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Lexicon :: Strong's H3999 - mabûl

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From יָבַל (H2986) in the sense of flowing
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TWOT Reference: 1142

Strong’s Definitions

מַבּוּל mabbûwl, mab-bool'; from H2986 in the sense of flowing; a deluge:—flood.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 13x

The KJV translates Strong's H3999 in the following manner: flood (13x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 13x
The KJV translates Strong's H3999 in the following manner: flood (13x).
  1. flood, deluge.

    1. Noah's flood that submerged the entire planet earth under water for about a year

      Some think Noah's flood was only local. However the description of it found in Gen 6-8 makes this patently absurd. If it were local, Noah had 120 years to migrate out of the area to safe ground! Why waste all that effort building a ship? He only had to move less than 1500 feet a day to reach the farthest point on the globe! With the possible exception of Psa 29:10, this word always refers to Noah's flood. The real reason for insisting on a local flood is the acceptance of evolution with its long geological ages. Most holding that view are not willing to allow a global world wide flood to have happened less than 5000 years ago. To admit such eliminates the need for the geological ages for most of the geological column would have be rapidly laid down by Noah's flood.
Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מַבּוּל mabbûwl, mab-bool'; from H2986 in the sense of flowing; a deluge:—flood.
STRONGS H3999: Abbreviations
מַבּוּל noun masculineGenesis 7:6 flood in time of Noah (Late Hebrew id.; Jewish-Aramaic מַבּוּלָא; Syriac bdb055001; derivation dubious; Thes and others √ יבל, but improbable, see DlProl. 122 f.; possibly old Assyrian (Babylonian) loan-word (yet form unknown. in Assyrian), or from √ נבל = Assyrian nabâlu, destroy DlHWB 443 f.; compare DlPar. 156; Prol. 122 ChePsalm 29:10 critical note, Hebraica. iii. 3, 175 f., O. WhitehouseCOT ii. 293); — מ׳ only Genesis and Psalm 29:10; always absolute and always with article except Genesis 9:11, 15; — וַיְהִי הַמּ׳ Genesis 17:7; לֹא יִהְיֶה עוֺד מ׳ Genesis 9:11; following by מַיִם as appositive) Genesis 6:17; Genesis 7:6; מֵי הַמּ׳ Genesis 7:7, 10; Genesis 9:11; לֹאיִֿהְיֶה עוֺד הַמַּיִם לְמ׳ Genesis 9:15; as epoch, in phrase אַחַר הַמּ׳ Genesis 9:28; Genesis 10:1, 32; Genesis 11:10 (strike out as gloss Bu Di); יָשָׁ֑ב לַמּ׳ י׳ Psalm 29:10 י׳ at the flood sat enthroned (so most; Chesee critical note 'at the storm' (destruction = destructive storm IdHebraica. l.c.), but הַמּ׳ seems in all the other passages to be almost = proper name of the flood; compare also H4325 מֵי נֹחַ Isaiah 54:9 (twice in verse)).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


6:17; 7:6; 7:6; 7:7; 7:10; 9:11; 9:11; 9:11; 9:15; 9:15; 9:28; 10:1; 10:32; 11:10; 17:7


29:10; 29:10; 29:10




Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3999 matches the Hebrew מַבּוּל (mabûl),
which occurs 13 times in 12 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:17 - “Now behold, I Myself am bringing the flood H3999 of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which there is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:6 - Now Noah was six hundred years old when the flood H3999 of water [fn]came upon the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:7 - Then Noah and his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives with him entered the ark because of the waters of the flood H3999.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:10 - Now it came about after the seven days, that the waters of the flood H3999 [fn]came upon the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:17 - Then the flood H3999 [fn]came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:11 - “I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be eliminated by the waters of a flood H3999, nor shall there again be a flood H3999 to destroy the earth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:15 - and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood H3999 to destroy all flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:28 - Noah lived 350 years after the flood H3999.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:1 - Now these are the records of the generations of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and sons were born to them after the flood H3999.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:32 - These are the families of the sons of Noah, according to their descendants, by their nations; and out of these the nations were separated on the earth after the flood H3999.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:10 - These are the records of the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old when he fathered Arpachshad, two years after the flood H3999;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 29:10 - The LORD sat as King at the flood H3999;
Yes, the LORD sits as King forever.
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