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Lexicon :: Strong's H1215 - beṣaʿ

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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TWOT Reference: 267a

Strong’s Definitions

בֶּצַע betsaʻ, beh'-tsah; from H1214; plunder; by extension, gain (usually unjust):—covetousness, (dishonest) gain, lucre, profit.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 23x

The KJV translates Strong's H1215 in the following manner: covetousness (10x), gain (9x), profit (3x), lucre (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 23x
The KJV translates Strong's H1215 in the following manner: covetousness (10x), gain (9x), profit (3x), lucre (1x).
  1. profit, unjust gain, gain (profit) acquired by violence

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
בֶּצַע betsaʻ, beh'-tsah; from H1214; plunder; by extension, gain (usually unjust):—covetousness, (dishonest) gain, lucre, profit.
STRONGS H1215: Abbreviations
בֶּ֫צַע noun masculine gain made by violence, unjust gain, profit — בֶּ֫צַע Genesis 37:26 + 7 times (construct Judges 5:19 +); בָּ֑צַע Exodus 18:21 + 7 times; suffix בִּצֱע֑ךָ Jeremiah 22:17; בִּצְעֵךְ Jeremiah 51:13; Ezekiel 22:13; בִּצְעוֺ Isaiah 56:11; Isaiah 57:17; בִּצְעָם Ezekiel 33:31; Micah 4:13; — gain made by violence (nearly = plunder) Judges 5:19; Micah 4:13; more generally, unjust gain Exodus 18:21; 1 Samuel 8:3; Psalm 119:36; Proverbs 28:16; Isaiah 33:15; Isaiah 56:11; Isaiah 57:17; Jeremiah 22:17; Jeremiah 51:13; Ezekiel 22:13; Ezekiel 33:21; as accusative of congnate meaning with verb with בָּצַע Proverbs 1:19; Proverbs 15:27; Jeremiah 6:13; Jeremiah 8:10; Ezekiel 22:27; Habakkuk 2:9; profit (with selfish suggestion) מה־ב׳ Genesis 37:26; Malachi 3:14 compare Psalm 30:10; Job 22:3.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


37:26; 37:26


18:21; 18:21


5:19; 5:19

1 Samuel





30:10; 119:36


1:19; 15:27; 28:16


33:15; 56:11; 56:11; 57:17; 57:17


6:13; 8:10; 22:17; 22:17; 51:13; 51:13


22:13; 22:13; 22:27; 33:21; 33:31


4:13; 4:13





Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H1215 matches the Hebrew בֶּצַע (beṣaʿ),
which occurs 23 times in 23 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:26 - And Judah said to his brothers, “What profit H1215 is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:21 - “Furthermore, you shall [fn]select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest H1215 gain H1215; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, [fn]of hundreds, [fn]of fifties, and [fn]of tens.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:19 - “The kings came and fought;
Then the kings of Canaan fought
At Taanach near the waters of Megiddo;
They took no plunder H1215 in silver.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:3 - His sons, however, did not walk in his ways but turned aside after dishonest H1215 gain H1215, and they took bribes and perverted justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 22:3 - “Is it any pleasure to [fn]the Almighty if you are righteous,
Or gain H1215 if you make your ways blameless?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 30:9 - “What gain H1215 is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:36 - Incline my heart to Your testimonies,
And not to dishonest gain H1215.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:19 - Such are the ways of everyone who makes unjust H1215 gain H1215;
It takes away the life of its possessors.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:27 - He who profits illicitly H1215 troubles his own house,
But he who hates bribes will live.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:16 - A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding,
But a person who hates unjust H1215 gain H1215 will prolong his days.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 33:15 - One who walks righteously and speaks with integrity,
One who rejects [fn]unjust H1215 gain H1215
And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe;
One who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed
And shuts his eyes from looking at evil;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 56:11 - And the dogs are [fn]greedy, they [fn]are never satisfied.
And they are shepherds who have no understanding;
They have all turned to their own way,
Each one to his unjust H1215 gain H1215, [fn]without exception.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:17 - “Because of the wrongful act of his unjust H1215 gain H1215 I was angry and struck him;
I hid My face and was angry,
And he went on turning away, in the way of his heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:13 - “For from the least of them to the greatest of them,
Everyone is greedy for gain H1215,
And from the prophet to the priest
Everyone deals falsely.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 8:10 - “Therefore I will give their wives to others,
Their fields to new owners;
Because from the least even to the greatest
Everyone is greedy for gain H1215;
From the prophet even to the priest,
Everyone practices deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 22:17 - “But your eyes and your heart
Are intent only upon your own dishonest H1215 gain H1215,
And on shedding innocent blood,
And on practicing oppression and extortion.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:13 - You who live by many waters,
Abundant in treasures,
Your end has come,
The [fn]measure of your [fn]end H1215.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:13 - “Behold, then, I strike with My hand your profit H1215 which you have made and [fn]the bloodshed which is among you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:27 - “Her leaders within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives in order to make dishonest H1215 profit H1215.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 33:31 - “And they come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them; for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart follows their unlawful H1215 gain H1215.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 4:13 - “Arise and thresh, daughter of Zion,
For I will make your horn iron,
And I will make your hoofs bronze,
So that you may pulverize many peoples,
And dedicate to the LORD their unjust H1215 profit H1215,
And their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 2:9 - “Woe to him who makes evil profit H1215 for his household,
To put his nest on high,
To be saved from the hand of catastrophe!
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 3:14 - “You have said, ‘It is pointless to serve God; and what benefit H1215 is it for us that we have done what He required, and that we have walked in mourning before the LORD of armies?
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