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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)
Dictionary Aids

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.
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 - ‘I then will destroy your high H1116 places H1116, and cut down your incense altars, and [fn]pile your [fn]remains on the [fn]remains of your idols, for My soul will loathe you.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:28 - “For a fire spread from Heshbon,
A flame from the town of Sihon;
It devoured Ar of Moab,
The [fn]dominant [fn]heights of the Arnon.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 33:52 - you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from you, and destroy all their idolatrous sculptures, destroy all their cast metal images, and eliminate all their high H1116 places H1116;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:13 - “He had him ride on the high H1116 places H1116 of the earth,
And he ate the produce of the field;
And He had him suck honey from the rock,
And [fn]oil from the flinty rock,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 33:29 - “Blessed are you, Israel;
Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD,
The shield of your help,
And He who is the sword of your majesty!
So your enemies will cringe before you,
And you will trample on their high H1116 places H1116.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:12 - They answered them and said, “He is; [fn]see, he is ahead of you. Hurry now, for he has come into the city today, because the people have a sacrifice on the high H1116 place H1116 today.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:13 - “As soon as you enter the city you will find him before he goes up to the high H1116 place H1116 to eat, for the people will not eat until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those who are invited will eat. Now then, go up, for you will find him about this time.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:14 - So they went up to the city. As they came into the city, behold, Samuel was coming out toward them to go up to the high H1116 place H1116.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:19 - And Samuel answered Saul and said, “I am the seer. Go up ahead of me to the high H1116 place H1116, for you shall eat with me today; and in the morning I will let you go, and will tell you everything that is on your mind.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:25 - When they came down from the high H1116 place H1116 into the city, [fn]Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:5 - “Afterward you will come to [fn]the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is; and it shall be as soon as you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high H1116 place H1116 with harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre in front of them, and they will be prophesying.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:13 - When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high H1116 place H1116.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:19 - [fn]Your beauty, Israel, is [fn]slaughtered on your high H1116 places H1116!
How the mighty have fallen!
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:25 - “How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!
Jonathan is [fn]slaughtered on your high H1116 places H1116.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:34 - “He makes [fn]my feet like deer’s feet,
And sets me on my high H1116 places H1116.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:2 - The people were still sacrificing on the high H1116 places H1116, because there was no house built for the name of the LORD until those days.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:3 - Now Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he was sacrificing and burning incense on the high H1116 places H1116.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:4 - And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, because that was the great high H1116 place H1116; Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 11:7 - Then Solomon built a high H1116 place H1116 for Chemosh, the abhorrent idol of Moab, on the mountain that is [fn]east of Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abhorrent idol of the sons of Ammon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 12:31 - And he made houses on high H1116 places H1116, and [fn]appointed priests from [fn]all the people who were not of the sons of Levi.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 12:32 - Jeroboam also [fn]instituted a feast in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month, like the feast that is in Judah, and he [fn]went up to the altar. So he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves which he had made. And he stationed in Bethel the priests of the high H1116 places H1116 which he had made.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:2 - And he cried out against the altar by the word of the LORD and said, “Altar, altar, this is what the LORD says: ‘Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high H1116 places H1116 who burn incense on you, and human bones shall burn on you.’”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:32 - “For the thing will certainly come to pass which he cried out by the word of the LORD against the altar that is in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high H1116 places H1116 which are in the cities of Samaria.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:33 - After this event, Jeroboam did not [fn]abandon his evil way, but he again [fn]appointed priests of the high H1116 places H1116 from [fn]all the people; anyone who wanted, he ordained, and he became [fn]one of the priests of the high H1116 places H1116.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:23 - For they, too, built for themselves high H1116 places H1116, memorial stones, and [fn]Asherim on every high hill and under every luxuriant tree.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 15:14 - But the high H1116 places H1116 [fn]were not eliminated; nevertheless Asa’s heart was [fn]wholly devoted to the LORD all his days.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 22:43 - He walked [fn]entirely in the way of his father Asa; he did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the LORD. However, the high H1116 places H1116 were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high H1116 places H1116.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 12:3 - Only the high H1116 places H1116 did not end; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high H1116 places H1116.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 14:4 - Only the high H1116 places H1116 were not eliminated; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high H1116 places H1116.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 15:4 - Only the high H1116 places H1116 were not eliminated; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high H1116 places H1116.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 15:35 - Only the high H1116 places H1116 were not eliminated; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high H1116 places H1116. He built the upper gate of the house of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 16:4 - And he sacrificed and burned incense on the high H1116 places H1116, on the hills, and under every green tree.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 17:9 - And the sons of Israel [fn]did things secretly against the LORD their God which were not right. Moreover, they built for themselves high H1116 places H1116 in all their towns, from watchtower to fortified city.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 17:11 - and there they burned incense on all the high H1116 places H1116 as the nations did that the LORD had taken into exile before them; and they did evil things, provoking the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 17:29 - But every nation was still making gods of its own, and they put them in the houses of the high H1116 places H1116 which the people of Samaria had made, every nation in their cities in which they lived.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 17:32 - They also feared the LORD and [fn]appointed from their entire population priests of the high H1116 places H1116, who acted for them in the houses of the high H1116 places H1116.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:4 - He removed the high H1116 places H1116 and smashed the memorial stones to pieces, and cut down the [fn]Asherah. He also crushed to pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel had been burning incense to it; and it was called [fn]Nehushtan.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:22 - “However, if you say to me, ‘We have trusted in the LORD our God,’ is it not He whose high H1116 places H1116 and whose altars Hezekiah has removed, and has said to Judah and to Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 21:3 - For he rebuilt the high H1116 places H1116 which his father Hezekiah had destroyed; and he erected altars for Baal and made an [fn]Asherah, just as Ahab king of Israel had done, and he worshiped all the heavenly [fn]lights and served them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:5 - Then he did away with the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had appointed to burn incense on the high H1116 places H1116 in the cities of Judah and in the surrounding area of Jerusalem, as well as those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, to the moon, to the constellations, and to all the remaining heavenly [fn]lights.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:8 - Then he brought all the priests from the cities of Judah, and defiled the high H1116 places H1116 where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba; and he tore down the high H1116 places H1116 of the gates that were at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on one’s left at the city gate.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:9 - Nevertheless the priests of the high H1116 places H1116 did not go up to the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they ate unleavened bread among their brothers.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:13 - And the king defiled the high H1116 places H1116 that were opposite Jerusalem, which were on the right of the mount of destruction which Solomon the king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the sons of Ammon.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:15 - Furthermore, the altar that was at Bethel and the high H1116 place H1116 which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who misled Israel into sin, had made, even that altar and the high H1116 place H1116 he tore down. Then he burned the high H1116 place H1116, ground the remains to dust, and burned the Asherah.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:19 - Then Josiah also removed all the houses of the high H1116 places H1116 which were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had constructed, [fn]provoking the LORD to anger; and he did to them [fn]just as he had done in Bethel.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:20 - And he slaughtered all the priests of the high H1116 places H1116 who were there on the altars, and burned human bones on them; then he returned to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:39 - He left Zadok the priest and his relatives the priests before the [fn]tabernacle of the LORD in the high H1116 place H1116 which was at Gibeon,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:29 - For the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses had made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt offering were on the high H1116 place H1116 at Gibeon at that time.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 1:3 - Then Solomon and all the assembly with him went to the high H1116 place H1116 which was at Gibeon, because God’s tent of meeting was there which Moses, the servant of the LORD had made in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 1:13 - So Solomon went [fn]from the high H1116 place H1116 which was at Gibeon, from the tent of meeting, to Jerusalem, and he reigned over Israel.

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