The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 116
The possible meaning of the number 116 is derived primarily from the occurrences of word in the Bible's Hebrew and Greek text.
Micah 1 and Titus 1 are the only two first chapters that have exactly 16 verses (116). Micah 1:16 seems especially odd, as seen below.
Make yourself bald, and cut off your hair for the children of your delight; make your baldness large like the eagle; for they go into exile from you (Micah 1:16, HBFV).
They (those who are defiled, verse 15) personally profess to know God, but in their works they deny Him, being abominable and disobedient, and reprobate unto every good work (Titus 1:16, HBFV).
God commanded ancient Israel to observe what is known as a Sabbatical year (Exodus 23:10 - 11, Leviticus 25:1 - 7, 19 - 23). The beginning of this special period was proclaimed on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) at the start of every seventh year.
During a Sabbatical year the land rested from any agricultural activity, the law of God was read publically, and Israelites were to cancel all debts to fellow Israelites (Deuteronomy 15:1 - 4). A Biblical Sabbatical year ran from October 4 in 116 A.D. to September 23 in 117.
Appearances of Number One Hundred Sixteen
The Hebrew word lashon, Strong's #H6918, occurs 116 times in the Old Testament's original language. It is usually translated in the King James as "tongue" (referring to the organ in our mouth or the language we speak) or "language." It is also sometimes translated as "bay," meaning a body of water shaped like a tongue.
By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue (lashon), after their families, in their nations (Genesis 10:5, KJV).
And their (the tribe of Judah's) south border (in the Promised Land) was from the shore of the salt sea (the Dead Sea), from the bay (lashon) that looketh southward . . . (Joshua 15:2, KJV).
Qadosh, Strong's #H6918, appears 116 times in the Old Testament. It generally refers to a person, group, place, thing or spirit that is considered holy or sacred. Its first mention is in God's admonishment to the Israelites as they camped at Mount Sinai after leaving Egypt.
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy (qadosh) nation . . . (Exodus 19:5 - 6, KJV).
Three more original language words occur 116 times in Scripture. The Hebrew qatar, Strong's #H6999, is used to describe burning something, such as incense or an animal sacrifice, such that it produces a smoke and smell. Shalam, Strong's #H7999, can mean to be at peace, to complete or finish something, or to repay or recompense someone. Agape, Strong's #G26, is one of three Greek words used in the New Testament for love.
Number 116 and the Psalms
The first few verses of Psalm 116, written by King David, are especially encouraging in regard to prayer for help in a time of need.
I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! Death wrapped its ropes around me; the terrors of the grave overtook me. I saw only trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: "Please, Lord, save me!" (verses 1 - 4 of Psalm 116, NLT).
More Info on Biblical Meaning of 116
The numbers 2, 4, 29 and 58 are factors of 116. The number 116 is equal to 2 x 2 (or 2 squared) x 29.