Peter asked Jesus if people should forgive a brother who transgresses up to seven times? Jesus famously answered, “Seventy times seven.”
The traditional point with this story is NOT, of course, to say that you should forgive someone up to 490 times, but then be merciless on the 491st offense.
However, I am pretty sure that I heard an authoritative commentator on the Bible say (in an unrelated context) that the Old Testament describes God as being “angry” with humanity / children of Israel 490 times.
Can anybody confirm that? I can’t find it with a Google search, because everything keeps pointing to Peter and Jesus’ discussion.
Incidentally, note how the wisdom of the Bible anticipates advice from modern psychologists.