'Seven' in the Bible
Then the Lord replied to him, “In that case, whoever kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” And He placed a mark on Cain so that whoever found him would not kill him.
If Cain is to be avenged seven times over,then for Lamech it will be seventy-seven times!
You are to take with you seven pairs, a male and its female, of all the clean animals, and two of the animals that are not clean, a male and its female,
and seven pairs, male and female, of the birds of the sky—in order to keep offspring alive on the face of the whole earth.
Seven days from now I will make it rain on the earth 40 days and 40 nights, and I will wipe off from the face of the earth every living thing I have made.”
Seven days later the waters of the flood came on the earth.
So Noah waited seven more days and sent out the dove from the ark again.
After he had waited another seven days, he sent out the dove, but she did not return to him again.
Abraham separated seven ewe lambs from the flock.
And Abimelech said to Abraham, “Why have you separated these seven ewe lambs?”
He replied, “You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from my hand so that this act will serve as my witness that I dug this well.”
Jacob loved Rachel, so he answered Laban, “I’ll work for you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”
So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
Complete this week of wedding celebration, and we will also give you this younger one in return for working yet another seven years for me.”
Jacob slept with Rachel also, and indeed, he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.
So he took his relatives with him, pursued Jacob for seven days, and overtook him at Mount Gilead.
He himself went on ahead and bowed to the ground seven times until he approached his brother.
when seven healthy-looking, well-fed cows came up from the Nile and began to graze among the reeds.
After them, seven other cows, sickly and thin, came up from the Nile and stood beside those cows along the bank of the Nile.
He fell asleep and dreamed a second time: Seven heads of grain, plump and ripe, came up on one stalk.
After them, seven heads of grain, thin and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up.
The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven plump, ripe ones. Then Pharaoh woke up, and it was only a dream.
when seven well-fed, healthy-looking cows came up from the Nile and began to graze among the reeds.
After them, seven other cows—ugly, very sickly, and thin—came up. I’ve never seen such ugly ones as these in all the land of Egypt.
Then the thin, ugly cows ate the first seven well-fed cows.
In my dream I had also seen seven heads of grain, plump and ripe, coming up on one stalk.
After them, seven heads of grain—withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind—sprouted up.
The thin heads of grain swallowed the seven plump ones. I told this to the magicians, but no one can tell me what it means.”
The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven ripe heads are seven years. The dreams mean the same thing.
The seven thin, ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven worthless, scorched heads of grain are seven years of famine.
Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt.
After them, seven years of famine will take place, and all the abundance in the land of Egypt will be forgotten. The famine will devastate the land.
Let Pharaoh do this: Let him appoint overseers over the land and take a fifth of the harvest of the land of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.
The food will be a reserve for the land during the seven years of famine that will take place in the land of Egypt. Then the country will not be wiped out by the famine.”
During the seven years of abundance the land produced outstanding harvests.
Joseph gathered all the excess food in the land of Egypt during the seven years and put it in the cities. He put the food in every city from the fields around it.
Then the seven years of abundance in the land of Egypt came to an end,
and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in every country, but throughout the land of Egypt there was food.
These were the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Rachel. She bore to Jacob: seven persons.
When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, which is across the Jordan, they lamented and wept loudly, and Joseph mourned seven days for his father.
Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.
Seven days passed after the Lord struck the Nile.
You must eat unleavened bread for seven days. On the first day you must remove yeast from your houses. Whoever eats what is leavened from the first day through the seventh day must be cut off from Israel.
Yeast must not be found in your houses for seven days. If anyone eats something leavened, that person, whether a foreign resident or native of the land, must be cut off from the community of Israel.
For seven days you must eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there is to be a festival to the Lord.
Unleavened bread is to be eaten for those seven days. Nothing leavened may be found among you, and no yeast may be found among you in all your territory.
Do the same with your cattle and your flock. Let them stay with their mothers for seven days, but on the eighth day you are to give them to Me.
Observe the Festival of Unleavened Bread. As I commanded you, you are to eat unleavened bread for seven days at the appointed time in the month of Abib, because you came out of Egypt in that month. No one is to appear before Me empty-handed.
“Make seven lamps on it. Its lamps are to be set up so they illuminate the area in front of it.
“You are to construct the altar of acacia wood. The altar must be square, 7½ feet long, and 7½ feet wide; it must be 4½ feet high.
The length of the courtyard is to be 150 feet, the width 75 feet at each end, and the height 7½ feet, all of it made of finely spun linen. The bases of the posts must be bronze.
Any priest who is one of his sons and who succeeds him and enters the tent of meeting to minister in the sanctuary must wear them for seven days.
“This is what you are to do for Aaron and his sons based on all I have commanded you. Take seven days to ordain them.
For seven days you must make atonement for the altar and consecrate it. The altar will become especially holy; whatever touches the altar will become holy.
“Observe the Festival of Unleavened Bread. You are to eat unleavened bread for seven days at the appointed time in the month of Abib as I commanded you. For you came out of Egypt in the month of Abib.
He also made its seven lamps, snuffers, and firepans of pure gold.
Bezalel constructed the altar of burnt offering from acacia wood. It was square, 7½ feet long and 7½ feet wide, and was 4½ feet high.
The screen for the gate of the courtyard was embroidered with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and finely spun linen. It was 30 feet long, and like the hangings of the courtyard, 7½ feet high.
The priest is to dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle some of it seven times before the Lord in front of the veil of the sanctuary.
The priest is to dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord in front of the veil.
He sprinkled some of the oil on the altar seven times, anointing the altar with all its utensils, and the basin with its stand, to consecrate them.
You must not go outside the entrance to the tent of meeting for seven days, until the time your days of ordination are completed, because it will take seven days to ordain you.
You must remain at the entrance to the tent of meeting day and night for seven days and keep the Lord’s charge so that you will not die, for this is what I was commanded.”
“Tell the Israelites: When a woman becomes pregnant and gives birth to a male child, she will be unclean seven days, as she is during the days of her menstrual impurity.
But if the spot on the skin of his body is white and does not appear to be deeper than the skin, and the hair in it has not turned white, the priest must quarantine the infected person for seven days.
The priest will then reexamine him on the seventh day. If he sees that the infection remains unchanged and has not spread on the skin, the priest must quarantine him for another seven days.
But when the priest examines it, if there is no white hair in it, and it is not beneath the skin but is faded, the priest must quarantine him seven days.
But when the priest examines it, if there is no white hair in the spot and it is not beneath the skin but is faded, the priest must quarantine him seven days.
When the priest examines the scaly infection, if it does not appear to be deeper than the skin, and there is no black hair in it, the priest must quarantine the person with the scaly infection for seven days.
the person must shave himself but not shave the scaly area. Then the priest must quarantine the person who has the scaly outbreak for another seven days.
The priest is to examine the contamination and quarantine the contaminated fabric for seven days.
the priest is to order whatever is contaminated to be washed and quarantined for another seven days.
He will then sprinkle the blood seven times on the one who is to be cleansed from the skin disease. He is to pronounce him clean and release the live bird over the open countryside.
The one who is to be cleansed must wash his clothes, shave off all his hair, and bathe with water; he is clean. Afterward he may enter the camp, but he must remain outside his tent for seven days.
The priest will dip his right finger into the oil in his left palm and sprinkle some of the oil with his finger seven times before the Lord.
With his right finger the priest will sprinkle some of the oil in his left palm seven times before the Lord.
the priest is to go outside the house to its doorway and quarantine the house for seven days.
He will take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet yarn, and the live bird, dip them in the blood of the slaughtered bird and the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times.
“When the man with the discharge has been cured of it, he is to count seven days for his cleansing, wash his clothes, and bathe his body in fresh water; he will be clean.
“When a woman has a discharge, and it consists of blood from her body, she will be unclean because of her menstruation for seven days. Everyone who touches her will be unclean until evening.
If a man sleeps with her, and blood from her menstruation gets on him, he will be unclean for seven days, and every bed he lies on will become unclean.
When she is cured of her discharge, she is to count seven days, and after that she will be clean.
He is to take some of the bull’s blood and sprinkle it with his finger against the east side of the mercy seat; then he will sprinkle some of the blood with his finger before the mercy seat seven times.
He is to sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times to cleanse and set it apart from the Israelites’ impurities.
“When an ox, sheep, or goat is born, it must remain with its mother for seven days; from the eighth day on, it will be acceptable as a gift, a fire offering to the Lord.
The Festival of Unleavened Bread to the Lord is on the fifteenth day of the same month. For seven days you must eat unleavened bread.
You are to present a fire offering to the Lord for seven days. On the seventh day there will be a sacred assembly; you must not do any daily work.”
“You are to count seven complete weeks starting from the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the presentation offering.
You are to present with the bread seven unblemished male lambs a year old, one young bull, and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to the Lord, with their grain offerings and drink offerings, a fire offering of a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
“Tell the Israelites: The Festival of Booths to the Lord begins on the fifteenth day of this seventh month and continues for seven days.
You are to present a fire offering to the Lord for seven days. On the eighth day you are to hold a sacred assembly and present a fire offering to the Lord. It is a solemn gathering; you are not to do any daily work.
“You are to celebrate the Lord’s festival on the fifteenth day of the seventh month for seven days after you have gathered the produce of the land. There will be complete rest on the first day and complete rest on the eighth day.
On the first day you are to take the product of majestic trees—palm fronds, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook—and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.
You are to celebrate it as a festival to the Lord seven days each year. This is a permanent statute for you throughout your generations; you must celebrate it in the seventh month.
You are to live in booths for seven days. All the native-born of Israel must live in booths,
“You are to count seven sabbatical years, seven times seven years, so that the time period of the seven sabbatical years amounts to 49.
“But if after these things you will not obey Me, I will proceed to discipline you seven times for your sins.
“If you act with hostility toward Me and are unwilling to obey Me, I will multiply your plagues seven times for your sins.
then I will act with hostility toward you; I also will strike you seven times for your sins.
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