The Number Fourteen in the Bible

The biblical significance of the number fourteen is very understated if you are just 14looking in a concordance, as there are not a lot of instances of it mentioned.  Many of them are associated with one very important day but fourteen and its symbolism goes very deep and starts with how it is written in Hebrew. Each of the twenty-two letters in the Hebrew alphabet represents a number.  The first nine letters are the ones for single digit numbers and the others take on higher numerical values.  An acrostic psalm is one that each verse/section starts with a letter of the alphabet so they either have twenty-two verses like Psalm 25 and 34 or twenty-two sections.  Psalm 119, which is acrostic, is divided into twenty-two sections of eight verses.  (Please see my blog for different way to read Psalm 119.)

The fourteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is Nun, like Joshua, and is pronounced “noon”; in the counting system it represents the number fifty.  The meanings and types and shadows that are associated with Nun really are a great study in itself so I will encourage you to look deeper but here are my gleanings from the literature.  Nun equals the word David so it is immediately associated with the Messiah. (See more on fourteen in the Book of Matthew and the Christmas story.)  For Christians it goes deeper than that since it also means “fish” in Aramaic, which leads to the symbol of the fish or ichthus.  The thirteenth letter in Hebrew is Mem, which represents water that is needed for fish.  Nun is a shared letter with several other languages so in the literature you will see that it also represents a snake/eel and seeds.  The snake that Moses made in the wilderness, Nehushtan, was a shadow of Jesus and He referred to Himself as a “seed of wheat” that had to “fall to the ground and die.”  Nun is used to portray life and faithfulness so you can see it is a very symbolic letter.

There are two different Nuns, one is standing and the other is kneeling.  They can also be written with “crowns.” (Please see the website Hebrew4Christians listed below.)  When they are combined to make the word Nun together they represent the righteous one (who is upright) and faithful one (who is bent) or love and fear.

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Numerically Nun is fifty or Pentecost, which leads to what I would like to propose the number 14 means in Scripture – the new thing actually starting.  Pentecost was the beginning of the Church of Jesus and the new anointing of the Holy Spirit.  Just as 13 was signaling the start so 14 is the start.  Remember Mem is before Nun in the alphabet. Just as Joshua son of Nun “started” the Promise Land or David started the family tree of Jesus things associated with 14 show things starting.  My groupings below are just a product of my need to sort things but hopefully they will help.


  • Exodus 12:6 – The 14th day of the month was the start of Passover or when Israel as a nation was started.  Most references to 14 in the Bible are about a Passover that was being celebrated.
  • Esther 9:15 – The day of Purim was the 14th day of the month; this is when the Jews were allowed to kill their enemies.  This started a new period of freedom for them.
  • Ezekiel 40 – Fourteen years after Jerusalem was destroyed Ezekiel had the visionKing's timeline the end of the New Temple.  In verse one the reference to 25 years is how long Ezekiel was in exile. (Please see the timeline at Jeremiah 52.)  One way to look at the 70 years of Exile is 14 x 5 = 70.
  • Acts 27:27 – It was the 14th day of being in the storm when Paul got the crew to eat so they could start “new” on the island.

7 + 7 = 14

  • Genesis 8:9 -12 – Noah sent the dove out twice and waited a total of 14 days.  That showed that the earth had dried and started growing again.
  • 1 Kings 8:65 – Solomon and the people had 14 days of partying for the new Temple.
  • 2 Chronicles 30:15 – Hezekiah and the people had 14 days of partying for Passover. Which had not been celebrated in a long time so it was a sort of new beginnings.

12 + 2 = 14

  • Ezra 3: 1+8 – Zerubbabel and the people had been back in Jerusalem a year and in the second month of the second year they started to build the Second Temple, 12 months + 2 months = 14 months.  In the 7th month of the first year they built the altar and started sacrificing burnt offerings so it could be a 7+7.

Other 14’s (You may need to work with me here.)

  • Genesis 31:41 – Jacob worked 14 years for his wives and then started working for his family.
  • Book of Joshua – The tribe of Benjamin and a “clan” of Judah got 14 towns each to start new life in the Promise Land.
  • 2 Kings 18:13 – Hezekiah and Jerusalem were attacked in his 14th year as king and he got the boil with the death sentence.  But he got a new lease on life and 15 more years (2 Kings 20:6).
  • 1 Chronicles 25:5 – Heman had 14 sons through the promise of God so he had a new reason to praise God.

“Pushing it” 14’s

  • Genesis 14 – King of Sodom rebels in his 14th year and Abraham rescues Lot.  In verse 22 is where Abraham starts to really acknowledge God, up until now God was “doing for” Abraham.
  • Exodus 14 – Moses and the people were directed back to the Red Sea so they could actually start out of Egypt; until now they were just wandering around inside of Egypt.
  • No, I did not check all Chapter 14’s in the Bible so who knows what gems of knowledge are waiting to be found.  Yes, I did check all the 13th chapters when I studied the number 13.

Acrostic Psalms

A quick look at the “14th verses” of some of the acrostic Psalms. (This is not all of the acrostic psalms.)  These may not show a “starting” I just like the scripture.

  • Ps 25: 14 The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them.
  • Ps. 34: 14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
  • Ps.37: 25 – 27 Verse 27 is similar to Ps 34:14 Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.
  • Ps.145:14 The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
  • Ps 119: 105 Your word is a lamp to my and a light for my path.

The 14’s after the 13’s

Remember Joseph after 13 years of slavery/prison was leader of the country in the 14th year and several others that I listed in post on The Number Thirteen in the Bible.  I hope this study has shown you that biblically fourteen is important and that the significance of fourteen is alive and well in your life and that “new things” are starting in your life now.  A study of the number fifteen is available at Cleaning Up to Celebrate. A study on sixteen in the Bible is at Sixteen In The Bible.

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26 thoughts on “The Number Fourteen in the Bible

  1. This was an insightful post and helped me in my efforts to find the Biblical significance of the number fourteen. I like what you wrote about this number being understated. I actually read someone else’s writing that said he found no real significance of the number fourteen in scripture! I was disheartened after reading that, as I felt this morning that The Lord was wanting me to check into this number, so I was very thankful for your research and insights into its possible meaning. Thank you!! I am going with your suggestion that it may be ” the new thing actually starting”.
    I read some of your other posts and am now wanting to know more about rhema. I had heard of it before, but really long for my Bible reading to be filled with rhema and not just reading it.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  3. This study of the number 14 really blessed me! Today is June 14, 2014 and my husband and I are celebrating 14 months together so we wanted to see what biblical references we could find about the number 14. Thank you for sharing your insight… definitely Holy Spirit inspired!

  4. Brother Mark: I, like your other readers, was looking for a starting place to begin research for the number 14, as this marks my 14th year of pastoral ministry and on July 19th, I will be affirmed to the apostolic ministry. I am certain that this marks a new dimension in my personal life and the ministry to which I’ve been called. I solicit your prayers. Thank you for the encouragement! May the Lord’s favor continue in your life and ministry as you feed the flock of God!

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  6. 2 Cor 12:2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up to the third heaven.

    Perhaps this vision is when Paul received new birth.

    Gal 2:1 Then after fourteen years I went up to Jerusalem again with Barnabas, taking Titus along too. 2:2 I went there 2 because of a revelation and presented 4 to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles.

    Maybe 14 is used here to indicate the new mission to the gentiles.

    Good stuff.

  7. I looked into this because of Matthew 1:17 “Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.” I assumed that this repetition of fourteen had to be significant like so many other number references in the Bible and I found your study intriguing and helpful. Thought the inclusion of this verse in your study might also be a good idea

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  9. Why would you look at every chapter 14 (and why did you look at every chapter 13 prior) when chapter and verse divisions are not found in the original texts. Current chapter divisions are Langton’s divisions from the 13th century (and most verse divisions are Estienne’s later numbering) in almost all mordern Bibles. Why would a manmade numbering scheme superimposed over a millennium later have any significance for exegesis?

    • Thanks for opening a part of this study that does need to be looked at. As in all of my studies, especially the “Number In The Bible” studies, I hope people are looking for God; who made and uses the numbers not the numbers themselves. Dogma and doctrine should not be built off of such a small part of the Bible as numbers. God uses numbers, such as 4, 40, 12, 10, as part of the message He is trying to get across to man – Jesus is Lord.

      God can use whatever He wants to use in getting His Word across to man, including man. Man was used to pick the specific 66 books that we include in the Protestant Bible. I hope that the men that were trying to add order to those books were also chosen and used by God. I do, at times, find the numbering odd, and Bible publishers have put in section sub-titles to help organize topics.

      To answer your question as to why I read all of the chapters, simple, I WANTED TO DO IT. I guess I started out to see if there was anything special but quickly found that there was not. I am sure I made notes but could not find them which speaks to how useful my findings were, I probably threw them away. I remember it was a fun study and made me go through the Bible in a short period of time.

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  11. when i see the clock the time is 14 like 9:05 like 1:03 like 2:14 everytime i am a muslim boy i am very sad if i saw that number please help me what does it means.

    • Abdul, I am not sure what the number 14 means specifically to you, but I am sure that Father God does not want a number to cause those feelings in you. Numbers are created things, a tool for mankind to use but not to be in dread of. I will encourage you to not give it control of your feelings.

      • Hi. I am battling with something for two years now. I am an only child & my father passed 10 May 2014 after a 9 month sick bed. This is what I would like to be clear to me.
        At the funeral a lady gave me a verse (without knowing about the 14’s) from Psalm 10:14 which read, “But you God see the trouble of the afflicted, you consider their grief and take it in hand!” the next month my son turned 4! Was/is there a message in this numbers? I was very close to my dad! Please help me.

  12. Incredible.
    I encoutered two names last Friday and that name was JOSHUA. The Lord gave me Exodus 14:14 as my year end verse. And last night I dreamt of snakes/serpent I was killing. I just want to thank you for this wonderful insights. It kinda affirmed a lot of things to me. The Lord must be speaking in ways for me to see 💓

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