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Lexicon :: Strong's H1104 - bālaʿ

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Strong’s Definitions

בָּלַע bâlaʻ, baw-lah'; a primitive root; to make away with (specifically by swallowing); generally, to destroy:—cover, destroy, devour, eat up, be at end, spend up, swallow down (up).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 49x

The KJV translates Strong's H1104 in the following manner: swallow ... (34x), destroy (9x), devour (3x), covered (1x), at...end (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 49x
The KJV translates Strong's H1104 in the following manner: swallow ... (34x), destroy (9x), devour (3x), covered (1x), at...end (1x).
  1. to swallow down, swallow up, engulf, eat up

    1. (Qal)

      1. to swallow down

      2. to swallow up, engulf

    2. (Niphal) to be swallowed up

    3. (Piel)

      1. to swallow

      2. to swallow up, engulf

      3. squandering (fig.)

    4. (Pual) to be swallowed up

    5. (Hithpael) to be ended

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
בָּלַע bâlaʻ, baw-lah'; a primitive root; to make away with (specifically by swallowing); generally, to destroy:—cover, destroy, devour, eat up, be at end, spend up, swallow down (up).
STRONGS H1104: Abbreviations
בָּלַע verb swallow down, swallow up, engulf (idea of quickness, suddenness) (Late Hebrew id., Arabic بَلَعَ swallow, Ethiopic በልዐ፡ eat, Aramaic בְּלַע, Iflb; Assyrian bêlû, Pi. destroy ZimBP 27) —
Qal Perfect בָּלַע Job 20:15, suffix בְּלָעַנִי Jeremiah 51:34 (Qr, compare Greek Version of the LXX Kt ־נוּ); 3rd person feminine singular בָּֽלְעָה Numbers 16:30; 3rd person plural suffix בְּלָעוּנוּ Psalm 124:3; Imperfect יִבְלָ֑ע Job 20:18, וַיִּבְלַע Exodus 7:12, suffix יִבְלָעֶנָּה Isaiah 28:4; 3rd person feminine singular וַתִּבְלַע Numbers 16:32 + 2 times; suffix תִּבְלָעֵנִי Psalm 69:16, תִּבְלָעֵנוּ Numbers 16:34, וַתִּבְלָעֵם Deuteronomy 11:6, תִּבְלָעֵמוֺ Exodus 15:12; 3rd person masculine plural suffix יִבְלָעֻהוּ Hosea 8:7; 3rd person feminine plural וַתִּבְלַעְנָה Genesis 41:7, וַתִּבְלַעְןָ Genesis 41:24; 1st person plural suffix נִבְלָעֵם Proverbs 1:12; Infinitive לִבְלֹעַ Jonah 2:1; suffix בִּלְעִי Job 7:19; —
1. swallow down, with accusative Job 7:19; Isaiah 28:4, subject דָּג Jonah 2:1; subject שִׁבֳּלִים Genesis 41:7, 24; מַטֶּה Exodus 7:12.
2. swallow up, engulf, subject אֶרֶץ Exodus 15:12; Numbers 16:30, 32, 34; Numbers 26:10; Deuteronomy 11:6; Psalm 106:17; figurative of greed Job 20:15 (object חַיִל; opposed to קיא vomit); of violence, extortion Proverbs 1:12 (כִּשְׁאוֺל); of devastation by enemy Hosea 8:7; Jeremiah 51:34; Psalm 124:3; over-whelming by calamity Psalm 69:16 (subject מצולה); of full enjoyment, profit Job 20:18 (no object)
Niph. Perfect נִבְלַע Hosea 8:8, נִבְלְעוּ Isaiah 28:7; — swallowed up, i.e. devastated Hosea 8:8; engulfed by wine (yet compare Pi. Isaiah 3:12) Isaiah 28:7 (מן־היין נ׳, || שָׁגוּ בַשֵּׁכָר).
Pi. Perfect בִּלַּע Isaiah 25:8 + 3 times; וּבִלַּע consecutive Isaiah 25:7; 3rd person plural בִּלֵּ֑עוּ Isaiah 3:12; 1st person plural בִּלָּ֑עְנוּ Lamentations 2:16, suffix בִּלַּעֲנוּהוּ Psalm 35:25; Imperfect יְבַלַּ־ע Proverbs 19:28, suffix 3rd person masculine singular יְבַלְּעֶנּוּ Job 8:18; Proverbs 21:20; יְבַלְּעֵם Psalm 21:10; 3rd person feminine singular suffix 3rd person masculine singular תְּבַלְּעֶנּוּ Ecclesiastes 10:12; 2nd person masculine singular תְּבַלַּע 2 Samuel 20:19, suffix וַתְּבַלְּעֵנִי Job 10:8; 1st person singular אֲבַלַּע 2 Samuel 20:20, אֲבַלֵּ֑עַ Isaiah 19:3; Imperative בַּלַּע Psalm 55:10; Infinitive בַּלַּע Numbers 4:20; Habakkuk 1:13, בַּלֵּ֑עַ Lamentations 2:8, suffix בַּלְּעוֺ Job 2:3; Participle suffix מְבַלְּעָ֑יִךְ Isaiah 49:19; —
1. swallow Numbers 4:20 (כְּבַלַּע as a swallowing = for an instant); elsewhere
2. swallow up, engulf, usually with accusative,
a. figurative of destruction, ruin, Isaiah 3:12 (object דֶּרֶךְ); (Ba from a √ II. בלע confound, compare Di; see also Isaiah 9:15; Isaiah 19:3; Isaiah 28:7; Psalm 55:10; Psalm 107:27); subject י׳ Lamentations 2:2, 5 (twice in verse); Lamentations 2:8; Job 2:3; Job 10:8; Psalm 21:10 (|| אכל), Isaiah 19:3 (object עֵצָה), i.e. confuse, confound; so Psalm 55:10 לְשׁוֺנָם פַּלַּג אֲדֹנָי בַּלַּע confuse, Lord, divide their speech (compare בלל Genesis 11:7, 9 & see De Che); subject wicked men, enemies Psalm 35:25; Isaiah 49:19 compare Lamentations 2:16 (absolute) Habakkuk 1:13; object reflexive in sense Ecclesiastes 10:12; = annihilate Isaiah 25:7, 8;
b. literally = destroy 2 Samuel 20:19, 20 (|| הִשְׁחִית); indefinite subject Job 8:18 ממקמו יב׳;
c. figurative for greedily (seize, adopt) practise Proverbs 19:28, for extravagance, squandering Proverbs 21:20.
Pu. Imperfect יְבֻלַּע 2 Samuel 17:16, יְבֻלָּ֑ע Job 37:20; Participle מְבֻלָּעִים Isaiah 9:15; — be swallowed up, i.e. destroyed Job 37:20; compare לַמֶּלֶךְ פֶּן־יְבֻלַּע 2 Samuel 17:16 (impersonal); ruined Isaiah 9:15 (yet compare below Pi.)
Hithp. Imperfect 3rd person feminine singular תִּתְבַּלָּ֑ע Psalm 107:27 (subject חכמה) their wisdom is all gone, 'they are at their wit's end' (compare below Pi.)
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


11:7; 11:9; 41:7; 41:7; 41:24; 41:24


7:12; 7:12; 15:12; 15:12


4:20; 4:20; 16:30; 16:30; 16:32; 16:32; 16:34; 16:34; 26:10


11:6; 11:6

2 Samuel

17:16; 17:16; 20:19; 20:19; 20:20; 20:20


2:3; 2:3; 7:19; 7:19; 8:18; 8:18; 10:8; 10:8; 20:15; 20:15; 20:18; 20:18; 37:20; 37:20


21:10; 21:10; 35:25; 35:25; 55:10; 55:10; 55:10; 69:16; 69:16; 106:17; 107:27; 107:27; 124:3; 124:3


1:12; 1:12; 19:28; 19:28; 21:20; 21:20


10:12; 10:12


3:12; 3:12; 3:12; 9:15; 9:15; 9:15; 19:3; 19:3; 19:3; 25:7; 25:7; 25:8; 25:8; 28:4; 28:4; 28:7; 28:7; 28:7; 49:19; 49:19


51:34; 51:34


2:2; 2:5; 2:8; 2:8; 2:16; 2:16


8:7; 8:7; 8:8; 8:8


2:1; 2:1


1:13; 1:13

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H1104 matches the Hebrew בָּלַע (bālaʿ),
which occurs 50 times in 48 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:7 - And the seven thin ears devoured H1104 the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:24 - And the thin ears devoured H1104 the seven good ears: and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:12 - For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up H1104 their rods.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:12 - Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed H1104 them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:20 - But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, H1104 lest they die.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:30 - But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, H1104 with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:32 - And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, H1104 and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:34 - And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up H1104 also.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:10 - And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up H1104 together with Korah, when that company died, what time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men: and they became a sign.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:6 - And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, H1104 and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel:
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:16 - Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, H1104 and all the people that are with him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 20:19 - I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up H1104 the inheritance of the LORD?
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 20:20 - And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up H1104 or destroy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 2:3 - And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy H1104 him without cause.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:19 - How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down H1104 my spittle?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 8:18 - If he destroy H1104 him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 10:8 - Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy H1104 me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:15 - He hath swallowed down H1104 riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:18 - That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: H1104 according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 37:20 - Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up. H1104
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 21:9 - Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up H1104 in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:25 - Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up. H1104
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:9 - Destroy, H1104 O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:15 - Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, H1104 and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:17 - The earth opened and swallowed up H1104 Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 107:27 - They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end. H1104
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 124:3 - Then they had swallowed us up H1104 quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:12 - Let us swallow them up H1104 alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:28 - An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth H1104 iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:20 - There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up. H1104
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:12 - The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up H1104 himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:12 - As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy H1104 the way of thy paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 9:16 - For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. H1104
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:3 - And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy H1104 the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 25:7 - And he will destroy H1104 in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 25:8 - He will swallow up H1104 death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:4 - And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up. H1104
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:7 - But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up H1104 of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:19 - For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up H1104 shall be far away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:34 - Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up H1104 like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:2 - The Lord hath swallowed up H1104 all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:5 - The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up H1104 Israel, he hath swallowed up H1104 all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:8 - The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: H1104 therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:16 - All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: H1104 certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:7 - For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up. H1104
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:8 - Israel is swallowed up: H1104 now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:17 - Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up H1104 Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:13 - Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth H1104 the man that is more righteous than he?
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