Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
The Number 117

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 117

The possible meaning of the number 117 is derived from its prophetic link to Jesus and the layout of Scripture.

The first three books of God's word, Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus, have 117 total chapters. The four gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), along with the book of Acts, also contain the same number of chapters.

The Song of Solomon was, of course, penned by King Solomon (Song of Solomon 1:1, 5, 3:7, 9, 11, 8:11 - 12) during his reign from 970 to 930 B.C. It contains 8 chapters and 117 verses.

The first chapters of Leviticus, 2Chronicles, Song of Solomon, Jonah and Habakkuk have exactly 17 verses (117).

Emperor Trajan ruled the Roman Empire from 98 to 117 A.D. During his reign he fought the Second Roman-Dacian War for control of the Kingdom of Dacia. His victory, over land that resides mostly in modern day Romania, enabled the empire to expand yet again. It reached its zenith in territorial control, in Trajan's last year, by governing roughly 2.2 million square miles (5.697 million square kilometers) of land.

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 (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 Seventeen

The Hebrew word bekor, Strong's #H1060, is recorded 117 times in the Old Testament's original language. It is found the most in both the books of Numbers and 1Chronicles (25 times each) followed by the book of Exodus (20). The word itself means chief, eldest or firstborn (of man or animal). One of its most profound uses takes place when Moses warns Pharaoh that the tenth and worst plague to befall Egypt is about to occur.

And all the firstborn (bekor) in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn (bekor) of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn (bekor) of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn (bekor) of beasts (Exodus 11:5, KJV).

Jonah 1:17 (117) is uniquely prophetic, as the time of the prophet's punishment in the belly of a whale was used by Jesus to reveal how long he would be unconscious in the grave.

And the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights (Jonah 1:17).

A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. For just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, in like manner the Son of man shall be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights (Matthew 12:39 - 40, HBFV).

The English word "bless" is recorded 127 times in 117 King James Bible verses. It is written the most in the Psalms (44 times) followed by Genesis (22) and then Deuteronomy (21). The word, rather surprisingly, is used only 10 times in the KJV New Testament.

And I (God) will bless them that bless thee (Abraham), and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:3, KJV).

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you (Matthew 5:44, KJV).

Number 117 and the Psalms

Psalm 117 is the smallest chapter in the Bible with only 2 verses and 30 words in the HBFV translation or 2 verses and 33 words in the King James.

O praise the Lord, all you nations; praise Him, all people, for His merciful kindness is great toward us; and the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! (verses 1 - 2, HBFV).

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 117

Rome's famous fire, according to Roman historian Tacitus (56 to 117 A.D.), which Emperor Nero blamed on Christians, was believed to have started near the Circus Maximus in July of 64 A.D.

The Jews in Egypt instigate a final rebellion against the Roman Empire from 115 to 117 A.D. during the rule of Emperor Trajan. The uprising took place not only in Egypt but also on the island of Cyprus and in Cyrene (modern day Libya).

117 is equal to the product of 3 x 3 (3 squared) x 13. Both 3 and 13 are prime numbers.

The English name "Hezekiah" appears 128 times in 117 King James Bible verses. It is written the most in 2Kings (44 times) then 2Chronicles (40) and Isaiah (33). Hezekiah, who assumed the throne at age 25, was the second from last righteous ruler to reign over the Kingdom of Judah. His reign ran from 715 to 686 B.C.

And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the Lord his God (2Chronicles 31:20, KJV).

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Series References
Number in Scripture: Its Supernatural
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