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Lexicon :: Strong's H4428 - meleḵ

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masculine noun
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Strong’s Definitions

מֶלֶךְ melek, meh'-lek; from H4427; a king:—king, royal.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 2,523x

The KJV translates Strong's H4428 in the following manner: king (2,518x), royal (2x), Hammelech (1x), Malcham (1x), Moloch (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 2,523x
The KJV translates Strong's H4428 in the following manner: king (2,518x), royal (2x), Hammelech (1x), Malcham (1x), Moloch (1x).
  1. king

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מֶלֶךְ melek, meh'-lek; from H4427; a king:—king, royal.
STRONGS H4428: Abbreviations
I. מֶ֫לֶךְ 2513 noun masculine king (Late Hebrew id.; MI1, 5, 10, 18, 23 מלך; l4 המלכן; Phoenician מלך; Zinjirli מלך DHMSendsch. 60; Assyrian maliku, malku, prince (Assyrian šarru = king); Arabic bdb057301 king (original Hebrew *מַלִח inferred, LagBN 73 BaNB § 112 WMMAs. u. Europ. 76); Sabean מלכן Sab DenkmNo. 1; construct מלך, plural אמלך CISiv 37; compare Ethiopic bdb057302 God (and Nöl.c.); Aramaic bdb057303, מְלֵיךְ; Palmyrene מלך מלכא VogNo. 28; Nabataean מלכא EutNab. 1); — מ׳ absolute Genesis 14:7 + (insert also 2 Samuel 13:17 Greek Version of the LXX Th We Dr Kit Bu, and 2 Samuel 13:34 Greek Version of the LXX We Dr Kit Bu); in p. always מֶ֑לֶךְ Genesis 49:20 + 238 times (so also proper name in מֶלֶךְ -); construct Genesis 14:1 +; suffix מַלְכִּי 2 Samuel 19:4 (twice in verse) + 6 times, etc.; plural מְלָכִים Genesis 14:9 +; מְלָכִין Proverbs 31:3; construct מַלְכֵי Genesis 17:16 +; suffix מְלָכֶיהָ Isaiah 7:16 + 3 times; מַלְכֵיהֶם Deuteronomy 7:24 + 16 times, etc.; —
1. king: of Egypt Genesis 39:20f.; Exodus 1:8f.; Deuteronomy 11:3; 1 Kings 3:1; of Mesopotamia, Shinar, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, etc. Judges 3:8, 10; Genesis 14:1f.; 2 Kings 15:19, 20, 29; 2 Kings 17:3f.; 2 Kings 18:13f.; 2 Kings 24:1, 11f.; Ezra 1:1f.; Ezra 4:3f.; Esther 1:2 +, 1 Kings 11:18, 40; 1 Kings 14:25; 2 Kings 17:4f.; 2 Kings 23:29 +; of Canaan, Philistia, Edom, Moab, etc. (often of single city): Genesis 14:2f.; Genesis 14:18; Genesis 20:2; Genesis 26:1, 8; Genesis 36:31; Numbers 20:14; Numbers 21:1f.; Numbers 22:4, 10; Deuteronomy 1:4; Deuteronomy 3:1f.; Joshua 2:2 (often in Joshua), Judges 1:7; Judges 5:19; Judges 8:5, 12; Judges 11:12f.; 2 Kings 3:4f. +; of Aram, Hamath, etc. 2 Samuel 8:3f.; 2 Samuel 8:9; 1 Kings 15:18; 1 Kings 20:1f.; 1 Kings 22:3; 2 Kings 5:1f.; 2 Kings 8:7f.; 2 Kings 8:29; 2 Kings 9:14, 15; 2 Kings 15:37; 2 Kings 16:5f. +; of Tyre, etc. 2 Samuel 5:11; 1 Kings 5:15; 1 Kings 9:11, 16 +, etc.; especially of Israel (undivided, and of both divisions) Genesis 36:31; Numbers 23:21; Numbers 24:7; Deuteronomy 17:14f.; Judges 17:6; Judges 18:1; Judges 19:1; Judges 21:25; 1 Samuel 2:10; 1 Samuel 8:5f.; 2 Samuel 2:4f.; 1 Kings 1:33, 34f. + very often; compare also Judges 9:5. — 2 Samuel 18:29b strike out הַמּ׳ We Klo Dr Kit Bu. Note that in early books המלך דוד is nearly always said; in late books usually המלך שׁלמה וגו׳) דוד; compare Aramaic כּוֺרֶשׁ מַלְכָּא, etc.
2. of Davidic king, as under divine protection, 1 Samuel 2:10 (|| מְשִׁיחוֺ), Psalm 2:6; Psalm 18:51; Psalm 89:19; Psalm 61:7, compare Psalm 99:4; so in (Messianic) prediction Hosea 3:5; Isaiah 32:1; Jeremiah 23:5; Ezekiel 37:22, 24; Zechariah 9:9.
4. in fable, king of trees Judges 9:8, 15 figurative of crocodile Job 41:26; אֵין לָאַרְבֶּה מ׳ Proverbs 30:27; of death, מֶלֶךְ בַּלָּהוֺת Job 18:14.
5. combinations are: —
a. הַגָּדוֺל הַמּ׳ 2 Kings 18:19, 28 = Isaiah 36:4, 13 (of Assyrian king: compare Assyrian šarru rabu); גָּדוֺל מ׳ Ecclesiastes 9:14 (indefinite); of י׳ Malachi 1:14, עַלכֿלאֿלהים ג׳ מ׳ Psalm 95:3; מ׳ עוֺלָם Jeremiah 10:10 (of י׳); מְלָכִים מ׳ Ezekiel 26:7 (king of Babylon)
b. יְחִי הַמֶּלֶךְ 1 Samuel 10:24; 2 Samuel 16:16 (twice in verse); 1 Kings 1:34, 39; 2 Kings 11:12; 2 Chronicles 23:11; מֶלֶךְ בירושׁלם Ecclesiastes 1:1, compare Eccl 15:26; 2 Samuel 5:2; 1 Kings 14:2; 1 Chronicles 29:25; 2 Samuel 2:11 (בחברון עלהֿיה מ׳) 1 Kings 11:37; 2 Chronicles 28:4; Ecclesiastes 1:12.
c. following a verb (one or two accusative) על שִׂים מ׳ Deuteronomy 17:14, 15 (twice in verse); 1 Samuel 10:19; שִׂים לָנוּ מ׳ 1 Samuel 8:5; שִׂים לְמ׳ 1 Kings 10:9; לְ נָתַן מ׳ 1 Samuel 8:6; Hosea 13:10, 11; נָתַן עַל 1 Samuel 12:13; 2 Chronicles 2:10; Nehemiah 9:37; Nehemiah 13:26; הִמְלִיךְ לְמֶלֶךְ Judges 9:6; 1 Samuel 15:11; על הִמְלִיךְ מ׳ 1 Samuel 12:1; לְ הִמְלִיךְ מ׳ 1 Samuel 8:22; מָשַׁח מ׳ עַל Judges 9:8; מָשַׁח לְמ׳ 1 Kings 1:45; עַל מָשַׁךְ לְמ׳ Judges 9:15; 1 Samuel 15:1, 17; 2 Samuel 2:4; 2 Samuel 5:3, 12; 2 Samuel 12:7; 1 Kings 1:34; 1 Chronicles 11:3; 1 Chronicles 14:8; יִהְיֶה על מ׳ 1 Samuel 8:19; על בִּקֵּשׁ למ׳ 2 Samuel 3:17; הֵכִין לְמ׳ על 2 Samuel 5:12; 1 Chronicles 14:2; על הֵקִים מ׳ 1 Kings 14:14; Deuteronomy 28:36; תַּחַת וגו׳ לְמ׳ יָשַׁב עַלכִּֿסֵּא י׳ 1 Chronicles 29:23, compare Proverbs 20:8; אלהיך לְי׳ נָתַן עַלכִּֿסֵּא לְמ׳ 2 Chronicles 9:8.
d. מַעֲדַנֵּימֶֿלךְ Genesis 49:20 royal dainties, figurative; מִשְׁתֵּה הַמּ׳ 1 Samuel 25:36 royal feast (in simile); אֶבֶן הַמּ׳ 2 Samuel 14:26 king's weight; יַדהַֿמּ׳ 1 Kings 10:13 royal bounty (in simile); גִּזֵּי הַמּ׳ Amos 7:1 king's mowings; מִקְדַּשׁ מ׳ Amos 7:13 royal sanctuary; עֲטֶרֶת מַלְכָּם 2 Samuel 12:30 crown of their king = 1 Chronicles 20:2 (but read מִלְכֹּם Greek Version of the LXX We Klo Dr Kit Kau — not Bu KitChr. Hpt); compare also בַּיִת, עֵמֶק, גַּן, שָׁוֵה, etc. — proper name אבימלך, אחימלך, אלימלך, מלך, נתן, מלך, עבד, see below אב, אח, etc.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


14:1; 14:1; 14:2; 14:7; 14:9; 14:18; 17:16; 20:2; 26:1; 26:8; 36:31; 36:31; 39:20; 49:20; 49:20




20:14; 21:1; 22:4; 22:10; 23:21; 24:7


1:4; 3:1; 7:24; 11:3; 17:14; 17:14; 17:15; 28:36; 33:5




1:7; 3:8; 3:10; 5:19; 8:5; 8:12; 9:5; 9:6; 9:8; 9:8; 9:15; 9:15; 11:12; 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25

1 Samuel

2:10; 2:10; 8:5; 8:5; 8:6; 8:19; 8:22; 10:19; 10:24; 12:1; 12:12; 12:13; 15:1; 15:11; 15:17; 25:36

2 Samuel

2:4; 2:4; 2:11; 3:17; 5:2; 5:3; 5:11; 5:12; 5:12; 8:3; 8:9; 12:7; 12:30; 13:17; 13:34; 14:26; 16:16; 18:29; 19:4

1 Kings

1:33; 1:34; 1:34; 1:34; 1:39; 1:45; 3:1; 5:15; 9:11; 9:16; 10:9; 10:13; 11:18; 11:37; 11:40; 14:2; 14:14; 14:25; 15:18; 20:1; 22:3

2 Kings

3:4; 5:1; 8:7; 8:29; 9:14; 9:15; 11:12; 15:19; 15:20; 15:29; 15:37; 16:5; 17:3; 17:4; 18:13; 18:19; 18:28; 23:29; 24:1; 24:11

1 Chronicles

11:3; 14:2; 14:8; 20:2; 29:23; 29:25

2 Chronicles

2:10; 9:8; 23:11; 28:4


1:1; 4:3


9:37; 13:26




18:14; 41:26


2:6; 5:3; 10:16; 24:7; 24:8; 24:9; 24:10; 29:10; 44:5; 47:3; 47:8; 48:3; 61:7; 68:25; 74:12; 84:4; 89:19; 95:3; 95:3; 98:6; 99:4; 145:1; 149:2


20:8; 30:27; 31:3


1:1; 1:12; 9:14


7:16; 32:1; 36:4; 36:13; 41:21; 43:15; 44:6


10:7; 10:10; 10:10; 23:5; 46:18; 48:15; 51:57


26:7; 37:22; 37:24


3:5; 13:10; 13:11


5:26; 7:1; 7:13




9:9; 14:9; 14:16; 14:17


1:14; 1:14

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4428 matches the Hebrew מֶלֶךְ (meleḵ),
which occurs 2,526 times in 1,919 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 39 (Gen 14:1–Num 24:7)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:1 - And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king H4428 of Shinar, Arioch king H4428 of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king H4428 of Elam, and Tidal king H4428 of nations;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:2 - That these made war with Bera king H4428 of Sodom, and with Birsha king H4428 of Gomorrah, Shinab king H4428 of Admah, and Shemeber king H4428 of Zeboiim, and the king H4428 of Bela, which is Zoar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:5 - And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings H4428 that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:8 - And there went out the king H4428 of Sodom, and the king H4428 of Gomorrah, and the king H4428 of Admah, and the king H4428 of Zeboiim, and the king H4428 of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:9 - With Chedorlaomer the king H4428 of Elam, and with Tidal king H4428 of nations, and Amraphel king H4428 of Shinar, and Arioch king H4428 of Ellasar; four kings H4428 with five.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:10 - And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings H4428 of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:17 - And the king H4428 of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings H4428 that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's H4428 dale.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:18 - And Melchizedek king H4428 of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:21 - And the king H4428 of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:22 - And Abram said to the king H4428 of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:6 - And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings H4428 shall come out of thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:16 - And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings H4428 of people shall be of her.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:2 - And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king H4428 of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:1 - And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king H4428 of the Philistines unto Gerar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:8 - And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king H4428 of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:11 - And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings H4428 shall come out of thy loins;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 36:31 - And these are the kings H4428 that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king H4428 over the children of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:20 - And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's H4428 prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 40:1 - And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king H4428 of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king H4428 of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 40:5 - And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king H4428 of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:46 - And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king H4428 of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:20 - Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal H4428 dainties.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:8 - Now there arose up a new king H4428 over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:15 - And the king H4428 of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:17 - But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king H4428 of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:18 - And the king H4428 of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:23 - And it came to pass in process of time, that the king H4428 of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 3:18 - And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king H4428 of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 3:19 - And I am sure that the king H4428 of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 5:4 - And the king H4428 of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 6:11 - Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king H4428 of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 6:13 - And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king H4428 of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 6:27 - These are they which spake to Pharaoh king H4428 of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt: these are that Moses and Aaron.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 6:29 - That the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I am the LORD: speak thou unto Pharaoh king H4428 of Egypt all that I say unto thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:5 - And it was told the king H4428 of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:8 - And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king H4428 of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 20:14 - And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king H4428 of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen us:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 20:17 - Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king's H4428 high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:1 - And when king H4428 Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the south, heard tell that Israel came by the way of the spies; then he fought against Israel, and took some of them prisoners.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:21 - And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king H4428 of the Amorites, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:22 - Let me pass through thy land: we will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink of the waters of the well: but we will go along by the king's H4428 high way, until we be past thy borders.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:26 - For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king H4428 of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king H4428 of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Arnon.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:29 - Woe to thee, Moab! thou art undone, O people of Chemosh: he hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Sihon king H4428 of the Amorites.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:33 - And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king H4428 of Bashan went out against them, he, and all his people, to the battle at Edrei.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:34 - And the LORD said unto Moses, Fear him not: for I have delivered him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Sihon king H4428 of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:4 - And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king H4428 of the Moabites at that time.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:10 - And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king H4428 of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:7 - And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king H4428 of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:21 - He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king H4428 is among them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:7 - He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king H4428 shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.

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