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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 saith concerning Sarah his wife, 'She is my sister;' and Abimelech king of Gerar sendeth and taketh Sarah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:3 - And God cometh in unto Abimelech in a dream of the night, and saith to him, 'Lo, thou art a dead man, because of the woman whom thou hast taken -- and she married to a husband.'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:4 - And Abimelech hath not drawn near unto her, and he saith, 'Lord, also a righteous nation dost thou slay?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:8 - And Abimelech riseth early in the morning, and calleth for all his servants, and speaketh all these words in their ears; and the men fear exceedingly;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:9 - and Abimelech calleth for Abraham, and saith to him, 'What hast thou done to us? and what have I sinned against thee, that thou hast brought upon me, and upon my kingdom, a great sin? works which are not done thou hast done with me.'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:10 - Abimelech also saith unto Abraham, 'What hast thou seen that thou hast done this thing?'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:14 - And Abimelech taketh sheep and oxen, and servants and handmaids, and giveth to Abraham, and sendeth back to him Sarah his wife;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:15 - and Abimelech saith, 'Lo, my land is before thee, where it is good in thine eyes, dwell;'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:17 - And Abraham prayeth unto God, and God healeth Abimelech and his wife, and his handmaids, and they bear:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:18 - for Jehovah restraining had restrained every womb of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:22 - And it cometh to pass at that time that Abimelech speaketh -- Phichol also, head of his host -- unto Abraham, saying, 'God is with thee in all that thou art doing;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:25 - And Abraham reasoned with Abimelech concerning the matter of a well of water which Abimelech's servants have taken violently away,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:26 - and Abimelech saith, 'I have not known who hath done this thing, and even thou didst not declare to me, and I also, I have not heard save to-day.'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:27 - And Abraham taketh sheep and oxen, and giveth to Abimelech, and they make, both of them, a covenant;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:29 - And Abimelech saith unto Abraham, 'What are they -- these seven lambs which thou hast set by themselves?'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:32 - And they make a covenant in Beer-Sheba, and Abimelech riseth -- Phichol also, head of his host -- and they turn back unto the land of the Philistines;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:1 - And there is a famine in the land, besides the first famine which was in the days of Abraham, and Isaac goeth unto Abimelech king of the Philistines, to Gerar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:8 - And it cometh to pass, when the days have been prolonged to him there, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looketh through the window, and seeth, and lo, Isaac is playing with Rebekah his wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:9 - And Abimelech calleth for Isaac, and saith, 'Lo, she is surely thy wife; and how hast thou said, She is my sister?' and Isaac saith unto him, 'Because I said, Lest I die for her.'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:10 - And Abimelech saith, 'What is this thou hast done to us? as a little thing one of the people had lain with thy wife, and thou hadst brought upon us guilt;'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:11 - and Abimelech commandeth all the people, saying, 'He who cometh against this man or against his wife, dying doth die.'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:16 - And Abimelech saith unto Isaac, 'Go from us; for thou hast become much mightier than we;'
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:26 - And Abimelech hath gone unto him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath his friend, and Phichol head of his host;
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 8:31 - and his concubine, who is in Shechem, hath born to him -- even she -- a son, and he appointeth his name Abimelech.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:1 - and Abimelech son of Jerubbaal goeth to Shechem, unto his mother's brethren, and speaketh unto them, and unto all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:3 - And his mother's brethren speak concerning him, in the ears of all the masters of Shechem, all these words, and their heart inclineth after Abimelech, for they said, 'He is our brother;'
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:4 - and they give to him seventy silverings out of the house of Baal-Berith, and Abimelech hireth with them men, vain and unstable, and they go after him;
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:6 - And all the masters of Shechem are gathered together, and all the house of Millo, and come and cause Abimelech to reign for king at the oak of the camp which is in Shechem;
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:16 - 'And, now, if in truth and in sincerity ye have acted, when ye make Abimelech king; and if ye have done good with Jerubbaal, and with his house; and if according to the deed of his hands ye have done to him --
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:18 - and ye have risen against the house of my father to-day, and slay his sons, seventy men, on one stone, and cause Abimelech son of his handmaid to reign over the masters of Shechem, because he is your brother --
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:19 - yea, if in truth and in sincerity ye have acted with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, rejoice ye in Abimelech, and he doth rejoice -- even he -- in you;
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:20 - and if not -- fire cometh out from Abimelech and devoureth the masters of Shechem and the house of Millo, and fire cometh out from the masters of Shechem and from the house of Millo, and devoureth Abimelech.'
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:21 - And Jotham hasteth, and fleeth, and goeth to Beer, and dwelleth there, from the face of Abimelech his brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:22 - And Abimelech is prince over Israel three years,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:23 - and God sendeth an evil spirit between Abimelech and the masters of Shechem, and the masters of Shechem deal treacherously with Abimelech,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:24 - for the coming in of the violence to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal, and of their blood to place it on Abimelech their brother, who slew them, and on the masters of Shechem, who strengthened his hands to slay his brethren.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:25 - And the masters of Shechem set for him ambushes on the top of the hills, and rob every one who passeth over by them in the way, and it is declared to Abimelech.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:27 - and go out into the field, and gather their vineyards, and tread, and make praises, and go into the house of their god, and eat and drink, and revile Abimelech.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:28 - And Gaal son of Ebed saith, 'Who is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we serve him? is he not son of Jerubbaal? and Zebul his commander? Serve ye the men of Hamor father of Shechem, and wherefore do we serve him -- we?
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:29 - and oh that this people were in my hand -- then I turn Abimelech aside;' and he saith to Abimelech, 'Increase thy host, and come out.'
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:31 - and he sendeth messengers unto Abimelech deceitfully, saying, 'Lo, Gaal son of Ebed and his brethren are coming into Shechem, and lo, they are fortifying the city against thee;
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:34 - And Abimelech riseth, and all the people who are with him, by night, and they lay wait against Shechem -- four detachments;
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:35 - and Gaal son of Ebed goeth out, and standeth at the opening of the gate of the city, and Abimelech riseth -- also the people who are with him -- from the ambush,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:38 - And Zebul saith unto him, 'Where is now thy mouth, in that thou sayest, Who is Abimelech that we serve him? is not this the people against which thou hast kicked? go out, I pray thee now, and fight against it.'
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:39 - And Gaal goeth out before the masters of Shechem, and fighteth against Abimelech,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:40 - and Abimelech pursueth him, and he fleeth from his presence, and many fall wounded -- unto the opening of the gate.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:41 - And Abimelech abideth in Arumah, and Zebul casteth out Gaal and his brethren from dwelling in Shechem.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:42 - And it cometh to pass, on the morrow, that the people go out to the field, and they declare it to Abimelech,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:44 - And Abimelech and the detachments who are with him have pushed on, and stand at the opening of the gate of the city, and the two detachments have pushed against all who are in the field, and smite them,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:45 - and Abimelech hath fought against the city all that day, and captureth the city, and the people who are in it he hath slain, and he breaketh down the city, and soweth it with salt.

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