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Lexicon :: Strong's H2342 - ḥûl

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Strong’s Definitions

חוּל chûwl, khool; or חִיל chîyl; a primitive root; properly, to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner), i.e. (specifically) to dance, to writhe in pain (especially of parturition) or fear; figuratively, to wait, to pervert:—bear, (make to) bring forth, (make to) calve, dance, drive away, fall grievously (with pain), fear, form, great, grieve, (be) grievous, hope, look, make, be in pain, be much (sore) pained, rest, shake, shapen, (be) sorrow(-ful), stay, tarry, travail (with pain), tremble, trust, wait carefully (patiently), be wounded.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 62x

The KJV translates Strong's H2342 in the following manner: pain (6x), formed (5x), bring forth (4x), pained (4x), tremble (4x), travail (4x), dance (2x), calve (2x), grieved (2x), grievous (2x), wounded (2x), shake (2x), miscellaneous (23x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 62x
The KJV translates Strong's H2342 in the following manner: pain (6x), formed (5x), bring forth (4x), pained (4x), tremble (4x), travail (4x), dance (2x), calve (2x), grieved (2x), grievous (2x), wounded (2x), shake (2x), miscellaneous (23x).
  1. to twist, whirl, dance, writhe, fear, tremble, travail, be in anguish, be pained

    1. (Qal)

      1. to dance

      2. to twist, writhe

      3. to whirl, whirl about

    2. (Polel)

      1. to dance

      2. to writhe (in travail with), bear, bring forth

      3. to wait anxiously

    3. (Pulal)

      1. to be made to writhe, be made to bear

      2. to be brought forth

    4. (Hophal) to be born

    5. (Hithpolel)

      1. whirling (participle)

      2. writhing, suffering torture (participle)

      3. to wait longingly

    6. (Hithpalpel) to be distressed

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חוּל chûwl, khool; or חִיל chîyl; a primitive root; properly, to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner), i.e. (specifically) to dance, to writhe in pain (especially of parturition) or fear; figuratively, to wait, to pervert:—bear, (make to) bring forth, (make to) calve, dance, drive away, fall grievously (with pain), fear, form, great, grieve, (be) grievous, hope, look, make, be in pain, be much (sore) pained, rest, shake, shapen, (be) sorrow(-ful), stay, tarry, travail (with pain), tremble, trust, wait carefully (patiently), be wounded.
STRONGS H2342: Abbreviations
† I. חוּל [חִיל] verb whirl, dance, writhe (Late Hebrew, Aramaic id., dance; Arabic حَآل change, turn; Assyrian ḫîlu, writhe in fear DlPr 191 (on h = ح see DHMZK i. 357); on form of Hebrew verb see NöZMG. 1883, 536) —
Qal Perfect 3rd person feminine singular חָ֫לָה Micah 1:12 + 2 times; וְחָלָה֫ consecutive Hosea 11:6; חַלְתִּי Isaiah 23:4; חָ֫לוּ Jeremiah 5:3 (but see below), Lamentations 4:6; וְחָלוּ֫ Deuteronomy 2:25; חַ֫לְנוּ Isaiah 26:18; Imperfect יָחוּל Jeremiah 23:19; Jeremiah 30:23; 3rd person feminine singular תָּחוּל Ezekiel 30:16 Qr (Kt Co תחיל); וַתָּחֹ֑ל Jeremiah 51:29; אחולה Jeremiah 4:19 Kt (Qr אוֺחִילָה, Hiph. יחל); יָחֻ֫לוּ 2 Samuel 3:29; but also יָחִיל Psalm 55:5 (Job 20:21 see II. חול); וַיָּ֫חֶל 1 Samuel 31:3 = 1 Chronicles 10:3 + Genesis 8:10 (where read probably וַיִּיָּ֫חֶל as Genesis 8:12; = וַיְיַחֵל Ol Di); 3rd person feminine singular תָּחִיל Isaiah 26:17 + 2 times + Ezekiel 30:16 Kt (compare above); וַתָּ֑חֶל Psalm 97:4; 2nd person feminine singular תְּחִלִין Isaiah 45:10; וָחִילוּ Psalm 77:17 + 3 times (Psalm 10:5 see II. חול); וַיָּחִ֫ילוּ Judges 3:25; יְחִילוּן Isaiah 13:8; תָּחִ֫ילוּ Jeremiah 5:22; Imperative feminine singular חוּ֫לִי Micah 4:10; Psalm 114:7; masculine plural חִילוּ Psalm 96:9; 1 Chronicles 16:30; Infinitive construct (לָ)חוּל Judges 21:21; Ezekiel 30:16 (= Infinitive absolute); Participle feminine singular חוֺלָה Jeremiah 4:31 see Gf Gie and Ges§ 72 R. 1; —
1. dance Judges 21:21 (לָחוּל בַּמְּחֹלוֺת).
2. twist, writhe:
a. in pain, especially childbirth Isaiah 26:17; Isaiah 45:10 מַהתֿח׳ (|| מהתֿוליד; metaphor, of sea Isaiah 23:4 (|| ילד); Israel Isaiah 26:18 (|| חרה), Isaiah 54:1 (|| ילד); Zion Isaiah 66:7, 8 (|| id.), Micah 4:10 (|| גֹּ֫חִי, simile כיולדה; compare see 9), Jeremiah 4:31.
b. figurative, be in severe pain, or anguish (mostly in poetry and elevated prose), followed by מפני Deuteronomy 2:25 (|| רגז, compare also פַּחַד and יִרְאָה Deuteronomy 2:25a); Ezekiel 30:16; Psalm 96:9; Jeremiah 5:22 (|| ירא); followed by מִלִּפְנֵי 1 Chronicles 16:30; Psalm 114:7; absolute Psalm 55:5 (|| אימות מָוֶת נפלו עלי), Jeremiah 4:19 Kt, Psalm 77:17 (|| רגז) Psalm 97:4; Isaiah 13:8; Isaiah 23:5; Jeremiah 51:29 (|| רָעַשׁ), Joel 2:6; Zechariah 9:5 (|| ירא), probably also 1 Samuel 31:3 (compare 1 Samuel 28:5) = 1 Chronicles 10:3, compare Öttli; figurative of mountains Habakkuk 3:10.
c. in contrition Jeremiah 5:3, חָ֫לוּ derived from חול Ew Gf Gie; < Syriac Version Ra Hi Ke and others from חלה (wrongly accented; see חלה Qal 2).
d. in anxious longing עַד בּוֺשׁ Judges 3:25, followed by לְ Micah 1:12 (on Genesis 8:10, compare above)
3. whirl, whirl about עַלרֿאֹשׁ יוֺאָב (i.e. blood — דמים — of Abner, from sword) 2 Samuel 3:29; of attack of sword itself Hosea 11:6 (|| כִּלָּה, אכל), compare Lamentations 4:6 לא חָ֫לוּ בה ידים; of tempest על ראשׁ רשׁעים יחול Jeremiah 23:19 (v :a סער מִתְחוֺלֵל) = Jeremiah 30:23 (Jeremiah 30:23a סַעַר מִתְגּוֺרֵר).
Po`lel. Imperfect יְחוֺלֵל Psalm 29:9; 3rd person feminine singular תְּחוֺלֵל Proverbs 25:23; suffix תְּחוֺלֶלְכֶם Isaiah 51:2; 2nd person masculine singular תְּחוֺלֵל Job 35:14; וַתְּחוֺלֵל Psalm 90:2; Infinitive construct חֹלֵל Job 39:1; Participle מְחוֺלֵל Proverbs 26:10; מְחֹלֶלְךָ Deuteronomy 32:18; מְחֹלְלֶוֺת Judges 21:23; — 1 Samuel 18:6; Psalm 87:7 see below; on חֹלְלָה Job 26:13 see חלל; —
1. dance Judges 21:23, so perhaps also 1 Samuel 18:6 (read הַמְּחֹלְלוֺת Greek Version of the LXX We Dr; and חֹלֲלִים participle (מ omitted) Psalm 87:7 RV Pe De Che Bae; compare Qal 1).
2. writhe in travail with, bear, bring forth (poetry), of Sarah, mother of Israel, Isaiah 51:2 (|| אַבְרָהָם אֲבִיכֶם); of hinds Job 39:1; Psalm 29:9 (causative); figurative of י׳'s producing earth Psalm 90:2 (|| יֻלָּד֑וּ); of his bringing forth Israel (with difficulty, see Di) Deuteronomy 32:18 of north wind bringing forth rain Proverbs 25:23; רַב מְחוֺלֵל כִּ֑ל Proverbs 26:10 a master produceth everything (on transitive see VB; Ew and others derive from חלל wound).
3. wait anxiously (compare Qal 2 d), followed by לְ Job 35:14 (Elihu).
Po`lal. Perfect חוֺלָ֑לתִּי Psalm 51:7 + 2 times; חוֺלָ֑לְתָּ Job 15:7; Imperfect יְחוֺלָ֑לוּ Job 26:5; —
1. be made to writhe Job 26:5 (הָֽרְפָאִים).
2. be brought forth Job 15:7 (|| תִּוָּלֵד), Psalm 51:7 (|| יחם), metaphor of wisdom Proverbs 8:24, 25.
Hiph. Imperfect יָחִיל Psalm 29:8 (twice in verse) cause to be an anguish, with accusative מִדְבָּר, subject י׳.
Hoph. Imperfect יוּחַל Isaiah 66:8 be born (= travailed with, Che), subject אֶרֶץ (|| יִוָּלֵד גוי).
1. Participle מִתְחוֺלֵל whirling סַעַר מתח׳ Jeremiah 23:19 (= סער מִתְגּוֺרֵר Jeremiah 30:23).
2. writhing, suffering torture Job 15:20 (of life of wicked).
3. Imperative הִתְחוֺלֵל Psalm 37:7 wait longingly followed by לְ for, || דּוֺם.
Hithpalp. Imperfect 3rd person feminine singular וַתִּתְחַלְחַל Esther 4:4 and she writhed in anxiety.

† II. [חול, חִיל] verb be firm, strong (Aramaic Pa. strengthen, חֵילָא, Hyfo strength; Palmyrene רב חילא רבא general-in-chief VogNo. 28 and others; Sabean חֿיל SabDenkm91 (on חֿל in Sabean: proper name see HalJAS Juin, 1872, 533); Ethiopic ኄለ፡ ኀየለ፡ be strong, ኀደል፡ strength, army, ኀያል፡ strong; Assyrian ḫâ(i)ltu, army Flood Tabl.iii. 22 (ḫaiialtu JägerBAS i. 461); possibly compare Arabic خَيْلً horses (as strong ones? compare Psalm 33:17)) — only
Qal Imperfect in לֹא יָחִיל טוּבוֺ Job 20:21 his prosperity is not firm (does not endure); יָחִילוּ דְרָכָוּ֯ בְּכָלעֵֿת Psalm 10:5 his ways are always firm (stable, prosperous), so Ol De Pe Che and others.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


8:10; 8:10; 8:12


2:25; 2:25; 2:25; 32:18; 32:18


3:25; 3:25; 21:21; 21:21; 21:23; 21:23

1 Samuel

18:6; 18:6; 28:5; 31:3; 31:3

2 Samuel

3:29; 3:29

1 Chronicles

10:3; 10:3; 16:30; 16:30




15:7; 15:7; 15:20; 20:21; 20:21; 26:5; 26:5; 26:13; 35:14; 35:14; 39:1; 39:1


10:5; 10:5; 29:8; 29:9; 29:9; 33:17; 37:7; 51:7; 51:7; 55:5; 55:5; 77:17; 77:17; 87:7; 87:7; 90:2; 90:2; 96:9; 96:9; 97:4; 97:4; 114:7; 114:7


8:24; 8:25; 25:23; 25:23; 26:10; 26:10


13:8; 13:8; 23:4; 23:4; 23:5; 26:17; 26:17; 26:18; 26:18; 45:10; 45:10; 51:2; 51:2; 54:1; 66:7; 66:8; 66:8


4:19; 4:19; 4:31; 4:31; 5:3; 5:3; 5:22; 5:22; 23:19; 23:19; 23:19; 30:23; 30:23; 30:23; 30:23; 51:29; 51:29


4:6; 4:6


30:16; 30:16; 30:16; 30:16


11:6; 11:6




1:12; 1:12; 4:10; 4:10





Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2342 matches the Hebrew חוּל (ḥûl),
which occurs 61 times in 56 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Gen 8:10–Eze 30:16)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 8:10 - And he stayed H2342 yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:25 - This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish H2342 because of thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:18 - Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed H2342 thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:25 - And they tarried H2342 till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 21:21 - And see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance H2342 in dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 21:23 - And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced, H2342 whom they caught: and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:3 - And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded H2342 of the archers.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 3:29 - Let it rest H2342 on the head of Joab, and on all his father's house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 10:3 - And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded H2342 of the archers.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:30 - Fear H2342 before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:4 - So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; H2342 and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:7 - Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made H2342 before the hills?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:20 - The wicked man travaileth H2342 with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:21 - There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look H2342 for his goods.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 26:5 - Dead things are formed H2342 from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 35:14 - Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust H2342 thou in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:1 - Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve? H2342
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 10:5 - His ways are always grievous; H2342 thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 29:8 - The voice of the LORD shaketh H2342 the wilderness; the LORD shaketh H2342 the wilderness of Kadesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 29:9 - The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, H2342 and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:7 - Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently H2342 for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:5 - Behold, I was shapen H2342 in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:4 - My heart is sore pained H2342 within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 77:16 - The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: H2342 the depths also were troubled.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 90:2 - Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed H2342 the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 96:9 - O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear H2342 before him, all the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 97:4 - His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. H2342
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 114:7 - Tremble, H2342 thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:24 - When there were no depths, I was brought forth; H2342 when there were no fountains abounding with water.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:25 - Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: H2342
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:23 - The north wind driveth away H2342 rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:10 - The great God that formed H2342 all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:8 - And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain H2342 as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 23:4 - Be thou ashamed, O Zidon: for the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I travail H2342 not, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 23:5 - As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely pained H2342 at the report of Tyre.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 26:17 - Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, H2342 and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 26:18 - We have been with child, we have been in pain, H2342 we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 45:10 - Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth? H2342
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 51:2 - Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare H2342 you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 54:1 - Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: H2342 for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:7 - Before she travailed, H2342 she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:8 - Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth H2342 in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, H2342 she brought forth her children.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:19 - My bowels, my bowels! I am pained H2342 at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:3 - O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; H2342 thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:22 - Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble H2342 at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:19 - Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous H2342 whirlwind: it shall fall grievously H2342 upon the head of the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 30:23 - Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain H2342 upon the head of the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:29 - And the land shall tremble and sorrow: H2342 for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:6 - For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed H2342 on her.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:16 - And I will set fire in Egypt: Sin shall have great H2342 pain, H2342 and No shall be rent asunder, and Noph shall have distresses daily.

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