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Lexicon :: Strong's H4578 - mēʿê

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From an unused root probably meaning to be soft
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TWOT Reference: 1227a

Strong’s Definitions

מֵעֶה mêʻeh, may-aw'; from an unused root probably meaning to be soft; used only in plural the intestines, or (collectively) the abdomen, figuratively, sympathy; by implication, a vest; by extension the stomach, the uterus (or of men, the seat of generation), the heart (figuratively):—belly, bowels, × heart, womb.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 32x

The KJV translates Strong's H4578 in the following manner: bowels (27x), belly (3x), heart (1x), womb (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 32x
The KJV translates Strong's H4578 in the following manner: bowels (27x), belly (3x), heart (1x), womb (1x).
  1. internal organs, inward parts, bowels, intestines, belly

    1. inward parts

    2. digestive organs

    3. organs of procreation, womb

    4. place of emotions or distress or love (fig.)

    5. external belly

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מֵעֶה mêʻeh, may-aw'; from an unused root probably meaning to be soft; used only in plural the intestines, or (collectively) the abdomen, figuratively, sympathy; by implication, a vest; by extension the stomach, the uterus (or of men, the seat of generation), the heart (figuratively):—belly, bowels, × heart, womb.
STRONGS H4578: Abbreviations
† [מֵעֶה] noun masculineIsaiah 16:11 only plural internal organs, inward parts (intestines, bowels), belly (Late Hebrew id.; Aramaic H4577 מְעָא, מַעֲיָא, bdb058804, bdb058805; Arabic bdb058806; Ethiopic bdb058807; — on form compare LagBN 156 BaZMG xiii. 1888, 345); — plural [מֵעִים] construct מְעֵי Psalm 71:6 + 3 times; suffix מֵעַי 2 Samuel 16:11 + 9 times, מֵעָ֑י Psalm 22:15; Psalm 40:9; מֵעֶיךָ Genesis 15:4 + 6 times; מֵעַיִךְ Genesis 25:23; Numbers 5:22; מֵעָיו 2 Samuel 20:10 + 5 times; מֵעֵיהֶם Ezekiel 7:19; —
1. literally:
a. אַ֫רְצָה מֵעָיו וַיִּשְׁפֹּךְ 2 Samuel 20:10 and he poured out his inward parts on the ground (through a wound); compare מ׳ מַחֲלֵה 2 Chronicles 21:15, 18, מ׳ יָֽצְאוּ 2 Chronicles 21:15; 2 Chronicles 21:19.
b. as digestive organs, but without precision, nearly = stomach, belly, Job 20:14; Ezekiel 3:3 (|| בֶּטֶן), Ezekiel 7:19 (|| נֶפֶשׁ; both with מָלֵא), Numbers 5:22; so of fish that swallowed Jonah Jonah 2:1; Jonah 2:2.
2. source of procreation: אשׁר יצא מִמּ׳ (said of offspring) Genesis 15:4 (JE), 2 Samuel 7:12 (|| זַרְעֲךָ), 2 Samuel 16:11; צֶאֱצָאֵי מ׳ Isaiah 48:19 (|| id.); מִיצִיאֵי מ׳ 2 Chronicles 32:21.
3. = womb, יִפָּרֵ֑דוּ מִמֵּעַיִח לְאֻמִּים שְׁנֵי Genesis 25:23 (J; || בֶּטֶן), compare Isaiah 49:1 (|| id.), Psalm 71:6 (|| id.), Ruth 1:11.
4. in general = inwards, inward part, לִבִּי ֗֗֗ נָמֵס בְּתוֺךְ מ׳ Psalm 22:15, compare תּוֺרָֽתְךָ בְּתוֺךְ מ׳ Psalm 40:9.
5. figurative = seat of emotions: pity, Isaiah 16:11 (|| קֶרֶב); of God's compassion, Jeremiah 31:20 (|| רחם; in both subject of verb הָמוּ); הֲמוֺן מֵעֶיךָ Isaiah 63:15 (|| רַחֲמֶיךָ); distress, Jeremiah 4:19 (twice in verse) (|| לֵב, מֵעַי חֳמַרְמָרוּ Lamentations 1:20 (|| לֵב), Lamentations 2:11 (|| כָּבֵד liver); מֵעַי רֻתְּחוּ Job 30:27 (dubious, see Bu); love, מֵעַי הָמוּ עָלָיו Songs 5:4.
6. the external belly, מֵעָיו עֶשֶׁת שֵׁן Songs 5:14.

See related Aramaic BDB entry H4577.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


15:4; 15:4; 25:23; 25:23


5:22; 5:22



2 Samuel

7:12; 16:11; 16:11; 20:10; 20:10

2 Chronicles

21:15; 21:15; 21:18; 21:19; 32:21


20:14; 30:27


22:15; 22:15; 40:9; 40:9; 71:6; 71:6

Song of Songs

5:4; 5:14


16:11; 16:11; 48:19; 49:1; 63:15


4:19; 31:20


1:20; 2:11


3:3; 7:19; 7:19


2:1; 2:2

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4578 matches the Hebrew מֵעֶה (mēʿê),
which occurs 32 times in 30 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:4 - Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own [fn]body, H4578 he shall be your heir.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:23 - The LORD said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb;
And two peoples will be separated from your body; H4578
And one people shall be stronger than the other;
And the older shall serve the younger.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:22 - and this water that brings a curse shall go into your [fn]stomach, H4578 and make your abdomen swell and your thigh [fn]waste away.” And the woman shall say, “Amen. Amen.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 1:11 - But Naomi said, “Return, my daughters. Why should you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb, H4578 that they may be your husbands?
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 7:12 - “When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your [fn]descendant after you, who will come forth from [fn]you, and I will establish his kingdom.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:11 - Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my son who came out from [fn]me seeks my life; how much more now this Benjamite? Let him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 20:10 - But Amasa was not on guard against the sword which was in Joab’s hand so he struck him in the belly with it and poured out his inward H4578 parts H4578 on the ground, and did not strike him again, and he died. Then Joab and Abishai his brother pursued Sheba the son of Bichri.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 21:15 - and you will suffer [fn]severe sickness, a disease of your bowels, H4578 until your bowels H4578 come out because of the sickness, day by day.’”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 21:18 - So after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels H4578 with an incurable sickness.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 21:19 - Now it came about in the course of time, at the end of two years, that his bowels H4578 came out because of his sickness and he died in great pain. And his people made no fire for him like the fire for his fathers.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 32:21 - And the LORD sent an angel who destroyed every mighty warrior, commander and officer in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned [fn]in shame to his own land. And when he had entered the temple of his god, some of his own H4578 children H4578 killed him there with the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:14 - Yet his food in his stomach H4578 is changed
To the [fn]venom of cobras within him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:27 - [fn]I am seething within H4578 and cannot relax;
Days of affliction confront me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:14 - I am poured out like water,
And all my bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It is melted within [fn]me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:8 - I delight to do Your will, O my God;
Your Law is within my heart.” H4578
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 71:6 - [fn]By You I have been sustained from my birth;
You are He who took me from my mother’s womb;
My praise is continually [fn]of You.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:4 - “My beloved extended his hand through the opening,
And my [fn]feelings H4578 were aroused for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:14 - “His hands are rods of gold
Set with beryl;
His abdomen H4578 is carved ivory
Inlaid with [fn]sapphires.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 16:11 - Therefore my [fn]heart H4578 intones like a harp for Moab
And my [fn]inward feelings for Kir-hareseth.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:19 - “Your [fn]descendants would have been like the sand,
And [fn]your offspring H4578 like its grains;
Their name would never be cut off or destroyed from My presence.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:1 - Listen to Me, O islands,
And pay attention, you peoples from afar.
The LORD called Me from the womb;
From the [fn]body H4578 of My mother He named Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 63:15 - Look down from heaven and see from Your holy and glorious habitation;
Where are Your zeal and Your mighty deeds?
The stirrings of Your heart H4578 and Your compassion are restrained toward me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:19 - My [fn]soul, H4578 my [fn]soul! H4578 I am in anguish! [fn]Oh, my heart!
My heart is pounding in me;
I cannot be silent,
Because [fn]you have heard, O my soul,
The sound of the trumpet,
The alarm of war.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:20 - “Is Ephraim My dear son?
Is he a delightful child?
Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him,
I certainly still remember him;
Therefore My [fn]heart H4578 yearns for him;
I will surely have mercy on him,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 1:20 - “See, O LORD, for I am in distress;
My [fn]spirit H4578 is greatly troubled;
My heart is overturned within me,
For I have been very rebellious.
In the street the sword [fn]slays;
In the house it is like death.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:11 - My eyes fail because of tears,
My [fn]spirit H4578 is greatly troubled;
My [fn]heart is poured out on the earth
Because of the [fn]destruction of the daughter of my people,
When little ones and infants faint
In the streets of the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 3:3 - He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your [fn]body H4578 with this scroll which I am giving you.” Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 7:19 - ‘They will fling their silver into the streets and their gold will become an abhorrent thing; their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD. They cannot satisfy their [fn]appetite nor can they fill their stomachs, H4578 for their iniquity has become an occasion of stumbling.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:17 - [fn]And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach H4578 of the fish three days and three nights.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 2:1 - [fn]Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the stomach H4578 of the fish,
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