 145

The numbers 5 and 29 are factors of 145.

The number 145 is equal to (3 x 3 x 3 x 3) + (4 x 4 x 4). It is also equal to (12 x 12) + (1 x 1). Lastly, (8 x 8) + (9 x 9) is also 145.

An important Biblical verse that refutes the notion that 100% of humanity will receive salvation is found in Psalm 145.

The Lord watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy (Psalm 145:20, HBFV).

The first chapter of Mark contains exactly 45 verses (145). After Jesus heals a man with leprosy, in one of his first miracles, he warns him not to spread the news of his healing. The man's feelings, however, override his obedience to the Lord and he publishes the news of his healing far and wide. This act causes Christ a great deal of inconvenience.

But after leaving, he (the man healed of leprosy) began to proclaim it extensively and to spread the matter abroad, so that He (Jesus) was no longer able to enter the city openly, but stayed outside the city in desert places; and they came to Him from every region (Mark 1:45, HBFV).

God commanded ancient Israel to observe what is known as a Sabbatical year (Exodus 23:10 - 11, Leviticus 25:1 - 7, 19 - 23). The beginning of this special period was proclaimed on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) at the start of every seventh year (Deuteronomy 15:1 - 4). A Biblical Sabbatical year ran from September 24 in 144 A.D. to September 14 in 145.

The Hebrew yoab, Strong's Concordance #H3097, is the only word recorded exactly 145 times in the original writings of the Old Testament. In the King James it is always translated as the name Joab. At least three people in Scripture are named Joab, the best known of these was a nephew of King David's (1Chronicles 2:16) who was made commander-in-chief over Israel's army (2Samuel 8:16, 20:23).

## Meaning of the Number 160

160 is equal to 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 (2 to the fifth power) x 5. The number is also the sum of the first eleven primes (2 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + 13 + 17 + 19 + 23 + 29 + 31).

Suprisingly, 160 is also the sum of the first three prime numbers cubed (2 x 2 x 2) + (3 x 3 x 3) + (5 x 5 x 5).

The most studied star in astronomy, the sun, is found 160 times in the King James Bible. Its first two mentions in Scripture are related to prophecies concerning Abraham's descendants and a unilateral covenant made with the patriarch.

And it came to pass, as the sun was going down, that a deep sleep fell upon Abram. And, behold, a horror of great darkness fell upon him! And He (God) said to Abram, "You must surely know that your seed shall be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, (and shall serve them and they shall afflict them) four hundred years.

"And also I will judge that nation whom they shall serve. And afterward they shall come out with great substance . . . "

And it came to pass - when the sun went down and it was dark - behold, a smoking furnace and a burning lamp passed between those pieces (of Abraham's sacrifices, verse 9). In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, "I have given this land to your seed, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates . . ." (Genesis 15:12 - 14, 17 - 18, HBFV).

The English word "praise" or its plural is recorded 304 times in the King James Bible. It shows up the most in the book of Psalms, where it occurs 160 times in its singular form and 28 times as a plural.

## Meaning of the Number 180

180 is equal to 2 X 2 (or 2 squared) x 3 x 3 (or 3 squared) x 5. The number can also be arrived at by adding 12 x 12 (12 squared) to 6 x 6 (or 6 squared).

A circles contains 360 degrees, which means a half-circle is 180 degrees.

Isaac, the son promised to Abraham and Sarah, died at the age of 180 in 1680 B.C. (Genesis 35:28 - 29). He ended up living longer than his father Abraham (175) or his son Jacob (147). Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes of Israel, was 120 years old when Isaac died. Interestingly, Jacob was born in 1800 B.C., along with his twin brother Esau, which is a multiple of 180.

Nerva, after Domitian's death, takes over as Roman Emperor in late 96 A.D. His short reign (96 to 98) begins what is called the "five good emperors" period or Pax Romana that would last until 180 A.D. These emperors (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius) generally carried out moderate policies that enabled the Roman Empire to achieve unprecedented territorial, economic, and cultural expansion.

The English word "love" occurs 311 times in the King James translation. 180 of these occurences are in the New Testament. The word, not surprisingly, is found the most in the Apostle John's writings of 1John (33) followed by his gospel (22).

How much wine did Jesus miraculously create in his first recorded miracle at a Cana wedding (John 2:1 - 11)? Some Biblical commentaries state it was 120 U.S. gallons (about 454 liters) while others believe it could have been as high as 180 gallons (about 681 liters)!

## Meaning of the Number 220

The Hebrew word em, Strong's #H517, is recorded 220 times in the Hebrew Old Testament. It occurs the most in Genesis (26) followed by 2Kings (22). It is utilized to refer to a mother either literally or figuratively. The word is first used to state that a man should leave his parents so that he can form an even more intimate bound with his wife.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother (em), and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh (Genesis 2:24, KJV).

The Greek word soi, Strong's #G4671, is recorded 220 times in the original Greek of the New Testament. It is commonly translated as "thee" in the King James.

The number 220 is equal to 2 x 2 (or 2 squared) x 5 x 11. It is also the sum of four consecutive primes (47 + 53 + 59 + 61).

## Meaning of the Number 234

The numbers 2, 3, 6, 9, 13, 18, 26, 39 and 78 are factors of 234.

The number 234 is equal to 2 x 3 x 3 x 13.

The Hebrew maaseh, Strong's #H4639, is the only word in the Bible's original language to occur 234 times. It is used to refer to a deed, an act, an occupation or other works. In the King James it is commonly translated as "deed," "works," "needlework," or "acts." The word is recorded the most in both Exodus and the Psalms with 39 occurrences.

Of those Biblical books that have at least two chapters, only ten of them have 34 verses or more (234). These are the second chapters of Numbers, Deuteronomy, 1Samuel, 1Kings, 1Chronicles, Ezra, Jeremiah, Daniel, Luke and Acts.

Numbers 2 is the only Biblical chapter with exactly 34 verses (234),

## Meaning of the Number 250

God commanded Moses to make a special holy anointing oil (Exodus 30:22 - 30). This sacred mixture contained 500 shekels (roughly 12.5 U.S. pounds or 5.67 kilograms) each of pure myrrh and cassia, 250 shekels (6.25 U.S. pounds or 2.83 kilograms) each of sweet cinnamon and calamus, and a hin (1 U.S. gallon or 3.7 liters) of olive oil.

King Solomon wisely appointed 250 Israelites as "chiefs of the officials" who ruled over the people (2Chronicles 8:10).

The number 250 is equal to 2 x 5 x 5 x 5 (or 5 cubed).

Both the names of Abraham and Joseph are written 250 times in the King James Bible.

## Meaning of the Number 345

The name Jacob is found 377 times in the King James Bible in 345 verses. Jacob is the fourth most frequently written name, with David recorded the most (968 verses), then Moses (784 verses) then Saul (351 verses).

The first time Jacob is mentioned in Scripture is when he is born with his twin brother Esau.

And after that his brother came out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel. And his name was called Jacob. And Isaac was sixty years old when she (Rebekah, Isaac's wife) bore them (Genesis 25:26, HBFV).

## Meaning of 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.

And you, son of man, take a tile to yourself, and lay it before you, and portray on it the city Jerusalem. And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mound against it. Also set the camp against it, and set battering rams against it all around.

And take an iron griddle to yourself, and set it for a wall of iron between you and the city. And set your face toward it, and it shall be under attack. And you shall set a battle against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.

Also lie on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel on it; according to the number of days that you shall lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity. For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety (390) days. So you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel (Ezekiel 4:1 - 5, HBFV).

The only original language Biblical word recorded 390 times is zahab (Strong's #H2091). It comes from a root word which means to shimmer or shine like gold. It can also describe something that is gold colored. It is the most common of seven Hebrew words used to refer to gold.

Zahab is found 105 times in the book of Exodus, the most of any Old Testament writing. Its first two appearances, however, occur in Genesis where its discusses the four rivers that watered the Garden of Eden.

And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it was divided and became four heads. The name of the first is Pishon, which surrounds all the land of Havilah, where there is gold (zahab). And the gold (zahab) of that land is good. There is also bdellium and the onyx stone (Genesis 2:10 - 12, HBFV).

God commanded ancient Israel to observe what is known as a Sabbatical year (Exodus 23:10 - 11, Leviticus 25:1 - 7, 19 - 23). The beginning of this special period was proclaimed on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) at the start of every seventh year. During this time the land rested from any agricultural activity, the law of God was read publically, and Israelites were to cancel all debts to fellow Israelites (Deuteronomy 15:1 - 4). A Biblical Sabbatical year ran from September 17 in 389 A.D. to October 5 in 390.

## Meaning of the Number 420

Hebrew entry 420 in Strong's Concordance is eldaah, a word that means the "God of knowledge." It is used in both Genesis 25:4 and 1Chronicles 1:33. Eldaah was a son of Midian, a man who was one of the six sons the patriarch Abraham produced through his second wife Keturah.

Greek entry 420 in Strong's is the word anexikakos. The word, used only once in the Greek version of the New Testament, is found in 2Timothy 2:24 and means "enduring ill."

Now it is obligatory that a servant of the Lord not be argumentative, but gentle toward all, competent to teach, forbearing (anexikakos) . . . (2Timothy 2:24, HBFV).

420 is the sum of four consecutive prime numbers (101 + 103 + 107 + 109). It is also the result of multiplying 3 x 4 x 5 x 7.

The number 420 can also be arrived at by adding the first twenty even positive integers starting at two and ending with forty inclusively (2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + 10 + 12 + 14 + 16 + 18 + 20 + 22 + 24 + 26 + 28 + 30 + 32 + 34 + 36 + 38 + 40).

Additionally, the number 420 is sometimes used as a shorthand code for illicit behavior, in particular for the use of cannabis (pot). Some religions, such as Rasta, use this substance as part of their worship.

## Meaning of the Number 456

Strong's Concordance #H456, the Hebrew eliychoreph, means the "God of autumn." It is used only once, in 1Kings 4:3, to refer to a man named Elihoreph in the King James.

Strong's #G456, the Greek anoikodomeo, means to rebuild or build again. The word is found only in a single verse where it is utilized twice.

After this I will return, and will build again (anoikodomeo) the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again (anoikodomeo) the ruins thereof, and I will set it up (Acts 15:16, KJV).

## Meaning of the Number 700

King Solomon indulged himself by maintaining a huge harem of women. He not only had 300 concubines, he had 700 wives who could bear heirs to his throne (1Kings 11:3)! These females, unfortunately, turned his heart away from serving the true God.

A special version of the Hebrew letter Nun (14th letter of the alphabet) was used if it was found at the end of a word. This letter, called a "final Nun," has a numeric representation of 700.

The Greek letter Psi represents 700 (The Universal History of Numbers, pages 219 - 220).

The tribe of Benjamin had a rather unique trait when it came to their fellow Israelites. It could muster, early in its history in the Promised Land, 700 left-handed warriors who were deadly accurate with a slingshot.

Among all this people were seven hundred chosen men, left-handed. Every one could sling stones at a hair’s breadth, and not miss (Judges 20:16, HBFV).

## Meaning of the Number 1010

The year 1010 B.C. marks a pivotal turning point in the history of the Bible and ancient Israel in particular. King Saul, the first anointed ruler over God's people, dies on Mount Gilboa (1Samuel 31). God, a short time later, tells David to travel to Hebron to be anointed Judah's King. David was, at a young age, anointed as the next King after Saul refused to obey the Eternal (1Samuel 13:13 - 14).

1010 B.C. marks the beginning of a ruling dynasty that would endure through humans until 586. Jesus Christ, years later, will be born into a family with both physical and legal ties to David. The Lord inherited, upon his human birth, the throne of David which he will occupy for eternity (Luke 1:32 - 33).

The binary number system, composed of only 1's and 0's, is the basis for modern computers and other electronic devices. Each position represents a power of 2. The binary 1010 (2 x 2 x 2) + 2 is equal to 10, one of the few (if only) representations that look similar in both the binary and decimal systems.

## Meaning of the Number 2,000

The number 2000 is equal to 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 (or 2 to the fourth power) x 5 x 5 x 5 (or 5 to the third power).

The Israelites, under Joshua, were readying themselves to cross the Jordan River to take control of the western part of the Promised Land (Joshua 3). They were informed that leading the procession would be the priests and Levities carrying the Ark of the Covenant.

The people were additionally instructed to follow the Ark but remain 2000 cubits behind it (Joshua 3:4), which is roughly (assuming a conservative 17.5 inches length per cubit) one half mile (.89 kilometers). This was likely done out of respect. It also enabled the Ark's crossing to be more distinctive and viewable to the Israelites.

Jesus, between October 28 A.D. and early 29 A.D., encounters a man who is possessed of multiple demons (Mark 5:1 - 17). After commanding the devils leave the man he is informed by them that their collective name is Legion (verse 9). The devils then request they be allowed to possess a herd of pigs. The demons, after Jesus allows this request, possess 2000 swine who respond by running off a cliff to their deaths in the sea!

## Meaning of the Number 4,000

In the middle of 29 A.D., less than one year before his death, Jesus feeds 4,000 people near the Sea of Galilee. He utilizes, for this 26th recorded miracle of his ministry, only seven loaves and a few small fishes (Matthew 15:32 - 38). After blessing such meager rations not only were all the people fed, seven baskets of excess food were collected!

The feeding of 4,000 was the last of three miracles where the Lord miraculously provided food or drink. The other two were the turning water into wine at a wedding (John 2:1 - 11) and feeding 5,000 men (Matthew 14:13 - 21, Mark 6:30 - 42, Luke 9:10 - 17, John 6:1 - 13).

## Meaning of the Number 5,000

One of the most well-known miracles of Jesus' ministry was his miraculous feeding of 5,000 people. He actually fed far more than this number, as five thousand only refers to the number of men who benefitted from the food.

This miracle was performed in March or early April of 29 A.D., roughly a year before the Lord would be crucified.

And He commanded the multitude to sit on the grass. Then He took the five loaves and the two fish; and looking up into heaven, He blessed them; and He broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

And they all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that were left. Now those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children (Matthew 14:19 - 21, HBFV).

This feeding of the 5,000 was one of Jesus' ten non-healing miracles during his ministry. It is one of only seven miracles recorded in the Gospel of John. It is also the only miraculous event he performed that is mentioned in all four Gospel accounts (Matthew 14:13 - 21, Mark 6:30 - 42, Luke 9:10 - 17, John 6:1 - 13).

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