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Lexicon :: Strong's H5488 - sûp̄

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
Probably of Egyptian origin
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TWOT Reference: 1479

Strong’s Definitions

סוּף çûwph, soof; probably of Egyptian origin; a reed, especially the papyrus:—flag, Red (sea), weed. Compare H5489.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 28x

The KJV translates Strong's H5488 in the following manner: Red (24x), flags (3x), weeds (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 28x
The KJV translates Strong's H5488 in the following manner: Red (24x), flags (3x), weeds (1x).
  1. reed, rush, water plant

    1. rushes

    2. sea of rushes

      1. of Red Sea

      2. of arms of Red Sea

      3. of Gulf of Suez

      4. of sea from straits to Gulf of Akaba

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
סוּף çûwph, soof; probably of Egyptian origin; a reed, especially the papyrus:—flag, Red (sea), weed. Compare H5489.
STRONGS H5488: Abbreviations
† I. סוּף noun masculineJon 2:6 reeds, rushes (collective) (probably loan-word from Egyptian ṭwfi, reeds, SteindBAS i. 603 ErmanZMG xivi (1892), 122; Semitic according to WMMAs. u.Eur.101); —
1. rushes, in Nile Exodus 2:3, 5 (E); קָנֶה וָסוּף Isaiah 19:6 (of Egypt).
2. usually in combination יַםסֿוּף probably = sea of rushes or reeds (> sea of (city) Suph), which Greek included in wider name θάλασσα Ἐρυθρἀ, Red Sea (compare DiExodus 13:18 and especially WMMAs. u. Eur. 42 f., who explains as name originally given to upper end of Gulf of Suez, extending into Bitter Lakes, shallow and marshy, whence reeds (probably also reddish colour)); **compare also CheEB RED SEA. — name applied only to arms of Red Sea; most often
b. sometimes to Gulf of Akaba 1 Kings 9:26, and דֶּרֶךְ יַםסֿוּף Numbers 21:4 (E), probably also Numbers 14:25 (E), Deuteronomy 1:40; Deuteronomy 2:1; perhaps Judges 11:16; Jeremiah 49:21; possibly read מִיַּםסֿוּף for מוֺל ס׳ Deuteronomy 1:1 (see below).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


2:3; 2:5; 10:19; 13:18; 13:18; 15:4; 15:22; 23:31


14:25; 21:4; 33:10; 33:11


1:1; 1:40; 2:1; 11:4


2:10; 4:23



1 Kings





106:7; 106:9; 106:22; 136:13; 136:15







Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H5488 matches the Hebrew סוּף (sûp̄),
which occurs 28 times in 28 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:3 - And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags H5488 by the river's brink.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:5 - And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, H5488 she sent her maid to fetch it.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:19 - And the LORD turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red H5488 sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:18 - But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red H5488 sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:4 - Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red H5488 sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:22 - So Moses brought Israel from the Red H5488 sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:31 - And I will set thy bounds from the Red H5488 sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:25 - (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) To morrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red H5488 sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:4 - And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red H5488 sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 33:10 - And they removed from Elim, and encamped by the Red H5488 sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 33:11 - And they removed from the Red H5488 sea, and encamped in the wilderness of Sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:40 - But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red H5488 sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:1 - Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red H5488 sea, as the LORD spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many days.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:4 - And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red H5488 sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day;
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 2:10 - For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red H5488 sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:23 - For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red H5488 sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over:
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:6 - And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red H5488 sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 11:16 - But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the wilderness unto the Red H5488 sea, and came to Kadesh;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:26 - And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red H5488 sea, in the land of Edom.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:9 - And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by the Red H5488 sea;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:7 - Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red H5488 sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:9 - He rebuked the Red H5488 sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:22 - Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red H5488 sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 136:13 - To him which divided the Red H5488 sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 136:15 - But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red H5488 sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:6 - And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags H5488 shall wither.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:21 - The earth is moved at the noise of their fall, at the cry the noise thereof was heard in the Red H5488 sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 2:5 - The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds H5488 were wrapped about my head.
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