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God seems to favor the number seven and I'm not sure why. Is there a reason, or is this just His favorite number?

You'll notice that God not only uses the number seven, but multiplies other numbers by seven as well. Please provide scripture and let me know if there are other numbers that God uses.

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Some occurrences are listed here. –  hammar Sep 4 '11 at 21:14
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It's definitely not a Judeo/Christian thing: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_(number)#Religion –  Sklivvz Sep 4 '11 at 21:31
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The number 7 (and it's variations) is typically used for "complete" or "holy" things, and the number 6 (and it's variations) is typically used for evil or corrupt things (666 being the most famous example from the Bible). –  Flimzy Sep 4 '11 at 21:35
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@Flimzy Find me a verse that says that. I think there's a lot more Biblical evidence for the number twelve being special. –  C. Ross Sep 4 '11 at 21:50
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@C. Ross: I never said the number 12 wasn't special. –  Flimzy Sep 4 '11 at 21:51

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I think this answer from the Judaism site sums it up:

7 is the length of time for a natural cycle to transpire, often ending with holiness/sanctification of some sort (the pattern set by creation)

7 is special because it was set down by God as the natural cycle in creation.


In the same question above is this answer about other numbers:

It mentions the numbers:

1, (2?), 4, (5?), (6?), 7, 8, 10, 12, 40, and 70 all have significance.

See that answer for full details of their importance.


Also important is the number 50 for Jubilee (from this answer):

Toward the end of the book of Leviticus the 7 day measure that is most familiarly the Sabbath is unrolled across years to be the sabbatical year, and across decades to be the Jubilee. The Jubilee is the 50th year - the crown of the 7th 7.

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A week is 7 days and that hasn't changed in a long time, and it's just enough time to get things done with a day of rest included :-) –  David d C e Freitas Sep 7 '11 at 21:07

The word "seven" occurs 461 times in 390 verses in the NKJV.

The number seven is used many times throughout the Bible. It usually is significant of something being whole, complete or perfected. There are other numbers that are prevalent in the Bible as well. Someone above mentioned the number twelve, which usually signifies government (12 tribes, 12 apostles). Six is said to be the number of man, and three sixes the number of the beast. While it's all very interesting the truth of the matter is that Jesus died for our sins, ANYTHING else is insignificant in comparison.

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