Saturday, March 31, 2007
Seventy Times Seven
This is interesting. John Hagee was talking about the significance of 490 year intervals in terms of prophecy today. So, I recalled Jesus saying we must forgive 7 times 70... but I wanted to look it up to verify. So, I went to Bible Gateway and did a search. Here is what I found:
Matthew 18:22 (NIV):
Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Matthew 18:22 (KJV):
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
My NIV has a footnote with "seventy times seven", but it sure seems strange that they would have chosen 77 times instead of 490 in the NIV translation. FYI the Jewish New Testament interprets it 7 x 70, same as the KJV.