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Lexicon :: Strong's H1104 - bālaʿ

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A primitive root
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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 thin ears swallowed H1104 the seven plump and full ears. Then Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:24 - and the thin ears swallowed H1104 the seven good ears. Then I told it to the soothsayer priests, but there was no one who could explain it to me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:12 - For each one threw down his staff, and they turned into serpents. But Aaron’s staff swallowed H1104 their staffs.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:12 - “You reached out with Your right hand,
The earth swallowed H1104 them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:20 - but they shall not come in to see the holy objects even for H1104 a H1104 moment H1104, or they will die.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:30 - “But if the LORD [fn]brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows H1104 them with everything that is theirs, and they descend alive into [fn]Sheol, then you will know that these men have been disrespectful to the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:32 - and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed H1104 them, their households, and all the people who belonged to Korah with all their possessions.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:34 - Then all Israel who were around them fled at their [fn]outcry, for they said, “The earth might swallow H1104 us!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:10 - and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed H1104 them up H1104 along with Korah, when that group died, when the fire devoured 250 men, so that they became a warning sign.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:6 - and what He did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben, when the earth opened its mouth and swallowed H1104 them, their households, their tents, and every living thing that [fn]followed them, among all Israel
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:16 - “Now then, send a messenger quickly and tell David, saying, ‘Do not spend the night at the river crossing places of the wilderness, but by all means cross over, or else the king and all the people who are with him will be [fn]destroyed H1104.’”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 20:19 - “I am one of those who are ready for peace and faithful in Israel. You are trying to destroy a city, even a mother in Israel. Why would you swallow H1104 up H1104 the inheritance of the LORD?”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 20:20 - Joab replied, “Far be it, far be it from me that I would consume H1104 or destroy!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 2:3 - The LORD said to Satan, “Have you [fn]considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man [fn]fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds firm to his integrity, although you incited Me against him to [fn]ruin H1104 him without cause.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:19 - [fn]Will You never turn Your gaze away from me,
Nor leave me alone until I swallow H1104 my spittle?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 8:18 - “If he is [fn]removed H1104 from his place,
Then it will deny him, saying, ‘I never saw you.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 10:8 - ‘Your hands fashioned and made me [fn]altogether,
Yet would You destroy H1104 me?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:15 - “He swallows H1104 riches,
But will vomit them up;
God will expel them from his belly.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:18 - “He returns the product of his labor
And cannot swallow H1104 it;
As to the riches of his trading,
He cannot even enjoy them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 37:20 - “Shall it be told Him that I would speak?
[fn]Or should a man say that he would be swallowed H1104 up H1104?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 21:9 - You will make them as a fiery oven in the time [fn]of your anger;
The LORD will swallow H1104 them up H1104 in His wrath,
And fire will devour them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:25 - Do not let them say in their heart, “Aha, our desire!”
Do not let them say, “We have swallowed H1104 him up H1104!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:9 - Confuse H1104 them, Lord, divide their tongues,
For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:15 - May the [fn]flood of water not overflow me
Nor the deep swallow H1104 me up H1104,
Nor the pit close its mouth on me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:17 - The earth opened and swallowed H1104 up H1104 Dathan,
And engulfed the [fn]company of Abiram.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 107:27 - They reeled and staggered like a drunken person,
And [fn]were H1104 at H1104 their wits’ end H1104.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 124:3 - Then they would have swallowed H1104 us alive,
When their anger was kindled against us;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:12 - Let’s swallow H1104 them alive like Sheol,
Even whole, like those who go down to the pit;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:28 - A worthless witness makes a mockery of justice,
And the mouth of the wicked [fn]swallows H1104 wrongdoing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:20 - There is precious treasure and oil in the home of the wise,
But a foolish person swallows H1104 it up H1104.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:12 - Words from the mouth of a wise person are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume H1104 him;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:12 - My people! Their oppressors treat them violently,
And women rule over them.
My people! Those who guide you lead you astray
And confuse H1104 the direction of your paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 9:16 - For those who guide this people are leading them astray;
And those who are guided by them are [fn]confused H1104.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:3 - “Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them;
And I will confuse H1104 their strategy,
So that they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead,
And to [fn]mediums and spiritists.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 25:7 - And on this mountain He will destroy H1104 the [fn]covering which is over all peoples,
The veil which is [fn]stretched over all nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 25:8 - He will [fn]swallow H1104 up H1104 death for all time,
And the Lord [fn]GOD will wipe tears away from all faces,
And He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth;
For the LORD has spoken.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:4 - And the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
Which is at the head of the [fn]fertile valley,
Will be like the first-ripe fig prior to the summer,
Which [fn]one sees,
And [fn]as soon as it is in his [fn]hand,
He swallows H1104 it.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:7 - And these also reel with wine and stagger from intoxicating drink:
The priest and the prophet reel with intoxicating drink,
They are confused H1104 by wine, they stagger from intoxicating drink;
They reel while [fn]having visions,
They stagger when rendering a verdict.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:19 - “For your ruins and deserted places and your destroyed land
Now you will certainly be too cramped for the inhabitants,
And those who swallowed H1104 you will be far away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:34 - “Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon has devoured me, he has crushed me,
He has set me down like an empty vessel;
He has swallowed H1104 me like a monster,
He has filled his stomach with my delicacies;
He has washed me away.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:2 - The Lord has [fn]destroyed H1104; He has not spared
All the settlements of Jacob.
In His wrath He has overthrown
The strongholds of the daughter of Judah,
He has hurled them down to the ground;
He has profaned the kingdom and its leaders.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:5 - The Lord has become like an enemy.
He has engulfed H1104 Israel;
He has engulfed H1104 all its palaces,
He has destroyed its strongholds
And caused great mourning and grieving in the daughter of Judah.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:8 - The LORD determined to destroy
The wall of the daughter of Zion.
He has stretched out a line,
He has not restrained His hand from [fn]destroying H1104,
And He has caused rampart and wall to mourn;
They have languished together.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:16 - All your enemies
Have opened their mouths wide against you;
They [fn]hiss and gnash their teeth.
They say, “We have engulfed H1104 her!
This certainly is the day which we awaited;
We have reached it, we have seen it!
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:7 - For they sow wind
And they harvest a storm.
The standing grain has no [fn]kernels;
It yields no [fn]grain.
If it were to yield, strangers would swallow H1104 it.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:8 - Israel has been swallowed H1104 up H1104;
They are now among the nations
Like a vessel in which no one delights.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:17 - [fn]And the LORD designated a great fish to swallow H1104 Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish for three days and three nights.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:13 - Your eyes are too pure to look at evil,
And You cannot look at harm favorably.
Why do You look favorably
At those who deal treacherously?
Why are You silent when the wicked swallow H1104 up H1104
Those more righteous than they?
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