And he passed over them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
-- Gen. 33:3 (KJV)
Jacob showed the ultimate respect to his brother Esau by bowing seven times. The number seven represents perfection or completion within the spiritual realm. By bowing seven times, Jacob completely put an end in attempting to usurp the authority of his older brother.
Numerical Analysis: The numerical pattern for this verse is 3,6,9. (3) Stay in the Spirit in order to overcome. (6) To expose evil, submit to authority completely. (9) To overturn evil, choose to be near your immediate family.