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Nehemiah

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When the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times, "They will come up against us from every place where you may turn,"

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Verse part Definition: Part of speech: Strong's: Hebrew: Transliteration:
When according as, as, when H3512    
the Jews Jewish Noun H3064 הַיְּהוּדִ֔ים haiy·hu·dim,
who lived to sit, remain, dwell Verb H3427 הַיֹּשְׁבִ֖ים hai·yo·she·vim
near a joining together, proximity Noun H681 אֶצְלָ֑ם etz·lam;
them came to come in, come, go in, go Verb H935 בָּ֣אוּ ba·'u
and told to utter, say Verb H559 וַיֹּ֤אמְרוּ vai·yo·me·ru
us ten ten Noun H6235 עֶ֣שֶׂר e·ser
Analysis:

Ten: Completion, wholeness, in a general sense, entirety…

The number ten relates to completion, wholeness, or speaking about something in its entirety. In Luke's Gospel, Yeshua uses the number ten frequently in His parables or when recounting an event. Yeshua spoke of ten coins (chapter 15), ten lepers (chapter 17), ten servants (chapter 19), and ten units of money (chapter 19). In Matthew's Gospel, Yeshua refers to ten virgins; while in Mark's Gospel, ten cities. In all of these passages, Yeshua is utilizing the number ten in a collective manner. In other words, He is speaking about ten in a general manner or as a whole. 

In the book of Revelation chapters 13 and 17, the number ten appears in reference to ten horns. These ten horns are related to the beast, which had also seven heads. These ten horns are ten kings which rule with the beast. Why specifically ten kings? Other than Israel, all the nations of the world are going to serve the beast. Hence, the ten kings represent the world in its entirety or wholeness. In this example, it may be puzzling at first to see why the number seven is used in regard to the beast, as seven relates to holiness or perfection. The solution to this difficulty is found when one remembers that seven also relates to purpose or setting something apart. Hence, the beast is the empire which has as its purpose the exact opposite of the will of God, i.e., the beast has been set apart to stand in opposition to the purposes of God. 

In Hebrew, the word that relates to a pagan temple prostitute is the word that could be translated as a "holy one". Certainly this one is not holy in our understanding of the word; however in Hebrew, the idea which is being expressed by the use of the Hebrew word for "holy" is that this woman has been set apart (sanctified) for a purpose. Obviously a very unholy purpose; yet in Hebrew the word "holy" does not always convey a good or godly purpose, just a purpose.

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times, a beat, foot, anvil, occurrence Noun H6471 פְּעָמִ֔ים pe·'a·mim,
"They will come up against upon, above, over Prepostion H5921 עָלֵֽינוּ׃ a·lei·nu.
us from every the whole, all Noun H3605 מִכָּל־ mik·kol-
place a standing place, place Noun H4725 הַמְּקֹמֹ֖ות ham·me·ko·mo·vt
where who, which, that Particle H834 כַּאֲשֶׁר־ ka·'a·sher-
you may turn," to turn back, return Verb H7725 תָּשׁ֥וּבוּ ta·shu·vu

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New American Standard Bible When the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times, "They will come up against us from every place where you may turn,"
King James Bible When And it came to pass, that when the Jews who lived near which dwelt by them came and told came, they said unto us ten times, "They From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will come up against us from every place where you may turn,"be upon you.
Interlinear When the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times, "They will come up against us from every place where you may turn,"