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Lexicon :: Strong's H1892 - heḇel

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Part of Speech
adverb, masculine noun
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TWOT Reference: 463a

Strong’s Definitions

הֶבֶל hebel, heh'bel; or (rarely in the abs.) הֲבֵל hăbêl; from H1891; emptiness or vanity; figuratively, something transitory and unsatisfactory; often used as an adverb:—× altogether, vain, vanity.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 73x

The KJV translates Strong's H1892 in the following manner: vanity (61x), vain (11x), altogether (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 73x
The KJV translates Strong's H1892 in the following manner: vanity (61x), vain (11x), altogether (1x).
  1. vapour, breath

    1. breath, vapour

    2. vanity (fig.)

  2. vainly

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
הֶבֶל hebel, heh'bel; or (rarely in the abs.) הֲבֵל hăbêl; from H1891; emptiness or vanity; figuratively, something transitory and unsatisfactory; often used as an adverb:—× altogether, vain, vanity.
STRONGS H1892: Abbreviations
I. הֶ֫בֶל 73 noun masculine vapour, breath (Late Hebrew id., Syriac Hxbfh id.) figurative vanity (so Late Hebrew, Syriac Hbeh) — הָ֑בֶל Ecclesiastes 1:2 +; construct הֲבֵל Ecclesiastes 1:2 (twice in verse); Ecclesiastes 12:8, suffix הֶבְלִי etc. Ecclesiastes 6:12; Ecclesiastes 7:15; Ecclesiastes 9:9 (twice in verse); plural הֲבָלִים Jeremiah 10:8 +; construct הַבְלֵי Jeremiah 8:19 +, suffix הַבְלֵיהֶם Deuteronomy 32:21 +; —
1. literal Isaiah 57:13 all of them (the idols) יִשָּׂארֿוּחַ יִקַּח הָ֑בֶל a breath (Vulgate aura) will carry away, Proverbs 21:6 the getting of treasures by a lying tongue is הֶבֶל נִדָּף a vapour driven away. Elsewhere always
2. figurative of what is evanescent, unsubstantial, worthless, vanity, as of idols Jeremiah 10:15 = Jeremiah 51:18; Jeremiah 16:19 הֶבֶל וְאֵין בָּם מוֺעִיל (|| שֶׁקֶר), heathen observances Jeremiah 10:3, and in phrase הָלַךְ אַחֲרֵי הַהֶבֶל Jeremiah 2:5; 2 Kings 17:15; Proverbs 13:11 הוֺן מֵהֶבֶל wealth (gotten) out of vanity, (i.e. not by solid toil, opposed to קֹבֵץ עַל יָד) is minished (but Greek Version of the LXX Vulgate Ew מְבֹהָל, see Proverbs 20:21 Qr), Proverbs 31:30 שֶׁקֶר הַחֵן וְהֶבֶל הַיֹּ֑פִי, Lamentations 4:17 אֶל עֶזְרָתֵנוּ הֶבֶל to our vain (Dr§ 193 n.) help; of life Job 7:16 כִּי הֶבֶל יָמָֽי׃, Psalm 78:33 וַיְכַל בַּהֶבֶל יְמֵיהֶם consumed their days as (בְּ I:7 d vanity, man Psalm 39:6; Psalm 39:12; Psalm 62:10 יָֽחַד׃ מֵהֶבֶל הֵמָּה אָדָם בְּנֵי הֶבֶל they are altogether (made) of vanity, Psalm 94:11; Psalm 144:4, especially in Ecclesiastes (31 times + הֲבֵל הֲבָלִים Ecclesiastes 1:2 (twice in verse); Ecclesiastes 12:8) of the fruitlessness of all human enterprise and endeavour, Ecclesiastes 1:2 הַכֹּל הֶבֶל, Ecclesiastes 1:14 רוּחַ וּרְעוּת הֶבֶל הַכֹּל all was vanity and the pursuit of wind, Ecclesiastes 2:1, 14, 15 etc., Ecclesiastes 6:4 (of an abortion) בַּהֶבֶל בָּא i.e. into a lifeless existence, Ecclesiastes 6:11 הָ֑בֶל מַרְבִּים הַרְבֵּה דְּבָרִים יֵשׁ (of discussions leading to no result), note also the phrases יְמֵי (הֶבְלוֺ, הֶבְלְךָ) הֶבְלִי Ecclesiastes 7:15; Ecclesiastes 9:9, יְמֵי חַיֵּי ה׳ Ecclesiastes 6:12; Ecclesiastes 9:9; Job 27:12 (see הָבַל), Isaiah 49:4 לְתֹהוּ וָהֶבֶל for nought and vanity have I spent my strength; as adverb accusative vainly, to no purpose Isaiah 30:7 הֶבֶל וָרִיק יַעֲזֹ֑רוּ, Psalm 39:7 אַךְ הֶבֶל יֶהֱמָיוּן they disquiet themselves to no purpose, Job 9:29: הֶבֶל אִיגָָֽע Job 35:16, with נִחַם to comfort Job 21:34; Zechariah 10:2. Plural הֲבָלִים of false gods, Deuteronomy 32:21 ) כִּעֲסוּנִי בְהַבְלֵיהֶם || בְּלֹאאֵֿל) 1 Kings 16:13, 26; Jeremiah 8:19 הַבְלֵי נֵכָר || (בִּפְסִילֵיהֶםׅ, Jeremiah 10:8; Jeremiah 14:22 הַבְלֵי הַגּוֺיִם, Psalm 31:7 הַשֹּׁמְרִים הַבְלֵישָֿׁוְא empty vanities Jonah 2:9; in more general sense Ecclesiastes 1:2 (twice in verse); Ecclesiastes 12:8 הֲבֵל הֲבָלִים, Ecclesiastes 5:6.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


32:21; 32:21

1 Kings

16:13; 16:26

2 Kings



7:16; 9:29; 21:34; 27:12; 35:16


31:7; 39:6; 39:7; 39:12; 62:10; 78:33; 94:11; 144:4


13:11; 20:21; 21:6; 31:30


1:2; 1:2; 1:2; 1:2; 1:2; 1:14; 2:1; 2:14; 2:15; 5:6; 6:4; 6:11; 6:12; 6:12; 7:15; 7:15; 9:9; 9:9; 9:9; 12:8; 12:8; 12:8


30:7; 49:4; 57:13


2:5; 8:19; 8:19; 10:3; 10:8; 10:8; 10:15; 14:22; 16:19; 51:18







Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H1892 matches the Hebrew הֶבֶל (heḇel),
which occurs 73 times in 64 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Deu 32:21–Ecc 12:8)

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:21 - ‘They have made Me jealous with what is not God;
They have provoked Me to anger with their [fn]idols. H1892
So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people;
I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 16:13 - for all the sins of Baasha and the sins of Elah his son, which they sinned and which they made Israel sin, provoking the LORD God of Israel to anger with their [fn]idols. H1892
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 16:26 - For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat and in his sins which he made Israel sin, provoking the LORD God of Israel with their [fn]idols. H1892
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 17:15 - They rejected His statutes and His covenant which He made with their fathers and His warnings with which He warned them. And they followed vanity H1892 and became vain, and went after the nations which surrounded them, concerning which the LORD had commanded them not to do like them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:16 - “I [fn]waste away; I will not live forever.
Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath. H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:29 - “I am accounted wicked,
Why then should I toil in vain? H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:34 - “How then will you vainly H1892 comfort me,
For your answers remain full of [fn]falsehood?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:12 - “Behold, all of you have seen it;
Why then do you [fn]act foolishly?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 35:16 - So Job opens his mouth [fn]emptily; H1892
He multiplies words without knowledge.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:6 - I hate those who regard [fn]vain idols, H1892
But I trust in the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:5 - “Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths,
And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight;
Surely every man [fn]at his best is [fn]a mere breath. H1892 [fn]Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:6 - “Surely every man walks about as [fn]a phantom;
Surely they make an uproar for nothing; H1892
He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:11 - “With reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity;
You consume as a moth what is precious to him;
Surely every man is a mere H1892 breath. H1892 Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 62:9 - Men of low degree are only vanity H1892 and men of rank are a lie;
In the balances they go up;
They are together lighter than breath. H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:33 - So He brought their days to an end in [fn]futility H1892
And their years in sudden terror.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:11 - The LORD knows the thoughts of man,
[fn]That they are a mere breath. H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 144:4 - Man is like a mere H1892 breath; H1892
His days are like a passing shadow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:11 - Wealth obtained by [fn]fraud H1892 dwindles,
But the one who gathers [fn]by labor increases it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:6 - The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue
Is a fleeting vapor, H1892 the [fn]pursuit of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:30 - Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, H1892
But a woman who [fn]fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:2 - [fn]Vanity H1892 of vanities,” H1892 says the Preacher,
[fn]Vanity H1892 of vanities! H1892 All is [fn]vanity.” H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:14 - I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is [fn]vanity H1892 and striving after wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:1 - I said [fn]to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So [fn]enjoy yourself.” And behold, it too was futility. H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:11 - Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had [fn]exerted, and behold all was [fn]vanity H1892 and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:15 - Then I said [fn]to myself, “As is the fate of the fool, it will also befall me. Why then have I been extremely wise?” So [fn]I said to myself, “This too is vanity.” H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:17 - So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was [fn]grievous to me; because everything is futility H1892 and striving after wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:19 - And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have [fn]control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is vanity. H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:21 - When there is a man who has labored with wisdom, knowledge and skill, then he gives his [fn]legacy to one who has not labored with them. This too is vanity H1892 and a great evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:23 - Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his [fn]mind does not rest. This too is vanity. H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:26 - For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God’s sight. This too is vanity H1892 and striving after wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 3:19 - For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts [fn]is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is [fn]vanity. H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 4:4 - I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is [fn]vanity H1892 and striving after wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 4:7 - Then I looked again at vanity H1892 under the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 4:8 - There was a certain man without a [fn]dependent, having neither a son nor a brother, yet there was no end to all his labor. Indeed, his eyes were not satisfied with riches and he never asked, “And for whom am I laboring and depriving myself of pleasure?” This too is vanity H1892 and it is a grievous task.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 4:16 - There is no end to all the people, to all who were before them, and even the ones who will come later will not be happy with him, for this too is vanity H1892 and striving after wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:7 - For in many dreams and in many words there is [fn]emptiness. H1892 Rather, [fn]fear God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:10 - He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is [fn]vanity. H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:2 - a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner [fn]enjoys them. This is [fn]vanity H1892 and a severe affliction.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:4 - for it comes in futility H1892 and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:9 - What the eyes see is better than what the soul [fn]desires. This too is futility H1892 and a striving after wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:11 - For there are many words which increase futility. H1892 What then is the advantage to a man?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:12 - For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few [fn]years of his futile H1892 life? He will [fn]spend them like a shadow. For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:6 - For as the [fn]crackling of thorn bushes under a pot,
So is the laughter of the fool;
And this too is futility. H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:15 - I have seen everything during my [fn]lifetime of futility; H1892 there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 8:10 - So then, I have seen the wicked buried, those who used to go in and out from the holy place, and they are soon forgotten in the city where they did thus. This too is futility. H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 8:14 - There is futility H1892 which is done on the earth, that is, there are righteous men to whom it [fn]happens according to the deeds of the wicked. On the other hand, there are evil men to whom it [fn]happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I say that this too is futility. H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 9:9 - Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your [fn]fleeting H1892 life which He has given to you under the sun[fn]; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:8 - Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility. H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:10 - So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away [fn]pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting. H1892
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 12:8 - “Vanity H1892 of vanities,” H1892 says the Preacher, “all is vanity!” H1892

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