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The Gematria of the Acrostic תהלים/Psalms 112:1-10

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01.09.2021

This weeks Torah study ends with תהלים/Psalms 112, and the first ten verses are an alphabetic acrostic. There are exactly 86 letters involved in this acrostic, and it has been embedded with Gematria:

אשרי במצותיו גבור דור הון ועשר זרח חנון טוב יכלכל כי לעולם משמועה נכון סמוך עד פזר צדקתו קרנו רשע שניו תאות = 860

This uses the Genesis Order cipher, which assigns the numerical value of each letter according to the order that they appear in Genesis 1-2. The number values for each letter of the Genesis Order are:

ב Beth = 1, א Aleph = 2, ג Gimel = 3, ש Shin = 3, ד Daleth = 4, ת Tav = 4,
ה Heh = 5, ו Vav = 6, ז Zayin = 7, ח Cheth = 8, ט Teth = 9, י Yod = 10,
כ Kaph = 11, ל Lamed = 12, מ Mem = 13, נ Nun = 14, ס Samekh = 15,
ע Ayin = 16, פ Peh = 17, צ Tsade = 18, ק Qoph = 19, ר Resh = 20.

The Genesis Order cipher is rarely used in the Torah – probably because it is a low-value spread, so using it without some type of supporting hermeneutical device would lead to a lot of false or unintended results. We see it used in combination with another alphabetic acrostic in Proverbs 31:10–31 for the result of 777. This calculation also contains 86 characters,........

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