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Lexicon :: Strong's H2428 - ḥayil

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חַיִל
Transliteration
ḥayil
Pronunciation
khah'-yil
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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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TWOT Reference: 624a

Strong’s Definitions

חַיִל chayil, khah'-yil; from H2342; probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength:—able, activity, ( ) army, band of men (soldiers), company, (great) forces, goods, host, might, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, train, ( ) valiant(-ly), valour, virtuous(-ly), war, worthy(-ily).


KJV Translation Count — Total: 243x

The KJV translates Strong's H2428 in the following manner: army (56x), man of valour (37x), host (29x), forces (14x), valiant (13x), strength (12x), riches (11x), wealth (10x), power (9x), substance (8x), might (6x), strong (5x), miscellaneous (33x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 243x
The KJV translates Strong's H2428 in the following manner: army (56x), man of valour (37x), host (29x), forces (14x), valiant (13x), strength (12x), riches (11x), wealth (10x), power (9x), substance (8x), might (6x), strong (5x), miscellaneous (33x).
  1. strength, might, efficiency, wealth, army

    1. strength

    2. ability, efficiency

    3. wealth

    4. force, army

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חַיִל chayil, khah'-yil; from H2342; probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength:—able, activity, ( ) army, band of men (soldiers), company, (great) forces, goods, host, might, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, train, ( ) valiant(-ly), valour, virtuous(-ly), war, worthy(-ily).
STRONGS H2428: Abbreviations
חַ֫יִל 244 noun masculine 2 Kings 10:2 strength, efficiency, wealth, army; — absolute ח׳ Genesis 47:6 +, חָ֑יִל Psalm 60:14 [Psalm 60:12] +, חָ֑יִל Psalm 60:14 [Psalm 60:12]+, חֵיל Isaiah 36:2; 2 Kings 18:17; construct חֵיל Exodus 14:28 + (on Psalm 10:10 see חלכה); suffix חֵילִי Job 31:25 + 2 times; חֵילְךָ Jeremiah 15:13 +; חֵילוֺ Exodus 14:4 +, etc.; plural חֲיָלִים 1 Chronicles 7:5 + 19 times; suffix חֵילֵיהֶם Isaiah 30:6; —
1. strength, usually physical:
a. seldom alone (chiefly in poetry) 1 Samuel 2:4; Psalm 18:33, 402 Samuel 22:33, 40; also ח'נָּֽברוּ Job 21:7, compare Ecclesiastes 10:10; מֵחַיִל אֶלחָֿ֑יִל Psalm 84:8; בְּכֹחַ ח׳ 2 Chronicles 26:13; of virility Proverbs 31:3; of י׳'s power Psalm 59:12; Psalm 110:3, compare Habakkuk 3:19; strength of horse Psalm 33:17; figurative of product of vine and fig-tree Joel 2:22 (|| פְּרִי).
b. of result or display of strength עשׂה ח׳ achieve mightdo valiantly Numbers 24:18 (JE), 1 Samuel 14:48; Psalm 60:14 [Psalm 60:12]=Psalm 108:14 [Psalm 108:13]; Psalm 118:15, 16.
c. often in phrases גִּבּוֺר(הַ)ח׳, גִּבּוֺרֵי(הַ)ח׳ hero(es) of strength, mighty man (men) of valour Joshua 1:14 (D), Joshua 6:2; Joshua 8:3; Joshua 10:7 (all J E), Judges 6:12; Judges 11:1; 1 Samuel 9:1; 1 Samuel 16:18; 1 Kings 11:28; 2 Kings 5:1; 2 Kings 15:20; 2 Kings 24:14, 16; 1 Chronicles 5:24; 1 Chronicles 7:2, 9; 1 Chronicles 8:40הַגִּבּוֺרִים וכל גבורי ח׳ 1 Chronicles 28:1; also ח׳ ג׳ 2 Chronicles 13:3 (|| מלחמה ג׳); (הַ)חֲיָלִים ג׳ 1 Chronicles 7:5, 7, 11, 40; 1 Chronicles 11:26 (see also גִּבּוֺר); בֶּןֿ(הַ)ח׳, בְּנֵי(הַ)ח׳ Deuteronomy 3:18; Judges 18:2 + (see בֵּן 8); אִישׁ ח׳, אַנְשֵׁי ח׳ Judges 3:29; Judges 20:44; Judges 20:46; 1 Samuel 31:12; 1 Samuel 11:16; 2 Samuel 23:20 (Qr; Kt חי, on phrase בןאֿישׁ חיל compare Dr)=1 Chronicles 11:22 (Kt חיל), 2 Samuel 24:9; Nahum 2:4; Jeremiah 48:15; 1 Chronicles 10:12; Nehemiah 11:6; Psalm 76:6; ironical לִמְסֹךְ שֵׁכָר ח׳ א׳ Isaiah 5:22=(|| גבורים לשׁתות יין); Ecclesiastes 12:3 metaphor of legs.
2. ability, efficiency, often involving moral worth אַנְשֵׁי ח׳ Genesis 47:6 (J), Exodus 18:21, 25 (both E); of a woman אֵשֶׁת ח׳ Proverbs 12:4; Proverbs 31:10; Ruth 3:11; compare 1 Kings 1:42, 52 (opposed to רעה), and especially יִרְאֵי אלהים אַנְשֵׁי אֱמֶת שׂנְאֵי בָּ֑צַע אַנְשֵׁי ח׳ Exodus 18:21(E); עָשָׂה חיל Proverbs 31:29 do worthily, efficiently, perhaps also Ruth 4:11; late (with weakened meaning of גִּבּוֺר) גִּבּוֺרֵי חֵיל מְלֶאכֶת עֲבוֺדַת בֵּית הָאלהים 1 Chronicles 9:13, compare בַּכִּחַ לַעֲבֹדָה אישׁ ח׳ 1 Chronicles 26:8. So also 1 Samuel 10:26 (read בְּנֵי ח׳, see Greek Version of the LXX We Dr, men of worth, opposed to בני בליעל 1 Samuel 10:27) for MT ח׳ force, band.
4. force, army, very often Exodus 14:4, 9, 17, 28 (all P), Exodus 15:4 (song), 1 Samuel 17:20; 2 Samuel 8:9; 2 Kings 6:4, 15; 2 Kings 25:1, 5 (twice in verse); 2 Kings 25:10; 2 Chronicles 13:3 (בְּחַיִל גִּבּוֺרֵי מלחמה), 2 Chron 14:7; 2 Chronicles 16:7; 23:14 +; so usually Jeremiah: Jeremiah 32:2; Jeremiah 34:1 +; frequently Ezekiel: Ezekiel 17:17; Ezekiel 27:10 +; Daniel 11:7, 13, 25 (twice in verse); Daniel 11:26; =a band 1 Samuel 10:26 (MT, but see 2, at the end); of train of Queen of Sheba גדול ח׳ 1 Kings 10:2 2 Chronicles 9:1; חֵיל כָּבֵד Isaiah 36:12 Kings 18:17 a powerful army (on form compare Sta§ 194 c); also (late) חֵיל הַצָּבָא 1 Chronicles 20:1; 2 Chronicles 26:13, חֵיל עָם Esther 8:11; הֲמוֺן חֲיָלִים Daniel 11:10; שַׂרהֿח׳ 2 Samuel 24:2captain of the host, שָׂרֵי הח׳ 2 Samuel 24:4; 2 Samuel 24:4; שָׂרֵי הַחֲיָלִים captains of armies (bands, divisions) 1 Kings 15:20 2 Chronicles 16:4; 2 Kings 25:23; Jeremiah 40:7, 13; Jeremiah 41:11, 13, 16; Jeremiah 42:1, 8; Jeremiah 43:4, 5. החִיל פִּקּוּדֵי Numbers 31:14 (P). — חֵילוּ Ezekiel 32:31 omitted by B Hi Co: for חֵילֵךְ Ezekiel 27:11 read probably a proper name, of a location, compare Da; Co proposes חתלון (compare Ezekiel 47:15; Ezekiel 48:1), HalMÈl. Epigr. 1874, 69 חלךCilicia, see LagM i. 211.

See related Aramaic BDB entry H2429.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs

Genesis

34:29; 47:6; 47:6

Exodus

14:4; 14:4; 14:9; 14:17; 14:28; 14:28; 15:4; 18:21; 18:21; 18:25

Numbers

24:18; 31:9; 31:14

Deuteronomy

3:18; 8:17; 8:18; 33:11

Joshua

1:14; 6:2; 8:3; 10:7

Judges

3:29; 6:12; 11:1; 18:2; 20:44; 20:46

Ruth

3:11; 4:11

1 Samuel

2:4; 9:1; 10:26; 10:26; 10:27; 14:48; 16:18; 17:20; 31:12

2 Samuel

8:9; 22:33; 22:40; 23:20; 24:2; 24:4; 24:4; 24:9

1 Kings

1:42; 1:52; 10:2; 11:28; 15:20

2 Kings

5:1; 6:4; 6:15; 10:2; 15:20; 18:17; 18:17; 24:14; 24:16; 25:1; 25:5; 25:10; 25:23

1 Chronicles

5:24; 7:2; 7:5; 7:5; 7:7; 7:9; 7:11; 7:40; 8:40; 9:13; 10:12; 11:22; 11:26; 20:1; 26:8; 28:1

2 Chronicles

9:1; 13:3; 13:3; 14:7; 16:4; 16:7; 23:14; 26:13; 26:13

Nehemiah

11:6

Esther

8:11

Job

5:5; 15:29; 20:15; 20:18; 21:7; 31:25; 31:25

Psalms

10:10; 18:33; 18:40; 33:17; 49:7; 49:11; 59:12; 60:12; 60:12; 60:12; 62:11; 73:12; 76:6; 84:8; 108:13; 110:3; 118:15; 118:16

Proverbs

12:4; 13:22; 31:3; 31:10; 31:29

Ecclesiastes

10:10; 12:3

Isaiah

5:22; 8:4; 10:14; 30:6; 30:6; 36:1; 36:2; 60:5; 60:11; 61:6

Jeremiah

15:13; 15:13; 17:3; 32:2; 34:1; 40:7; 40:13; 41:11; 41:13; 41:16; 42:1; 42:8; 43:4; 43:5; 48:15

Ezekiel

17:17; 26:12; 27:10; 27:11; 28:4; 28:5; 32:31; 47:15; 48:1

Daniel

11:7; 11:10; 11:13; 11:25; 11:26

Joel

2:22

Micah

4:13

Nahum

2:4

Habakkuk

3:19

Zephaniah

1:13

Zechariah

14:14

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2428 matches the Hebrew חַיִל (ḥayil),
which occurs 234 times in 221 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 5 (Gen 34:29–2Sa 24:9)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:29 - and they captured and plundered all their wealth H2428 and all their little ones and their wives, even all that was in the houses.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 47:6 - “The land of Egypt is [fn]at your disposal; have your father and your brothers settle in the best of the land, let them settle in the land of Goshen; and if you know any excellent H2428 men among them, then [fn]put them in charge of my livestock.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:4 - “Thus I will [fn]harden Pharaoh’s heart with strength, and he will pursue them; and I will be glorified through Pharaoh and all his army H2428, so that the Egyptians will know that I am Yahweh.” And they did so.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:9 - Then the Egyptians pursued them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army H2428, and they overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:17 - “As for Me, behold, I will [fn]harden the hearts of the Egyptians with strength so that they will go in after them; and I will be glorified through Pharaoh and all his army H2428, through his chariots and his horsemen.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:28 - And the waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, [fn]even Pharaoh’s entire army H2428 that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:4 -

“Pharaoh’s chariots and his army H2428 He has cast into the sea;

And the choicest of his officers are sunk in the [fn]Red Sea.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:21 - “But you shall [fn]select excellent H2428 men out of all the people, those who fear God, men of truth, those who hate greedy gain; and you shall place these men over them as leaders of thousands, [fn]of hundreds, [fn]of fifties, and [fn]of tens.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:25 - And Moses chose excellent H2428 men out of all Israel and made them heads over the people, leaders of thousands, [fn]of hundreds, [fn]of fifties, and [fn]of tens.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:18 -

“And Edom shall be a possession,

Seir, its enemies, also will be a possession,

While Israel performs valiantly H2428.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:9 - And the sons of Israel captured the women of Midian and their little ones; and all their cattle and all their flocks and all their goods H2428 they plundered.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:14 - And Moses was angry with the officers of the army H2428, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, who had come from service in the war.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:18 -

“Then I commanded you at that time, saying, ‘Yahweh your God has given you this land to possess it; all you men of valor H2428 shall cross over armed before your brothers, the sons of Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:17 - lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand made me this wealth H2428.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:18 - “But you shall remember Yahweh your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth H2428, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:4 - and what He did to Egypt’s army H2428, to its horses and its chariots, when He made the water of the [fn]Red Sea to [fn]engulf them while they were pursuing you, and Yahweh made them perish [fn]utterly;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 33:11 -

“O Yahweh, bless his substance H2428,

And accept the work of his hands;

Crush the loins of those who rise up against him,

And those who hate him, so that they will not rise again.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJos 1:14 - “Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle shall remain in the land which Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but you shall cross before your brothers in battle array, all your valiant H2428 warriors, and shall help them
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 6:2 - And Yahweh said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant H2428 warriors.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:3 -

So Joshua rose with all the people of war to go up to Ai; and Joshua chose 30,000 men, valiant H2428 warriors, and sent them out at night.

Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:7 - So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him and all the valiant H2428 warriors.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:29 - And they struck down at that time about 10,000 Moabites, all robust and valiant H2428 men; and no one escaped.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:12 - And the angel of Yahweh appeared to him and said to him, “Yahweh is with you, O mighty man of valor H2428.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 11:1 -

Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor H2428, but he was the son of a harlot. And Gilead [fn]became the father of Jephthah.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 18:2 - So the sons of Dan sent from their family five men out of their whole number, [fn]men of valor H2428 from Zorah and Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to search it; and they said to them, “Go, search the land.” And they came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and lodged there.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:44 - Thus 18,000 men of Benjamin fell; all these were valiant H2428 men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:46 - So all of Benjamin who fell that day were 25,000 men who drew the sword; all these were valiant H2428 men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 21:10 - And the congregation sent 12,000 of the men of valor H2428 there and commanded them, saying, “Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the little ones.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 2:1 -

Now Naomi had [fn]a kinsman of her husband, a [fn]mighty man of excellence H2428, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.

Unchecked Copy BoxRth 3:11 - “So now, my daughter, do not fear. All that you say, I will do for you; for all my people within the gates of the city know that you are a woman of excellence H2428.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 4:11 - And all the people who were in the gate, and the elders, said, “We are witnesses. May Yahweh grant the woman who is coming into your home to be like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel, and so you shall [fn]achieve [fn]excellence H2428 in Ephrathah and shall [fn]proclaim your name in Bethlehem.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:4 -

“The bows of the mighty are shattered,

But those who stumble gird on strength H2428.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:1 -

Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of [fn]valor H2428.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:26 - Saul also went to his house at Gibeah; and the valiant H2428 men whose hearts God had touched went with him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:48 - And he acted valiantly H2428 and struck down the Amalekites and delivered Israel from the hands of [fn]those who plundered them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:52 -

Now the war against the Philistines was severe all the days of Saul; and Saul would see any mighty man or any man of valor H2428 and would gather him to [fn]his staff.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:18 - Then one of the young men answered and said, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician, a mighty man of valor H2428, a warrior, one who is understanding in speech, and man of fine form; and Yahweh is with him.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:20 -

So David arose early in the morning and left the flock with a keeper and carried the supplies and went as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the circle of the camp while the military H2428 force H2428 was going out in battle lines shouting the war cry.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:17 -

Then Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a wife; only be a man of valor H2428 for me and fight Yahweh’s battles.” For Saul thought, “My hand shall not be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:12 - so all the valiant H2428 men arose and walked all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and they came to Jabesh and burned them there.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:7 - “So now, let your hands be strong and be [fn]valiant H2428; for Saul your lord is dead, and also the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 11:16 - So it was as Joab kept watch on the city, that he put Uriah at the place where he knew there were valiant H2428 men.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 13:28 -

Then Absalom commanded his young men, saying, “See now, when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon,’ then put him to death. Do not fear; have not I myself commanded you? Be strong and be [fn]valiant H2428.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:10 - “And even the one who is a man of valor H2428, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will utterly melt; for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man and those who are with him are men of valor H2428.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:33 -

“God is my strong H2428 fortress;

And He [fn]sets the [fn]blameless in [fn]His way.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:40 -

“For You have girded me with strength H2428 for battle;

You have [fn]subdued under me those who rose up against me.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:20 -

Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant H2428 man of Kabzeel, mighty in deeds, struck down the [fn]two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 24:2 - So the king said to Joab the commander of the military H2428 force H2428 who was with him, “Go about now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and [fn]take a census of the people, that I may know the total count of the people.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 24:4 - Nevertheless, the king’s word stood strong against Joab and against the commanders of the military H2428 force H2428. So Joab and the commanders of the military H2428 force H2428 went out from the presence of the king to [fn]take a census of the people of Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 24:9 - And Joab gave the total count of the [fn]census of the people to the king; and there were in Israel 800,000 valiant H2428 men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were 500,000 men.

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