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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 happened in the days of Amraphel king H4428 of Shinar, Arioch king H4428 of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king H4428 of Elam, and Tidal king H4428 of [fn]Goiim,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:2 - that they 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 (that is, Zoar).
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:5 - So in the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings H4428 that were with him, came and struck the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim and the Zuzim in Ham and the Emim in [fn]Shaveh-kiriathaim,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:8 - And 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 (that is, Zoar) came out; and they arranged themselves for battle against them in the valley of Siddim,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:9 - against Chedorlaomer king H4428 of Elam and Tidal king H4428 of [fn]Goiim and Amraphel king H4428 of Shinar and Arioch king H4428 of Ellasar, four kings H4428 against five
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:10 - now the valley of Siddim was full of tar pits—and the kings H4428 of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell [fn]into them; but those who remained behind fled to the hill country.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:17 -

Then after he came back from striking down Chedorlaomer and the kings H4428 who were with him, the king H4428 of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s H4428 Valley).

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:18 - And Melchizedek king H4428 of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of [fn]God Most High.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:21 - And the king H4428 of Sodom said to Abram, “Give the [fn]people to me, but take the possessions for yourself.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:22 - Then Abram said to the king H4428 of Sodom, “I have [fn]raised my hand to Yahweh [fn]God Most High, [fn]possessor of heaven and earth,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:6 -

“And I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings H4428 will go forth from you.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:16 - “And I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings H4428 of peoples will [fn]come from her.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:2 - And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech king H4428 of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:1 -

Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king H4428 of the Philistines.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:8 - Now it happened, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king H4428 of the Philistines looked out through a window and saw, and behold, Isaac was [fn]caressing his wife Rebekah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:11 - God also said to him,

“I am [fn]God Almighty;

Be fruitful and multiply;

A nation and an assembly of nations shall [fn]come from you,

And kings H4428 shall [fn]come forth from your loins.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 36:31 -

Now these are the kings H4428 who reigned in the land of Edom before any king H4428 of the sons of Israel reigned.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:20 - So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s H4428 prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 40:1 -

Now it happened that after these things, the cupbearer and the baker for the king H4428 of Egypt offended their lord, the king H4428 of Egypt.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 40:5 - Then the cupbearer and the baker for the king H4428 of Egypt, who were confined in jail, both had a dream the same night, each man with his own dream and each dream with its own interpretation.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:46 -

Now Joseph was thirty years old when he [fn]stood before Pharaoh, king H4428 of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and passed through all the land of Egypt.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:20 -

[fn]As for Asher, his [fn]food shall be [fn]rich,

And he will yield royal H4428 dainties.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:8 -

And a new king H4428 arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:15 -

Then the king H4428 of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom [fn]was named Shiphrah and the other [fn]was named Puah;

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:17 - But the midwives [fn]feared God and did not do as the king H4428 of Egypt had spoken to them, but let the boys live.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:18 - So the king H4428 of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:23 -

Now it happened in the course of those many days that the king H4428 of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the slavery, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their slavery rose up to God.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 3:18 - “And they will listen to your voice; and you with the elders of Israel will come to the king H4428 of Egypt, and you all will say to him, ‘Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So now, please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to Yahweh our God.’
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 3:19 - “But I know that the king H4428 of Egypt will not give you permission to go, except by a strong hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 5:4 - But the king H4428 of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you [fn]draw the people away from their [fn]work? Get back to your [fn]hard labors!”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 6:11 - “Come, [fn]tell Pharaoh king H4428 of Egypt [fn]to let the sons of Israel go out of his land.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 6:13 - Then Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron and gave them a command for the sons of Israel and for Pharaoh king H4428 of Egypt, to bring the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 6:27 - They were the ones who spoke to Pharaoh king H4428 of Egypt to bring out the sons of Israel from Egypt; it was the same Moses and Aaron.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 6:29 - that Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “I am Yahweh; speak to Pharaoh king H4428 of Egypt all that I am speaking to you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:5 -

Then the king H4428 of Egypt was told that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:8 - And Yahweh [fn]hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king H4428 of Egypt, with strength, and he pursued the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out with an [fn]exalted hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 20:14 -

From Kadesh Moses then sent messengers to the king H4428 of Edom: “Thus your brother Israel has said, ‘You know all the hardship that has befallen us,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 20:17 - ‘Please let us pass through your land. We will not pass through field or through vineyard; we will not even drink water from a well. We will go along the king’s H4428 highway; we will not turn to the right or to the left until we pass through your territory.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:1 -

Then the Canaanite, the king H4428 of Arad, who lived in the [fn]Negev, heard that Israel was coming by the way of [fn]Atharim, and he fought against Israel and took some of them captive.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:21 -

Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon, king H4428 of the Amorites, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:22 - “Let me pass through your land. We will not turn off into field or vineyard; we will not drink water from wells. We will go by the king’s H4428 highway until we have passed through your border.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:26 - For Heshbon was the city of Sihon, king H4428 of the Amorites. Now it was he who had fought against the former king H4428 of Moab and had taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:29 -

“Woe to you, O Moab!

You perish, O people of Chemosh!

He has given his sons as fugitives,

And his daughters into captivity,

To an Amorite king H4428, Sihon.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:33 -

Then they turned and went up by the way of Bashan, and Og the king H4428 of Bashan went out to meet them, he and all his people for battle at Edrei.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:34 - But Yahweh said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon, king H4428 of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:4 - Then Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this assembly will lick up all that is around us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field.” And Balak the son of Zippor was king H4428 of Moab at that time.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:10 - And Balaam said to God, “Balak the son of Zippor, king H4428 of Moab, has sent word to me,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:7 - Then he took up his [fn]discourse and said,

“From Aram Balak has brought me,

Moab’s king H4428 from the mountains of the East,

‘Come curse Jacob for me,

And come, denounce Israel!’

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:21 -

“He has not observed [fn]misfortune in Jacob;

Nor has He seen trouble in Israel;

Yahweh his God is with him,

And the shout of a king H4428 is among them.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:7 -

“Water will flow from his buckets,

And his seed will be by many waters,

And his king H4428 shall be lifted up higher than Agag,

And his kingdom shall be exalted.

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