The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 93
The possible meaning of number 93 in the Bible is influenced by Paul's missionary journeys, the history of Israel before it had a king and the Psalms.
The Apostle Paul was able to travel with relative ease to Derbe, during his first missionary journey, using the then roughly fifty-year old Roman paved road called the Via Sebaste.
The Via Sebaste ran through Pisidian Antioch to Iconium, a distance of about 93 miles (150 kilometers). It then ran from Iconium to Lystra, a distance of 18.5 miles (30 kilometers). From Lystra there was an unpaved track of road about 62 miles long (100 kilometers) that led to Derbe (Book of Acts in Its Graeco-Roman Setting, Volume 2, Chapter 10).
Appearances of number ninety-three
Israel's first Judge, Joshua, died in 1380 B.C. From his death to the time when the last Judges, Samuel's two sons (1Samuel 8:1 - 2), completed their service in 1050 numbered 330 years. During this period the Israelites were oppressed by their enemies five distinct times totaling 93 years.
The 93 years of domination began with eight years under a Mesopotamia king (Judges 3:8) then eighteen under the Moabites more than forty years later (verses 11 - 14). They then were dominated by the Canaanites for twenty years until Deborah and Barak freed the people (Judges 4:3). Gideon, in 1145 B.C., was inspired to free God's people from a punishing Midianite-led coalition that lasted seven years (6:1).
The fifth and last period of Israel's ninety-three years of oppression was due to both the Philistines and the Ammonites. The Philistines oppressed the Israelites west of the Jordan for forty years (Judges 13:1). Within this period, the Ammonites primarily dominated the people east of the Jordan for eighteen of these years (Judges 10:6 - 8). With all of above, we have 8 + 18 + 20 + 7 + 40 = 93 years of domination by foreign powers.
Number 93 and the Psalms
Psalm 93, and the six others that follow it, were applied by Jews to the times of the Messiah. Its theme is God's supremacy in creation and providence. Additionally, from a Christian perspective, it offers allusions to Jesus' Millennial reign on the earth.
This Psalm (sometimes referred to as an enthronement of theocratic psalm) was likely written from 1010 to 970 B.C. by priests serving under King David. Other songs with the same general theme as this one include Psalms 47 and 95 to 99.
Psalm 93 declares the Lord reigns gloriously, powerfully, eternally and with perfect majesty. It is his throne, and nothing else, that preserves and keeps the world even though it is invisibly hung in space (see Job 26:7).
The Lord reigns; He is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength. He clothed Himself and the world also is established; it shall not be moved. Your throne is established of old; You are from everlasting.
The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voices; the floods lift up their waves. The Lord on high is mightier than the thunders of many waters, yea, mightier than the mighty waves of the sea. Your testimonies are very sure; holiness adorns Your house forever, O Lord.
More info on Biblical Meaning of 93
Psalm 93, as well as Psalms 15, 43, 70, 125 and 127 contains only five verses. These, however, are not the smallest sections of this famous book of songs. Psalm 123 has four verses while Psalms 131, 133 and 134 contain three. The smallest, however, which numbers just 33 words in the King James Bible, is Psalm 117 at two verses!
Psalm 119 is the only Biblical chapter that at least ninety-three verses. The ninety-third verse of this Psalm affirms that God's law, in spite of those who think it has been "done away with," is the foundation of true living.
I will never forget Your precepts, for with them You have given me life (Psalm 119:93, HBFV).