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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 was no longer able to hide him, she took a papyrus basket for him and sealed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and set it among the reeds along the edge of the Nile.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:5 - Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself by the Nile, while her attendants were walking alongside the river, and she saw the basket among the reeds. She sent one of her attendants, took it,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:19 - and the LORD turned a very strong west wind, and it picked up the locusts and blew them into the Red Sea. Not one locust remained in all the territory of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:18 - So God brought the people around by the way of the desert to the Red Sea, and the Israelites went up from the land of Egypt prepared for battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:4 - The chariots of Pharaoh and his army he has thrown into the sea, and his chosen officers were drowned in the Red Sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:22 - Then Moses led Israel to journey away from the Red Sea. They went out to the Desert of Shur, walked for three days into the desert, and found no water.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:31 - I will set your boundaries from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River, for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:25 - (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites were living in the valleys.) Tomorrow, turn and journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea."
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:4 - Then they traveled from Mount Hor by the road to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom, but the people became impatient along the way.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 33:10 - They traveled from Elim, and camped by the Red Sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 33:11 - They traveled from the Red Sea and camped in the wilderness of Zin.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:40 - But as for you, turn back and head for the desert by the way to the Red Sea."
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:1 - Then we turned and set out toward the desert land on the way to the Red Sea just as the LORD told me to do, detouring around Mount Seir for a long time.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:4 - or what he did to the army of Egypt, including their horses and chariots, when he made the waters of the Red Sea overwhelm them while they were pursuing you and he annihilated them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 2:10 - For we heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you left Egypt and how you annihilated the two Amorite kings, Sihon and Og, on the other side of the Jordan.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:23 - For the LORD your God dried up the water of the Jordan before you while you crossed over. It was just like when the LORD your God dried up the Red Sea before us while we crossed it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:6 - When I brought your fathers out of Egypt, you arrived at the sea. The Egyptians chased your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 11:16 - When they left Egypt, Israel traveled through the desert as far as the Red Sea and then came to Kadesh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:26 - King Solomon also built ships in Ezion Geber, which is located near Elat in the land of Edom, on the shore of the Red Sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:9 - "You saw the affliction of our ancestors in Egypt, and you heard their cry at the Red Sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:7 - Our ancestors in Egypt failed to appreciate your miraculous deeds, they failed to remember your many acts of loyal love, and they rebelled at the sea, by the Red Sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:9 - He shouted at the Red Sea and it dried up; he led them through the deep water as if it were a desert.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:22 - amazing feats in the land of Ham, mighty acts by the Red Sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 136:13 - to the one who divided the Red Sea in two, for his loyal love endures,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 136:15 - and tossed Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, for his loyal love endures,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:6 - The canals will stink; the streams of Egypt will trickle and then dry up; the bulrushes and reeds will decay,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:21 - The people of the earth will quake when they hear of their downfall. Their cries of anguish will be heard all the way to the Gulf of Aqaba.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 2:5 - Water engulfed me up to my neck; the deep ocean surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.
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