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Lexicon :: Strong's H40 - 'ăḇîmeleḵ

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Part of Speech
proper masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
Strong’s Definitions

אֲבִימֶלֶךְ ʼĂbîymelek, ab-ee-mel'-ek; from H1 and H4428; father of (the) king; Abimelek, the name of two Philistine kings and of two Israelites:—Abimelech.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 67x

The KJV translates Strong's H40 in the following manner: Abimelech (67x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 67x
The KJV translates Strong's H40 in the following manner: Abimelech (67x).
  1. Abimelech = "Melek is father" or "my father is king"

    1. king of Gerar in Abraham's time

    2. king of Gath in David's time; maybe title of Philistine kings

    3. son of Gideon by a concubine

    4. priest, son of Abiathar

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
אֲבִימֶלֶךְ ʼĂbîymelek, ab-ee-mel'-ek; from H1 and H4428; father of (the) king; Abimelek, the name of two Philistine kings and of two Israelites:—Abimelech.
STRONGS H40: Abbreviations
אֲבִימֶ֫לֶךְ proper name, masculine (Melek (= Malik, Molech) is father) — אֲבִימֶ֑לֶךְ Genesis 20:18
1. king of Gerar Genesis 20:2, 3, 4 +, Genesis 21:22, 25 (twice in verse) +, Genesis 26:1, 8 + (24 times Genesis).
† 2. king of Gath Psalm Genesis 34:1 error for אָכִישׁ, compare 1 Samuel 21:11f f; — a better known Philistine name substituted for a less known (Hup3). > Others (Thes Ol De MV) think a title of Philistine kings, compare Pharaoh.
3. son of Gideon Judges 8:31; Judges 9:1, 3, 4 +, Judges 10:1 (40 times Judges), 2 Samuel 11:21.
† 4. priest, son of Abiathar 1 Chronicles 18:16 error for אֲחִימֶלֶח which see (Sabean also proper name, feminine OsianderZMG 1865, 209).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


20:2; 20:3; 20:4; 20:18; 21:22; 21:25; 26:1; 26:8; 34:1


8:31; 9:1; 9:3; 9:4; 10:1

1 Samuel


2 Samuel


1 Chronicles



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H40 matches the Hebrew אֲבִימֶלֶךְ ('ăḇîmeleḵ),
which occurs 67 times in 62 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Gen 20:2–Jdg 9:45)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:2 - And Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech H40 king of Gerar sent men and took Sarah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:3 - But God came to Abimelech H40 in a dream of the night, and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is [fn]married.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:4 - Now Abimelech H40 had not come near her; and he said, “Lord, will You kill a nation, even though [fn]blameless?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:8 - So Abimelech H40 got up early in the morning and called all his servants, and told all these things in their [fn]presence; and the people were greatly frightened.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:9 - Then Abimelech H40 called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? And [fn]how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me [fn]things that ought not to be done.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:10 - And Abimelech H40 said to Abraham, “What have you [fn]encountered, that you have done this thing?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:14 - Abimelech H40 then took sheep and oxen and male and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and returned his wife Sarah to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:15 - Abimelech H40 said, “Behold, my land is before you; [fn]settle wherever [fn]you please.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:17 - Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech H40 and his wife and his female slaves, so that they gave birth to children.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:18 - For the LORD had completely closed all the wombs of the household of Abimelech H40 because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:22 - Now it came about at that time that Abimelech H40 and Phicol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, “God is with you in all that you do;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:25 - But Abraham [fn]complained to Abimelech H40 because of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech H40 had seized.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:26 - And Abimelech H40 said, “I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor did I hear of it [fn]until today.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:27 - So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech H40, and the two of them made a covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:29 - Then Abimelech H40 said to Abraham, “What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:32 - So they made a covenant at Beersheba; and Abimelech H40 and Phicol, the commander of his army, got up and returned to the land of the Philistines.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:1 - Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech H40 king of the Philistines.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:8 - Now it came about, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech H40 king of the Philistines looked down through a window, and saw them, and behold, Isaac was caressing his wife Rebekah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:9 - Then Abimelech H40 called Isaac and said, “Behold, she certainly is your wife! So how is it that you said, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I thought, ‘otherwise I might be killed on account of her.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:10 - And Abimelech H40 said, “What is this that you have done to us? One of the people might easily have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:11 - So Abimelech H40 commanded all the people, saying, “He who touches this man or his wife will certainly be put to death.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:16 - Then Abimelech H40 said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are [fn]too powerful for us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:26 - Then Abimelech H40 came to him from Gerar [fn]with his adviser Ahuzzath, and Phicol the commander of his army.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 8:31 - And his concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he [fn]named him Abimelech H40.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:1 - Now Abimelech H40 the son of [fn]Jerubbaal went to Shechem, to his mother’s relatives, and spoke to them and to the entire family of the household of his mother’s father, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:3 - So his mother’s relatives spoke all these words on his behalf in the hearing of all the [fn]leaders of Shechem; and [fn]they were inclined to follow Abimelech H40, for they said, “He is our relative.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:4 - And they gave him seventy pieces of silver from the house of Baal-berith, with which Abimelech H40 hired worthless and reckless men, and they followed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:6 - All the [fn]leaders of Shechem and all [fn]Beth-millo assembled together, and they went and made Abimelech H40 king, by the [fn]oak of the memorial stone which was in Shechem.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:16 - “Now then, if you have acted with [fn]honesty and integrity in making Abimelech H40 king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and [fn]have dealt with him [fn]as he deserved
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:18 - but in fact you have risen against my father’s house today and have killed his sons, seventy men, on one stone, and have made Abimelech H40, the son of his female slave, king over the [fn]leaders of Shechem, because he is your relative
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:19 - so if you have acted with [fn]honesty and integrity toward Jerubbaal and his house this day, be joyful about Abimelech H40, and may he also be joyful about you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:20 - “But if not, may fire come out of Abimelech H40 and consume the [fn]leaders of Shechem and [fn]Beth-millo; and may fire come out of the [fn]leaders of Shechem and from [fn]Beth-millo, and consume Abimelech H40.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:21 - Then Jotham escaped and fled, and went to Beer; and he stayed there because of his brother Abimelech H40.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:22 - Now Abimelech H40 ruled over Israel for three years.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:23 - Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech H40 and the [fn]leaders of Shechem; and the [fn]leaders of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech H40,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:24 - so that the violence [fn]done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal would come, and the responsibility for their blood would be placed on their brother Abimelech H40, who killed them, and on the [fn]leaders of Shechem, who [fn]encouraged him to kill his brothers.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:25 - The [fn]leaders of Shechem set up men in ambush against him on the tops of the mountains, and they robbed everyone who would pass by them on the road; and it was reported to Abimelech H40.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:27 - So they went out to the field and gathered the grapes of their vineyards and trampled them, and held a festival; and they went into the house of their god, and ate and drank and cursed Abimelech H40.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:28 - Then Gaal the son of Ebed said, “Who is Abimelech H40, and who is Shechem, that we should serve him? Is he not the son of Jerubbaal, and is Zebul not his governor? Serve the men of Hamor the father of Shechem; but why should we serve him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:29 - [fn]If only this people were under my authority! Then I would do away with Abimelech H40.” And he said to Abimelech H40, “Enlarge your army and come out!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:31 - So using deception, he successfully sent messengers to Abimelech H40, saying, “Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed and his relatives have come to Shechem; and behold, they are [fn]stirring up the city against you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:34 - So Abimelech H40 and all the people who were with him got up at night, and lay in wait against Shechem, in four [fn]units.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:35 - Now Gaal the son of Ebed went out and stood at the entrance of the city gate; and Abimelech H40 and the people who were with him arose from the ambush.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:38 - Then Zebul said to him, “Where then is your [fn]boasting with which you said, ‘Who is Abimelech H40 that we should serve him?’ Is this not the people whom you rejected? Go out now and fight them!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:39 - So Gaal went out [fn]in the sight of the [fn]leaders of Shechem and fought Abimelech H40.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:40 - But Abimelech H40 chased him, and he fled from him; and many fell wounded up to the entrance of the gate.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:41 - Then Abimelech H40 stayed in Arumah, but Zebul drove out Gaal and his relatives so that they could not stay in Shechem.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:42 - Now it came about the next day, that the people went out to the field, and it was reported to Abimelech H40.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:44 - Then Abimelech H40 and the [fn]company who was with him rushed forward and stood at the entrance of the city gate; the other two [fn]companies then attacked all who were in the field and killed them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:45 - Abimelech H40 fought against the city that whole day, and he captured the city and killed the people who were in it; then he tore down the city and sowed it with salt.

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