1654 numbers, 11-99

1654 numbers, 11-99

Significant numbers include twelve, often associated with the full number of God’s people, and multiples of ten, especially forty and seventy.

Eleven

Eleven sons of Jacob Ge 32:22; Ge 37:9

Jesus Christ’s eleven disciples Mt 28:16; Mk 16:14; Lk 24:9,33; Ac 1:26; Ac 2:14

Twelve

Twelve tribes of Israel Ge 49:28 See also Ge 35:22-26; Ex 24:4; Ex 28:21; Ex 39:14; Jdg 19:29; Ezr 8:35; Ac 26:7

Representatives of the twelve tribes Dt 1:23; Jos 3:12; Jos 4:2-3

The church symbolised as twelve tribes Jas 1:1; Rev 7:4-8; Rev 21:12

Twelve apostles Mk 3:14 See also Mt 10:1-4; Mt 19:28; Lk 9:1; Lk 22:30; Jn 6:70-71; Ac 6:2; 1Co 15:5 The term “the Twelve” is used here even though only eleven disciples remained at the time referred to.

Fourteen

Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month Nu 28:16 See also Ex 12:6; Lev 23:5; Nu 9:2-5; Jos 5:10; 2Ch 35:1; Ezr 6:19; Eze 45:21

Passover on the fourteenth day of the second month Nu 9:10-11; 2Ch 30:2-3,15

Periods of fourteen years Ge 31:41; 2Co 12:2; Gal 2:1

Genealogy of Jesus Christ in spans of fourteen generations Mt 1:17

Fifteen

Festivals on the fifteenth day Lev 23:6,34,39; Nu 28:17; Nu 29:12; 1Ki 12:32-33; Eze 45:25

Twenty

Twenty as the minimum age in a census Ex 30:14; Ex 38:26; Nu 1:3,18; Nu 14:29; Nu 26:2; 1Ch 27:23

Twenty as the minimum age for Levitical service 1Ch 23:24,27; 2Ch 31:17; Ezr 3:8

Thirty

Thirty as the age for beginning a life’s work Lk 3:23 See also Ge 41:46; 1Sa 13:1; 2Sa 5:4; Eze 1:1 The “thirtieth year” may refer to Ezekiel’s age.

Thirty as the minimum age for Levitical service Nu 4:3,23,30,47; 1Ch 23:3

The Thirty in David’s army 2Sa 23:23 pp 1Ch 11:25; 2Sa 23:24; 1Ch 11:15-42; 1Ch 12:4,18; 1Ch 27:6

Thirty pieces of silver Mt 26:15 See also Zec 11:12-13; Mt 27:3,9

Forty

Forty days Jnh 3:4 Forty days is a standard period, sometimes viewed as a time of preparation or testing before a major event. Forty-day periods at the flood: Ge 7:4,12,17; Ge 8:6 Moses fasted for forty days on Mount Sinai: Ex 24:18; Ex 34:28; Dt 9:9,18
Mt 4:1-2 pp Mk 1:13 pp Lk 4:1-2 Jesus Christ fasted for forty days in the wilderness.
Nu 13:25; 1Sa 17:16; 1Ki 19:8; Ac 1:3

Forty years as a general term for a generation God’s anger against Israel in the wilderness: Nu 14:34; Nu 32:13; Jos 5:6; Ps 95:10; Heb 3:9,17 God’s provision for Israel in the wilderness: Ex 16:35; Dt 2:7; Dt 8:2-4; Dt 29:5; Ne 9:21; Am 2:10; Ac 7:36; Ac 13:18

Other significant forty-year periods Forty-year periods in Moses’life: Ex 7:7; Dt 34:7; Ac 7:23,30,36 Forty-year periods of peace: Jdg 3:11; Jdg 5:31; Jdg 8:28 Forty-year periods of leadership: 1Sa 4:18; 2Sa 5:4; 1Ki 2:11 pp 1Ch 29:27; 1Ki 11:42 pp 2Ch 9:30; 2Ki 12:1 pp 2Ch 24:1; Ac 13:21

Fifty

The fiftieth year as the Year of Jubilee Lev 25:10-11 The word “jubilee” refers to the liberation of slaves, rather than to a fixed period of time. The number 50 represents the year following seven periods of seven years, i.e., 49 years + 1.

Seventy

Seventy people went down to Egypt See also Ge 46:27; Ex 1:5

Seventy years of God’s judgment Jer 25:11-12 See also 2Ch 36:21; Isa 23:15-17; Jer 29:10; Da 9:2; Zec 1:12

Seventy years as the human lifespan Ps 90:10

Groups of seventy Ex 24:1; Nu 11:16,24-25; Jdg 9:2; Lk 10:1 fn,17 fn

Seventy as a large number Mt 18:22 See also Da 9:24

See also

4299wilderness
5249census
7135Israel, people of God
7217exile in Babylon
7227flood, the
7230genealogies
7266tribes of Israel
7390Levites
7406Passover
7482Year of Jubilee
7630Twelve, the
8432fasting, practice

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