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Lexicon :: Strong's H2550 - ḥāmal

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A primitive root
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Strong’s Definitions

חָמַל châmal, khaw-mal'; a primitive root; to commiserate; by implication, to spare:—have compassion, (have) pity, spare.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 41x

The KJV translates Strong's H2550 in the following manner: pity (18x), spare (18x), have compassion (5x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 41x
The KJV translates Strong's H2550 in the following manner: pity (18x), spare (18x), have compassion (5x).
  1. (Qal) to spare, pity, have compassion on

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חָמַל châmal, khaw-mal'; a primitive root; to commiserate; by implication, to spare:—have compassion, (have) pity, spare.
STRONGS H2550: Abbreviations
חָמַל verb spare (Arabic حَمَلَ; is bear, become responsible; Aramaic Lfmo comportavit, congessit); —
Qal Perfect ח׳ 1 Samuel 15:15 + 3 times; חָמָ֑ל 2 Samuel 12:6; Lamentations 2:17; חָמָ֑לְתָּ Lamentations 2:21; Lamentations 3:43; וְחָמַלְתִּ֫י Malachi 3:17; Imperfect יַחְמֹל Job 16:13 + 6 times; יַחְמוֺל Job 6:10 + 3 times; וַיַּחְמֹל 1 Samuel 15:9 + 3 times; 3rd person feminine singular וַתַּחְמֹל Exodus 2:6; 2nd person masculine singular תַּחְמֹל Deuteronomy 13:9; 1 Samuel 15:3; אֶחְמֹל Ezekiel 8:18; Ezekiel 9:10; אֶחְמוֺל Jeremiah 13:14 + 4 times; וָאֶחְמֹל Ezekiel 36:21; יַחְמֹ֑לוּ Isaiah 9:18; תַּחְמְלוּ Jeremiah 50:14; Jeremiah 51:3; תַּחְמֹ֑לוּ Ezekiel 9:5; Infinitive construct חֻמְלָה Ezekiel 16:5 (Ges§ 45, 1. b); — spare, have compassion, with על Exodus 2:6 (E), 1 Samuel 15:3, 9, 15; 1 Samuel 23:21; 2 Samuel 21:7; 2 Chronicles 36:15, 17; Jeremiah 15:5; Ezekiel 16:5; Ezekiel 36:21; Job 20:13; Zechariah 11:5, 6; Malachi 3:17 (twice in verse); Joel 2:18; Deuteronomy 13:9 (|| חוס followed by על), Jeremiah 21:7 (|| חוס followed by על + רחם), Ezekiel 9:10 (|| חוס followed by על according to Syriac Version Targum Co); followed by אֶלֿ Jeremiah 51:3; Isaiah 9:18; note poetic אֶלחֵֿץ אַלתַּֿחְ׳spare no arrow Jeremiah 50:14; followed by Infinitive 2 Samuel 12:4; absolute 2 Samuel 12:6; Isaiah 30:14; Lamentations 2:17, 21, also Lamentations 2:2 where apparently followed by accusative, Lamentations 3:43; Job 6:10; Job 16:13; Job 27:22; Proverbs 6:34; Habakkuk 1:17; || חוס Ezekiel 5:11; Ezekiel 7:4 (strike out Co as doubl. of Ezekiel 7:9), Ezekiel 7:9; Ezekiel 8:18; Ezekiel 9:5; Jeremiah 13:14 (|| אחוס and ארחם).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


2:6; 2:6


13:9; 13:9

1 Samuel

15:3; 15:3; 15:9; 15:9; 15:15; 15:15; 23:21

2 Samuel

12:4; 12:6; 12:6; 21:7

2 Chronicles

36:15; 36:17


6:10; 6:10; 16:13; 16:13; 20:13; 27:22




9:18; 9:18; 30:14


13:14; 13:14; 15:5; 21:7; 50:14; 50:14; 51:3; 51:3


2:2; 2:17; 2:17; 2:21; 2:21; 3:43; 3:43


5:11; 7:4; 7:9; 7:9; 8:18; 8:18; 9:5; 9:5; 9:10; 9:10; 16:5; 16:5; 36:21; 36:21






11:5; 11:6


3:17; 3:17

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2550 matches the Hebrew חָמַל (ḥāmal),
which occurs 41 times in 40 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:6 - When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 13:8 - you shall not yield to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him, nor shall you conceal him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:3 - Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction[fn] all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:9 - But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fattened calves[fn] and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them. All that was despised and worthless they devoted to destruction.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:15 - Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen to sacrifice to the LORD your God, and the rest we have devoted to destruction.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:21 - And Saul said, “May you be blessed by the LORD, for you have had compassion on me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:4 - Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:6 - and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 21:7 - But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Saul’s son Jonathan, because of the oath of the LORD that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 36:15 - The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 36:17 - Therefore he brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man or aged. He gave them all into his hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:10 - This would be my comfort;
I would even exult[fn] in pain unsparing,
for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:13 - his archers surround me.
He slashes open my kidneys and does not spare;
he pours out my gall on the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:13 - though he is loath to let it go
and holds it in his mouth,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:22 - It[fn] hurls at him without pity;
he flees from its[fn] power in headlong flight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:34 - For jealousy makes a man furious,
and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 9:19 - Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts
the land is scorched,
and the people are like fuel for the fire;
no one spares another.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:14 - and its breaking is like that of a potter’s vessel
that is smashed so ruthlessly
that among its fragments not a shard is found
with which to take fire from the hearth,
or to dip up water out of the cistern.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:14 - And I will dash them one against another, fathers and sons together, declares the LORD. I will not pity or spare or have compassion, that I should not destroy them.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 15:5 - “Who will have pity on you, O Jerusalem,
or who will grieve for you?
Who will turn aside
to ask about your welfare?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:7 - Afterward, declares the LORD, I will give Zedekiah king of Judah and his servants and the people in this city who survive the pestilence, sword, and famine into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of their enemies, into the hand of those who seek their lives. He shall strike them down with the edge of the sword. He shall not pity them or spare them or have compassion.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:14 - Set yourselves in array against Babylon all around,
all you who bend the bow;
shoot at her, spare no arrows,
for she has sinned against the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:3 - Let not the archer bend his bow,
and let him not stand up in his armor.
Spare not her young men;
devote to destruction[fn] all her army.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:2 - The Lord has swallowed up without mercy
all the habitations of Jacob;
in his wrath he has broken down
the strongholds of the daughter of Judah;
he has brought down to the ground in dishonor
the kingdom and its rulers.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:17 - The LORD has done what he purposed;
he has carried out his word,
which he commanded long ago;
he has thrown down without pity;
he has made the enemy rejoice over you
and exalted the might of your foes.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:21 - In the dust of the streets
lie the young and the old;
my young women and my young men
have fallen by the sword;
you have killed them in the day of your anger,
slaughtering without pity.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:43 - “You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,
killing without pity;
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 5:11 - Therefore, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will withdraw.[fn] My eye will not spare, and I will have no pity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 7:4 - And my eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity, but I will punish you for your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 7:9 - And my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. I will punish you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the LORD, who strikes.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 8:18 - Therefore I will act in wrath. My eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. And though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 9:5 - And to the others he said in my hearing, “Pass through the city after him, and strike. Your eye shall not spare, and you shall show no pity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 9:10 - As for me, my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; I will bring their deeds upon their heads.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:5 - No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you out of compassion for you, but you were cast out on the open field, for you were abhorred, on the day that you were born.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 36:21 - But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they came.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 2:18 - Then the LORD became jealous for his land
and had pity on his people.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:17 - Is he then to keep on emptying his net
and mercilessly killing nations forever?
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:5 - Those who buy them slaughter them and go unpunished, and those who sell them say, ‘Blessed be the LORD, I have become rich,’ and their own shepherds have no pity on them.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:6 - For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of this land, declares the LORD. Behold, I will cause each of them to fall into the hand of his neighbor, and each into the hand of his king, and they shall crush the land, and I will deliver none from their hand.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 3:17 - “They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.
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