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Lexicon :: Strong's H1234 - bāqaʿ

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Strong’s Definitions

בָּקַע bâqaʻ, baw-kah'; a primitive root; to cleave; generally, to rend, break, rip or open:—make a breach, break forth (into, out, in pieces, through, up), be ready to burst, cleave (asunder), cut out, divide, hatch, rend (asunder), rip up, tear, win.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 51x

The KJV translates Strong's H1234 in the following manner: cleave (10x), ...up (9x), divide (5x), rent (4x), ... out (3x), break through (3x), rend (3x), breach (2x), asunder (2x), hatch (2x), brake (1x), burst (1x), cleft (1x), break forth (1x), pieces (1x), tare (1x), tear (1x), win (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 51x
The KJV translates Strong's H1234 in the following manner: cleave (10x), ...up (9x), divide (5x), rent (4x), ... out (3x), break through (3x), rend (3x), breach (2x), asunder (2x), hatch (2x), brake (1x), burst (1x), cleft (1x), break forth (1x), pieces (1x), tare (1x), tear (1x), win (1x).
  1. to split, cleave, break open, divide, break through, rip up, break up, tear

    1. (Qal)

      1. to cleave, cleave open

      2. to break through, break into

    2. (Niphal)

      1. to be cleft, be rent open, be split open

      2. to be broken into

    3. (Piel)

      1. to cleave, cut to pieces, rend open

      2. to break through, break down

    4. (Pual)

      1. to be ripped open, be torn open

      2. to be rent

      3. to be broken into

    5. (Hiphil)

      1. to break into

      2. to break through

    6. (Hophal) to be broken into

    7. (Hithpael) to burst (themselves) open, cleave asunder

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
בָּקַע bâqaʻ, baw-kah'; a primitive root; to cleave; generally, to rend, break, rip or open:—make a breach, break forth (into, out, in pieces, through, up), be ready to burst, cleave (asunder), cut out, divide, hatch, rend (asunder), rip up, tear, win.
STRONGS H1234: Abbreviations
בָּקַע verb cleave, break open or through (Late Hebrew id., MI15 מבקע השחרת from break of dawn; Aramaic בְּקַע; compare Ethiopic በቍዐ፡ profit, be useful, originally findere, aperire, Di) —
Qal Perfect בָּקַע Psalm 78:13, בָּֽקְעָה Isaiah 34:15, בָּקַעְתָּ Nehemiah 9:11; Psalm 74:15, וּבָֽקַעְתָּ֫ Ezekiel 29:7; Imperfect וַיִּבְקַע Judges 15:19; Isaiah 48:21, וַיִּבְקְעוּ 2 Samuel 23:16 = 1 Chronicles 11:18, וַיִּ בְקָעוּהָ 2 Chronicles 21:17; Imperative וּבְקָעֵהוּ Exodus 14:16; Infinitive construct suffix בִּקְעָם Amos 1:13; 2 Chronicles 32:1; Participle active בּוֺקֵעַ Isaiah 63:12; Ecclesiastes 10:9, בֹּקֵעַ Psalm 141:7; —
1. cleave, cleave open, followed by accusative, Judges 15:19 God cleft open the hollow (הַמֵּכְתֵּשׁ), and water came out, compare Isaiah 48:21 (object צוּר), also Psalm 74:15 bring forth by cleaving, object מַעְיָן יָנָחַ֑ל, all three of divine operation; cleave or rip open pregnant women Amos 1:13; of a broken staff, tearing the shoulder Ezekiel 29:7 (but read כַּף hand for כָּתֵף, Greek Version of the LXX Vulgate Sm (?) Co); cleave wood Ecclesiastes 10:9 (|| מַסִּיעַ אֲבָנִים); of ploughing (furrowing) the earth Psalm 141:7 (|| מֹּלֵחֵ; in simile); especially of dividing the sea, Exodus 14:16 (P) Nehemiah 9:11; Psalm 78:13, compare Isaiah 63:12, object מַיִם; — in all these subject י׳ except Exodus 14:16 where he commands Moses; of hatching out (a brood, but no object expressed) Isaiah 34:15, subject קִפּוֹן arrow-snake.
2. break through or into, followed by בְּ 2 Samuel 23:16 = 1 Chronicles 11:18; followed by accusative 2 Chronicles 21:17 וַיַעֲלוּ בִיהוּדָה וֵיִבְקָעוּהָ; also 2 Chronicles 32:1, object suffix reference to cities, ויאמר לְבִקְעָם אֵלָיו and he thought to break into them and so bring them unto himself.
Niph. Perfect נִבְקַע Job 26:8; Zechariah 14:4 (וְ consecutive); נִבְקְעוּ Genesis 7:11; Isaiah 35:6, נִבְקָ֑עוּ 2 Chronicles 25:11; Proverbs 3:20; Imperfect יִבָּקַע Isaiah 58:8, יִבֵָּק֑עַ Job 32:19; 3rd person feminine singular תִּבָּקַע Isaiah 59:5, וַתִּבָּקַע Numbers 16:31 + 3 times; Infinitive construct לְהִבָּקֵעַ Ezekiel 30:16; —
1. be cleft, rent open, subject the ground, הָֽאֲדָמָה Numbers 16:31 (J), הָאָרֶץ 1 Kings 1:40 (hyperb.); mountain Zechariah 14:4; burst open, of men hurled from rock 2 Chronicles 25:12; of cloud beneath its weight of water Job 26:8; hyperb. of belly full of words seeking a vent, Job 32:19 like new wine-skins it will burst open; so of the water-receptacles (מעינות) of the great deep, at the flood Genesis 7:11; of the water-masses themselves, תהומות Proverbs 3:20, מים ונהלים Isaiah 35:6; also of the Red Sea, וַיִבָּקְעוּ המים Exodus 14:21; of light breaking forth Isaiah 58:8 (figurative); of serpent's egg hatching out as a viper Isaiah 59:5 הַזּוּרֶה תִּבָּקַע אֶפְעֶה.
2. be broken into, of city captured by breaches in walls 2 Kings 25:4 = Jeremiah 52:7; Ezekiel 30:16.
Pi. Perfect בִּקֵּעַ 2 Kings 15:16; Job 28:10, וּבִקַּעְתִּ֫י Ezekiel 13:13, בִּקֵּ֑עוּ Isaiah 59:5; Imperfect יְבַקַּע Psalm 78:15, וַיְבַקַּע Genesis 22:3; 3rd person feminine singular תְּבַקֵּעַ Ezekiel 13:11, תְּבַקְּעֵם Hosea 13:8; 2nd person masculine singular תְּבַקַּע־ Habakkuk 3:9, תְּבַקֵּ֑עַ 2 Kings 8:12; 2nd person feminine plural וַתְּבַקַּעְנָה 2 Kings 2:24; — cleave, cut to pieces, or rend open (often more complete or more violent than Qal), followed by accusative, of cleaving wood Genesis 22:3 i.e. cut it up for burning, so 1 Samuel 6:14; of ripping open pregnant women 2 Kings 8:12; 2 Kings 15:16; of tearing in pieces children 2 Kings 2:24; compare also Hosea 13:8 (figurative); of cleaving open rocks, to bring forth water Psalm 78:15 (subject God); of cutting mining-shafts Job 28:10 בַּצּוּרוֺת יְאֹרִים בּ׳; נְהָרוֺת תְּבַקַּע־אָ֑רֶץ Habakkuk 3:9 into rivers thou cleavest (the) earth; break through or down (a wall, but no object expressed), Ezekiel 13:11 רוּחַ סְעָרוֺת תְּבֵַקּ֑עַ (but Co תִּבָּקֵעַ), compare Ezekiel 13:13 וּבִקַּעְתִּי רוּחַ סְעָרוֺת בַחֲמָתִי; of hatching eggs Isaiah 59:5 בֵּיצֵי צִפְעוֺנִי בִֵּקּ֑עוּ (figurative).
Pu. Imperfect יְבָֻקּ֑עוּ Hosea 14:1; Participle מְבֻקָּעָה Ezekiel 26:10, מְבֻקָּעִים Joshua 9:4; — be ripped open, of women Hosea 14:1 (verb of masculine form); rent, of old wine-skins Joshua 9:4; broken into, of a city in whose walls a breach has been made Ezekiel 26:10.
Hiph. Imperfect 1st person plural suffix וְנַבְקִעֶנָּה Isaiah 7:6; Infinitive construct לְהַבְקִיעַ 2 Kings 3:26; — break into, followed by suffix reference to Judah, Isaiah 7:6 אֵלֵינוּ ונב׳ let us break into it, lay it open, and so bring it unto ourselves (compare Qal 2 Chronicles 32:1); break through (absolute) with sword, שֹׁלֵף חֶרֶבּ לְהַבְקִיעַ אֶל־מֶלֶךְאֱדוֺם 2 Kings 3:26.
Hoph. Perfect 3rd person feminine singular הָבְקְעָה הָעִיר Jeremiah 39:2 the city was broken into, entrance was made by a breach.
Hithp. Perfect הִתְכַָּקּ֑עוּ Joshua 9:13, Imperfect יִתְבּקָּ֑עוּ Micah 1:4; — burst (themselves) open, of wine-skins Joshua 9:13; cleave asunder, of valleys Micah 1:4.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


7:11; 7:11; 22:3; 22:3


14:16; 14:16; 14:16; 14:21


16:31; 16:31


9:4; 9:4; 9:13; 9:13


15:19; 15:19

1 Samuel


2 Samuel

23:16; 23:16

1 Kings


2 Kings

2:24; 2:24; 3:26; 3:26; 8:12; 8:12; 15:16; 15:16; 25:4

1 Chronicles

11:18; 11:18

2 Chronicles

21:17; 21:17; 25:11; 25:12; 32:1; 32:1; 32:1


9:11; 9:11


26:8; 26:8; 28:10; 28:10; 32:19; 32:19


74:15; 74:15; 78:13; 78:13; 78:15; 78:15; 141:7; 141:7


3:20; 3:20


10:9; 10:9


7:6; 7:6; 34:15; 34:15; 35:6; 35:6; 48:21; 48:21; 58:8; 58:8; 59:5; 59:5; 59:5; 59:5; 63:12; 63:12


39:2; 52:7


13:11; 13:11; 13:13; 13:13; 26:10; 26:10; 29:7; 29:7; 30:16; 30:16


13:8; 13:8; 14:1; 14:1


1:13; 1:13


1:4; 1:4


3:9; 3:9


14:4; 14:4

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H1234 matches the Hebrew בָּקַע (bāqaʿ),
which occurs 51 times in 50 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:11 - In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, H1234 and the windows of heaven were opened.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:3 - And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave H1234 the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:16 - But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide H1234 it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:21 - And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. H1234
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:31 - And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder H1234 that was under them:
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 9:4 - They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, H1234 and bound up;
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 9:13 - And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: H1234 and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 15:19 - But God clave H1234 an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:14 - And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Bethshemite, and stood there, where there was a great stone: and they clave H1234 the wood of the cart, and offered the kine a burnt offering unto the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:16 - And the three mighty men brake through H1234 the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:40 - And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent H1234 with the sound of them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:24 - And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare H1234 forty and two children of them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 3:26 - And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through H1234 even unto the king of Edom: but they could not.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 8:12 - And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up H1234 their women with child.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 15:16 - Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him, therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were with child he ripped up. H1234
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 25:4 - And the city was broken up, H1234 and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king's garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round about:) and the king went the way toward the plain.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 11:18 - And the three brake through H1234 the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 21:17 - And they came up into Judah, and brake H1234 into it, and carried away all the substance that was found in the king's house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 25:12 - And other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah carry away captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock, and cast them down from the top of the rock, that they all were broken in pieces. H1234
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 32:1 - After these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win H1234 them for himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:11 - And thou didst divide H1234 the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 26:8 - He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent H1234 under them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:10 - He cutteth out H1234 rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:19 - Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst H1234 like new bottles.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:15 - Thou didst cleave H1234 the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:13 - He divided H1234 the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:15 - He clave H1234 the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:7 - Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth H1234 wood upon the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:20 - By his knowledge the depths are broken up, H1234 and the clouds drop down the dew.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:9 - Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth H1234 wood shall be endangered thereby.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:6 - Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach H1234 therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 34:15 - There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, H1234 and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 35:6 - Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, H1234 and streams in the desert.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:21 - And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave H1234 the rock also, and the waters gushed out.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 58:8 - Then shall thy light break forth H1234 as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 59:5 - They hatch H1234 cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out H1234 into a viper.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 63:12 - That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing H1234 the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 39:2 - And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up. H1234
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 52:7 - Then the city was broken up, H1234 and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king's garden; (now the Chaldeans were by the city round about:) and they went by the way of the plain.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 13:11 - Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend H1234 it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 13:13 - Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend H1234 it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 26:10 - By reason of the abundance of his horses their dust shall cover thee: thy walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots, when he shall enter into thy gates, as men enter into a city wherein is made a breach. H1234
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 29:7 - When they took hold of thee by thy hand, thou didst break, and rend H1234 all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brakest, and madest all their loins to be at a stand.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:16 - And I will set fire in Egypt: Sin shall have great pain, and No shall be rent asunder, H1234 and Noph shall have distresses daily.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:8 - I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear H1234 them.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:16 - Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up. H1234
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 1:13 - Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up H1234 the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 1:4 - And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, H1234 as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 3:9 - Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave H1234 the earth with rivers.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 14:4 - And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave H1234 in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
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