Meaning of Numbers: The Number 121
The possible meaning of the number 121 is derived primarily from the occurrence of words in the Bible's original languages.
The first chapter of Daniel, Obadiah, Zechariah and 2Peter contain exactly 21 verses (121). The book of Obadiah is unique in this group as it only contains one chapter. 2Peter 1:21 reveals the purity and truth of Scripture when it comes to prophecy.
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture originated as anyone’s own private interpretation; Because prophecy was not brought at any time by human will, but the holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2Peter 1:20 - 21, HBFV).
Joseph, at the age of 30, is inspired to correctly interpret Pharaoh's dream as symbolizing seven years of bountiful harvests followed by seven years of famine (Genesis 41:1 - 36). The wisdom given him by God earns him the promotion of second most powerful individual in all Egypt (verses 39 - 46). His father Jacob, at the time of his promotion, was 121 years old. Joseph's rise will eventually lead to Jacob's entire family migrating to Egypt (Genesis 45 - 46).
Number One Hundred Twenty One Appearances
The English name "Samuel" is recorded 142 times in 121 King James Verses. It is found the most in 1Samuel (131 times) followed by 1Chronicles (5). Samuel, who was born after his mother was miraculously healed of a barren womb, was the last righteous Judge of Israel before Saul was anointed King of God's people.
Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord (1Samuel 1:20, KJV).
The fourteen books authored by the Apostle Paul (100 chapters total), plus the epistles penned by James (5), Peter (8), John (7) and Jude (1), total 121 chapters.
The first chapters of the books of Isaiah (31), Jeremiah (19), Lamentations (22), Ezekiel (28) and Daniel (21) total 121 verses.
Number 121 and Original Words
The Hebrew word lakad (Strong's #H3920) is recorded 121 times in 112 Hebrew Old Testament verses. It is utilized the most in the book of Joshua (24 times) followed by Jeremiah (22) then the book of Judges (14). It is a word that means to catch, capture or occupy something. It is first used to delineate the conquest of a key Amorite city by Moses and the Israelites.
And Moses sent men to scout out Jaazer, and they took (lakad) its villages and drove out the Amorites who were there (Numbers 21:32).
Jaazer was located east of the Jordan River between the Arnon and Jabbok rivers. It existed in territory controlled by the Amorites, a pagan people who were known to produce giants (Deuteronomy 3:11, Amos 2:9).
The Greek word paradidomi (Strong's #G3860) appears 121 times in 118 Greek New Testament verses. It is found the most in the gospel of Matthew (32 times) followed by Mark (20) and then Luke (17). It is used to convey the surrender, yielding up, entrusting or otherwise releasing something into the power of someone else. Its first use is in regard to John the Baptist losing his freedom by being delivered into prison.
Now when Jesus had heard that John was put in prison (paradidomi), He went into Galilee (Matthew 4:12, HBFV).
Paradidomi, in the King James Bible, is frequently translated as "betray" or "betrayed" as in Matthew 26.
And as they (Jesus and the disciples) did eat (the Passover), he said, "Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray (paradidomi) me" (Matthew 26:21, KJV).
More Info on Biblical Meaning of 121
121 is the product of 11 x 11 or 11 squared. 11 is a prime number.
121 is also the sum of three consecutive primes which are 37 + 41 + 43.
The board used to play the game of Chinese checkers has 121 holes.
The English word "hope" is written 130 times in 121 King James Bible verses. It is recorded the most in the book of Psalms (22 times) followed by Job (16) then the book of Romans (15).
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? (Romans 8:24, KJV).
And now abideth faith, hope, charity (love), these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love, 1Corinthians 13:13, KJV).