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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 they 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 (that is, Zoar).
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:8 - And the king of Sodom and the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) came out; and they lined up for battle H4421 against them in the Valley of Siddim,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:10 - “Come, let us deal [fn]shrewdly with them, otherwise they will multiply, and [fn]in the event of war H4421, they will also join those who hate us, and fight against us and [fn]depart from the land.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:17 -

Now when Pharaoh had let the people go, God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, “The people might change their minds when they see war H4421, and return to Egypt.”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:3 -

“The LORD is a warrior H4421;

[fn]The LORD is His name.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:16 - and he said, “[fn]Because the LORD has sworn, the LORD will have war H4421 against Amalek from generation to generation.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 32:17 - Now when Joshua heard the sound of the people [fn]as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a sound of war H4421 in the camp.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 10:9 - “And when you go to war H4421 in your land against the enemy who attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, so that you will be thought of by the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:14 - For that reason it is said in the Book of the Wars H4421 of the LORD,

“Waheb in Suphah,

And the [fn]wadis of the Arnon,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:33 -

Then they turned and went up by the way of Bashan, and Og the king of Bashan went out against them [fn]with all his people, for battle H4421 at Edrei.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:14 - But Moses was angry with the officers of the army, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, who had come from service in the war H4421.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:21 -

Then Eleazar the priest said to the men of war who had gone to battle H4421, “This is the statute of the Law which the LORD has commanded Moses:

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:27 - and divide the spoils between the warriors H4421 who went to battle and all the congregation.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:28 - “Also, collect a tribute tax for the LORD from the men of war H4421 who went to battle H4421, one [fn]in five hundred of the persons, of the cattle, of the donkeys, and of the sheep;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:49 - and they said to Moses, “Your servants have taken a census of the men of war H4421 who are [fn]under our authority, and no man of us is missing.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 32:6 -

But Moses said to the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben, “Should your brothers go to war H4421 while you remain here?

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 32:20 -

So Moses said to them, “If you will do [fn]this, if you will arm yourselves before the LORD for the war H4421,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 32:27 - while your servants, that is, everyone who is armed for war, cross over in the presence of the LORD to battle H4421, just as my lord says.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 32:29 - And Moses said to them, “If the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben, everyone who is armed for battle H4421, cross with you over the Jordan in the presence of the LORD, and the land is subdued before you, then you shall give them the land of Gilead as their property;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:41 -

“Then you replied to me, ‘We have sinned against the LORD; we ourselves will go up and fight, just as the LORD our God commanded us.’ And every man of you strapped on his weapons of war H4421, and you viewed it as easy to go up into the hill country.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:9 - “Then the LORD said to me, ‘Do not attack Moab, nor provoke them to war H4421, for I will not give you any of [fn]their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the sons of Lot as a possession.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:14 - “Now the [fn]time that it took for us to come from Kadesh-barnea until we crossed over the [fn]Wadi Zered was thirty-eight years, until all the generation of the men of war H4421 perished from within the camp, just as the LORD had sworn to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:16 -

“So it came about, when all the men of war H4421 had finally perished from among the people,

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:24 - ‘Arise, set out, and pass through the [fn]Valley of Arnon. Look! I have handed over to you Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land; start taking possession and plunge into battle H4421 with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:32 -

“Then Sihon came out [fn]with all his people to meet us in battle H4421 at Jahaz.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:1 -

“Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan, and Og, king of Bashan, came out [fn]with all his people to meet us in battle H4421 at Edrei.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:34 - “Or has a god ventured to go to take for himself a nation from within another nation by trials, by signs and wonders, by war H4421, by a mighty hand, by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, [fn]just as the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:1 -

“When you go out to battle H4421 against your enemies and see horses, chariots, and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:2 - “When you are approaching the battle H4421, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:3 - “He shall say to them, ‘Hear, Israel, you are approaching the battle H4421 against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or be terrified by them,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:5 - “The officers also shall speak to the people, saying, ‘Who is the man that has built a new house but has not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle H4421 and another man would dedicate it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:6 - ‘And who is the man that has planted a vineyard but has not [fn]put it to use? Let him go and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle H4421 and another man [fn]would put it to use.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:7 - ‘And who is the man that is [fn]betrothed to a woman and has not [fn]married her? Let him go and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle H4421 and another man would [fn]marry her.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:12 - “However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war H4421 against you, then you shall besiege it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 20:20 - “Only the trees that you know [fn]are not fruit trees you shall destroy and cut down, so that you may construct siegeworks against the city that is making war H4421 against you until it falls.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:10 -

“When you go out to battle H4421 against your enemies, and the LORD your God hands them over to you and you take them away captive,

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 29:7 - “When you [fn]reached this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon and Og the king of Bashan came out to meet us for battle H4421, but we [fn]defeated them;
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:13 - about forty thousand equipped for war, crossed for battle H4421 before the LORD to the desert plains of Jericho.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 5:4 - This is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: all the people who came out of Egypt who were males, all the men of war H4421, died in the wilderness along the way after they came out of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 5:6 - For the sons of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, that is, the men of war H4421 who came out of Egypt, [fn]perished because they did not listen to the voice of the LORD, to whom the LORD had sworn that He would not let them see the land which the LORD had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 6:3 - “And you shall march around the city, all the men of war H4421 circling the city once. You shall do so for six days.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:1 -

Now the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear or be dismayed. Take all the people of war H4421 with you. Arise, go up to Ai; see, I have handed over to you the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land.

Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:3 -

So Joshua rose up with all the people of war H4421 to go up to Ai; and Joshua chose thirty thousand men, valiant warriors, and sent them out at night.

Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:11 - Then all the people of war H4421 who were with him went up and approached, and arrived in front of the city; and they camped on the north side of Ai. And there was a valley between him and Ai.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:14 - And it came about, when the king of Ai saw them, that the men of the city hurried and got up early, and went out to meet Israel in battle H4421, he and all his people at the appointed place before the desert plain. But he did not know that there was an ambush against him behind the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:7 - So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war H4421 with him, and all the valiant warriors.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:24 - When they brought these kings out to Joshua, Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the leaders of the men of war H4421 who had gone with him, “Come forward, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came forward and put their feet on their necks.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 11:7 - So Joshua and all the people of war H4421 with him came upon them suddenly at the waters of Merom, and attacked them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 11:18 - Joshua waged war H4421 a long time with all these kings.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 11:19 - There was not a city which made peace with the sons of Israel except the Hivites living in Gibeon; they took them all in battle H4421.

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