The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 114
The possible meaning of the number 114 is derived from its link to Sarah and Abraham, as well as its relationship with certain Hebrew words.
The Hebrew word gilad, Strong's #H1568, is written 114 times in the Old Testament's original language and means "rocky region." It is recorded the most in the book of Judges (31 times), followed by Joshua (16) then 1Chronicles (13).
The word, translated as "Gilead" in the King James, usually refers to a region of the Promised Land the lies east of the Jordan River and north of the Jabbok River. The balm of Gilead, derived from the area, was believed to have healing properties.
For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. Is there no balm in Gilead (gilad); is there no physician there? . . . (Jeremiah 8:21 - 22, KJV).
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The Hebrew word migrash, Strong's #H4054, is written 114 times in the Old Testament's original language. It is recorded the most in Joshua (58 times) followed by 1Chronicles (44). Translated in the King James as "suburbs," it refers to the open area around a building or city primarily used for animals.
. . . and ye (the Israelites) shall give also unto the Levites suburbs (migrash) for the cities round about them. And the cities shall they have to dwell in; and the suburbs (migrash) of them shall be for their cattle, and for their goods, and for all their beasts (Numbers 35:2 - 3, KJV).
The Greek word oikos, Strong's #G3624, is found 114 times in the original Greek of the New Testament. It is recorded the most in Luke (34 times) followed by the book of Acts (24) then Mark (13). The word is used to reference all those of a common stock or descendants (e.g. the house of Israel), or an inhabited home, or any dwelling place like Jerusalem's temple. It can even be used of a human who, when demon-possessed, becomes the "home" of an evil spirit.
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house (oikos) from whence I came out . . . (Matthew 12:43 - 44, KJV).
Sarah, Abraham and the Number 114
The Hebrew word achoth, Strong's #H269, is recorded 114 times in the Old Testament's original language. It is utilized 24 times each in the books of Genesis and Ezekiel, followed by 10 uses each in the books of Leviticus, 2Samuel and 1Chronicles. It is translated as "sister" in the King James.
One of achoth's first mentions is in regard to Abraham (Abram) asking his beautiful wife Sarah (Sarai) to errorneously state that she is his sister. Abraham requested she lie as he feared being killed if it were known he was her husband.
And it came to pass, when he (Abraham) was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister (achoth): that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee (Genesis 12:11 - 13, KJV).
The Hebrew word bakah, Strong's #H1058, is written 114 times in the Old Testament's original language. It is recorded the most in Genesis (16 times) followed by 2Samuel (15) then 1Samuel (10). It is a word that means to bemoan, mourn, or weep tears of sorrow or joy. One of its first uses is in regard to Abraham's sorrow following the death of his beloved wife Sarah.
And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah. And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep (bakah) for her (Genesis 23:2, KJV).
More Info on Biblical Meaning of 114
The factors of 114 are the three prime numbers 2, 3 and 19.
The English word "prayer" is recorded 114 times in the King James Bible. It occurs the most in the book of Psalms (34 times) then 2Chronicles (12). A bit surprisingly, it is found only 31 times in the entire New Testament.
The spurious "Gospel of St. Thomas," which early church father Eusebius stated was "the fictions of heretics," lists 114 wise sayings creditted to Jesus.