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In many ancient cultures, Hebrew included, the number seven often signifies completeness and/or perfection (for more information see either Numerical Sayings in the OT, W. Roth or IVP New Bible Dictionary, ed. Marshall, Miller, Packer, Wiseman, p834). Therefore, it is often used in an emphatic sense. This is seen in Peter's question: "should I forgive seven ...


Your two examples are two different numbers. Lamech speaks of seventy-seven times (77), while Jesus says seventy times seven (490). It's hard to say exactly what Lamech meant, as his story is badly incomplete--it doesn't say who he killed or why, or what happened after that. So it's difficult to draw any conclusions here. As for Jesus's answer to Peter, ...


The phrase “dark night of the soul” comes from a poem by St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), a Spanish Carmelite monk and mystic, whose Noche obscura del alma is translated “The Dark Night of the Soul.” Its meant to be synonymous with traveling the “narrow way” that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 7:13-14. So no, it is not mentioned in the Bible. Sources: ...


It could also be that on the Eucharist, in some depictions, the letters IHS are spelled.


The words the dark night of the soul are not, to the best of my knowledge, in the Bible. The phenomenon as experienced by real people in real situations is in the Bible, however. One need only think about saints under the old covenant who struggled with what we today would call depression, which is I suggest, one aspect of the dark night of the soul. Perhaps ...


I don't know the original source, but if it is based on Scripture (which certainly seems plausible), here are some passages which may relate: When [the beggar] saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. ...But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ ...


The exact origin is unknown because it seems to have originated from slang. In the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Mark mentions that Jesus H Christ had old origins that were unknown.

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