'Twelve' in the Bible
All the days of Seth were nine hundred twelve years, then he died.
Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year, they rebelled.
As for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He will become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.
These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their villages, and by their encampments: twelve princes, according to their nations.
It happened, while Israel lived in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah, his father's concubine, and Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve.
They said, "We, your servants, are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is no more."
We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.'
All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father spoke to them and blessed them. He blessed everyone according to his blessing.
They came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water, and seventy palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.
Moses wrote all the words of Yahweh, and rose up early in the morning, and built an altar under the mountain, and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.
The stones shall be according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names; like the engravings of a signet, everyone according to his name, they shall be for the twelve tribes.
The stones were according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names; like the engravings of a signet, everyone according to his name, for the twelve tribes.
"You shall take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes of it: two tenth parts of an ephah shall be in one cake.
These are those who were numbered, whom Moses and Aaron numbered, and the princes of Israel, being twelve men: they were each one for his fathers' house.
and they brought their offering before Yahweh, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon for every two of the princes, and for each one an ox: and they presented them before the tabernacle.
This was the dedication of the altar, on the day when it was anointed, by the princes of Israel: twelve silver platters, twelve silver bowls, twelve golden ladles;
the twelve golden ladles, full of incense, weighing ten shekels apiece, after the shekel of the sanctuary; all the gold of the ladles weighed one hundred twenty shekels;
all the cattle for the burnt offering twelve bulls, the rams twelve, the male lambs a year old twelve, and their meal offering; and the male goats for a sin offering twelve;
"Speak to the children of Israel, and take of them rods, one for each fathers' house, of all their princes according to their fathers' houses, twelve rods: write every man's name on his rod.
Moses spoke to the children of Israel; and all their princes gave him rods, for each prince one, according to their fathers' houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods.
"'On the second day [you shall offer] twelve young bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old without blemish;
So there were delivered, out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.
They traveled from Marah, and came to Elim: and in Elim were twelve springs of water, and seventy palm trees; and they encamped there.
The thing pleased me well; and I took twelve men of you, one man for every tribe:
Now therefore take twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, for every tribe a man.
"Take twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,
and command them, saying, 'Take from out of the middle of the Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood firm, twelve stones, and carry them over with you, and lay them down in the lodging place, where you will lodge tonight.'"
Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man.
The children of Israel did as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the middle of the Jordan, as Yahweh spoke to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel; and they carried them over with them to the place where they lodged, and laid them down there.
Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant stood; and they are there to this day.
Joshua set up those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, in Gilgal.
All that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai.
Chephar Ammoni, Ophni, and Geba; twelve cities with their villages.
Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their villages.
The children of Merari according to their families had twelve cities out of the tribe of Reuben, out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun.
All these were the cities of the children of Merari according to their families, even the rest of the families of the Levites. Their lot was twelve cities.
When he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, limb by limb, into twelve pieces, and sent her throughout all the borders of Israel.
The congregation sent there twelve thousand men of the most valiant, and commanded them, saying, "Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the little ones.
Then they arose and went over by number: twelve for Benjamin, and for Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.
When the children of Ammon saw that they were become odious to David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Beth Rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, twenty thousand footmen, and the king of Maacah with one thousand men, and the men of Tob twelve thousand men.
Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Let me now choose twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David tonight.
Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, who provided food for the king and his household: each man had to make provision for a month in the year.
Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.
For he fashioned the two pillars of brass, eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits encircled either of them about.
It stood on twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; and the sea was set on them above, and all their hinder parts were inward.
and the one sea, and the twelve oxen under the sea;
Twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other on the six steps: there was nothing like it made in any kingdom.
Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, that he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.
Ahijah laid hold of the new garment that was on him, and tore it in twelve pieces.
In the thirty-first year of Asa king of Judah began Omri to reign over Israel, [and reigned] twelve years: six years reigned he in Tirzah.
Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of Yahweh came, saying, "Israel shall be your name."
So he departed there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing, with twelve yoke [of oxen] before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed over to him, and cast his mantle on him.
Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years.
Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign; and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Hephzibah.
To the sons of Merari [were given] by lot, according to their families, out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities.
All these who were chosen to be porters in the thresholds were two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their office of trust.
of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, and his brothers one hundred twelve.
Now the first lot came forth for Asaph to Joseph: the second to Gedaliah; he and his brothers and sons were twelve:
the third to Zaccur, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
the fourth to Izri, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
the fifth to Nethaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
the sixth to Bukkiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
the seventh to Jesharelah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
the eighth to Jeshaiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
the ninth to Mattaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
the tenth to Shimei, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
the eleventh to Azarel, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
the twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
for the thirteenth, Shubael, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
for the fourteenth, Mattithiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
for the fifteenth to Jeremoth, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
for the sixteenth to Hananiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
for the seventeenth to Joshbekashah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
for the eighteenth to Hanani, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
for the nineteenth to Mallothi, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
for the twentieth to Eliathah, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
for the one and twentieth to Hothir, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
for the two and twentieth to Giddalti, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
for the three and twentieth to Mahazioth, his sons and his brothers, twelve:
for the four and twentieth to Romamti-Ezer, his sons and his brothers, twelve.
Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had one thousand four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, that he placed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.
It stood on twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set on them above, and all their hinder parts were inward.
one sea, and the twelve oxen under it.
Twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other on the six steps: there was nothing like it made in any kingdom.
Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, that he stationed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.
with twelve hundred chariots, and sixty thousand horsemen. The people were without number who came with him out of Egypt: the Lubim, the Sukkiim, and the Ethiopians.
Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign; and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem.
The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua [and] Joab, two thousand eight hundred twelve.
The children of Jorah, one hundred twelve.
They offered at the dedication of this house of God one hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve male goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.
Then I set apart twelve of the chiefs of the priests, even Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brothers with them,
The children of the captivity, who had come out of exile, offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel, twelve bulls for all Israel, ninety-six rams, seventy-seven lambs, and twelve male goats for a sin offering: all this was a burnt offering to Yahweh.
Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even to the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, [that is], twelve years, I and my brothers have not eaten the bread of the governor.
The children of Hariph, one hundred twelve.
Each young woman's turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after her purification for twelve months (for so were the days of their purification accomplished, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet fragrances and with preparations for beautifying women).
To you, my strength, I will sing praises. For God is my high tower, the God of my mercy. For the Chief Musician. To the tune of "The Lily of the Covenant." A teaching poem by David, when he fought with Aram Naharaim and with Aram Zobah, and Joab returned, and killed twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.
The two pillars, the one sea, and the twelve bronze bulls that were under the bases, which king Solomon had made for the house of Yahweh. The brass of all these vessels was without weight.
As for the pillars, the height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits; and a line of twelve cubits did compass it; and its thickness was four fingers: it was hollow.
The altar hearth shall be twelve [cubits] long by twelve broad, square in the four sides of it.
Thus says the Lord Yahweh: This shall be the border, by which you shall divide the land for inheritance according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph [shall have two] portions.
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