What is the meaning of the number forty 40 in the Bible?

What is the significance of the number forty or 40 in the Bible, if any?
Summary:  Surprisingly a time period of 40 (days, weeks, years) is actually significant.  The information below is from Nave’s Topical Bible.  Each time period of 40 units is related to testing, probation or being tried.  Also notice each period ends with a time or item of blessing.

From Nave’s Topical Bible


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