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Lexicon :: Strong's H188 - 'ôy

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Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
Probably from אָוָה (H183) (in the sense of crying out after)
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TWOT Reference: 42

Strong’s Definitions

אוֹי ʼôwy, o'-ee; probably from H183 (in the sense of crying out after); lamentation; also interjectionally Oh!:—alas, woe.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 24x

The KJV translates Strong's H188 in the following manner: woe (23x), alas (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 24x
The KJV translates Strong's H188 in the following manner: woe (23x), alas (1x).
  1. woe! alas! oh!

    1. passionate cry of grief or despair

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
אוֹי ʼôwy, o'-ee; probably from H183 (in the sense of crying out after); lamentation; also interjectionally Oh!:—alas, woe.
STRONGS H188: Abbreviations
אוֺי interjection (onomatopoetic; compare yuvA, yxv) woe! an impassioned expression of grief and despair: usually with dative אוֺי לִי Isaiah 6:5 woe to me! for I am undone, so Isaiah 24:16; Jeremiah 10:19; Jeremiah 15:10; אוֺי לָנוּ woe to us! 1 Samuel 4:7, 8; Jeremiah 4:13; Jeremiah 6:4; אוֺינָֿא לִי Jeremiah 4:31; Jeremiah 45:3; אוֺינָֿא לָנוּ Lamentations 5:16. With the 2nd or 3rd person often implying a denunciation; אוֺילְֿךָ מוֺאָב Numbers 21:29 (= Jeremiah 48:46) Jeremiah 13:27; Ezekiel 16:23 repeated אוֺי אוֺי לָח; Isaiah 3:9 אוֺי לְנַפְשָׁם Isaiah 3:11; Hosea 7:13; Hosea 9:12 (|| שֹׁד לָהֶם). With a voc. (or implicit accusative) Ezekiel 24:6, 9 אוֺי עִיר הַדָּמִים; absolute Numbers 24:23. Used as a substantive Proverbs 23:29 לְמִי אוֺי (|| לְמִי אֲבוֺי).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


21:29; 24:23

1 Samuel

4:7; 4:8




3:9; 3:11; 6:5; 24:16


4:13; 4:31; 6:4; 10:19; 13:27; 15:10; 45:3; 48:46




16:23; 24:6; 24:9


7:13; 9:12

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H188 matches the Hebrew אוֹי ('ôy),
which occurs 24 times in 23 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:29 - Woe H188 to thee, Moab! thou art undone, O people of Chemosh: he hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Sihon king of the Amorites.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:23 - And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, H188 who shall live when God doeth this!
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:7 - And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe H188 unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:8 - Woe H188 unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:29 - Who hath woe? H188 who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:9 - The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe H188 unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:11 - Woe H188 unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 6:5 - Then said I, Woe H188 is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:16 - From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe H188 unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:13 - Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe H188 unto us! for we are spoiled.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:31 - For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe H188 is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:4 - Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon. Woe H188 unto us! for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the evening are stretched out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 10:19 - Woe H188 is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:27 - I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe H188 unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when shall it once be?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 15:10 - Woe H188 is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of them doth curse me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 45:3 - Thou didst say, Woe H188 is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:46 - Woe H188 be unto thee, O Moab! the people of Chemosh perisheth: for thy sons are taken captives, and thy daughters captives.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 5:16 - The crown is fallen from our head: woe H188 unto us, that we have sinned!
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:23 - And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, H188 woe H188 unto thee! saith the Lord GOD;)
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 24:6 - Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe H188 to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 24:9 - Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe H188 to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 7:13 - Woe H188 unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 9:12 - Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe H188 also to them when I depart from them!
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