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The Bible has a high-level design, it's book order. A number of systems in the Bible use the book order.


Isaiah commentates on stories in each book of the Bible.

  • Introduction to Isaiah

    Learning how Isaiah encodes the book order has been a journey of discovery. At the beginning the subject of book order was not even in mind. The thought was simply that Isaiah's chapters might relate to the books of the Bible. On a second look it was clear that Isaiah patterns the books, but in a new order. (3,453 words)

  • Isaiah Genesis

    Isaiah chapter 1 covers the Adam and Eve, Fall, Cain's Offering, Killing Abel, and Cain's City stories in the book of Genesis. (352 words)

  • Isaiah Exodus

    Isaiah chapter 2 covers the Mountain, Law, House, Golden Calf, and Cleft of the Rock stories in the book of Exodus. (352 words)

  • Isaiah Leviticus

    Isaiah 3:1-11 covers the Ordination of the Priests, Firing of Nadab and Abihu, and Priest's Share stories in the book of Leviticus. (293 words)

  • Isaiah Numbers

    Isaiah 3:12-4:6 covers the Spies Give an Evil Report, 40 Year Sentence, and Fruit of the Land stories in the book of Numbers. (263 words)

  • Isaiah Deuteronomy

    Isaiah chapter 5 covers Moses' Song in the book of Deuteronomy. (138 words)

  • Isaiah Joshua

    Isaiah chapter 6 covers the Joshua Encountering Jesus, Jericho Falling, Rahab Redeemed, and Achan's Sin stories in the book of Joshua. (446 words)

  • Isaiah Judges

    Isaiah chapter 7 covers the Samson's Birth, Samson's Diet, Samson's Honey, Samson's Haircut, Micah's Silver, and Armed Danites stories in the book of Judges. (323 words)

  • Isaiah 1 Samuel

    Isaiah chapter 8 covers the Hannah's Conception, Ark in Philistia, and Israel Asks for a King stories in the book of 1 Samuel. (880 words)

  • Isaiah 2 Samuel

    Isaiah 9:1-7 covers the Hiram Builds David a House, David Has More Kids, The Philistines Defeated, Michal's Barrenness, and The Davidic Covenant stories in the book of 2 Samuel. (331 words)

  • Isaiah 1 Kings

    Isaiah 9:8-10:4 covers the Building Solomon's Temple, Split Kingdom, and Jeroboam's Change of Law stories in the book of 1 Kings. (288 words)

  • Isaiah 2 Kings

    Isaiah 10:5-34 covers the Assyrian Captivity, and Deliverance of Jerusalem stories in the book of 2 Kings. (384 words)

  • Isaiah Ezekiel

    Isaiah chapters 11 and 12 and the book of Ezekiel. (127 words)

  • Isaiah Isaiah

    Isaiah 13:1-14:27 covers Isaiah's Vision in his own book of Isaiah. (196 words)

  • Isaiah Jeremiah

    Isaiah chapter 14 covers the Call of Jeremiah story in the book of Jeremiah. (184 words)

  • Isaiah Lamentations

    Isaiah chapter 15 and the book of Lamentations. (98 words)

  • Isaiah Ezra

    Isaiah chapter 16 and the book of Ezra. (122 words)

  • Isaiah Nehemiah

    Isaiah 17:1-11 and the book of Nehemiah. (474 words)

  • Isaiah Esther

    Isaiah 17:12-18:7 and the book of Esther. (354 words)

  • Isaiah Zechariah

    Isaiah chapter 19 and the book of Zechariah. (229 words)

  • Isaiah Micah

    Isaiah chapter 20 covers the Going Naked and Barefoot passage in the book of Micah. (139 words)

  • Isaiah Jonah

    Isaiah 21:1-10 and the book of Jonah. (102 words)

  • Isaiah Amos

    Isaiah 21:11-22:25 and the book of Amos. (104 words)

  • Isaiah Hosea

    Isaiah chapter 23 and the book of Hosea. (106 words)

  • Isaiah Zephaniah

    Isaiah chapter 24 and the book of Zephaniah. (93 words)

  • Isaiah Haggai

    Isaiah chapter 25 and the book of Haggai. (91 words)

  • Isaiah Psalms

    Isaiah chapter 26 and the book of Psalms. (94 words)

  • Isaiah Job

    Isaiah chapter 27 and the book of Job. (99 words)

  • Isaiah Ecclesiastes

    Isaiah chapter 28 and the book of Ecclesiastes. (95 words)

  • Isaiah Proverbs

    Isaiah chapter 29 and the book of Proverbs. (94 words)

  • Isaiah Ruth

    Isaiah chapter 30 and the book of Ruth. (94 words)

  • Isaiah Song of Songs

    Isaiah chapter 31 and the Song of Songs. (104 words)

  • Isaiah Joel

    Isaiah chapter 32 and the book of Joel. (93 words)

  • Isaiah Obadiah

    Isaiah chapter 33 and the book of Obadiah. (96 words)

  • Isaiah Malachi

    Isaiah chapter 34 and the book of Malachi. (93 words)

  • Isaiah Nahum

    Isaiah chapter 35 and the book of Nahum. (101 words)

  • Isaiah Habakkuk

    Isaiah chapter 36 and the book of Habakkuk. (113 words)

  • Isaiah 1 Chronicles

    Isaiah chapter 37 and the book of 1 Chronicles. (119 words)

  • Isaiah 2 Chronicles

    Isaiah chapter 38 and the book of 2 Chronicles. (107 words)

  • Isaiah Daniel

    Isaiah chapter 39 covers the Daniel Carried to Babylon story in the book of Daniel. (201 words)

  • Isaiah John

    Isaiah chapter 40 covers the Messengers from Jerusalem, Prepare the Way, Jesus' Baptism, The Dove, Jesus Calling Disciples, and Nathanael Under the Fig Tree stories in the Gospel of John. (407 words)

  • Isaiah Matthew

    Isaiah 41:1-42:9 and the Gospel of Matthew. (338 words)

  • Isaiah Mark

    Isaiah 42:10-25 and the Gospel of Mark. (164 words)

  • Isaiah Luke

    Isaiah chapter 43 and the Gospel of Luke. (262 words)

  • Isaiah Acts

    Isaiah 44:1-22 and the book of Acts. (158 words)

  • Isaiah Philippians

    Isaiah 44:23-45:25 and the epistle of Philippians. (99 words)

  • Isaiah 1 Thessalonians

    Isaiah chapter 46 and the epistle of 1 Thessalonians. (102 words)

  • Isaiah 2 Thessalonians

    Isaiah chapter 47 and the epistle of 2 Thessalonians. (110 words)

  • Isaiah 2 John

    Isaiah chapter 48 and the epistle of 2 John. (106 words)

  • Isaiah 2 Timothy

    Isaiah chapter 49 and the epistle of 2 Timothy. (99 words)

  • Isaiah 1 Corinthians

    Isaiah chapter 50 and the epistle of 1 Corinthians. (98 words)

  • Isaiah Galatians

    Isaiah 51:1-8 and the epistle of Galatians. (146 words)

  • Isaiah Ephesians

    Isaiah 51:9-52:6 and the epistle of Ephesians. (423 words)

  • Isaiah Romans

    Isaiah 52:7-53:12 and the epistle of Romans. (161 words)

  • Isaiah Hebrews

    Isaiah chapter 54 and the epistle of Hebrews. (159 words)

  • Isaiah Jacob

    Isaiah chapter 55 and the epistle of Jacob. (170 words)

  • Isaiah 1 Timothy

    Isaiah 56:1-8 and the epistle of 1 Timothy. (115 words)

  • Isaiah Jude

    Isaiah 56:9-12 covers the Cain-Balaam-Korah passage in the epistle of Jude. (187 words)

  • Isaiah 2 Corinthians

    Isaiah chapter 57 and the epistle of 2 Corinthians. (94 words)

  • Isaiah Philemon

    Isaiah chapter 58 covers the Exhortation to Receive Onesimus passage in the epistle to Philemon. (236 words)

  • Isaiah Colossians

    Isaiah chapter 59 and the epistle of Colossians. (93 words)

  • Isaiah 1 John

    Isaiah chapter 60 and the epistle of 1 John. (92 words)

  • Isaiah 1 Peter

    Isaiah chapter 61 covers the Living Stone passage in the epistle of 1 Peter. (179 words)

  • Isaiah 2 Peter

    Isaiah chapter 62 covers the Prophetic Lamp, and Return of Jesus passages in the epistle of 2 Peter. (175 words)

  • Isaiah Titus

    Isaiah 64:4-12 covers the Paul's Preaching, and Appointment of Elders passages in the epistle of Titus. (189 words)

  • Isaiah 3 John

    Isaiah chapter 65:1-16 covers the Gaius Receiving the Brothers passage in the epistle of 3 John. (258 words)

  • Isaiah Revelation

    Isaiah 65:17-66:24 covers the New Jerusalem vision in the book of Revelation. (400 words)

  • Topical Thread

    The stories Isaiah covers in each book form a topical thread. (506 words)

Book Chain

Books connect sequentially, allowing the Bible to read smoothly.

Title Sentences

The names of the books, when translated, summarize the Bible.

Book Numbers

Numbers in scripture passages sum to books with related passages.

  • Introduction to Book Numbers

    The total of all numbers in a passage of scripture references a book with a related passage. (1,140 words)

  • Book Number Calculator

    Easily convert numbers to a book of the Bible. (176 words)

  • Table of Numeric Cross References

    A table of known number-based cross references. (771 words)

  • Genesis

    2 reports. (83 words)

  • Melchizedek

    Raiders carry off Lot and the inhabitants of Sodom, but Abram gives chase with 318 men and rescues them. On their return Abram encounters an interesting character called Melchizedek. The 318 points to another book with a lengthy discussion about Melchizedek. (389 words)

  • Sodom

    Abraham pleads for mercy for Sodom and Gomorrah in a strange dialogue with Yahvah that is full of numbers. His Nephew Lot barely escapes. The numbers point to another Nephew intervention story. (841 words)

  • Exodus

    3 reports. (83 words)

  • Jacob's 70

    When Jacob went down to Egypt he was 70 in number. How many were part of Israel when they came out of Egypt? The 70th book, Numbers, tells us. (281 words)

  • Moses' 3 Months

    The 3 months Moses spent hidden at home, points to the book of Leviticus. Moses is from the tribe of Levi, but more importantly, the story in Exodus forms a parable for how the levitical system functions. (460 words)

  • Egyptians and Hebrews

    When Moses was grown he killed an Egyptian who was beating an Hebrew and buried him in the sand. The next day Moses intervened between two Hebrews who were quarreling. The numbers point to another pair of quarreling Hebrews and an Egyptian who was also buried in the sand. (944 words)

  • Numbers

    1 report. (83 words)

  • Aaron's Staff

    After a rebellion by Korah and cohorts against the tribe of Levi and the priests in particular, Yahvah gave a sign that he really did choose Levi and Aaron. A staff for each of the tribes was placed in the Tabernacle overnight, and in the morning Aaron's staff had budded and grown almonds while everyone elses remained a normal staff. The math points at another passage about fruitfulness. (442 words)

  • Deuteronomy

    2 reports. (84 words)

  • Crossing Over

    Moses turns the leadership of Israel over to Joshua by saying he will not cross the Jordan. He cites his age, 120, and says Joshua will take Israel into the land. The math, a vocabulary word and a direct quotation all point at the book of Hebrews. (727 words)

  • Yahvah to Sinai

    Before Moses blessed the tribes of Israel he spoke of the way Yahvah came to them at Sinai and gave them a law through Moses. The math points at the book of Exodus, where all this is recorded. (189 words)

  • 1 Samuel

    3 reports. (83 words)

  • Hannah Conceives

    Hannah prayed to have a son who would serve Yahvah all his days. What kind of son was she given? One like Jeremiah. (259 words)

  • Samuel Dedicated

    As promised, Hannah gave her son Samuel into the care of Eli the priest to serve Yahvah at the tabernacle. How did Yahvah see this arrangement? He saw Samuel as a priest himself. (210 words)

  • Samuel Called

    Samuel lay down in the tabernacle, near the lampstand, and that night Yahvah called his name. The number in the story points at a book with another story where the priests laid down to sleep in the tabernacle. (239 words)

  • 1 Kings

    1 report. (83 words)

  • Stealing Naboth's Vineyard

    Jezebel had Naboth murdered so Ahab could take his vineyard. The result was a severe judgment against Ahab and Jezebel's inheritance. The math points at a similar judgment over grapes in the book of Numbers. (379 words)

  • 2 Kings

    1 report. (83 words)

  • Israel's Captivity

    The Assyrian captivity of Israel points at it's own book which also includes the Babylonian captivity of the Jewish remnant. (413 words)

  • Ezekiel

    3 reports. (83 words)

  • 4 Winds

    The 4 winds. What are they? The math tells. (260 words)

  • 1 Stick

    Ezekiel takes two sticks, one for Judah and one for Joseph, and makes them one in his hand. The math explains. (190 words)

  • 1 Shepherd

    Ezekiel prophesies about a time when Israel will have 1 shepherd and live in the land promised to Jacob. (148 words)

  • Isaiah

    2 reports. (83 words)

  • Stealing Land

    Isaiah says woe to those who steal the land of others. The number points at the classic story of this behavior in First Kings. (119 words)

  • Isaiah's Call

    Isaiah's call involves a vision of Yahvah along with seraphim. The question is asked, "Who will go?" Isaiah volunteers, "Here I am, send me." The numbers in the story point at the book of Isaiah. (398 words)

  • Ezra

    1 report. (82 words)

  • Altar Restored

    Ezra mentions the grant from Cyrus to rebuild the temple. The math points at Ezra, of course. (170 words)

  • Zechariah

    2 reports. (83 words)

  • Jerusalem Measured

    A man measuring the width and breadth of Jerusalem is told of a multitude of people who will live there. Then he's told Yahvah will be in the middle of it. The number in the story points at the census counts of Israel and the camp arrangement with Yahvah in the middle. (299 words)

  • Lampstand Dream

    Zechariah has a dream about a lampstand that points at another who also had a vision about a lampstand while he was asleep. (886 words)

  • Jonah

    2 reports. (83 words)

  • Jonah's Lot

    Jonah flees to Tarshish when Yahvah tells him to go preach to the Ninevites. The storm at sea is so severe the mariners cast lots to determine who is at fault, the answer being Jonah. The math points at another story where the individual at fault is discovered using lots. (748 words)

  • Jonah Preaches

    Jonah finally goes to Nineveh and preaches against it. The people listen and repent and Yahvah relents from the calamity he had planned. (175 words)

  • Haggai

    1 report. (83 words)

  • Ceiled Houses

    Haggai tells the inhabitants of Jerusalem that their plight is linked to their lack of attention on god's house. The numbers point at David's desire to build Yahvah a house. (242 words)

  • Psalms

    1 report. (83 words)

  • Yahvah's Courts

    Better a day in Yahvah's courts than a 1000 elsewhere, points at the temple of Solomon. (174 words)

  • 1 Chronicles

    1 report. (84 words)

  • Levites Carry the Ark

    After a costly reminder, David gathered the Levites to carry the ark of the contract into the city of David. The number of Levites that came references the law Yahvah gave Moses about the ark always being carried by Levites. (250 words)

  • 2 Chronicles

    1 report. (84 words)

  • Hezekiah's Siege

    The king of Assyria lays siege to Jerusalem, but Yahvah sends an angel to slay the Assyrian soldiers and deliver the city. The numbers point at a more detailed account of the same events in Second Kings. (182 words)

  • John

    8 reports. (82 words)

  • Wedding at Cana

    Jesus turns water into wine at the wedding in Cana. He says this is not his wedding, which means it is related to his wedding. The numbers point to another prominent wedding story in the Bible. (351 words)

  • 3 Day Temple

    Jesus says he can raise a destroyed temple in 3 days. The Jews balk at the idea, but the math points to something different than the physical temple the Jews were focused on. (417 words)

  • Samaritan Woman

    Jesus met a woman at a well in Samaria and explained worship is not a matter of being in Jerusalem or Samaria, but spirit and truth. The numbers point at the book explaining Samaritans and demonstrating why Jesus would say the ancient capitals don't matter any longer for worship. (477 words)

  • Philip's 5000

    Jesus asked Philip if he had any ideas how to feed the crowd that was coming their way, a crowd that turned out to be 5000 men (probably not counting women or children that may have been present). The answer, of course, was to multiply the bread, an answer that worked in Elisha's day as well, albeit on a smaller scale. (232 words)

  • Father Abraham

    Jesus and the Jews discuss their origins. The Jews argue they are sons of Abraham, but Jesus asks why they do not behave like Abraham if they are his descendants. The math points to a similar case made by Paul in the book of Galatians. (251 words)

  • Lazarus Raised

    The math given in the story of Jesus raising Lazarus to life is profound because it points at itself. What's behind this self-reference? (490 words)

  • Crown of Thorns

    A crown of thorns was pressed on Jesus' head, a purple robe placed on his back, and he was mocked as the King of the Jews. Ironically, the math points to the promise of a perpetual kingship, a promise of which Jesus is the heir and fulfillment. (259 words)

  • The Robe

    The soldiers who crucified Jesus divided his clothes between the four of them and cast lots to see who would get his robe. The story maps the arrangement of the Israelite camp in the wilderness. (301 words)

  • Matthew

    4 reports. (83 words)

  • Herod Kills Boys

    In an attempt to knock off Jesus, Herod killed all the boys in the town of Bethlehem who were 2 years and younger. The age of the boys points to the book of Exodus where another king is found killing all the male Hebrew babies. (457 words)

  • Apostles Sent

    Jesus called 12 apostles and sent them out to preach and heal and deliver. In a sense it's a rehearsal for the Great Commission given at the end of Matthew. That might explain why the numbers point at the book of Matthew. (275 words)

  • Transfiguration

    Remember the time Jesus took Peter, Jacob and John to the top of a mountain and his clothes turned white and Moses and Elijah appeared with him and a voice spoke from the cloud? The count from that story points to the book of Ezekiel where a similarly strange encounter occurred. (669 words)

  • Parable of the Workers

    The parable of the workers, a parable about working in Jesus' mission field, points at the book of Matthew itself. (202 words)

  • Mark

    1 report. (82 words)

  • Apostles Called

    Jesus called 12 men to himself on a mountain and designated them to spend time with him and tell what they learned to others. The math points at another story where an individual had an encounter on a mountain and was told to tell Israel what he was shown. (568 words)

  • Luke

    6 reports. (82 words)

  • Father's House

    When Jesus was age 12 he stayed behind in Jerusalem while his family traveled home thinking Jesus was in their company. When they finally found him he was sitting in the temple and referred to it as his father's house. The numbers points at another who was found in the house. (265 words)

  • Jesus' Genealogy

    Of the many names given in Jesus' genealogy through his father, the math highlights a few special ones. (196 words)

  • Nazareth Synagogue

    A prophet is without honor in his hometown, just as Elijah and Elisha learned in the books of First and Second Kings. (209 words)

  • Blood of Abel

    Jesus spoke about the prophets that were slain from Abel to Zechariah. The math points at Abel. (156 words)

  • The Wise Steward

    The math in this familiar story turns the traditional understanding on it's head and explains why Jesus would regard the steward's practices as model behavior. (585 words)

  • Man From the Dead

    Jesus tells a story about a rich man who wants a dead man to rise to life and warn his brothers about what awaits them if they do not change. Who might the dead man be in the story? The math tells. (340 words)

  • Acts

    6 reports. (83 words)

  • Jesus Begins

    The "first book written about Jesus" passage, at the beginning of Acts, includes a number pointing at John, the first gospel. (693 words)

  • Coming in the Clouds

    The disciples watched Jesus leave the planet shrouded in a cloud. A couple angels appeared to them and said Jesus would return in the same manor he left. The number in the passage points to the definitive story in the Bible for Jesus' return. (527 words)

  • Pentecost

    The outpouring of the holy spirit on the day of Pentecost is the archetype for similar events later in Acts. It also kicks off the rest of the Acts narrative generally. So it's little surprise that the numbers in the story point at the book of Acts. (379 words)

  • Lame Man Healed

    Peter and John heal a man lame in his feet in the name of Jesus. The math points at Mephibosheth. (211 words)

  • Preaching Resurrection

    After healing the lame man Peter spoke about the resurrection of Jesus to a crowd of about 5000. The number points at Paul's single longest exposition of the subject. (131 words)

  • Shipwreck

    Paul's shipwreck in the Mediterranean points numerically at Jonah's storm at sea. (190 words)

  • Philippians

    1 report. (84 words)

  • Jesus' Cross

    In reminding the Philippians how to be neighborly Paul refers to the cross of Jesus. The numbers point at a community of people living together in a camp shaped like a cross. (336 words)

  • 1 Corinthians

    3 reports. (84 words)

  • One Accord

    Paul exhorted the Corinthians not to divide over their preferences for preachers. The math explains why. (503 words)

  • Five Words

    Paul says in an assembly he would rather use 5 words with understanding than 10,000 in another language. The math points at Daniel interpreting a 5 word message in a forgotten language. (485 words)

  • Prophesying

    Paul says to let 2 or 3 prophets speak in turn, each discerned in turn, and if necessary, paused by other prophets. The math points at the collusion of Ahab's 400 false prophets as an example of what Paul wants to avoid. (298 words)

  • Galatians

    1 report. (83 words)

  • Abraham's Sons

    Abraham's two sons, Ishmael and Isaac, are described as symbols for those born of flesh and those born of promise. The numbers point at a book with two generations that exemplify the pattern. (466 words)

  • Jacob

    1 report. (82 words)

  • Elijah's Drought

    According to Jacob, the drought in Elijah's time lasted 3 years and 6 months and was remedied a certain way. In book 9 another drought had a similar remedy. (894 words)

  • 1 Timothy

    4 reports. (83 words)

  • Kings

    Paul tells Timothy to pray for kings in order that he may lead a quite and peaceable life and men may return to the truth. The example pointed at by the numbers is that of Israel crying to Yahvah about pharaoh and the way they were delivered in answer to their prayers. (408 words)

  • Elders and Deacons

    Elders and Deacons are like Aaron and his sons. The numbers explain. (409 words)

  • Widows

    Paul tells Timothy how to select a widow worthy of support. The numbers point at a couple widows, one worthy, one not. (526 words)

  • Rebuking Elders

    Paul gives Timothy the skinny on elders, quoting from Deuteronomy and providing numbers that point at Deuteronomy while saying only rebuke an elder if there are two or more witnesses. (256 words)

  • 2 Corinthians

    1 report. (84 words)

  • Paul's Sufferings

    Paul describes the many things he suffered during his ministry. The numbers point at the classic book about suffering. (356 words)

  • Revelation

    3 reports. (84 words)

  • New Jerusalem

    John sees the New Jerusalem descend, hears a voice from the skies and gives a number pointing at the same events recorded in scripture from a time when they happened before. (222 words)

  • New Jerusalem Measured

    A man with a golden reed measures the New Jerusalem. The numbers point at the count of people in the book of Numbers, same as another story about measuring Jerusalem. (234 words)

  • Tree of Life

    The tree of life yields 12 kinds of crops. The number points at a similar description of the tree in Ezekiel. (163 words)

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    This page lists all the scripture references on the website. Sorted by books. Linkable back to the referencing pages. (112 words)

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