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Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types

Ten

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(c) There are a number of thoughts concerning the typical meaning and the significance of the number ten. I shall use it as a number that represents human infirmity and failure.

Here are some examples of this application:

The ten spies failed to see GOD's power and provision, so they brought back an evil report ( Numbers 13:32).

The ten tribes failed to walk with GOD and to bow to His will. Therefore, they established a separate kingdom given to idolatry ( 1 Kings 11:31).

The ten day diet of pulse and water which Daniel desired was not sufficient normally to show improvement in the body. It gave GOD the opportunity of showing His power to bring blessing out of that which humanly and normally insufficient. ( Daniel 1:12).

The magicians and astrologers were ten times as weak and insufficient as Daniel. ( Daniel 1:20).

The ten virgins all fell asleep, none were awake to their privileges ( Matthew 25:1).

The ten lepers were unable to cure themselves, and insufficient because of their leprosy. They needed the Lord JESUS to meet the need. ( Luke 17:12).

The ten servants who were given the ten pounds proved to be unfaithful in part, and only two receive their Lord's approbation ( Luke 19:13).

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Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Ten'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wdt/t/ten.html. 1957.

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