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Lexicon :: Strong's H2550 - ḥāmal

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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 - Then she opened it and [fn]saw the child. And behold, the [fn]boy was crying. And she had H2550 pity H2550 on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 13:8 - you shall not be willing to accept him or listen to him; and your eye shall not pity him; and you shall not spare H2550 him or conceal him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:3 - ‘Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that he has, and do not spare H2550 him; but put to death both man and woman, infant and nursing baby, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:9 - But Saul and the people spared H2550 Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and they were not willing to devote them to destruction; but everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:15 - And Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared H2550 the best of the sheep and oxen, to sacrifice to Yahweh your God; but the rest we have devoted to destruction.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:21 - And Saul said, “May you be blessed of Yahweh, for you have had H2550 compassion H2550 on me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:4 -

“Now a visitor came to the rich man,

And he [fn]was unwilling H2550 to take from his own flock or his own herd,

To prepare for the traveler who had come to him;

Rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:6 - “And he must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had H2550 no compassion H2550.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 21:7 -

But the king spared H2550 Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the oath of Yahweh which was between them, between David and Saul’s son Jonathan.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 36:15 -

And Yahweh, the God of their fathers, sent word to them [fn]again and again by the hand of His messengers, because He had H2550 compassion H2550 on His people and on His habitation;

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 36:17 - Therefore He brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans who killed their choice men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had H2550 no compassion H2550 on choice man or virgin, old man or infirm; He gave them all into his hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:10 -

“But it is still my comfort,

And I rejoice in unsparing H2550 pain,

That I have not at all hidden away the words of the Holy One.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:13 -

“His arrows surround me.

Without mercy H2550 He splits my kidneys open;

He pours out my gall on the ground.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:13 -

Though he [fn]desires H2550 it and will not forsake it,

And holds it to his palate,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:22 -

“For it will hurl at him without sparing H2550;

He will surely try to flee from its [fn]power.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:34 -

For jealousy [fn]enrages a man,

And he will not spare H2550 in the day of vengeance.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 9:19 -

By the fury of Yahweh of hosts the land is burned up,

And the people are like fuel for the fire;

No man spares H2550 his brother.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:14 -

Whose breaking is like the breaking of a potter’s jar,

[fn]So ruthlessly H2550 shattered

That a potsherd will not be found among its pieces

To [fn]take fire from a hearth

Or to scoop water from a cistern.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:14 - “I will shatter them against each other, both the fathers and the sons together,” declares Yahweh. “I will not spare H2550 nor show pity nor have compassion so as not to ruin them.”’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 15:5 -

“Indeed, who will spare H2550 you, O Jerusalem,

Or who will console you,

Or who will turn aside to ask about your well-being?

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:7 - “Then afterwards,” declares Yahweh, “I will give over Zedekiah king of Judah and his servants and the people, even those who remain in this city from the pestilence, the sword, and the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of their enemies and into the hand of those who seek their lives; and he will strike them down with the edge of the sword. He will not show pity on them nor spare H2550 nor have compassion.”’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:14 -

“Arrange your battle lines against Babylon on every side,

All you who [fn]bend the bow;

Shoot at her, do not be sparing H2550 with your arrows,

For she has sinned against Yahweh.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:3 -

[fn]Let not [fn]him who [fn]bends his bow [fn]bend it,

[fn]Nor let him rise up in his scale-armor;

So do not spare H2550 her young men;

Devote all her army to destruction.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:2 -


The Lord has swallowed up; He has not spared H2550

All the habitations of Jacob.

In His wrath He has pulled down

The strongholds of the daughter of Judah;

He has brought them down to the ground;

He has profaned the kingdom and its princes.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:17 -


Yahweh has done what He purposed;

He has completed His word

Which He commanded from days of old.

He has pulled down without sparing H2550,

And He has caused the enemy to be glad over you;

He has exalted the [fn]might of your adversaries.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:21 -


On the ground in the streets

Lie young and old;

My virgins and my young men

Have fallen by the sword.

You have killed them in the day of Your anger;

You have slaughtered, not sparing H2550.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:43 -


You have covered Yourself with anger

And pursued us;

You have killed and have not spared H2550.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 5:11 - ‘So as I live,’ declares Lord Yahweh, ‘surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable idols and with all your abominations, therefore I will also withdraw, and My eye will have no pity, and I will not spare H2550.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 7:4 - ‘For My eye will have no pity on you, nor will I spare H2550 you, but I will put your ways upon you, and your abominations will be among you; then you will know that I am Yahweh!’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 7:9 - ‘My eye will show no pity, nor will I spare H2550. I will give to you according to your ways, while your abominations are among you; then you will know that I, Yahweh, do the striking.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 8:18 - “Therefore, I also will do this in wrath: My eye will have no pity, nor will I spare H2550; and they will cry in My ears with a loud voice, yet I will not listen to them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 9:5 - But to the others He said in my hearing, “Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye have pity and do not spare H2550.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 9:10 - “But as for Me, My eye will have no pity, nor will I spare H2550, but I will put their way upon their heads.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:5 - “No eye had pity on you to do any of these things for you, to have H2550 compassion H2550 on you. Rather you were thrown out into the [fn]open field, for your soul was abhorred on the day you were born.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 36:21 - “But I [fn]had H2550 concern H2550 for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations where they went.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 2:18 -

Then Yahweh [fn]will be zealous for His land

And [fn]will spare H2550 His people.

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:17 -

Will they therefore empty their net

And continually kill nations without sparing H2550?

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:5 - “Those who buy them slaughter them and are not held guilty, and each of those who sell them says, ‘Blessed be Yahweh. Indeed, I have become rich!’ And their own shepherds do not spare H2550 them.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:6 - “For I will no longer spare H2550 the inhabitants of the land,” declares Yahweh; “but behold, I will cause the men to [fn]fall, each into another’s hand and into the hand of his king; and they will crush the land, and I will not deliver them from their hand.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 3:17 - “And they will be Mine,” says Yahweh of hosts, “on the day that I [fn]prepare My [fn]own treasured possession, and I will [fn]spare H2550 them as a man [fn]spares H2550 his own son who serves him.”
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