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Lexicon :: Strong's H423 - 'ālâ

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Part of Speech
feminine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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TWOT Reference: 91a

Strong’s Definitions

אָלָה ʼâlâh, aw-law'; from H422; an imprecation:—curse, cursing, execration, oath, swearing.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 36x

The KJV translates Strong's H423 in the following manner: curse (18x), oath (14x), execration (2x), swearing (2x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 36x
The KJV translates Strong's H423 in the following manner: curse (18x), oath (14x), execration (2x), swearing (2x).
  1. oath

  2. oath of covenant

  3. curse

    1. from God

    2. from men

  4. execration

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
אָלָה ʼâlâh, aw-law'; from H422; an imprecation:—curse, cursing, execration, oath, swearing.
אָלָה noun feminine oath Genesis 26:28 +; suffix אָלָתִי, אָלָתוֺ Genesis 24:11 + (4 times); plural אָלוֺת Deuteronomy 29:20 + (4 times).
1. oath in testimony Leviticus 5:1; Numbers 5:21 (twice in verse) (P) Proverbs 29:23; בא באלה come into an oath Nehemiah 10:30; הביא באלה bring into an oath Ezekiel 17:13; נשׂא אלה 1 Kings 8:31 (= 2 Chronicles 6:22).
2. oath of convenant Genesis 24:41 (twice in verse); Genesis 26:28 (J) Deuteronomy 29:11; Deuteronomy 29:13; בזה אלה despise an oath Ezekiel 16:59; Ezekiel 17:16, 18, 19.
3. curse
(b) from men Job 31:30; Psalm 10:7; Psalm 59:13.
4. execration in the phrase היה לאלה become an execration Numbers 5:27 (P) Jeremiah 29:18; Jeremiah 42:18; Jeremiah 44:12.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


24:11; 24:41; 26:28; 26:28




5:21; 5:23; 5:27


29:11; 29:13; 29:18; 29:19; 29:20; 29:20; 30:7

1 Kings


2 Chronicles

6:22; 34:24






10:7; 59:13






23:10; 29:18; 42:18; 44:12


16:59; 17:13; 17:16; 17:18; 17:19





Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H423 matches the Hebrew אָלָה ('ālâ),
which occurs 36 times in 32 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:41 - then you will be free from my oath, H423 when you come to my relatives; and if they do not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.’ H423
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:28 - They said, “We see plainly that the LORD has been with you; so we said, ‘Let there now be an oath H423 between us, even between [fn]you and us, and let us make a covenant with you,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:1 - ‘Now if a person sins after he hears a [fn]public adjuration H423 to testify when he is a witness, whether he has seen or otherwise known, if he does not tell it, then he will bear his [fn]guilt.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:21 - (then the priest shall have the woman swear with the oath of the curse, H423 and the priest shall say to the woman), “the LORD make you a curse H423 and an oath among your people by the LORDS making your thigh [fn]waste away and your abdomen swell;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:23 - ‘The priest shall then write these curses H423 on a scroll, and he shall [fn]wash them off into the water of bitterness.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:27 - ‘When he has made her drink the water, then it shall come about, if she has defiled herself and has been unfaithful to her husband, that the water which brings a curse will go into her [fn]and cause bitterness, and her abdomen will swell and her thigh will [fn]waste away, and the woman will become a curse H423 among her people.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 29:12 - that you may enter into the covenant with the LORD your God, and into His oath H423 which the LORD your God is making with you today,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 29:14 - “Now not with you alone am I making this covenant and this oath, H423
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 29:19 - “It shall be when he hears the words of this curse, H423 that he will [fn]boast, saying, ‘I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart in order [fn]to destroy the watered land with the dry.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 29:20 - “The LORD shall never be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the LORD and His jealousy will [fn]burn against that man, and every curse H423 which is written in this book will [fn]rest on him, and the LORD will blot out his name from under heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 29:21 - “Then the LORD will single him out for [fn]adversity from all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses H423 of the covenant which are written in this book of the law.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 30:7 - “The LORD your God will [fn]inflict all these curses H423 on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 8:31 - “If a man sins against his neighbor and is made to take an oath, H423 and he comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this house,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 6:22 - “If a man sins against his neighbor and is made to take an oath, H423 and he comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this house,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 34:24 - thus says the LORD, “Behold, I am bringing evil on this place and on its inhabitants, even all the curses H423 written in the book which they have read in the presence of the king of Judah.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 10:29 - are joining with their [fn]kinsmen, their nobles, and are [fn]taking on themselves a curse H423 and an oath to walk in God’s law, which was given through Moses, God’s servant, and to keep and to observe all the commandments of [fn]GOD our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:30 - [fn]No, I have not [fn]allowed my mouth to sin
By asking for his life in a curse. H423
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 10:7 - His mouth is full of curses H423 and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:12 - [fn]On account of the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,
Let them even be caught in their pride,
And on account of curses H423 and [fn]lies which they utter.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 29:24 - He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life;
He hears the oath H423 but tells nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:6 - Therefore, a curse H423 devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:10 - For the land is full of adulterers;
For the land mourns because of the curse. H423
The pastures of the wilderness have dried up.
Their course also is evil
And their might is not right.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:18 - ‘I will pursue them with the sword, with famine and with pestilence; and I will make them a terror to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse H423 and a horror and a hissing, and a reproach among all the nations where I have driven them,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 42:18 - For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “As My anger and wrath have been poured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so My wrath will be poured out on you when you enter Egypt. And you will become a curse, an object of horror, an imprecation and a reproach; and you will see this place no more.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 44:12 - ‘And I will take away the remnant of Judah who have set their [fn]mind on entering the land of Egypt to reside there, and they will all [fn]meet their end in the land of Egypt; they will fall by the sword and meet their end by famine. Both small and great will die by the sword and famine; and they will become a curse, an object of horror, an imprecation and a reproach.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:59 - For thus says the Lord GOD, “I will also do with you as you have done, you who have despised the oath H423 by breaking the covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:13 - ‘He took one of the royal [fn]family and made a covenant with him, [fn]putting him under oath. H423 He also took away the mighty of the land,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:16 - ‘As I live,’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘Surely in the [fn]country of the king who [fn]put him on the throne, whose oath H423 he despised and whose covenant he broke, [fn]in Babylon he shall die.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:18 - ‘Now he despised the oath H423 by breaking the covenant, and behold, he [fn]pledged his allegiance, yet did all these things; he shall not escape.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:19 - Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, “As I live, surely My oath H423 which he despised and My covenant which he broke, I will [fn]inflict on his head.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:11 - “Indeed all Israel has transgressed Your law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice; so the curse H423 has been poured out on us, along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 5:3 - Then he said to me, “This is the curse H423 that is going forth over the face of the whole [fn]land; surely everyone who steals will be purged away according to [fn]the writing on one side, and everyone who swears will be purged away according to [fn]the writing on the other side.

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