What Does the Number 17 Mean In the Bible?

Last updated on November 1st, 2022 at 04:55 am

What Does the Number 17 Mean In the Bible?

Numbers have their own special significance, whether in numerology or specifically within the Bible, as biblical numbers.

One such number is the number 17, which does have its own special meaning– it is not only a way to quantify objects or to quantify information.

Meaning of the Number 17 In the Bible

First things first, what is the meaning of the number 17 in the Bible, anyway?

This number is the number of transformation, also representing a complete victory in Christ. Its meaning is “overcoming the enemy” and “complete victory”, calling back to that complete victory in Christ that the number signifies.

7 + 10 = 17, in Romans 8:35, when the apostle Paul is answering what shall separate us from the love of Christ.

He lists 7 things that could separate us, and then 10 things that cannot get between us and God– accounting for the 7 and the 10 in the equation.

When we get 17, we have a representation of a Christian’s perfect and eternal standing with God, begotten through Christ. 

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One of the times when something was overcome in the Bible was when God flooded the earth on the 17th day of the second Hebrew month. He was overcoming the sins of the humans on earth. When Noah built his ark, the ark and all of its passengers were delivered from safety on the 17th of the seventh month– when the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat.

Appearances of the Number 17 In the Bible

The number 17 has very many appearances in the Bible. For instance, when Jesus was resurrected near sunset by God, this happened on Nisan 17. This showed when he overcame and had a complete victory over death and over the grave. In addition, the word love is mentioned over 17 times in the thirteenth chapter of 1Corinthians. The seventeenth time that love is mentioned, the apostle Paul is saying that love is the greatest gift of all and that God’s never-ending love is victorious over all things. Those who are faithful to God, they will gain victory over the grave. 

Another appearance of the number 17 is in relation to the beasts of Daniel 7. These beasts have 7 heads and 10 horns, resulting in a total of 17. In Revelations, it is said that humans will soon obey and worship the devil and these beasts. Those people will go to war and rage against the people who have faith in God and Jesus– achieving a short victory against God’s people. However, true Christians will gain the upper hand and get victory against God’s enemies when they are resurrected back to life. 

The Day of Atonement, which is also known as Yom Kippur, has a common theme of binding the devil, or Satan. This happens in the seventh Hebrew month on the tenth day. Of course, 10 + 7 = 17, which calls to Christ perfectly overcome Satan. 

There is also the number 17 in relation to words in the Bible or books of the Bible– for instance, Chushanrishathaim is one of the longest words found in the Bible, at 17 letters long. The Book of James also contains material from 17 different Old Testament books. Last, but not least, the book of 1Corinthians includes 17 different direct quotations that are from the Old Testament and can be found there.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is significant about the number 17?

The number 17 is significant in a few different ways– for example, it is the only prime number that is the sum of 4 consecutive prime numbers. It also has special symbolism in numerology and in literature like the Bible. It is the number of transformations in the Bible and also represents a complete victory in Christ. It can also be representative of wisdom.

What is the 17th book of the New Testament?

The 17th book of the New Testament is the Book of Titus. The Book of Titus reminds us that the beliefs we have about God impact each and every decision that we make. It is a pastoral epistle that is attributed to Paul the Apostle and addressed to Saint Titus. In the Old Testament, the 17th book is the Book of Esther. This is where Esther is able to become the Queen of Persia and prevent the genocide of the Hebrew people. 

What are biblical numbers?

Biblical numbers is a term that refers to the use of numbers in the Christian Bible so that you can convey a meaning besides the numerical value of that number. Instead of quantifying things, biblical numbers are symbolic and can be symbolic of many things, such as a virtue or a particular event. They are important to understanding the Bible and to understanding God’s word and can be found in many different patterns throughout the text of the Bible. The numerological values that are found in the Bible are often related to a wonder usage in the Ancient Near East. 

What is 11/17 in the Bible?

11/17 can refer to the verse Matthew 11:17. As there are different versions of the Bible, this can vary slightly– in the King James version, though, the text is as follows: “And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.” In the New International Version of the text, however, it is translated to read: “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge and you did not mourn.” This refers to Christ being the children that piped, and St. John represented by those who mourned– as Christ did not refuse to eat or interact with those who were sinners. 

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