The KJV Bible Numbers

The current table of the KJV 1611 numbers (in green) is shown below in ascending order and numbered 1 – 337.

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It is significant to note that the Author has found that the total count of numbers, their listed count location in ascending order and the numbers themselves hold a special significance when analyzed from different perspectives.

There are several interesting attributes in this list. One observation is that there are 337 individual numbers. The number 337 is not only the 68th prime number, it is also what is called a centered figurate hexagram “Star Number” such as the Star of David. If you perform an internet search on “Star of David 337” or similar, you will find several articles written on its fascinating attributes. Likewise, Wikipedia has an interesting article explaining Star Numbers, their formulation and history.

This symbol is is also called the Seal of Solomon and the Magen David (Shield of David) among others. In Kabbalah, the two interlocking triangles represents the relationship between God and man. In occult circles it has significance in the paraphrased “As Above, So Below” and also used as a talisman and even referenced in alchemy. These are just a few examples.

This post will not go into all these attributes and it is left up to the reader to do research discover on their own as some of the articles are interesting and noteworthy.

Besides the above symbol, when the numbers are graphed in a specific manner, new and captivating insights emerge in which the Author has spent a better part of a decade exploring. These findings may be part of future posts.

The Author has not been able to find a complete and comprehensive list of numbers for the KJV Bible anywhere on the internet, physical libraries or archives and thus made one. The Author is certain such a comprehensive list exists as there are tell-tale signs of it being used. Why is it so difficult to acquire? Regardless, it is being published now as it will be needed for reference in subsequent posts by the Author.

This list took many years to define, refine, cross check and research which included correlation to numerous other bible versions (page by page), various Hexapla and interlinear texts, specific translations from original and ancient texts, individual number and word searches in several languages and much more. Much of this research was manual, some automated, but overall it was time consuming and tedious. During this research, several anomalies were found across the many versions of the “Bible” due to translation errors, replaced wording, massaged text and so on.

The motivation for this endeavor was not to criticize or find fault in the many versions available but rather to list the numbers specifically included in the KJV 1611 Bible. The overall reasoning for this undertaking is many fold but it can be summarized down to the name of a singular individual, Sir Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban. Yes, this is a hint which some may understand.

Please note that this research was performed by a human and with the use of human made resources and tools (software from both off-the-shelf and custom made, physical books, scans and facsimiles of ancient texts, etc.) and as such, may still be fallible, but it is currently believed to be accurate until proven otherwise.

There currently exists a list that is published on the internet of the numbers found in The Jerusalem Bible, however, there are anomalies, numerical discrepancies, verse numbering variances and the list includes books and verses that are not in the KJV 1611. This list was also used to cross reference the findings.

There were a couple contentious numbers found which required research to derive their true meaning. One such number, or numbers as it were, was found in 1 Samuel 6:19 which reads: “And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the Lord, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.”.

Various versions take this to represent one number: 50,070. Other versions state this to mean that out of 50,000 men there were 70 slain. When analyzing the original texts and reading the numerous commentaries on this verse, it is significantly more likely to be the later. Until new evidence emerges the analysis and the table shows two different distinct numbers in this verse which are 50,000 and 70.

The Author has discovered and archived volumes concerning this topic on KJV Bible numbers but time is an issue and this post was published in an effort to hasten work being done for future posts. This post may develop addendums or supplements for future reference concerning KJV numbers as time goes by.

Edit History:

Oct 8, 2021: Rearrange paragraphs – move table to top of page.