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Lexicon :: Strong's H2256 - ḥēḇel

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masculine noun
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TWOT Reference: 592b,595a

Strong’s Definitions

חֶבֶל chebel, kheh'-bel; or חֵבֶל chêbel; from H2254; a rope (as twisted), especially a measuring line; by implication, a district or inheritance (as measured); or a noose (as of cords); figuratively, a company (as if tied together); a throe (especially of parturition); also ruin:—band, coast, company, cord, country, destruction, line, lot, pain, pang, portion, region, rope, snare, sorrow, tackling.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 60x

The KJV translates Strong's H2256 in the following manner: sorrows (10x), cord (16x), line (7x), coast (4x), portion (4x), region (3x), lot (3x), ropes (3x), company (2x), pangs (2x), bands (1x), country (1x), destruction (1x), pain (1x), snare (1x), tacklings (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 60x
The KJV translates Strong's H2256 in the following manner: sorrows (10x), cord (16x), line (7x), coast (4x), portion (4x), region (3x), lot (3x), ropes (3x), company (2x), pangs (2x), bands (1x), country (1x), destruction (1x), pain (1x), snare (1x), tacklings (1x).
  1. a cord, rope, territory, band, company

    1. a rope, cord

    2. a measuring-cord or line

    3. a measured portion, lot, part, region

    4. a band or company

  2. pain, sorrow, travail, pang

    1. pains of travail

    2. pains, pangs, sorrows

  3. union

  4. destruction

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חֶבֶל chebel, kheh'-bel; or חֵבֶל chêbel; from H2254; a rope (as twisted), especially a measuring line; by implication, a district or inheritance (as measured); or a noose (as of cords); figuratively, a company (as if tied together); a throe (especially of parturition); also ruin:—band, coast, company, cord, country, destruction, line, lot, pain, pang, portion, region, rope, snare, sorrow, tackling.
STRONGS H2256: Abbreviations
† I. חֶ֫בֶל noun masculineJoshua 2:14 feminine Zephaniah 2:6 (but see below) cord, territory, band; ח׳ absolute Joshua 2:15 +; construct Deuteronomy 3:4 +, חֵ֫בֶל Joshua 19:29; suffix חַבְלוֺ Job 18:10; plural חֲבָלִים 2 Samuel 8:2 + 10 times + Ezekiel 47:13; Job 21:7 see below; construct חַבְלֵי Joshua 17:5 + 5 times; חֶבְלֵי Psalm 116:3 + 2 times + Psalm 18:5 (read משׁברי see below); suffix הֲבָלָ֑יִךְ Isaiah 33:23; חֲבָלָיו Isaiah 33:20; —
1. cord, rope, by which men were lowered Joshua 2:15 (JE), Jeremiah 38:6, 11, 12, 13, or stones dragged 2 Samuel 17:13; of tents Isaiah 33:20; tackling of ship Isaiah 33:23; for binding Ezekiel 27:24; Job 40:25; Esther 1:6; symbol of captivity or subjection 1 Kings 20:31, 32; figurative of snare for wicked Job 18:10 (|| מַלְכֻּדְתּוֺ), set by wicked Psalm 140:6 (|| מַּה); Psalm 119:61 cords of wicked men have surrounded me; of wicked held בחבלי חַטָּאתוֺ Proverbs 5:22; ח׳ הָשָּׁ֑וְא Isaiah 5:18 cords (ropes) of wickedness (|| כַּעֲבוֺת הָעֲגָלָה); of cords of distress (עֹ֑נִי) Job 36:8 (|| וִקִּים); so חֶבְלֵי מָוֶת (probably) Psalm 116:3, חֶבְלֵי שׁאוֺל Psalm 18:6 = 2 Samuel 22:6 (|| מוֺקְשֵׁי מָוֶת); — for חֶבְלֵי מות Psalm 18:5 read מִשְׁבְּרֵי, see 2 Samuel 22:5 and || נַחֲלֵי בְלִיַּעַל, De Che Bae; to draw בְּחַבְלֵי אָדָם Hosea 11:4 (i.e. humanely, kindly); of cord of life חֶבֶל הַכֶּסֶף Ecclesiastes 12:6.
2. measuring-cord, line מִדָּה ח׳ Zechariah 2:5; so ח׳ alone 2 Samuel 8:2 (3 times in verse); Amos 7:17; Micah 2:5; Psalm 78:55; figurative (of favoured life) Psalm 16:5; in general of one's portion, fortune Job 21:17 according to Targum Thes Add. Ew Di and others, but < see חֵבֶל. Thence
3. measured portion, lot, part, region, נַחֲלָה ח׳ inherited portion Deuteronomy 32:9; 1 Chronicles 16:18 = Psalm 105:11; also ח׳ alone Joshua 17:5, 14; Joshua 19:9; Ezekiel 47:13 (חבלים; Vulgate Targum read as dual, see Ew Sm Da and others; Co strike out on internal grounds); of particular regions אַרְגֹּב ח׳ Deuteronomy 3:4, 13, 14; 1 Kings 4:13; אַכְזִיב ח׳ Joshua 19:29 (si vera lectio, see WMMAsien 194); הַיָּם ח׳ Zephaniah 2:5; also Zephaniah 2:6, but היתה ח׳ here dubious; Sta proposes 2nd person feminine singular הָיִת, and strike out הים ח׳; without הים, Zephaniah 2:7.
4. band, company of prophets 1 Samuel 10:5, 10. — II.חֶבֶל see below II. חָבַל.

חֵ֫בֶל noun masculineIsaiah 66:7 (but see Jeremiah 49:24) pain, pang; — ח׳ absolute Isaiah 66:7; elsewhere plural חֲבָלִים Isaiah 13:8 + 3 times + Job 21:17 see below; construct חֶבְלֵי Hosea 13:13; suffix חֲבָלֶיהָ Isaiah 26:17; חֶבְלֵיהֶם Job 39:3 (on suffix see Ges§ 135, 5, R 1); — pain, pang:
1. pains of travail:
a. object of תְּשַׁלַּחְנָה Job 39:3 meton. for off spring (|| יַלְדֵיהֶן; see Di; of goats and hinds).
b. simile of distress of exiles Isaiah 26:17; figurative of anguish of nations צִירִים וַחֲבָלִים יאֹחֵזוּן Isaiah 13:8 (|| כַּיּוֺלֵדָה יְחִילוּן), also Jeremiah 13:21; Jeremiah 22:23; Jeremiah 49:24; of crisis of redemption Hosea 13:13 (|| חֶבְלֵי יוֺלֵדָה), of birth of new Israel Isaiah 66:7.
2. of other than birth-pangs only חבלים Job 21:17; pains, pangs, sorrows (so Greek Version of the LXX Vulgate Thes, — otherwise Add. — Rob-Ges Hi Da and others; || נֵר יִדְעָ֑ךְ, יָבאֹ אֵידָם); > others, portion, fortune, see חֶבֶל.

חֹבְלִים noun [masculine] plural union (literally binders) name of Zechariah's second symbolic staff Zechariah 11:7 and with article Zechariah 11:14. see חָבַל 1.

II. חֶ֫בֶל noun masculine destructionחֶבֶל נִמְרָץ Micah 2:10; compare H2254 II.חָבַל Pi.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


3:4; 3:4; 3:13; 3:14; 32:9


2:14; 2:15; 2:15; 17:5; 17:5; 17:14; 19:9; 19:29; 19:29

1 Samuel

10:5; 10:10

2 Samuel

8:2; 8:2; 17:13; 22:5; 22:6

1 Kings

4:13; 20:31; 20:32

1 Chronicles





18:10; 18:10; 21:7; 21:17; 21:17; 21:17; 36:8; 39:3; 39:3


16:5; 18:5; 18:5; 18:6; 78:55; 105:11; 116:3; 116:3; 119:61; 140:6






5:18; 13:8; 13:8; 26:17; 26:17; 33:20; 33:20; 33:23; 33:23; 66:7; 66:7; 66:7


13:21; 22:23; 38:6; 38:11; 38:12; 38:13; 49:24; 49:24


27:24; 47:13; 47:13


11:4; 13:13; 13:13




2:5; 2:10


2:5; 2:6; 2:6; 2:7


2:5; 11:7; 11:14

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2256 matches the Hebrew חֵבֶל (ḥēḇel),
which occurs 62 times in 60 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Deu 3:4–Hos 11:4)

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:4 - “We captured all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we did not take from them: sixty cities, all the region H2256 of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:13 - “The rest of Gilead and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, I gave to the half-tribe of Manasseh, all the region H2256 of Argob. (As to all Bashan, it is called the land of Rephaim.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:14 - “Jair the son of Manasseh took all the region H2256 of Argob as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, that is, Bashan, and named [fn]it after his own name: [fn]Havvoth-jair, as it is to this day.)
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:9 - “For the LORD’S portion is His people;
Jacob is the allotment H2256 of His inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 2:15 - Then she let them down by a rope H2256 through the window, for her house was on the city wall, so that she was living on the wall.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 17:5 - So ten portions H2256 fell to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is beyond the Jordan,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 17:14 - Then the sons of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, “Why have you given me only one lot and one portion H2256 as an inheritance, though I am a numerous people whom the LORD has blessed up to this point?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 19:9 - The inheritance of the sons of Simeon was taken from the portion of the sons of Judah, because the share of the sons of Judah was too large for them; so the sons of Simeon received an inheritance in the midst of [fn]Judah’s inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 19:29 - The border turned to Ramah and to the fortified city of Tyre; then the border turned to Hosah, and [fn]it ended at the sea by the region H2256 of Achzib.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:5 - “Afterward you will come to [fn]the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is; and it shall be as soon as you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group H2256 of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre in front of them, and they will be prophesying.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:10 - When they came there to [fn]the hill, behold, a group H2256 of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God rushed upon him, so that he prophesied among them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:2 - And He [fn]defeated Moab, and measured them with the line H2256, making them lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines H2256 to put to death, and a full line H2256 to keep alive. And the Moabites became servants to David, bringing tribute.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:13 - “And if he withdraws into a city, then all Israel shall bring ropes H2256 to that city, and we will drag it into the [fn]valley until not even a pebble is found there.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:6 - The ropes H2256 of [fn]Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:13 - Ben-geber in Ramoth-gilead (the villages of Jair, the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead were his: the region H2256 of Argob, which is in Bashan, sixty great cities with walls and bronze bars were his);
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 20:31 - But his servants said to him, “Behold now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings. Please let’s put sackcloth [fn]around our waists and ropes H2256 on our heads, and go out to the king of Israel; perhaps he will let [fn]you live.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 20:32 - So they put sackcloth [fn]around their waists and ropes H2256 on their heads, and came to the king of Israel and said, “Your servant Ben-hadad says, ‘Please let [fn]me live.’” And Ahab said, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:18 - Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
As the portion H2256 of your inheritance.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:6 - There were curtains of fine white and violet linen held by cords H2256 of fine purple linen on silver rings and marble columns, and couches of gold and silver on a mosaic floor of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl, and mineral stones.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:10 - “A noose H2256 for him is hidden in the ground,
And a trap for him on the pathway.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:17 - “How often is the lamp of the wicked put out,
Or does their disaster fall on them?
Does [fn]God apportion destruction H2256 in His anger?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:8 - “And if they are bound in shackles,
And are caught in the snares H2256 of misery,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:3 - “They kneel down, they deliver their young,
They get rid of their labor H2256 pains H2256.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:1 - [fn]Can you drag out [fn]Leviathan with a fishhook,
And press down his tongue with a rope H2256?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:6 - The measuring H2256 lines H2256 have fallen for me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my inheritance is beautiful to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:4 - The ropes H2256 of death encompassed me,
And the torrents of [fn]destruction [fn]terrified me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:5 - The ropes H2256 of [fn]Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:55 - He also drove out the nations from them
And apportioned them as an inheritance by measurement H2256,
And had the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 105:11 - Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
As the [fn]portion H2256 of your inheritance,”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 116:3 - The snares H2256 of death encompassed me
And the [fn]terrors of [fn]Sheol [fn]came upon me;
I found distress and sorrow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:61 - The snares H2256 of the wicked have surrounded me,
But I have not forgotten Your Law.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:5 - The proud have hidden a trap for me, and snares H2256;
They have spread a net at the [fn]wayside;
They have set snares for me. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:22 - His own wrongdoings will trap the wicked,
And he will be held by the ropes H2256 of his sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 12:6 - Remember your Creator before the silver cord H2256 is [fn]broken and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the spring is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:18 - Woe to those who drag wrongdoing with the cords H2256 of [fn]deceit,
And sin as if with cart ropes;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:8 - They will be terrified,
Pains and anguish H2256 will take hold of them;
They will writhe like a woman in labor,
They will look at one another in astonishment,
Their faces aflame.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 26:17 - As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth,
She writhes and cries out in her labor H2256 pains H2256;
This is how we were before You, LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 33:20 - Look at Zion, the city of our appointed feasts;
Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an undisturbed settlement,
A tent which will not be folded;
Its stakes will never be pulled up,
Nor any of its ropes H2256 be torn apart.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 33:23 - Your ship’s tackle H2256 hangs slack;
It cannot hold the base of its mast firmly,
Nor spread out the sail.
Then the prey of an abundant spoil will be divided;
Those who limp will take the plunder.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:7 - “Before she was in labor, she delivered;
Before her pain H2256 came, she gave birth to a boy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:21 - “What will you say when He appoints over you—
And you yourself had taught them—
Former companions to be head over you?
Will sharp H2256 pains H2256 not take hold of you
Like a woman in childbirth?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 22:23 - “You who live in Lebanon,
Nested in the cedars,
How you will groan when sharp H2256 pains H2256 come on you,
Pain like a woman in childbirth!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:6 - So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Malchijah the king’s son, which was in the courtyard of the guardhouse; and they let Jeremiah down with ropes H2256. Now in the cistern there was no water but only mud, and Jeremiah sank into the mud.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:11 - So Ebed-melech took the men under his [fn]authority and went into the king’s palace to a place beneath the storeroom, and took from there worn-out clothes and worn-out rags, and let them down by ropes H2256 into the cistern to Jeremiah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:12 - Then Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah, “Now put these worn-out clothes and rags under your armpits under the ropes H2256”; and Jeremiah did so.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:13 - So they pulled Jeremiah out with the ropes H2256 and lifted him out of the cistern, and Jeremiah stayed in the courtyard of the guardhouse.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:24 - “Damascus has become helpless;
She has turned away to flee,
And panic has gripped her;
Distress and labor H2256 pains H2256 have seized her
Like a woman in childbirth.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 27:24 - “They traded with you in choice garments, in clothes of violet and colorfully woven cloth, and in blankets of two colors, and tightly wound cords H2256, which were among your merchandise.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 47:13 - This is what the Lord [fn]GOD says: “This shall be the boundary by which you shall divide the land for an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel; Joseph shall have two portions H2256.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:4 - I pulled them along with cords H2256 of a man, with ropes of love,
And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws;
And I bent down and fed them.

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