Shakespeare Puzzle

Weird facts about William Shakespeare

Pretty weird!

Consider these strange coincidences:

William Shakespeare
  • William Shakespeare is believed to have been born on 23rd April 1564.

  • A memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon records that he died on 23rd April 1616.

  • Shakespeare's plays were first performed in 1588, when Shakespeare was 23.

  • The First Folio of Shakespeare's works was published in 1623.

  • Now 23 + 23 = 46.

  • The King James Bible was first published in 1611, when Shakespeare was 46.


Now Psalm 46 of the King James Bible reads as follows:

  1. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

  2. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

  3. Though the waters thereof  roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

  4. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

  5. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

  6. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

  7. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

  8. Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

  9. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

  10. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

  11. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.


Now do this:

  • Count to word 46 in the Psalm. Note: Do not include the verse numbers in the count.

  • Then count to the 46th word from the end. Again, do not include the verse numbers in the count, nor the final Selah which is generally thought to be a liturgical or punctuation mark rather than a word.

Amazed? - You should be!