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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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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 - For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall die.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:6 - Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:7 - And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him went into the ark, to escape the waters of the flood.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:10 - And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:17 - The flood continued forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:11 - I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth."
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:15 - I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:28 - After the flood Noah lived three hundred and fifty years.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:1 - These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth; sons were born to them after the flood.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:32 - These are the families of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, in their nations; and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:10 - These are the descendants of Shem. When Shem was a hundred years old, he became the father of Arpach'shad two years after the flood;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 29:10 - The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king for ever.
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