The Word for the Number Ten in Hebrew

The Word for the Number Ten in Hebrew


The number ten in Hebrew is very significant. Every Hebrew letter has a numerical equilivant. The Hebrew character or letter that equals ten is a Yud and looks like this: י, it is the smallest Hebrew letter. The symbolical meaning of the Yud is God’s Hand, meaning how God’s Hand works or interacts in our lives. Because the Yud is the smallest character in the Hebrew alphabet, it symbolically says that God’s Hand is always there but never forces us. The more humble and spiritual we are, God’s Hand can have more influence in our lives to be directed according to His will.

The Hebrew word for the number ten is pronounced, `eser and looks like this:


The first character is the `ayin, ע, and symbolically means to see, eye, discern, or divine providence.

The second character is the Shin, ש, and symbolically means the tree of life, burning bush, God’s spirit, etc.

The third character is the Resh, ר, and symbolically means a humble or penitent man like he is bending over in prayer.

So even the word for the number ten in Hebrew has a similar message, if we will be humble, we shall have the spirit to see or discern between right and wrong, truth and error, light and darkness so that we can partake of the fruit of the tree of life or arrive at the burning bush or the presence of God. Hence, if we are humble God’s Hand can direct our lives so that we can return and live with Him again.

  1. Taylor Haulk
    Taylor Haulk03-23-2010

    I’m getting this symbol tattooed on the inside of my lip!

  2. jtolman

    I have to say, I’m sorry to hear that.

    In our True To The Faith Handbook (published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), it says:

    Latter-day prophets strongly discourage the tattooing of the body. Those who disregard this counsel show a lack of respect for themselves and for God. The Apostle Paul taught of the significance of our bodies and the danger of purposefully defiling them: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:16–17).

    This act is against the very meaning of this Hebrew number.

  3. James T
    James T05-18-2010

    I just want to say that is very edifying the research you have done the Holy Spirit has really
    Led you. What is even more significant is if you goto Psalms chpt.119 vss.121-128, &153-168 it lines up with what your implying and i thank GOD for true men of GOD like you. Have a truly Blessed life man
    of GOD.

  4. ÿþN

    Great read, will visit this site often – BOOKMARKED!

  5. Sarah

    Recently I went through a very difficult time — a divorce after 22 years of marriage. I have never cried or hurt so much in my whole life. I love God and couldn’t understand why it was happening. About the same time I began to find dimes everywhere. It was the strangest thing …. They were always by themselves or in groups of other dimes — not just a bunch of change lying around. I took it to symbolize the number 10 was significant in what I was going through. Your thoughts are interesting. Others have suggested that it’s the number of completion, though I’m not suggesting God endorses divorce. (I know God hates divorce but I also know He loves people.) I can’t explain it; all I know is that I still ocassionally find them when I’m pondering God’s ways. It always serves as a reminder that even though I am very far from perfect that He loves me and He’s not forgotten about me.

  6. jtolman

    This is a very sweet and tender story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Isn’t it wonderful to know that God speaks to us in ways we can understand, and that his messages are personal to us?

  7. Fernando Aedo
    Fernando Aedo08-31-2013

    This number 10 is found in Akkadian as ešret. In Biblical Hebrew it is found as עשר [E]SeR or עשרה [E]SeRaH. In Muchik, a South Amerindian language ten is sirti.

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