The Number of The Beast


"The Number of the Beast is a concept from the Book of Revelation of the New Testament of the Christian Bible, relating to the figure of "The Beast". The number is 666 in most manuscripts of the New Testament and in modern translations while critical editions of the Greek text (such as the Novum Testamentum Graece) also note 616 as a variant...


The Number of the Beast is described in the Book of Revelation 13:17–18. The original Greek reads:


    17 καὶ ἵνα μή τις δύνηται ἀγοράσαιπωλῆσαι εἰ μὴἔχων τὸ χάραγμα, τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ θηρίουτὸν ἀριθμὸν τοῦ ὀνόματος αὐτοῦ. 18 ὧδεσοφία ἐστίν· ὁ ἔχων νοῦν ψηφισάτω τὸν ἀριθμὸν τοῦ θηρίου, ἀριθμὸς γὰρ ἀνθρώπου ἐστίν· καὶἀριθμὸς αὐτοῦ ἑξακόσιοι ἑξήκοντα ἕξ.[1]

The number is the final 3 words (transliterated: hexakósioi hexēkonta héx), meaning "six hundred sixty-six".

The King James Version of the Bible translates:[2]

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.


In the Old Testament, both 1 Kings 10:14 and 2 Chronicles 9:13 state that Solomon collected "six hundred threescore and six" talents of gold each year.[3] John's reference to "wisdom" and "understanding" might also point toward Proverbs 1 and 2, where understanding, discernment, wisdom and insight are explained and advised by King Solomon. In the Greek manuscripts, the number is rendered in Greek numerical form as χξϛʹ,[4] or sometimes literally as ἑξακόσιοι ἑξήκοντα ἕξ, hexakósioi hexēkonta héx, "six hundred and sixty-six".[3][5]


There are several interpretations-translations for the meaning of the phrase "Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast" where the peculiar Greek word ψηφισάτω (psefisato) is used. Possible translations include not only "to count", "to reckon" but also "to vote" or "to decide".[6]

Although Irenaeus (2nd century AD) affirmed the number to be 666 and reported several scribal errors of the number, there is still doubt by a minority of theologians about the original reading."

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