And in all manners of wisdom and understanding, that the king found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm. – Daniel 1:20

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Likewise, Nebuchadnezzar “ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was wont to be heated” (3:19, RSV).

What, they measured IQ? They had thermometers?

Still, it’s tens and sevens in their layers of meaning.

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Thus shall the Wicked see our Rock hath not sold us; for stronger is he that is in us, than they that are against us. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)


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