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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, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst H1234 open H1234, and the [fn]floodgates of the sky were opened.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:3 - So Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and his son Isaac; and he split H1234 wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place of which God had told him.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:16 - “As for you, lift up your staff and reach out with your hand over the sea and divide H1234 it, and the sons of Israel shall [fn]go through the midst of the sea on dry land.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:21 -

Then Moses reached out with his hand over the sea; and the LORD [fn]swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided H1234.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:31 -

And as he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split H1234 open H1234;

Unchecked Copy BoxJos 9:4 - but they on their part acted craftily and went and took provisions for a journey, and took worn-out sacks on their donkeys, and wineskins that were worn out, split H1234 open H1234, and patched,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 9:13 - “And these wineskins which we filled were new, and behold, they are split H1234 open H1234; and these clothes of ours and our sandals are worn out from the very long journey.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 15:19 - But God split H1234 the hollow place that is in Lehi so that water came out of it. When he drank, his [fn]strength returned and he revived. Therefore he named it [fn]En-hakkore, which is in Lehi to this day.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:14 - And the cart came into the field of Joshua the Beth-shemite and stopped there where there was a large stone; and they split H1234 the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:16 - So the three mighty men forced H1234 their way H1234 into the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and carried it and brought it to David. Yet he would not drink it, but poured it out as an offering to the LORD;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:40 - And all the people went up after him, and the people were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth [fn]shook H1234 at their noise.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:24 - When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore H1234 up H1234 forty-two [fn]of the boys.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 3:26 - When the king of Moab saw that the battle was too fierce for him, he took with him seven hundred men who drew swords, to break H1234 through H1234 to the king of Edom; but they could not.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 8:12 - And Hazael said, “Why is my lord weeping?” And he [fn]answered, “Because I know the evil that you will do to the sons of Israel: you will set their fortified cities on fire, you will kill their young men with the sword, their little ones you will smash to pieces, and you will rip H1234 up H1234 their pregnant women.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 15:16 - Then Menahem attacked Tiphsah and all who were in it and its borders from Tirzah, because they did not open up to him; so he attacked it and ripped H1234 up H1234 all its women who were pregnant.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 25:4 - Then the city was broken H1234 into, and all the men of war fled by night by way of the gate between the two walls that were beside the king’s garden, though the Chaldeans were all around the city. And [fn]they went by way of the Arabah.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 11:18 - So the three broke H1234 through H1234 the camp of the Philistines and drew water from the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David; however, David would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD;
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 21:17 - and they came against Judah and invaded H1234 it, and carried away all the possessions found in the king’s house together with his sons and his wives, so that no son was left to him except [fn]Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 25:12 - The sons of Judah also captured ten thousand alive and brought them to the top of the cliff, and threw them down from the top of the cliff so that they were all dashed H1234 to H1234 pieces H1234.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 32:1 -

After these [fn]acts of faithfulness Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah and besieged the fortified cities, and [fn]intended to break H1234 into them for himself.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:11 -

“You divided H1234 the sea before them,

So they passed through the midst of the sea on dry ground;

And You hurled their pursuers into the depths,

Like a stone into [fn]raging waters.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 26:8 -

“He wraps up the waters in His clouds,

And the cloud does not burst H1234 under them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:10 -

“He carves H1234 out H1234 channels through the rocks,

And his eye sees anything precious.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:19 -

“Behold, my belly is like unvented wine;

Like new wineskins, it is about to burst H1234.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:15 -

[fn]You broke H1234 open H1234 springs and torrents;

[fn]You dried up ever-flowing streams.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:13 -

He divided H1234 the sea and caused them to pass through,

And He made the waters stand up like a heap.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:15 -

He split H1234 the rocks in the wilderness

And gave them plenty to drink like the ocean depths.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:7 -

As when one plows and breaks H1234 open H1234 the earth,

Our bones have been scattered at the mouth of [fn]Sheol.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:20 -

By His knowledge the ocean depths were burst H1234 open H1234,

And the clouds drip with dew.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:9 - One who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and one who splits H1234 logs may be endangered by them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:6 - “Let’s go up against Judah and [fn]terrorize it, and take H1234 it for ourselves by H1234 assault H1234 and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 34:15 -

The tree snake will make its nest and lay eggs there,

And it will hatch H1234 and gather them under its [fn]protection.

Yes, the [fn]hawks will be gathered there,

Every one with its kind.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 35:6 -

Then those who limp will leap like a deer,

And the tongue of those who cannot speak will shout for joy.

For waters will burst H1234 forth H1234 in the wilderness,

And streams in the [fn]desert.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:21 -

They did not thirst when He led them through the deserts.

He made the water flow out of the rock for them;

He split H1234 the rock and the water gushed out.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 58:8 -

“Then your light will break H1234 out H1234 like the dawn,

And your recovery will spring up quickly;

And your righteousness will go before you;

The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 59:5 -

They hatch H1234 vipers’ eggs and weave the spider’s web;

The one who eats of their eggs dies,

And from what is crushed, a snake breaks H1234 out H1234.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 63:12 -

Who caused His glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses,

Who divided H1234 the waters before them to make for Himself an everlasting name,

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 39:2 - in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the city wall was breached H1234.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 52:7 - Then the city was breached H1234, and all the warriors fled and left the city at night by way of the gate between the two walls which was by the king’s garden, though the Chaldeans were [fn]all around the city. And they went by way of the Arabah.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 13:11 - so tell those who plaster it over with whitewash, that it will fall. A flooding rain will come, and you, hailstones, will fall, and a violent wind will break H1234 out H1234.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 13:13 - Therefore, this is what the Lord GOD says: “I will make a violent wind break H1234 out H1234 in My wrath. There will also be in My anger a flooding rain and hailstones to consume it in wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 26:10 - “Because of the multitude of his horses, the dust raised by them will cover you; your walls will shake from the noise of cavalry, [fn]wagons, and chariots when he enters your gates as warriors enter a city that is breached H1234.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 29:7 -

“When they took hold of you with the hand,

You broke and tore H1234 all their [fn]hands;

And when they leaned on you,

You broke and made all their hips [fn]shake.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:16 -

“I will set a fire in Egypt;

[fn]Sin will writhe in anguish,

[fn]Thebes will be breached H1234

And [fn]Memphis will have [fn]distresses daily.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:8 -

I will confront them like a bear deprived of her cubs,

And I will tear open [fn]their chests;

I will also devour them there like a lioness,

As a wild animal would tear H1234 them to H1234 pieces H1234.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 13:16 -

[fn]Samaria will pay the penalty for her guilt,

Because she has rebelled against her God.

They will fall by the sword,

Their children will be [fn]slaughtered,

And their pregnant women will be ripped H1234 open H1234.

Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 1:13 -

This is what the LORD says:

“For three offenses of the sons of Ammon, and for four,

I will not revoke its punishment,

Because they ripped H1234 open H1234 the pregnant women of Gilead

In order to enlarge their borders.

Unchecked Copy BoxMic 1:4 -

The mountains will melt under Him

And the valleys will be split H1234,

Like wax before the fire,

Like water poured down a steep place.

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 3:9 -

You removed Your bow from its holder,

The arrows of Your word were [fn]sworn. Selah

You divided H1234 the earth with rivers.

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 14:4 - On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split H1234 [fn]in its middle from east to west forming a very large valley. Half of the mountain will move toward the north, and the other half toward the south.
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