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Lexicon :: Strong's H4421 - milḥāmâ

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Part of Speech
feminine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From לָחַם (H3898) (in the sense of fighting)
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TWOT Reference: 1104c

Strong’s Definitions

מִלְחָמָה milchâmâh, mil-khaw-maw'; from H3898 (in the sense of fighting); a battle (i.e. the engagement); generally, war (i.e. war-fare):—battle, fight(-ing), war(-rior).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 319x

The KJV translates Strong's H4421 in the following manner: war (158x), battle (151x), fight (5x), warriors (with H6213) (2x), fighting (with H6213) (1x), war (with H376) (1x), wars (with H376) (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 319x
The KJV translates Strong's H4421 in the following manner: war (158x), battle (151x), fight (5x), warriors (with H6213) (2x), fighting (with H6213) (1x), war (with H376) (1x), wars (with H376) (1x).
  1. battle, war

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מִלְחָמָה milchâmâh, mil-khaw-maw'; from H3898 (in the sense of fighting); a battle (i.e. the engagement); generally, war (i.e. war-fare):—battle, fight(-ing), war(-rior).
STRONGS H4421: Abbreviations
מִלְחָמָה 319 noun feminine battle, war; — absolute מ׳ Genesis 14:2, 8; Exodus 1:10 +; construct מִלְהֶ֫מֶת 1 Samuel 13:22 (מִכְמָשׁ מ׳ Greek Version of the LXX Th We Bu HPS Ew§ 188 cii. 182 > absolute Thes and others); suffix מִלְחַמְתִּי 2 Chronicles 35:21; מִלְחַמְתְּךָ 2 Samuel 11:25; מִלְחַמְתֶּ֑ךָ Isaiah 41:12, etc.; plural מִלְחָמוֺת Isaiah 42:13 + 7 times Chronicles, Psalms; construct מִלְחֲמוֺת Judges 3:1 +, etc.; — battle, Genesis 14:8; 1 Samuel 17:1, 2, 8; 1 Samuel 31:3; 1 Kings 20:14, 18, 29, 39 + often; war, Genesis 14:2; Exodus 1:10; Deuteronomy 20:12; Joshua 11:23; Joshua 14:15; 2 Samuel 3:1 (אֲרֻכָּה וַתְּהִי הַמִּלְחָמָה) +; מִלְחֲמוֺת כְּנָ֑עַן Judges 3:1; סֵפֶד מִלְחֲמֹת י׳ Numbers 21:14 (JE); accusative of congnate meaning with verb with נלחם1 Samuel 8:20; 2 Chronicles 32:8 and (מִלְחֲמוֺת י׳) 1 Samuel 18:17; 1 Samuel 25:28†; = art of war, למד מ׳ Isaiah 2:4 learn war = Micah 4:3; למּד מ׳ Judges 3:2 teach war, fighting; מְלַמֵּד יָדַי לַמּ׳ 2 Samuel 22:35 = Psalm 18:35, compare Psalm 144:1; לְמוּדֵי מ׳ 1 Chronicles 5:18, מְלֻמְּדֵי מ׳ Songs 3:8 instructed in war; once = battlefield וַיָּבֹאוּ עַד הַמּ׳ 1 Samuel 14:20 (so KitKauAT). The most frequent phrases are: †אִישׁ מ׳ Isaiah 3:2; 1 Samuel 16:18; 1 Samuel 17:33; 2 Samuel 17:8; Ezekiel 39:20; Joshua 17:1 (P), also (collective) Judges 20:17, of י׳ Exodus 15:3 (poem); אַנְשֵׁי הַמּ׳ Joshua 6:3; Joshua 10:24 (both J E), Deuteronomy 2:14, 16; Joshua 5:4, 6 (all D), Jeremiah 38:4; Jeremiah 39:4; Jeremiah 41:3, 16; Jeremiah 49:26; Jeremiah 51:32; Jeremiah 52:7, 25, also 1 Kings 9:22; 2 Kings 25:4; Numbers 31:28, 49 (P), Joel 4:9; late אַנְשֵׁי מ׳ Joel 2:7; 1 Chronicles 12:39 (38 van d. H) 2 Chronicles 8:9; 17:13; אִישׁ מִלְחָמוֺת Isaiah 42:13; 1 Chronicles 28:3; אַנְשֵׁי מִלְחַמְתָּהּ Jeremiah 50:30 her men of war, compare Isaiah 41:12; Ezekiel 27:10, 27; אִישׁ מִלְחֲמוּת תֹּעִי 2 Samuel 8:10 a man of battles of Toi, i.e. his frequent opponent (see Dr), = 1 Chronicles 18:10; seldom גִּבּוֺר מ׳ Psalm 24:8 (f י׳), גִּבּוֺרֵי מ׳ 2 Chronicles 13:3; שָׂרֵי מִלְחָמוֺת 2 Chronicles 32:6; עַם הַמּ׳ Joshua 8:1, 3; Joshua 10:7; Joshua 11:7, compare Joshua 8:11 (all J E), compare also 1 Samuel 13:16 add. Greek Version of the LXX We Dr, compare Klo; אַנְשֵׁי חַיִל לַמּ׳ Jeremiah 48:14; צְבָא מ׳ battle-host Isaiah 13:4, so הַמּ׳ צ׳ Numbers 31:14 (P); also גְּדוּדֵי צְבָא מ׳ 1 Chronicles 7:4, לַמּ׳ יֹצְאֵי צ׳ 1 Chronicles 7:11 אַנְשֵׁי צָבָא לַמּ׳ 1 Chronicles 12:9 (8 van d. H)†; weapons of war, כְּלֵי (ה)מ׳ Judges 18:11, 17; Jeremiah 21:4; Jeremiah 51:20; 1 Chronicles 12:34 (33 van d. H), also figurative 2 Samuel 1:27 ׅ || (גִבּוֺרִים; כְּלֵי צְבָא מ׳ 1 Chronicles 12:38 (37 van d. H); קֶשֶׁת מ׳ Zechariah 9:10; Zechariah 10:4; כְּלֵי מִלְחַמְתּוֺ his weapons of war 1 Samuel 8:12; Deuteronomy 1:41, compare Judges 18:16; Ezekiel 32:37; דִּבְרֵי הַמּ׳ = the news of the battle 2 Samuel 11:18, 19 + 2 Samuel 11:22 add. Greek Version of the LXX The We Klo Dr Bu. Frequently combined with verbs are: עָרַךְ מ׳ draw up battle-line Judges 20:22 +, followed by אֵת with = against Genesis 14:8; Judges 20:20, followed by עִם 2 Chronicles 13:3; אסר המּ׳ i. e. begin the battle 1 Kings 20:14, compare 2 Chronicles 13:3; וַתִּקְרַב הַמּ׳ 1 Kings 20:29 and the battle was joined; עָשָׂה מ׳ make war Proverbs 20:8; Proverbs 24:6; 1 Chronicles 22:8, followed by אֵת with Genesis 14:2; Joshua 11:18 (D), followed by עִם Deuteronomy 20:12, 20; 1 Chronicles 5:10, 19; עִם יָצָא לַמּ׳ Judges 20:14, 20, 28, with עַל 1 Kings 8:44; 2 Chronicles 6:34; עִם הָלַךְ לַמּ׳ 2 Kings 8:28; עַם נגשׁ לַמּ׳ Judges 20:23, with בְּ 1 Samuel 7:10; 2 Samuel 10:3, absolute Jeremiah 46:3; עִם וַתְּהִי הַמּ׳ 2 Samuel 21:18, 19, with בֵּין 2 Samuel 3:1, compare 2 Samuel 3:6 +; † קִדַּשׁ מ׳ consecrate war, i.e. open a campaign (with sacred rites, Che) Micah 3:5; Jeremiah 6:4 (both withעל), Joel 4:9; compare † הִדְבִּיקָתְהוּ וְהַמּ׳ Judges 20:42 and the battle clung to them; וַתַּעֲלֶה הַמּ׳ Judg 22:35 and the battle rose (high) = 2 Chronicles 18:34; וַתִּטּשׁ הַמּ׳ 1 Samuel 4:2, read וַתֵּט הַמּ׳ (Greek Version of the LXX We Klo Bu, compare Dr) and the battle inclined (in favour of one side); נָפוֺצֶת הַמּ׳ 2 Samuel 18:8 Qr the battle was spread (extended), so read 1 Samuel 14:24 add. Greek Version of the LXX The We Klo Dr; תָּקוּם עָלַי מ׳ Psalm 27:3 if war rise against me†; כָּבֵ֑דָה הַמּ׳ Judges 20:34 the battle was severe, compare אֶלשָֿׁאוּל וַתִּכְבַּד הַמּ׳ 1 Samuel 31:3 = 1 Chronicles 10:3 (על for אל); so חֲזָקָה וַתְּהִי הַמּ׳ 1 Samuel 14:52, חָזַק מִמֶּנּוּ הַמּ׳ 2 Kings 3:26; קָשָׁה וַתְּהִי הַמּ׳ 2 Samuel 2:17: compare כֹּבֶד מ׳ Isaiah 21:15, עֱזוּז מ׳ Isaiah 42:25.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


14:2; 14:2; 14:2; 14:8; 14:8; 14:8


1:10; 1:10; 15:3


21:14; 31:14; 31:28; 31:49


1:41; 2:14; 2:16; 20:12; 20:12; 20:20


5:4; 5:6; 6:3; 8:1; 8:3; 8:11; 10:7; 10:24; 11:7; 11:18; 11:23; 14:15; 17:1


3:1; 3:1; 3:2; 18:11; 18:16; 18:17; 20:14; 20:17; 20:20; 20:20; 20:22; 20:23; 20:28; 20:34; 20:42

1 Samuel

4:2; 7:10; 8:12; 8:20; 13:16; 13:22; 14:20; 14:24; 14:52; 16:18; 17:1; 17:2; 17:8; 17:33; 18:17; 25:28; 31:3; 31:3

2 Samuel

1:27; 2:17; 3:1; 3:1; 3:6; 8:10; 10:3; 11:18; 11:19; 11:22; 11:25; 17:8; 18:8; 21:18; 21:19; 22:35

1 Kings

8:44; 9:22; 20:14; 20:14; 20:18; 20:29; 20:29; 20:39

2 Kings

3:26; 8:28; 25:4

1 Chronicles

5:10; 5:18; 5:19; 7:4; 7:11; 10:3; 12:9; 12:34; 12:38; 12:39; 18:10; 22:8; 28:3

2 Chronicles

6:34; 8:9; 13:3; 13:3; 13:3; 17:13; 18:34; 32:6; 32:8; 35:21


18:35; 24:8; 27:3; 144:1


20:8; 24:6

Song of Songs



2:4; 3:2; 13:4; 21:15; 41:12; 41:12; 42:13; 42:13; 42:25


6:4; 21:4; 38:4; 39:4; 41:3; 41:16; 46:3; 48:14; 49:26; 50:30; 51:20; 51:32; 52:7; 52:25


27:10; 27:27; 39:20




3:5; 4:3


9:10; 10:4

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4421 matches the Hebrew מִלְחָמָה (milḥāmâ),
which occurs 319 times in 308 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 7 (Gen 14:2–Jos 11:19)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:2 - That these made war H4421 with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:8 - And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle H4421 with them in the vale of Siddim;
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:10 - Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, H4421 they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:17 - And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, H4421 and they return to Egypt:
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:3 - The LORD is a man of war: H4421 the LORD is his name.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:16 - For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war H4421 with Amalek from generation to generation.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 32:17 - And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war H4421 in the camp.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:9 - And if ye go to war H4421 in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:14 - Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars H4421 of the LORD, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:33 - And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he, and all his people, to the battle H4421 at Edrei.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:14 - And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle. H4421
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:21 - And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war which went to the battle, H4421 This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD commanded Moses;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:27 - And divide the prey into two parts; between them that took the war H4421 upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:28 - And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war H4421 which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:49 - And they said unto Moses, Thy servants have taken the sum of the men of war H4421 which are under our charge, and there lacketh not one man of us.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 32:6 - And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, H4421 and shall ye sit here?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 32:20 - And Moses said unto them, If ye will do this thing, if ye will go armed before the LORD to war, H4421
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 32:27 - But thy servants will pass over, every man armed for war, before the LORD to battle, H4421 as my lord saith.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 32:29 - And Moses said unto them, If the children of Gad and the children of Reuben will pass with you over Jordan, every man armed to battle, H4421 before the LORD, and the land shall be subdued before you; then ye shall give them the land of Gilead for a possession:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:41 - Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight, according to all that the LORD our God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, H4421 ye were ready to go up into the hill.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:9 - And the LORD said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: H4421 for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:14 - And the space in which we came from Kadeshbarnea, until we were come over the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of the men of war H4421 were wasted out from among the host, as the LORD sware unto them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:16 - So it came to pass, when all the men of war H4421 were consumed and dead from among the people,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:24 - Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle. H4421
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:32 - Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight H4421 at Jahaz.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:1 - Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle H4421 at Edrei.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:34 - Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, H4421 and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:1 - When thou goest out to battle H4421 against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:2 - And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, H4421 that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:3 - And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle H4421 against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:5 - And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, H4421 and another man dedicate it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:6 - And what man is he that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it? let him also go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, H4421 and another man eat of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:7 - And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, H4421 and another man take her.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:12 - And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war H4421 against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:20 - Only the trees which thou knowest that they be not trees for meat, thou shalt destroy and cut them down; and thou shalt build bulwarks against the city that maketh war H4421 with thee, until it be subdued.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:10 - When thou goest forth to war H4421 against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 29:7 - And when ye came unto this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, came out against us unto battle, H4421 and we smote them:
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:13 - About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD unto battle, H4421 to the plains of Jericho.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 5:4 - And this is the cause why Joshua did circumcise: All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, H4421 died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 5:6 - For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, H4421 which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 6:3 - And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, H4421 and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:1 - And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war H4421 with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:3 - So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, H4421 to go up against Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour, and sent them away by night.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:11 - And all the people, even the people of war H4421 that were with him, went up, and drew nigh, and came before the city, and pitched on the north side of Ai: now there was a valley between them and Ai.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:14 - And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw it, that they hasted and rose up early, and the men of the city went out against Israel to battle, H4421 he and all his people, at a time appointed, before the plain; but he wist not that there were liers in ambush against him behind the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:7 - So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war H4421 with him, and all the mighty men of valour.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:24 - And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war H4421 which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 11:7 - So Joshua came, and all the people of war H4421 with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly; and they fell upon them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 11:18 - Joshua made war H4421 a long time with all those kings.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 11:19 - There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon: all other they took in battle. H4421

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