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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 - The thin ears swallowed H1104 up 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 [fn]magicians, 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 up their staffs.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:12 - “You stretched out Your right hand,
The earth swallowed H1104 them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:20 - but they shall not go in to see the holy objects even for a 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 up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into [fn]Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:32 - and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed H1104 them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:34 - All Israel who were around them fled at their [fn]outcry, for they said, “The earth may swallow H1104 us up!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:10 - and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed H1104 them up along with Korah, when that company died, when the fire devoured 250 men, so that they became a [fn]warning.
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 therefore, send quickly and tell David, saying, ‘Do not spend the night at the fords 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 of those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel. You are seeking to destroy a city, even a mother in Israel. Why would you swallow H1104 up the inheritance of the LORD?”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 20:20 - Joab replied, “Far be it, far be it from me that I should swallow H1104 up 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 fast 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 let 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,
And 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 what he has attained
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?
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 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!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:9 - [fn]Confuse, H1104 O 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,
Nor the pit shut its mouth on me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:17 - The earth opened and swallowed H1104 up Dathan,
And engulfed the [fn]company of Abiram.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 107:27 - They reeled and staggered like a drunken man,
And [fn]were at 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 us swallow H1104 them alive like Sheol,
Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:28 - A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice,
And the mouth of the wicked [fn]spreads H1104 iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:20 - There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise,
But a foolish man swallows H1104 it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:12 - Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume H1104 him;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:12 - O My people! Their oppressors [fn]are children,
And women rule over them.
O 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]brought H1104 to confusion. H1104
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:3 - “Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them;
And I will confound 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 swallow H1104 up the [fn]covering which is over all peoples,
Even the veil which is [fn]stretched over all nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 25:8 - He will swallow H1104 up death for all time,
And the Lord [fn]GOD will wipe tears away from all faces,
And He will remove the reproach 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 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 strong drink:
The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink,
They are confused H1104 by wine, they stagger from strong drink;
They reel while [fn]having visions,
They totter when rendering judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:19 - “For your waste and desolate places and your destroyed land
Surely now you will be too cramped for the inhabitants,
And those who swallowed H1104 you will be far away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:34 - “Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has devoured me and 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 swallowed H1104 up; He has not spared
All the habitations of Jacob.
In His wrath He has thrown down
The strongholds of the daughter of Judah;
He has brought them down to the ground;
He has profaned the kingdom and its princes.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:5 - The Lord has become like an enemy.
He has swallowed H1104 up Israel;
He has swallowed H1104 up all its palaces,
He has destroyed its strongholds
And multiplied in the daughter of Judah
Mourning and moaning.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:8 - The LORD [fn]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 lament;
They have languished together.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:16 - All your enemies
Have opened their mouths wide against you;
They hiss and gnash their teeth.
They say, “We have swallowed H1104 her up!
Surely this is the day for which we waited;
We have reached it, we have seen it.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:7 - For they sow the wind
And they reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no [fn]heads;
It yields no [fn]grain.
Should it yield, strangers would swallow H1104 it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:8 - Israel is swallowed H1104 up;
They are now among the nations
Like a vessel in which no one delights.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:17 - [fn]And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow H1104 Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:13 - Your eyes are too pure to [fn]approve evil,
And You can not look on wickedness with favor.
Why do You look with favor
On those who deal treacherously?
Why are You silent when the wicked swallow H1104 up
Those more righteous than they?
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