Bible Numbers 2.0

God’s Proclamation In English

The previous experiment successfully produced a Chinese version of God’s Proclamation (Exodus 34:6-7) with orderly numeric features following the description in Revelation 1:8. If Chinese, then why not English? English is an international language reaching most of the world. Would it not be more appropriate if The Proclamation in English had numeric features like the Chinese so God’s message would reach further and be understood by more people?1

This experiment is set up like the previous one. Exodus 34:6-7 is first broken into smaller sections. Each part is given various word options. A computer runs through all the possible combinations checking for numeric features. Only combinations with twelve or more orderly features are retained.

Hypothesis

If an English combination can be produced with numeric features way beyond what the odds predict, this would strengthen the previous conclusion that Exodus 34:6-7 is from God. If the number of features is only what the odds would suggest, this would weaken the original conclusion.

Most of the word choices for this experiment come from actual English Bible translations. Only a few additional words have been added to improve flow, or to introduce an idea the author feels would be closer to the Hebrew.

Word Choices
proclaimThe Hebrew reads, And he proclaimed, and this is how the English section should begin. However, we have already seen how the Chinese version began perfectly with proclaim and speak. For the Chinese, context determines the meaning, and it still could mean and he proclaimed. That concept is borrowed for this section: And the lord passed before him. Proclaim—. The context almost fills in and he proclaimed. As we are widening the number of languages for a world audience, so the meaning of the text could be expanded. It makes no sense for such a great declaration to be witnessed only by Moses.
the LORD the LORDEnglish does not have a dedicated term for God like the Hebrew יהוה or the Chinese 上帝. "Lord GOD" "LORD God" and "the LORD" are the traditional terms translators used. To emphasize sovereignty, deity and supremacy like 上帝, I have included "the LORD God."
the LORD God the LORD God
Jehovah Jehovah
Yahweh Yahweh
is aEither option is possible with the current sentence construction.
a
God merciful and graciousThe noun "God" can be at either end of the phrase.
merciful and gracious God
slow to anger and abounding"To" or "of" combined with the singular or plural of anger creates quite a number of possibilities.
slow to angers and abounding
slow of anger and abounding
slow of angers and abounding
angers slowly and abounding
in steadfast love and faithfulnessThe English actually duplicates "faithfulness" as "steadfast." Removing it adds the third option "love and faithfulness."
of steadfast love and faithfulness
love and faithfulness
keepingBoth synonyms work.
maintaining
steadfast love for thousands There is no "steadfast" in the Hebrew.
love for thousands
steadfast love to thousands
love to thousands
forgivingThere are many more ways saying "forgiving."
and forgiving
taking away
pardoning
clearing
absolving
iniquityThe Hebrew word עָוֹ֛ן iniquity has the sense of "perversity" or "fault." Accordingly, I have included "imperfection", "failure" and "error".
wickedness
imperfection
failure
error
and transgression and sin וָפֶ֖שַׁע (transgression) includes the idea of "revolt".
and rebellion and sin
but who will by no means clear the guiltyThis part of Exodus 34:6-7 is probably the most obscure, as evidenced by the variety of English translations.
but who will not clear the guilty
but who will not leave the guilty unpunished
but who will not leave unpunished the guilty
yet by no means clearing the guilty
yet not clearing the guilty
and that will by no means clear the guilty
Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished
and not entirely acquitting the guilty
and not sweeping the guilty clean away
but by no means will he give exemption from punishment
visiting the iniquity of the fatherTranslated as "visiting" the Hebrew word פֹּקֵ֣ד has a wide variety of meanings. Since the Bible says each person is responsible for their own sin (2 Kings 14:5; Jeremiah 31:30) this can only mean God is "testing" the descendants the same way their fathers were tested.
but visiting the iniquity of the father
visiting the failure of the father
testing the failure of the father
testing the iniquity of the father
trying the fathers iniquity
trying the fathers failure
trying the fathers imperfection
uponThese two prepositions are very similar.
on
the children the children's children to the third and the fourth generationThe "children's children" are the "grandchildren."
the children the grandchildren to the third and fourth generation
proclaim|the-LORD-the-LORD the-LORD-God-the-LORD-God Jehovah-Jehovah Yahweh-Yahweh|is-a a|God-merciful-and-gracious merciful-and-gracious-God|slow-to-anger-and-abounding slow-to-angers-and-abounding slow-of-anger-and-abounding slow-of-angers-and-abounding angers-slowly-and-abounding|in-steadfast-love-and-faithfulness of-steadfast-love-and-faithfulness love-and-faithfulness|keeping maintaining|steadfast-love-for-thousands- love-for-thousands steadfast-love-to-thousands love-to-thousands|forgiving and-forgiving taking-away pardoning clearing absolving|iniquity wickedness imperfection failure error|and-transgression-and-sin and-rebellion-and-sin|but-who-will-by-no-means-clear-the-guilty but-who-will-not-clear-the-guilty but-who-will-not-leave-the-guilty-unpunished but-who-will-not-leave-unpunished-the-guilty yet-by-no-means-clearing-the-guilty yet-not-clearing-the-guilty and-that-will-by-no-means-clear-the-guilty Yet-he-does-not-leave-the-guilty-unpunished and-not-entirely-acquitting-the-guilty and-not-sweeping-the-guilty-clean-away but-by-no-means-will-he-give-exemption-from-punishment|visiting-the-iniquity-of-the-father but-visiting-the-iniquity-of-the-father visiting-the-failure-of-the-father testing-the-failure-of-the-father testing-the-iniquity-of-the-father trying-the-fathers-iniquity trying-the-fathers-failure trying-the-fathers-imperfection|upon on|the-children-the-childrens-children-to-the-third-and-the-fourth-generation the-children-the-grandchildren-to-the-third-and-fourth-generation

The computer selected options from each section to generate complete phrases. There were 40,550,400 combinations. Only one had at least fourteen numeric features. And as it turned out, the phrase had way more than the 14 features the computer was programmed to look for.

Proclaim: the Lord GOD, the Lord GOD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, maintaining love for thousands and forgiving failure and transgression and sin, but who will not leave unpunished the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the father upon the children, the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.

The computer generated phrase is similar to the RSV, but has 15 differences.

The New Phrase Compared With The RSV
Generated PhraseRSV
A.60 words161 words
B.Proclaim2and he proclaimed
C.the Lord GOD the Lord GOD2The LORD, the LORD
D.a God merciful and graciousa God merciful and gracious
E.slow to anger and aboundingslow to anger and abounding
F.in steadfast love and faithfulnessin steadfast love and faithfulness
G.maintaining1keeping
H.love for thousands1steadfast love for thousands
I.and forgiving failure2forgiving iniquity
J.and transgression and sinand transgression and sin
K.but who will not leave unpunished the guilty4but who will by no means clear the guilty
L.visiting the iniquity of the father1visiting the iniquity of the fathers
M.upon the children, the children's children1upon the children and the children's children
N.to the third and the fourth generation.to the third and the fourth generation.
There are 15 differences between these two versions.

Numeric Conversion

1                       2        3             4        5
134                     87       74            10       87
1   2   3  4   5  6     7   8    9   10  11    12 13    14  15
40- 60- 3- 10- 1- 20    80- 7    10- 60- 4     6- 4     80- 7
Proclaim                the      Lord          GOD      the

6             7        8     9        10                  11
74            10       1     10       98                  35
16  17  18    19 20    21    22 23    24  25  26 27 28    29 30  31
10- 60- 4     6- 4     1     6- 4     20- 60- 3- 5- 10    1- 30- 4
Lord          GOD      a     god      merciful            and

12                  13             14    15              16
140                 180            80    97              35
32  33  34 35 36    37  38  39     40    41 42  43 44    45 46  47
6-  60- 1- 3- 70    70- 10- 100    80    1- 30- 6- 60    1- 30- 4
gracious            slow           to    anger           and

17                     18    19                            20
73                     30    311                           100
48 49 50  51 52  53    54    55  56  57 58 59 60 61  62    63  64
1- 2- 30- 4- 30- 6     30    70- 80- 1- 4- 5- 1- 70- 80    10- 90
abounding              in    steadfast                     love

21          22                            23
35          278                           198
65 66 67    68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76    77  78 79  80  81 82  83  84
1- 30-4     5- 1- 80-7- 5- 10-30-70-70    20- 1- 30- 80- 1- 30- 30- 6
and         faithfulness                  maintaining

24      25     26                     27        28
100     65     262                    35        197
85 86   87 88  89 90 91 92 93 94 95   96 97 98  99 100 101 102 103 104
10-90   5- 60  80-7- 70-1- 30-4- 70   1- 30-4   5- 60- 6-  90- 30- 6
love    for    thousands              and       forgiving

29                30           31
76                35           477
105 106 107 108   109 110 111  112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121
5-  1-  10- 60    1-  30- 4    80- 60- 1-  30- 70- 6-  60- 70- 70- 30
failure           and          transgression

32             33         34         35          36
35             100        82         107         120
122 123 124    125 126    127 128    129  130    131  132 133
1-  30- 4      70- 30     2-  80     100- 7      100- 10- 10
and            sin        but        who         will

37         38             39                         40
110        101            181                        87
134 135    136 137 138    139 140 141 142 143 144    145 146
30- 80     10- 1-  90     30- 40- 30- 70- 7-  4      80- 7
not        leave          unpunished                 the

41                 42                     43         44
396                276                    87         460
147 148 149 150    151 152 153 154 155    156 157    158 159 160 161
6-  10- 80- 300    90- 70- 80- 30- 6      80- 7      30- 50- 80- 300
guilty             visiting               the        iniquity

45   46      47                 48      49       50
5    87      153                70      87       114
162  163 64  165 166 167 68 69  170 71  172 173  174 175 176 77 78 179
5    80- 7   5-  1-  80- 7- 60  40- 30  80- 7    3-  7-  10- 4- 60-30
of   the     father             upon    the      children

51         52                             53
87         184                            114
180 181    182 183 184 185 186 187 188    189 190 191 192 193 194
80- 7      3-  7-  10- 4-  60- 30- 70     3-  7-  10- 4-  60- 30
the        children's                     children

54   55       56               57           58         59
80   87       151              35           87         152
195  196 197  198 199 200 201  202 203 204  205 206    207 208 209 210
80   80- 7    80- 7-  60- 4    1-  30- 4    80- 7      5-  60- 80- 7
to   the      third            and          the        fourth

60
207
211 212 213 214 215 216
6-  30- 60- 1-  80- 30
generation.

Numeric Coincidences

Words
Odd positioned words: 3598 = 2 x 7 x 257. 
		SF: 266 = 2 x 7 x 19. SF: 28 = 22 x 7.
Even positioned words: 3668 = 22 x 7 x 131.
Total of odd valued word sums in odd word positions:
		2044 = 22 x 7 x 73. SF: 84 = 22 x 3 x 7. 
		SF: 14 = 2 x 7.
Odd positioned segments of 3: 3598 = 2 x 7 x 257. 
		SF: 266 = 2 x 7 x 19. SF: 28 = 22 x 7.
Even positioned segments of 3: 3668 = 22 x 7 x 131.
Odd positioned segments of 4: 4242 = 2 x 3 x 7 x 101.
		First and last 5 segments of 4: 4585 = 5 x 7 x 131.
		First 5 segments of 4: 1666 = 2 x 7 x 7 x 17.
		Middle 5 segments of 4: 2681 = 7 x 383.
		Last 5 segments of 4: 2919 = 3 x 7 x 139.
Even positioned segments of 4: 3024 = 24 x 33 x 7.
Odd positioned segments of 20: 4585 = 5 x 7 x 131. 
		SF: 143 = 11 x 13.
		First segment of 20: 1666 = 2 x 7 x 7 x 17.
		Third segment of 20: 2919 = 3 x 7 x 139.
Even positioned segments of 20: 2681 = 7 x 383. 
		SF: 390 = 2 x 3 x 5 x 13.
Odd positioned segments of 30 (first half): 2947 = 7 x 421.
Even positioned segments of 30 (last half): 4319 = 7 x 617. 
		SF: 624 = 24 x 3 x 13.
Divine name applied 3 times to count through the words: 
		1652 = 22 x 7 x 59. SF: 70 = 2 x 5 x 7. 
		SF: 14 = 2 x 7.

Letters
Odd positioned letters: 3451 = 7 x 17 x 29.
Even positioned letters: 3815 = 5 x 7 x 109.
The first and last letters of each word: 4305 = 3 x 5 x 7 x 41. 
		SF: 56 = 23 x 7. SF: 13.
The first letter of each word: 2002 = 2 x 7 x 11 x 13.
The last letter of each word: 2303 = 72 x 47.
Letters that are not first OR last in a word: 3157 = 7 x 11 x 41.
Odd valued letters: 224 = 25 x 7.
Even valued letters: 7042 = 2 x 7 x 503.
Odd positioned segments of 2: 3654 = 2 x 32 x 7 x 29.
Even positioned segments of 2: 3612 = 22 x 3 x 7 x 43.
Odd positioned segments of 3: 3367 = 7 x 13 x 37.
Even positioned segments of 3: 3899 = 7 x 557.
Odd positioned segments of 4: 3528 = 23 x 32 x 72. 
		SF: 26 = 2 x 13.
Even positioned segments of 4: 3738 = 2 x 3 x 7 x 89.
Odd positioned segments of 108 (first half): 
		2912 = 25 x 7 x 13.
Even positioned segments of 108 (last half):  4354 = 2 x 7 x 311.
Odd valued letters: 224 = 25 x 7.
Even valued letters: 7042 = 2 x 7 x 503.
Letters 1, 3, 4, 40, and 80 appear in various words. The sum of 
		the words where these letters appear is divisible by 7.
		1 3 4 40 80 = 128 = 27).
The sum of the letter positions for letters 3, and 4 are divisible by 7. 
		3 + 4 = 7.
34 letters are divisible by 7. The sum of these letters: 
		1183 = 7 x 132.

Conclusion

There are at least 30 numeric features here! The odds of one out of 40,550,400 having this many orderly features is a one in five hundred quadrillion chance!!

Like The Proclamation in Chinese many features are paired and balanced. But the English version goes even further. Following the description in Revelation 1:8 and similar to the Hebrew, the first and last letters of each word together are divisible by 7. Individually they are divisible by seven as well. There are two levels of features: words and letters. Features in the words are mirrored in the letters themselves. The structure and organization is unlike anything yet seen!

It was highly improbable that anything like this could have been found. But what is impossible, or improbable for people, is no difficulty for God (Matthew 19:26).

Three languages, Hebrew, Chinese and English now display numeric features for The Proclamation. This clearly highlights the importance of Exodus 34:6-7. God wants the entire world to know who He is.

There remains one further step to take. The above experiment still relies mainly on English translations. There are some phrases which do not coincide with the actual Hebrew. What would happen if an English translation was undertaken that tried following the Hebrew more closely? (Another Attempt)

And now that you know how great God is, isn't it time you spend more time studying His message in the Bible rather than numbers?

NOTES

1.This is not the first time I've tried doing this. Over the past twenty years, I've experimented on and off trying to reduplicate something like the Hebrew in English by substituting synonyms in place of various English words. I failed each time because the mathematical odds are against any easy solution being found.

Late in 2019 I finally programmed a computer to help. I took English versions of Exodus 34:6-7 from the KJV, RSV, NRSV, NIV, NEB, YLT, and NWT and had the computer run up to 4 million combinations of the phrases. It failed to find anything.

In the second trial I gave up using previously translated phrases and went back to the Hebrew, selecting English words for each Hebrew word and constructing short basic phrases. The number of combinations quickly ballooned. In order to have the program finish within one day, some word choices had to be pared. The program generated 40,550,400 combinations, and succeeded in finding one possibility.

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