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called the Psalms, or Kethuveem, i.e., the Writings. These eleven Books give the inner
history of Israel's failure. The central book of the eleven is the book of Lamentations.
This book is composed throughout of sets of elevens, its chapters containing 22, 22, 66,
22, and 22 verses, respectively. The number of times a word occurs, or the number of
words used of one thing, often assists us in arriving at the true meaning. The absolute
character of God's truth is emphasized when we find that, although there are many
Hebrew words for "error," there is but one for "truth"! Seven words are used in Leviticus
for "gold"--a type of Christ and the Word.
Space will not allow of further examples. The numerics of the Original Scripture
provide us with a sure test in the case of disputed readings. If the ancient reading of
John 1: 18, supported by Westcott and Hort, be retained, John 1: 1-18 presents a wonderful
phenomenom of sevens, which is spoiled if the reading as in the A.V. is used. The
numeric structure demands the reading, "GOD, only begotten," instead of "Only begotten
SON," which is, moreover, brought into harmony structurally with the first verse
(John 1: 1-18 being arranged as a simple introversion, verse 1 corresponding with verse
18, 2 with 17, etc.), and gives us definite teaching concerning the deity of Christ.
Let us then be willing and ready to believe that the God who has arranged even this
system of numerics in His Word, intends that we should use it to His glory, and our
Gen. 14: 4
Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
John 1: 18
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father,
he hath declared him.