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The Number 216

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 216

The possible meaning of the number 216 is derived from the occurrences of certain words in Scripture.

The Hebrew word paroh, Strong's #H6547, occurs 216 times in 185 verses in the Pentateuch. The word means "great house" and is translated as "Pharaoh" in the King James. It is utilized as the common title of the king of Egypt. It is used the most in the book of Exodus (115 times) followed by Genesis (94).

The first three of paroh's 216 uses are in Genesis 12, when Abraham and Sarah (who are roughly 75 and 65 years old respectively) are entering Egypt in order to escape a severe famine. Sarah's striking beauty so impresses the Egyptians that they tell Pharaoh about it!

And it came to pass, that, when Abram (Abraham) was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman (Sarah) that she was very fair. The princes also of Pharaoh (paroh) saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh (paroh): and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's (paroh) house (Genesis 12:14 - 15, KJV).

Appearances of Number Two Hundred Sixteen

The Hebrew word yom, Strong's Concordance #H3117, is used in 216 verses in what is known as the wisdom books of Scripture (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon). It is used the most in the Psalms (115 times) followed by the book of Job (59).

Yom, in the 216 verses in which it is used, is frequently translated as "day," "days," "time," or "daily." Job, written more than 200 years before Moses wrote the Pentateuch, uses yom to offer some wise insights.

For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days (yom) upon earth are a shadow . . . With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days (yom) understanding . . . Man that is born of a woman is of few days (yom), and full of trouble (Job 8:9, 12:12, 14:1, KJV).

Moses' name appears in 216 verses in the King James Bible book of Numbers. His last appearance in this book is in the last verse of the last chapter. Interestingly, his name is also recorded in the first verse of chapter one!

These are the commandments and the judgments which the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses to the children of Israel on the plains of Moab beside Jordan at Jericho (Num. 36:13, HBFV).

A Host of Angels and Number 216

The Hebrew word machaneh, Strong's #H4264, occurs 216 times in the Old Testament's original language. It is a word that refers to an encampment, camp, company, host (either of humans or angels) or body of people. It is written the most, 49 times, in the book of Numbers.

Machaneh's first out of 216 uses is in Genesis. The patriarch Jacob, after serving 20 years for Laban, leaves to go back home to Canaan with his huge family. He travels fearing he will run into his brother Esau who vowed to kill him for cheating him out of his birthright blessing (Genesis 27). God, as Jacob journeys, allows him to see a group of angels in order to encourage him and assure him that he is being protected.

And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host (machaneh): and he called the name of that place Mahanaim (Genesis 32:1 - 2, KJV).

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 216

216 is unique in that it is the cube of the number 6 (6 x 6 x 6).

216 can be arrived at by adding the cubes of 3, 4 and 5 (27 + 64 + 125). It can also be reached by multiplying 2 cubed (8) by 3 cubed (27).

216 in the binary system is represented as 11011000.

The tenth most frequently recorded personal name in the King James Bible is Joshua. His name is found in 197 verses for 216 total occurences. Joshua is mentioned the most, 168 times, in the book named after him.

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