'Forty' in the Bible
And after the birth of Mahalalel, Kenan went on living for eight hundred and forty years, and had sons and daughters:
For after seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, for the destruction of every living thing which I have made on the face of the earth.
And rain came down on the earth for forty days and forty nights.
And for forty days the waters were over all the earth; and the waters were increased so that the ark was lifted up high over the earth.
Then, after forty days, through the open window of the ark which he had made,
If by chance there are five less than fifty upright men, will you give up all the town to destruction because of these five? And he said, I will not give it to destruction if there are forty-five.
And again he said to him, By chance there may be forty there. And he said, I will not do it if there are forty.
Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramaean of Paddan-aram, and the sister of Laban the Aramaean, to be his wife.
And when Esau was forty years old, he took as his wives Judith, the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath, the daughter of Elon the Hittite:
Thirty camels with their young ones, forty cows, ten oxen, twenty asses, and ten young asses.
And Jacob was living in the land of Goshen for seventeen years; so the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven.
And the forty days needed for making the body ready went by: and there was weeping for him among the Egyptians for seventy days.
And the children of Israel had manna for their food for forty years, till they came to a land with people in it, till they came to the edge of the land of Canaan.
And Moses went up the mountain, into the cloud, and was there for forty days and forty nights.
With forty silver bases under the twenty boards, two bases under every board to take its tongues.
With their forty silver bases, two under every board.
And for forty days and forty nights Moses was there with the Lord, and in that time he had no food or drink. And he put in writing on the stones the words of the agreement, the ten rules of the law.
And for these twenty boards, forty silver bases, two bases under every board, to take its tongues.
With their forty silver bases, two bases for every board.
And let seven Sabbaths of years be numbered to you, seven times seven years; even the days of seven Sabbaths of years, that is forty-nine years;
Forty-six thousand, five hundred of the tribe of Reuben were numbered.
Forty-five thousand, six hundred and fifty of the tribe of Gad were numbered.
Forty thousand, five hundred of the tribe of Ephraim were numbered.
Forty-one thousand, five hundred of the tribe of Asher were numbered.
The number of his army was forty-six thousand, five hundred.
The number of his army was forty-five thousand, six hundred and fifty.
The number of his army was forty thousand, five hundred.
The number of his army was forty-one thousand, five hundred;
At the end of forty days they came back from viewing the land.
And your children will be wanderers in the waste land for forty years, undergoing punishment for your false ways, till your bodies become dust in the waste land.
And as you went through the land viewing it for forty days, so for forty years, a year for every day, you will undergo punishment for your wrongdoing, and you will see that I am against you.
These are the families of the Reubenites: their number was forty-three thousand, seven hundred and thirty.
These are the families of the sons of Gad as they were numbered, forty thousand, five hundred.
These are the sons of Benjamin by their families: and those who were numbered of them were forty-five thousand, six hundred.
These are the families of Naphtali by their families: and those who were numbered of them were forty-five thousand, four hundred.
Then the Lord was angry with Israel, and he made them wanderers in the waste land for forty years? till all that generation who had done evil in the eyes of the Lord was dead.
And the towns which you give the Levites are to be the six safe places to which the taker of life may go in flight; and in addition you are to give them forty-two towns.
Forty-eight towns are to be given to the Levites, all with land round them.
For the blessing of the Lord your God has been on you in all the work of your hands: he has knowledge of your wanderings through this great waste: these forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have been short of nothing.
And keep in mind the way by which the Lord your God has taken you through the waste land these forty years, so that he might make low your pride and put you to the test, to see what was in your heart and if you would keep his orders or not.
Through all these forty years your clothing did not get old or your feet become tired.
When I had gone up into the mountain to be given the stones on which was recorded the agreement which the Lord made with you, I was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights without taking food or drinking water.
Then at the end of forty days and forty nights the Lord gave me those stones, the stones of the agreement.
And I went down on my face before the Lord, as at the first, for forty days and forty nights, without taking food or drinking water, because of all your sin, in doing evil in the eyes of the Lord and moving him to wrath.
So I went down on my face in prayer before the Lord for forty days and forty nights as I did at first; because the Lord had said that he would put an end to you.
And I was in the mountain, as at the first time, for forty days and forty nights; and again the ears of the Lord were open to my prayer, and he did not send destruction on you.
He may be given forty blows, not more; for if more are given, your brother may be shamed before you.
For forty years I have been your guide through the waste land: your clothing has not become old on your backs, or your shoes on your feet.
About forty thousand armed for war went over before the Lord to the fight, to the lowlands of Jericho.
For the children of Israel were wandering in the waste land for forty years, till all the nation, that is, all the fighting-men, who had come out of Egypt, were dead, because they did not give ear to the voice of the Lord: to whom the Lord said, with an oath, that he would not let them see the land which the Lord had given his word to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the Lord, sent me from Kadesh-barnea to make a search through the land; and the account which I gave him was in keeping with his desire.
And now, as you see, the Lord has kept me safe these forty-five years, from the time when the Lord said this to Moses, while Israel was wandering in the waste land: and now I am eighty-five years old.
All the towns of the Levites, among the heritage of the children of Israel, were forty-eight towns with their grass-lands.
Then for forty years the land had peace, till the death of Othniel, the son of Kenaz.
They had no one to make arms, there were no more armed men in the towns; was there a body-cover or a spear to be seen among forty thousand in Israel?
So may destruction come on all your haters, O Lord; but let your lovers be like the sun going out in his strength. And for forty years the land had peace.
So Midian was broken before the children of Israel and the Midianites never got back their strength. And the land had peace for forty years, in the days of Gideon.
Then they said to him, Now say Shibboleth; and he said Sibboleth, and was not able to say it in the right way; then they took him and put him to death at the crossing-places of Jordan; and at that time forty-two thousand Ephraimites were put to death.
He had forty sons and thirty sons' sons who went on seventy young asses; and he was judge of Israel for eight years.
And the children of Israel again did evil in the eyes of the Lord; and the Lord gave them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.
And at these words about the ark of God, Eli, falling back off his seat by the side of the doorway into the town, came down on the earth so that his neck was broken and death overtook him, for he was an old man and of great weight. He had been judging Israel for forty years.
And the Philistine came near every morning and evening for forty days.
(Saul's son Ish-bosheth was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he was ruler for two years.) But Judah was on the side of David.
David was thirty years old when he became king, and he was king for forty years,
And the Aramaeans went in flight before Israel; and David put to the sword the men of seven hundred Aramaean war-carriages and forty thousand footmen, and Shobach, the captain of the army, was wounded, and came to his death there.
David was king over Israel for forty years: for seven years he was king in Hebron and for thirty-three years in Jerusalem.
And the house, that is, the Temple, in front of the holy place was forty cubits long.
And it was covered with cedar over the forty-five supports which were on the pillars, fifteen in a line.
And he made ten brass washing-vessels, everyone taking forty baths, and measuring four cubits; one vessel was placed on every one of the ten bases.
And the time Solomon was king in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.
And Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, was king in Judah. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king, and he was king for seventeen years in Jerusalem, the town which the Lord had made his out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there; his mother's name was Naamah, an Ammonite woman.
And he was king for forty-one years in Jerusalem; his mother's name was Maacah, the daughter of Abishalom.
So he got up and took food and drink, and in the strength of that food he went on for forty days and nights, to Horeb, the mountain of God.
And turning back, he saw them, and put a curse on them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the wood and put forty-two of the children to death.
So Hazael went to see him, taking with him forty camels with offerings on their backs of every sort of good thing from Damascus; and when he came before him, he said, Your son Ben-hadad, king of Aram, has sent me to you, saying, Will I get better from this disease?
And he said, Take them living. So they took them living, and put them to death in the water-hole of Beth-eked; of the forty-two men he put every one to death;
In the seventh year of Jehu's rule, Jehoash became king; and he was ruling for forty years in Jerusalem; his mother's name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.
In the fifteenth year of the rule of Amaziah, son of Joash, king of Judah, Jeroboam, the son of Joash, king of Israel, became king in Samaria, ruling for forty-one years.
There were forty-four thousand, seven hundred and sixty of the sons of Reuben and of the Gadites and of the half-tribe of Manasseh, all strong men, expert in the use of the body-cover, the sword, and the bow, and in the art of war, all able to take up arms.
And of Asher, forty thousand who went out with the army, expert in ordering the fight.
And the Aramaeans went in flight before Israel; and David put to the sword the men of seven thousand Aramaean war-carriages and forty thousand footmen, and put to death Shophach, the captain of the army.
For forty years he was ruling as king over Israel, seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.
Solomon was king over Israel in Jerusalem for forty years.
So King Rehoboam made himself strong in Jerusalem and was ruling there. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king, and he was ruling for seventeen years in Jerusalem, the town which the Lord had made his out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there; and his mother's name was Naamah, an Ammonite woman.
So Asa went to rest with his fathers, and death came to him in the forty-first year of his rule.
Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he was ruling for forty years in Jerusalem: his mother's name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.
The children of Zattu, nine hundred and forty-five.
The children of Bani, six hundred and forty-two.
The children of Kiriath-arim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three.
The children of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five.
The children of Pashhur, a thousand, two hundred and forty-seven.
The number of all the people together was forty-two thousand, three hundred and sixty,
They had seven hundred and thirty-six horses, two hundred and forty-five transport beasts,
But earlier rulers who were before me made the people responsible for their upkeep, and took from them bread and wine at the rate of forty shekels of silver; and even their servants were lords over the people: but I did not do so, because of the fear of God.
The children of Zattu, eight hundred and forty-five.
The children of Binnui, six hundred and forty-eight.
The men of Kiriath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three.