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

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Our research into the meaning of certain Biblical numbers sometimes turns up fascinating facts that are insufficient for a dedicated article (e.g. 37, 48, 52, 65 and 390). Other times, far more interesting information is found than could be reasonably included in a single page (e.g. 26, 50, 100 and 10,000). This article presents our findings on how the Bible uses these numerals.

The Number 26

The Israelite tribe of Benjamin produced a usually large number of people who were left handed. The longest serving Judge of Israel, Ehud, was a left-handed warrior God used to save his people from Moabite oppression (Judges 3).

The Bible records that the tribe, at one time, possessed 26,000 (26 x 1000) fighting men, of which 700 were left handed (Judges 20:15 - 16). Their accuracy in flinging stones with a slingshot was well known, and even feared, by the other tribes of Israel (see verses 16 - 48).

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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.

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 (Numbers 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 (Numbers 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 50

There was a penalty in ancient Israel if an unmarried man had sex with a virgin who was not engaged to be married. His penalty was to pay the woman's father 50 shekels of silver and he had to marry her! Additionally, he was not allowed to 'put her away' or divorce her as long as she lived (Deuteronomy 22:28 - 29).

King David paid 50 shekels of silver to purchase the threshing floor where a death angel (brought by his own sins) was told to stop and not destroy Jerusalem (2Samuel 24). The location of the threshing floor became the place where Solomon built Jerusalem's temple (2Chronicles 3:1).

Genesis is the fourth largest Scriptural book with 50 chapters.

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).

The number 65 is 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 Meaning of Number 100

Jesus, as a good Shepherd, is more than willing to leave 99 out of 100 sheep to look for one that has wandered away. The parable of the lost sheep perfectly illustrates God's love toward all humans and his desire to redeem anyone who has lost his way (Matthew 18:12 - 14)!

Joseph of Arimathea requested and received from Pilate Jesus' dead body so that it could be buried (John 19:38). He was aided in this task by Nicodemus, who brought a large amount of myrrh and aloes (stated to be 100 pounds) to prepare the body for the tomb (verse 39).

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 Number 10,000

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon carried out three major attacks against Jerusalem (see 2Kings 24) and the Kingdom of Judah. The first, in 605 B.C., came during the reign of King Jehoiakim of Judah. The second occurred in 597 during the short reign of Jehoiachin.

The third and final attack, when Zedekiah is king, takes place in 586. In this fateful year the city is destroyed, the temple is burned to the ground, and all the temple's treasures are taken to Babylon. Scripture states 10,000 chief or important people (princes, craftsmen, the rich, etc.) were taken captive. Only the poorest of the poor were left behind by the Babylonians (2Kings 24:14).

King Jotham of Judah began his reign in 750 B.C. During his rule, he attacked and was victorious over the Ammonites. His victory forced them to pay a tribute of one hundred talents of silver and 10,000 measures each of wheat and barley every year for three years (2Chronicles 27:5).

King Amaziah of Judah began his reign at the age of twenty-five (2Chronicles 25:1). During his rule, he went to war with the children of Seir (the Edomites). He was ultimately victorious in battle, killing 10,000 Edomites and taking just as many captive. He then, incredibly, forced the captured Edomites up a high rocky outcrop and pushed them off the edge to their deaths (verse 12)!

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Biblical Meaning of Numbers
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Definition of Numerology, Gematria
37, 48, 52, 65 and 390

References

Number in Scripture:
Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance

Quotes related to the
meaning of 37, 48, 52 and others taken from
The Holy Bible in Its Original Order, Second Edition


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