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Lexicon :: Strong's H2723 - ḥārbâ

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feminine noun
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TWOT Reference: 731d

Strong’s Definitions

חׇרְבָּה chorbâh, khor-baw'; feminine of H2721; properly, drought, i.e. (by implication) a desolation:—decayed place, desolate (place, -tion), destruction, (laid) waste (place).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 42x

The KJV translates Strong's H2723 in the following manner: waste (18x), desolation (8x), desolate places (4x), waste places (4x), desert (3x), desolate (3x), decayed places (1x), destructions (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 42x
The KJV translates Strong's H2723 in the following manner: waste (18x), desolation (8x), desolate places (4x), waste places (4x), desert (3x), desolate (3x), decayed places (1x), destructions (1x).
  1. a place laid waste, ruin, waste, desolation

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חׇרְבָּה chorbâh, khor-baw'; feminine of H2721; properly, drought, i.e. (by implication) a desolation:—decayed place, desolate (place, -tion), destruction, (laid) waste (place).
STRONGS H2723: Abbreviations
חָרְבָּה noun feminine waste, desolation, ruin; — absolute ח׳ Leviticus 26:31 + 15 times + Ezekiel 38:8 (strike out Syriac Version Co) + Ezekiel 38:12 חרבה Greek Version of the LXX Co for חרבות; plural חֳרָבוֺת Psalm 9:7 + 11 times (Ezekiel 38:12, compare above); construct חָרְבוֺת Isaiah 5:17 + 7 times; suffix חָרְבֹתַיִךְ Isaiah 49:19; חָרְבֹתָיו Ezra 9:9; חָרְבֹתֶיהָ Isaiah 51:3; חָרְבוֺתֶיהָ Isaiah 44:26; חָרְבוֺתֵיהֶם Psalm 109:10 2 Chronicles 34:6 (compare חֶרֶב and below); (chiefly mid. and late Hebrew Isa2 + 8 times; Jeremiah + 10 times, Ezekiel + 14 times, — including Ezekiel 38:8, which strike out Co); —
1. waste, ruin, of cities of Israel Leviticus 26:31, 33 (H); Judah Isaiah 44:26; Isaiah 49:19 (|| שֹׁמְמֹת), Isaiah 58:12 (בנה), Jeremiah 25:18; Jeremiah 27:17; Jeremiah 44:2, 6; Ezekiel 5:14; ruins of Jerusalem Isaiah 52:9; Daniel 9:2; also Ezekiel 35:4; compare Malachi 1:4 (with בנה), Ezekiel 36:10 (with בנה) Ezekiel 36:33 (id.); Egypt Ezekiel 29:9, 10 (in both || שְׁמָמָה; חרבות חֹרֶב in Ezekiel 29:10); ruin of temple Ezra 9:9; =ruined dwellings Psalm 109:10; compare 2 Chronicles 34:6, where read perhaps בְּחָרְבֹתֵיהֶם for בּחר בתיהם (see חֶרֶב below III. חרב); Jeremiah 22:5; in general ruins (si vera lectio, see Di; object of בנה) Job 3:14; כוס ח׳ Psalm 102:7 an owl of a ruin.
2. of land: waste place amid ruins Isaiah 5:17, compare Isaiah 51:3 (|| מִדְבָּר, עֲרָבָה); land a desolation Jeremiah 7:34; Jeremiah 44:22; Ezekiel 25:13 (Edom) Jeremiah 25:11; Isaiah 64:10 and Ezekiel 33:24, 27 (of Judah), compare Ezekiel 13:4, כְשֻׁעָלִים בח׳ simile of the prophets; הַשֹּׁמֵמוֺת הח׳ Ezekiel 36:4 (of Israel); of desolation of enemies of Israel Psalm 9:7 (לָנֶ֫צַח ח׳); עולם ח׳ =old ruins Isaiah 61:4 (with בנה); elsewhere perpetual ruin, desolation Jeremiah 25:9; Jeremiah 49:13 (cities of Bosra); מעולם ה׳ Ezekiel 26:20 (simile of Tyre).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


26:31; 26:31; 26:33

2 Chronicles

34:6; 34:6


9:9; 9:9




9:7; 9:7; 102:7; 109:10; 109:10


5:17; 5:17; 44:26; 44:26; 49:19; 49:19; 51:3; 51:3; 52:9; 58:12; 61:4; 64:10


7:34; 22:5; 25:9; 25:11; 25:18; 27:17; 44:2; 44:6; 44:22; 49:13


5:14; 13:4; 25:13; 26:20; 29:9; 29:10; 29:10; 33:24; 33:27; 35:4; 36:4; 36:10; 36:33; 38:8; 38:8; 38:12; 38:12






Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2723 matches the Hebrew חָרְבָּה (ḥārbâ),
which occurs 42 times in 42 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:31 - I will make your cities desolate and destroy your places of pagan worship. I will take no pleasure in your offerings that should be a pleasing aroma to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:33 - I will scatter you among the nations and bring out my sword against you. Your land will become desolate, and your cities will lie in ruins.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:9 - For we were slaves, but in his unfailing love our God did not abandon us in our slavery. Instead, he caused the kings of Persia to treat us favorably. He revived us so we could rebuild the Temple of our God and repair its ruins. He has given us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:14 - I would rest with the world’s kings and prime ministers,
whose great buildings now lie in ruins.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 9:6 - The enemy is finished, in endless ruins;
the cities you uprooted are now forgotten.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:6 - I am like an owl in the desert,
like a little owl in a far-off wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:10 - May his children wander as beggars
and be driven from their ruined homes.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:17 - In that day lambs will find good pastures,
and fattened sheep and young goats[fn] will feed among the ruins.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:26 - But I carry out the predictions of my prophets!
By them I say to Jerusalem, ‘People will live here again,’
and to the towns of Judah, ‘You will be rebuilt;
I will restore all your ruins!’
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:21 - They were not thirsty
when he led them through the desert.
He divided the rock,
and water gushed out for them to drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:19 - “Even the most desolate parts of your abandoned land
will soon be crowded with your people.
Your enemies who enslaved you
will be far away.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 51:3 - The LORD will comfort Israel[fn] again
and have pity on her ruins.
Her desert will blossom like Eden,
her barren wilderness like the garden of the LORD.
Joy and gladness will be found there.
Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:9 - Let the ruins of Jerusalem break into joyful song,
for the LORD has comforted his people.
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 58:12 - Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities.
Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls
and a restorer of homes.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 61:4 - They will rebuild the ancient ruins,
repairing cities destroyed long ago.
They will revive them,
though they have been deserted for many generations.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 64:11 - The holy and beautiful Temple
where our ancestors praised you
has been burned down,
and all the things of beauty are destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 7:34 - I will put an end to the happy singing and laughter in the streets of Jerusalem. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will no longer be heard in the towns of Judah. The land will lie in complete desolation.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 22:5 - But if you refuse to pay attention to this warning, I swear by my own name, says the LORD, that this palace will become a pile of rubble.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:9 - I will gather together all the armies of the north under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, whom I have appointed as my deputy. I will bring them all against this land and its people and against the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy[fn] you and make you an object of horror and contempt and a ruin forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:11 - This entire land will become a desolate wasteland. Israel and her neighboring lands will serve the king of Babylon for seventy years.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:18 - I went to Jerusalem and the other towns of Judah, and their kings and officials drank from the cup. From that day until this, they have been a desolate ruin, an object of horror, contempt, and cursing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 27:17 - Do not listen to them. Surrender to the king of Babylon, and you will live. Why should this whole city be destroyed?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 44:2 - “This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: You saw the calamity I brought on Jerusalem and all the towns of Judah. They now lie deserted and in ruins.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 44:6 - And so my fury boiled over and fell like fire on the towns of Judah and into the streets of Jerusalem, and they are still a desolate ruin today.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 44:22 - It was because the LORD could no longer bear all the disgusting things you were doing that he made your land an object of cursing—a desolate ruin without inhabitants—as it is today.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:13 - For I have sworn by my own name,” says the LORD, “that Bozrah will become an object of horror and a heap of ruins; it will be mocked and cursed. All its towns and villages will be desolate forever.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 5:14 - “So I will turn you into a ruin, a mockery in the eyes of the surrounding nations and to all who pass by.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 13:4 - “O people of Israel, these prophets of yours are like jackals digging in the ruins.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 25:13 - Therefore, says the Sovereign LORD, I will raise my fist of judgment against Edom. I will wipe out its people and animals with the sword. I will make a wasteland of everything from Teman to Dedan.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 26:20 - I will send you to the pit to join those who descended there long ago. Your city will lie in ruins, buried beneath the earth, like those in the pit who have entered the world of the dead. You will have no place of respect here in the land of the living.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 29:9 - The land of Egypt will become a desolate wasteland, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.
“Because you said, ‘The Nile River is mine; I made it,’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 29:10 - I am now the enemy of both you and your river. I will make the land of Egypt a totally desolate wasteland, from Migdol to Aswan, as far south as the border of Ethiopia.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 33:24 - “Son of man, the scattered remnants of Judah living among the ruined cities keep saying, ‘Abraham was only one man, yet he gained possession of the entire land. We are many; surely the land has been given to us as a possession.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 33:27 - “Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: As surely as I live, those living in the ruins will die by the sword. And I will send wild animals to eat those living in the open fields. Those hiding in the forts and caves will die of disease.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 35:4 - I will demolish your cities
and make you desolate.
Then you will know that I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 36:4 - Therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign LORD. He speaks to the hills and mountains, ravines and valleys, and to ruined wastes and long-deserted cities that have been destroyed and mocked by the surrounding nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 36:10 - I will greatly increase the population of Israel, and the ruined cities will be rebuilt and filled with people.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 36:33 - “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When I cleanse you from your sins, I will repopulate your cities, and the ruins will be rebuilt.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 38:8 - A long time from now you will be called into action. In the distant future you will swoop down on the land of Israel, which will be enjoying peace after recovering from war and after its people have returned from many lands to the mountains of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 38:12 - I will go to those formerly desolate cities that are now filled with people who have returned from exile in many nations. I will capture vast amounts of plunder, for the people are rich with livestock and other possessions now. They think the whole world revolves around them!’
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:2 - During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the LORD, as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 1:4 - Esau’s descendants in Edom may say, “We have been shattered, but we will rebuild the ruins.”
But the LORD of Heaven’s Armies replies, “They may try to rebuild, but I will demolish them again. Their country will be known as ‘The Land of Wickedness,’ and their people will be called ‘The People with Whom the LORD Is Forever Angry.’
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