Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
The Number 88

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The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 88

King Rehoboam, who ruled the Kingdom of Judah from 930 to 913 B.C., had 88 children (28 sons and 60 daughters)! He produced this offspring through 18 wives and 60 concubines (2Chronicles 11:21). This is in stark contrast to his father Solomon who, although he had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines (1Kings 11:1 - 3), is recorded in Scripture to have produced only one son (heir to the throne) and some daughters (1Kings 4:11, 15).

There are no Biblical chapters that have exactly eighty-eight verses. In fact, only four chapters in the entirety of the King James Bible have 80 or more verses. These chapters are Luke 1 (80), 1Chronicles 6 (81), Numbers 7 (89) and the largest chapter in terms of number of verses Psalm 119 (176).


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Appearances of the number eighty-eight

Psalm 88 was written by priests who served during King David's reign (1010 to 970 B.C.). It encourages us to remain faithful and diligent, and to cry out to our heavenly Father all day and night if need be.

O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before You. Let my prayer come before You; bow down Your ear to my cry, for my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near the grave (Psalm 88:1 - 3).

Single words and number 88

The phrase hapax legomenon, in Greek, means "thing once said." One interesting way of studying God's word is to look for hapax legomenon or words that are recorded only once in the Bible. There are several of these in the King James translation, one of which, "forgetfulness," is found only in Psalm 88.

Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? (Psalm 88:12).

Other words found only once in the KJV Old Testament include "reverend" (Psalms 111:9) and "eternity" (Isaiah 57:15). Single word occurrences in the New Testament include "grandmother" (2Timothy 1:5), "itching" (2Timothy 4:3), "wrestle" (Ephesians 6:12), "philosophy" (Colossians 2:8) and "fleshy" (2Corinthians 3:3).

Surprisingly, quite a few hapax legomenon are found in the book of Hebrews authored by the Apostle Paul. Some of these are "sundry" (Hebrews 1:1), "discerner" (4:12), "unskilful" (5:13), "forerunner" (6:20), "unchangeable" (7:24) and "finisher" (12:2).

Additional info on Biblical Meaning of 88

Psalm 119, verse 88, asks God to quicken or keep us alive so that we can continue to be obedient to Him.

Give me life according to Your lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of Your mouth (Psalm 119:88).

Only the book of Psalms numbers more than 88 chapters in the KJV translation.

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