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Lexicon :: Strong's H1116 - bāmâ

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Part of Speech
feminine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From an unused root (meaning to be high)
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TWOT Reference: 253

Strong’s Definitions

בָּמָה bâmâh, bam-maw'; from an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation:—height, high place, wave.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 102x

The KJV translates Strong's H1116 in the following manner: high place (100x), heights (1x), waves (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 102x
The KJV translates Strong's H1116 in the following manner: high place (100x), heights (1x), waves (1x).
  1. high place, ridge, height, bamah (technical name for cultic platform)

    1. high place, mountain

    2. high places, battlefields

    3. high places (as places of worship)

    4. funeral mound?

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
בָּמָה bâmâh, bam-maw'; from an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation:—height, high place, wave.
STRONGS H1116: Abbreviations
בָּמָה 104 noun feminine high place (√ apparently בום on account of firm ָ֯; compare Assyrian bâmâtê ZimBP 48, Moab. במת MI3, 27) — Jeremiah 48:35 + 18 times; הַבָּמָ֫תָה 1 Samuel 9:13; plural בָּמוֺת Numbers 21:19 + 62 times; construct בָּֽמֳתֵי Job 9:8; Isaiah 14:14; Amos 4:13; בָּֽמֳו֯תֵי Deuteronomy 32:13; Isaiah 58:14; Micah 1:3 (Ew§ 211 d Ges§ 87, 5 archaic feminine construct with retracted accent before monosyl. in poetry, bâmŏ-thê not bŏm); suffix בָּמֹתַי 2 Samuel 22:34 + 3 times; בָּמוֺתַי Psalm 18:34 + 10 times; —
1. high place, mountain: בָּמוֺת יָעַר forest mountains Micah 3:12 = Jeremiah 26:18; במות עולם ancient mountains Ezekiel 36:2; במות ארנן Numbers 21:28 (E poetry).
2. high places, battle-fields, the chief places of the land giving possession, victory, dominion: על במותיך on thy high places (Gilboa, the battle-field) 2 Samuel 1:19, 25 (in 2 Samuel 1:19 Greek Version of the LXX has a doublet מֵתֶיךָ thy dead, see We Dr).
a. of Israel: רכב על במתי ארץ ride upon the high places of the land Deuteronomy 32:13 & Isaiah 58:14 compare Deuteronomy 33:29; Psalm 18:34 = 2 Samuel 22:34; Habakkuk 3:19.
b. of God: דרך על במתי ארץ tread upon the high places of the earth Amos 4:13 compare Micah 1:3; במתי ים Job 9:8; עלה על במתי עב (aspiration of the king of Babylon) Isaiah 14:14.
3. high places, as places of worship, at first on hills and mountains, later on artificial mounds or platforms, under green trees, and in cities; still later for the chapels erected thereon, and once apparently for a portable sanctuary (decked with diverse colours) Ezekiel 16:16. The ancient worship of Israel was conducted on these high places. In the times of Samuel and David they ascended to them, descended from them, and offered sacrifices on them, 1 Samuel 9:12-25; 1 Samuel 10:5, 13 (הבמה for הביתה We Dr). The custom continued in the reign of Solomon, but Gibeon was הבמה הגדולה 1 Kings 3:2-4 compare 1 Chronicles 16:39; 1 Chronicles 21:29; 2 Chronicles 1:3, 13. High places of Baal were also used Numbers 22:41 (E) Jeremiah 19:5; Jeremiah 32:35; of Moab Isaiah 15:2; Isaiah 16:12; Jeremiah 48:35 (compare MI27); these must be demolished Numbers 33:52 (J). Solomon built במות (platforms or chapels) to Chemosh and Milkom on the Mt. of Evil Counsel opposite Jerusalem 1 Kings 11:7: Jeroboam made temples on the ancient high places of Dan and Bethel 1 Kings 12:31, 32; 2 Chronicles 11:15; they are called במות און Hosea 10:8, במות ישׂחק Amos 7:9: the kings of Israel built במות and בתי הבמות in all their cities 2 Kings 17:9, and the people worshipped there 2 Kings 17:11; these were also used by the mixed population after the exile of Israel 2 Kings 17:29, 32 (twice in verse): these various idolatrous high places were first destroyed by Josiah 1 Kings 13:2; 1 Kings 13:32; 1 Kings 13:38; 2 Kings 23:5-20 2 Chronicles 34:3. The worship of Yahweh on high places continued in Judah until the exile 1 Kings 22:44; 2 Kings 15:35; the sanctity code predicts that Yahweh will destroy them Leviticus 26:30; they were regarded as the reason for the rejection of Shiloh Psalm 78:58. The compiler of Kings, writing from the point of view of the Deuteronomic code, complains רַק הַבָּמוֺת לֹא סָרוּ 2 Kings 12:4; 2 Kings 14:4; 2 Kings 15:4, 35 compare 2 Chronicles 15:17; 20:33, and praises the few pious kings who destroyed them.
a. Rehoboam built במות with מצבות & אשׁרים on every high hill and under every green tree 1 Kings 14:23.
b. Asa did not remove the high places 1 Kings 15:14 (2 Chronicles 14:2; 2 Chronicles 14:4 is incorrect unless במות בעל).
c. Jehoshaphat in his reform on the basis of the covenant code did not remove them 1 Kings 22:44 (עוֺד הֵסִיר אֶת־הַבָּמוֺת 2 Chronicles 17:16 is doubtless incorrect, possibly read מצבות); Jehoram, his son, made high places in the cities of Judah 2 Chronicles 21:11 (Greek Version of the LXX Vulgate; not mountains HCT); and Ahaz sacrificed on high places on the hills and under every green tree and in every city of Judah 2 Kings 16:4; 2 Chronicles 28:4, 25; compare Micah 1:5 (read חטאת ? so Greek Version of the LXX Syriac Version Targum Che and others; yet compare JBL1890, 73 f.)
d. Hezekiah removed them 2 Kings 18:4, 22; 2 Chronicles 31:1; 32:12; Isaiah 36:7; but Manasseh rebuilt them 2 Kings 21:3; 2 Chronicles 33:3, 19, and the people continued to sacrifice thereon to Yahweh 2 Chronicles 33:17.
e. Josiah, in his reform, based on the Deuteronomic code, defiled them and brake them down from Geba to Beersheba 2 Kings 23:5, 8, 9; but subsequently there were במות התפת in the valley of Ben Hinnom Jeremiah 7:31, and במות throughout Judah Jeremiah 17:3 compare Ezekiel 6:3, 6;
[H1117 Ezekiel 20:29] (questioned by Ew & Co).
4. funereal mound (?) Ezekiel 43:7 (Thes, but in their high places AV RV; in their death Targum Theod Ew Hi RVm), Isaiah 53:9 (Lowth Ew Bö Rodwell Orelli; but in his death AV RV, or martyr death De Che Br).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs




21:19; 21:28; 22:41; 33:52


32:13; 32:13; 33:29

1 Samuel

9:12; 9:13; 9:13; 9:14; 9:15; 9:16; 9:17; 9:18; 9:19; 9:20; 9:21; 9:22; 9:23; 9:24; 9:25; 10:5; 10:13

2 Samuel

1:19; 1:19; 1:25; 22:34; 22:34

1 Kings

3:2; 3:3; 3:4; 11:7; 12:31; 12:32; 13:2; 13:32; 14:23; 15:14; 22:44; 22:44

2 Kings

12:4; 14:4; 15:4; 15:35; 15:35; 16:4; 17:9; 17:11; 17:29; 17:32; 18:4; 18:22; 21:3; 23:5; 23:5; 23:6; 23:7; 23:8; 23:8; 23:9; 23:9; 23:10; 23:11; 23:12; 23:13; 23:14; 23:15; 23:16; 23:17; 23:18; 23:19; 23:20

1 Chronicles

16:39; 21:29

2 Chronicles

1:3; 1:13; 11:15; 14:2; 14:4; 15:17; 17:16; 20:33; 21:11; 28:4; 28:25; 31:1; 32:12; 33:3; 33:17; 33:19; 34:3


9:8; 9:8


18:34; 18:34; 78:58


14:14; 14:14; 15:2; 16:12; 36:7; 53:9; 58:14; 58:14


7:31; 17:3; 19:5; 26:18; 32:35; 48:35; 48:35


6:3; 6:6; 16:16; 36:2; 43:7




4:13; 4:13; 7:9


1:3; 1:3; 1:5; 3:12



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H1116 matches the Hebrew בָּמָה (bāmâ),
which occurs 104 times in 92 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Lev 26:30–2Ch 1:13)

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:30 - And I will destroy your high places, H1116 and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:28 - For there is a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon: it hath consumed Ar of Moab, and the lords of the high places of Arnon.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 33:52 - Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places: H1116
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:13 - He made him ride on the high places H1116 of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 33:29 - Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places. H1116
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:12 - And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you: make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there is a sacrifice of the people to day in the high place: H1116
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:13 - As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place H1116 to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall find him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:14 - And they went up into the city: and when they were come into the city, behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the high place. H1116
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:19 - And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; H1116 for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:25 - And when they were come down from the high place H1116 into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:5 - After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place H1116 with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy:
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:13 - And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place. H1116
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:19 - The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: H1116 how are the mighty fallen!
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:25 - How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places. H1116
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:34 - He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high places. H1116
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:2 - Only the people sacrificed in high places, H1116 because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:3 - And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. H1116
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:4 - And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: H1116 a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 11:7 - Then did Solomon build an high place H1116 for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 12:31 - And he made an house of high places, H1116 and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 12:32 - And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places H1116 which he had made.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:2 - And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places H1116 that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:32 - For the saying which he cried by the word of the LORD against the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high places H1116 which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:33 - After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: H1116 whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places. H1116
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:23 - For they also built them high places, H1116 and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 15:14 - But the high places H1116 were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 22:43 - And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD: nevertheless the high places H1116 were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places. H1116
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 12:3 - But the high places H1116 were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places. H1116
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 14:4 - Howbeit the high places H1116 were not taken away: as yet the people did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high places. H1116
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 15:4 - Save that the high places H1116 were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places. H1116
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 15:35 - Howbeit the high places H1116 were not removed: the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. H1116 He built the higher gate of the house of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 16:4 - And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, H1116 and on the hills, and under every green tree.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 17:9 - And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places H1116 in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 17:11 - And there they burnt incense in all the high places, H1116 as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 17:29 - Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places H1116 which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 17:32 - So they feared the LORD, and made unto themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places, H1116 which sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places. H1116
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:4 - He removed the high places, H1116 and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:22 - But if ye say unto me, We trust in the LORD our God: is not that he, whose high places H1116 and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem?
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 21:3 - For he built up again the high places H1116 which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:5 - And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places H1116 in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:8 - And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places H1116 where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down the high places H1116 of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:9 - Nevertheless the priests of the high places H1116 came not up to the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:13 - And the high places H1116 that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:15 - Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place H1116 which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place H1116 he brake down, and burned the high place, H1116 and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:19 - And all the houses also of the high places H1116 that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the LORD to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:20 - And he slew all the priests of the high places H1116 that were there upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:39 - And Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place H1116 that was at Gibeon,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:29 - For the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of the burnt offering, were at that season in the high place H1116 at Gibeon.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 1:3 - So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high place H1116 that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD had made in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 1:13 - Then Solomon came from his journey to the high place H1116 that was at Gibeon to Jerusalem, from before the tabernacle of the congregation, and reigned over Israel.

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