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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 - Then he waited yet another seven days; and again he sent out the dove from the ark.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:25 - ‘This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you [fn]upon the peoples [fn]everywhere under the heavens, who, when they hear the report of you, will tremble and be H2342 in H2342 anguish H2342 because of you.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:18 -

“You neglected the Rock who begot you,

And forgot the God who brought H2342 you forth H2342.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:25 - Then they waited H2342 until they were ashamed; but behold, he did not open the doors of the roof chamber. Therefore they took the key and opened them, and behold, their master had fallen to the [fn]floor dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 21:21 - and watch; and behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to [fn]take H2342 part H2342 in the dances, then you shall come out of the vineyards, and each of you shall catch his wife from the daughters of Shiloh and go to the land of Benjamin.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 21:23 - And the sons of Benjamin did so and carried away wives according to their number from those who danced H2342, whom they stole away. And they went and returned to their inheritance and rebuilt the cities and lived in them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:3 - And the battle became heavy against Saul, and the archers [fn]hit him; and he was badly wounded H2342 by the archers.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 3:29 - “May it whirl H2342 on the head of Joab and on all his father’s house; and may one who has a discharge, or who is a leper, or who takes hold of a spindle, or who falls by the sword, or who lacks bread not be cut off from the house of Joab.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 10:3 - And the battle became heavy against Saul, and the archers [fn]hit him; and he was wounded H2342 by the archers.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:30 -

Tremble H2342 before Him, all the earth;

Indeed, the world is established, it will not be shaken.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:4 -

Then Esther’s young women and her eunuchs came and told her, and the queen writhed H2342 in great anguish. And she sent garments to clothe Mordecai and to remove his sackcloth from upon him, but he did not accept them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:7 -

“Were you the first man to be born,

Or were you brought H2342 forth H2342 before the hills?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:20 -

“The wicked man writhes H2342 in pain H2342 all his days,

And [fn]numbered are the years stored up for the ruthless.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:21 -

“Nothing remains [fn]for him to devour;

Therefore his prosperity does not endure H2342.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 26:5 -

“The [fn]departed spirits tremble H2342

Under the waters and their inhabitants.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 35:14 -

“How much less when you say you do not perceive Him,

The case is before Him, and you must wait H2342 for Him!

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:1 -

“Do you know the time the [fn]mountain goats give birth?

Do you keep watch over the calving H2342 of the deer?

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 10:5 -

His ways [fn]prosper H2342 at all times;

Your judgments are on high, out of his sight;

As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 29:8 -

The voice of Yahweh causes H2342 the wilderness to tremble;

Yahweh causes H2342 the wilderness of Kadesh to tremble H2342.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 29:9 -

The voice of Yahweh makes the deer to calve H2342

And strips the forests bare;

And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:7 -


Be still in Yahweh and wait H2342 [fn]patiently H2342 for Him;

Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,

Because of the man who carries out schemes of wickedness.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:5 -

Behold, I was brought H2342 forth H2342 in iniquity,

And in sin my mother conceived me.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:4 -

My heart is H2342 in H2342 anguish H2342 within me,

And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 77:16 -

The waters saw You, O God;

The waters saw You, they were H2342 in H2342 anguish H2342;

The deeps also trembled.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 90:2 -

Before the mountains were born

[fn]Or You brought H2342 forth H2342 the earth and the world,

Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 96:9 -

Worship Yahweh in the splendor of holiness;

Tremble H2342 before Him, all the earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 97:4 -

His lightnings light up the world;

The earth sees and trembles H2342.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 114:7 -

Tremble H2342, O earth, before the Lord,

Before the God of Jacob,

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:24 -

“When there were no depths I was [fn]brought H2342 forth H2342,

When there were no springs heavy with water.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:25 -

“Before the mountains were settled,

Before the hills I was [fn]brought H2342 forth H2342;

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:23 -

The north wind brings H2342 forth H2342 rain,

And a tongue of secrets, an indignant face.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:10 -

[fn]Like an archer who wounds H2342 everyone,

So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:8 -

They will be terrified,

Pains and labor pangs will take hold of them;

They will writhe H2342 like a woman in labor,

They will look at one another in astonishment,

Their faces aflame.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 23:4 -

Be ashamed, O Sidon;

For the sea speaks, the strong defense of the sea, saying,

“I have neither travailed H2342 nor given birth;

I have neither brought up choice men nor reared virgins.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 23:5 -

When the report reaches Egypt,

They will be H2342 in H2342 travail H2342 at the report of Tyre.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 26:17 -

As the [fn]woman with child draws near to the time to give birth,

She writhes H2342 and cries out in her pangs of labor,

Thus were we before You, O Yahweh.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 26:18 -

We were [fn]with child, we writhed H2342 in labor;

We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind.

We could not accomplish salvation for the earth,

And the inhabitants of the world [fn]were not born.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 45:10 -

“Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’

Or to a woman, ‘With what are you in labor H2342 pains H2342?’”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 51:2 -

“Look to Abraham your father

And to Sarah who brought H2342 you forth H2342 through H2342 labor H2342 pains H2342;

When he was but one I called him,

Then I blessed him and multiplied him.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 54:1 -

“Shout for joy, O barren woman, who has not given birth;

Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not been in [fn]labor H2342;

For more numerous are the sons of the desolate one

Than the sons of the married woman,” says Yahweh.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:7 -

“Before she was H2342 in H2342 labor H2342 pains H2342, she gave birth;

Before her pangs came, she delivered a male child.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:8 -

“Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?

Can a land be [fn]brought H2342 forth H2342 through H2342 labor H2342 pains H2342 in one day?

Can a nation be born all at once?

As soon as Zion was H2342 in H2342 labor H2342 pains H2342, she also gave birth to her sons.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:19 -

My [fn]soul, my [fn]soul! I am H2342 in H2342 anguish H2342! [fn]Oh, my heart!

My heart is pounding in me;

I cannot be silent

Because [fn]you have heard, O my soul,

The sound of the trumpet,

The shout of war.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:3 -

O Yahweh, do not Your eyes look for faithfulness?

You have struck them,

But they did not [fn]weaken;

You have consumed them,

But they refused to receive discipline.

They have made their faces stronger than rock;

They have refused to [fn]repent.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:22 -

‘Do you not fear Me?’ declares Yahweh.

‘Do you not tremble H2342 in My presence?

For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea,

A perpetual statute, so it cannot cross over it.

Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail;

Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:19 -

“Behold, the storm of Yahweh has gone forth in wrath,

Even a whirling H2342 storm;

It will whirl H2342 down H2342 on the head of the wicked.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 30:23 -

Behold, the storm of Yahweh!

Wrath has gone forth,

A [fn]sweeping storm;

It will burst H2342 on the head of the wicked.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:29 -

So the land quakes and writhes H2342,

For the purposes of Yahweh against Babylon stand,

To make the land of Babylon

[fn]A desolation without inhabitants.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:6 -


So the [fn]iniquity of the daughter of my people

Is greater than the [fn]sin of Sodom,

Which was overthrown as in a moment,

And no hands [fn]whirled H2342 toward her.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:16 -

“I will set a fire in Egypt;

[fn]Sin will writhe H2342 in H2342 anguish H2342;

[fn]Thebes will be breached,

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

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