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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).
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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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 - But when she could no longer hide him, she got him a papyrus [fn]basket and covered it with tar and pitch. Then she put the child in it and set it among the reeds H5488 by the bank of the Nile.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:5 -

Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her female attendants walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the [fn]basket among the reeds H5488 and sent her slave woman, and she brought it to her.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:19 - So the LORD shifted the wind to a very strong west wind, which picked up the locusts and drove them into the [fn]Red H5488 Sea; not one locust was left in all the territory of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:18 - Therefore God led the people around by way of the wilderness to the [fn]Red H5488 Sea; and the sons of Israel went up in battle formation from the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:4 -

“Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has thrown into the sea;

And the choicest of his officers are [fn]drowned in the [fn]Red H5488 Sea.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:22 -

Then Moses [fn]led Israel from the [fn]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 - “I will set your boundary from the [fn]Red H5488 Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates River; for I will hand over the inhabitants of the land to you, and you will drive them out from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:25 - “Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys; turn tomorrow and set out for the wilderness by the way of the [fn]Red H5488 Sea.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:4 -

Then they set out from Mount Hor by the way of the [fn]Red H5488 Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the [fn]people became impatient because of the journey.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 33:10 - They journeyed from Elim and camped by the [fn]Red H5488 Sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 33:11 - And they journeyed from the [fn]Red H5488 Sea and camped in the wilderness of Sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:40 - ‘But as for you, turn around and set out for the wilderness by the way of the [fn]Red H5488 Sea.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:1 -

“Then we turned and set out for the wilderness by the way of the [fn]Red H5488 Sea, as the LORD spoke to me, and we circled Mount Seir for many days.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:4 - and what He did to Egypt’s army, to its horses and its chariots, when He made the water of the [fn]Red H5488 Sea [fn]engulf them while they were pursuing you, and the LORD [fn]completely eliminated them;
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 2:10 - “For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the [fn]Red H5488 Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you [fn]utterly destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:23 - “For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the LORD your God had done to the [fn]Red H5488 Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed;
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:6 - ‘So I brought your fathers out of Egypt, and you came to the sea; and Egypt pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the [fn]Red H5488 Sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 11:16 - ‘For when they came up from Egypt, and Israel went through the wilderness to the [fn]Red H5488 Sea, and came to Kadesh,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:26 -

King Solomon also built a fleet of ships in Ezion-geber, which is near Eloth on the shore of the [fn]Red H5488 Sea, in the land of Edom.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:9 -

“You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt,

And heard their cry by the [fn]Red H5488 Sea.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:7 -

Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your [fn]wonders;

They did not remember [fn]Your abundant kindnesses,

But rebelled by the sea, at the [fn]Red H5488 Sea.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:9 -

So He rebuked the [fn]Red H5488 Sea and it dried up,

And He led them through the mighty waters, as through the wilderness.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:22 -

[fn]Wonders in the land of Ham,

And awesome things by the [fn]Red H5488 Sea.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 136:13 -

To Him who divided the [fn]Red H5488 Sea in parts,

For His faithfulness is everlasting,

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 136:15 -

But He [fn]overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the [fn]Red H5488 Sea,

For His faithfulness is everlasting.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:6 -

The [fn]canals will emit a stench,

The [fn]streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up;

The reeds and rushes H5488 will rot away.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:21 - The earth has quaked at the noise of their downfall. There is an outcry! The noise of it has been heard at the [fn]Red H5488 Sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 2:5 -

“Water encompassed me to the [fn]point of death.

The deep flowed around me,

Seaweed H5488 was wrapped around my head.

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