The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 131
The possible meaning of the number 131 is derived primarily from the Psalms and from a miracle Jesus was unaware he had performed!
Psalms 131, 133 and 134 are among the smallest chapters, in terms of verses, in the entirety of Scripture. Each one contains only three verses in the King James!
O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes lofty; nor do I involve myself in great affairs, nor in things too wondrous for me.
Surely I have calmed and have quieted my soul as a child weaned by its mother; my soul within me is like a child weaned. Let Israel hope in the Lord from this time forward and forever (Psalm 131, HBFV).
Appearances of Number One Hundred Thirty One
The English word "gentiles" is recorded 129 times in the King James Bible while its singular form is found twice (Romans 2:9 - 10) for 131 total. It is found the most, in the Old Testament, in the books of Isaiah (15) followed by Jeremiah (4). In the New Testament, the book of Acts contains the most occurrences with 30 followed by Romans (24).
The word "gentiles" is used Biblically to designate a person, group of people or nation that is not Hebrew or Israelites (see Isaiah 49:6). In modern times, however, its definition has changed to where it is commonly used to designate someone who is not Jewish.
The modern definition of gentile contradicts God's word, as only three Israelite tribes (Judah, Benjamin and Levi) produced what would ultimately be labeled as Jews (see Esther 2:5, John 1:19, 4:9). The other nine tribes (if we consider Ephraim and Manasseh as separate tribes) are not gentiles, though they are labeled such, with their modern descendants far more numerous than Jews!
The temple of Zeus, in ancient Athens, was larger than the well-known Parthenon found in the city. The Parthenon had 46 outer columns and 23 inner ones for 69 total. These columns were 34 feet (10.4 meters) high. Zeus' temple, however (in 174 B.C.), had 104 columns that were 56 feet (17 meters) tall.
Zeus' temple building was 315 feet (96 meters) long by 131 feet (40 meters) wide. Such a colossal structure housed a seated statue of Zeus that is consider one of the seven wonders of the ancient world!
Healing and the Number 131
The Greek word aihmorrheo, listing 131 in the Greek section of Strong's Concordance, appears only once in the New Testament.
And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood (aihmorrheo) twelve years, came behind him (Jesus), and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole (healed completely).
But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole . . . (Matthew 9:20 - 22, KJV, see also Luke 8:43 - 48 and Mark 5:25 - 34).
Strong's number 131 defines aihmorrheo as a flow or hemorrhage of blood. The woman's ailment, unfortunately, affected more than her physical health. It also rendered her ceremonially unclean for the entire period of her affliction (see Leviticus 15:19 - 33). Anyone she touched was unclean for the rest of the day after contact was made. Jews, therefore, would have avoided any physical contact with her.
It should be noted that the Greek word defined in Strong's listing 131 required EIGHT King James words ("which was diseased with an issue of blood") in order to convey its meaning. It is also profound to note that many people touched Jesus during his ministry. The miracle of Matthew 9:20 - 22 is the only one recorded in Scripture that was performed (no doubt due to the person's faith) after someone, unbeknownst to Christ, touched his clothing.
More Info on Biblical Meaning of 131
Haggai is the eighth smallest book of God's word. It has only 2 chapters, 38 verses and 1,131 words (1000 + 131) in the King James translation.
131 is the 32nd prime number in a sequence that begins with 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23 and so on. It can be expressed as the addition of the three consecutive primes 41, 43 and 47. It can also be expressed in binary coding (the 0's and 1's on which modern computers are based) as 10000011 (2 to the seventh power (or 128) + 2 + 1).