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Lexicon :: Strong's H887 - bā'aš

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A primitive root
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TWOT Reference: 195

Strong’s Definitions

בָּאַשׁ bâʼash, baw-ash'; a primitive root; to smell bad; figuratively, to be offensive morally:—(make to) be abhorred (had in abomination, loathsome, odious), (cause a, make to) stink(-ing savour), × utterly.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 17x

The KJV translates Strong's H887 in the following manner: stink (10x), abhor (3x), abomination (1x), loathsome (1x), stinking savour (1x), utterly 1 (inf. for emphasis).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 17x
The KJV translates Strong's H887 in the following manner: stink (10x), abhor (3x), abomination (1x), loathsome (1x), stinking savour (1x), utterly 1 (inf. for emphasis).
  1. to have a bad smell, stink, smell bad

    1. (Qal) to stink, smell bad

    2. (Niphal)

      1. to become odious

      2. to make oneself odious

    3. (Hiphil)

      1. to stink, emit a stinking odour

      2. to cause to stink

      3. of wickedness (fig.)

    4. (Hithpael) to make oneself odious

  2. (TWOT) to abhor

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
בָּאַשׁ bâʼash, baw-ash'; a primitive root; to smell bad; figuratively, to be offensive morally:—(make to) be abhorred (had in abomination, loathsome, odious), (cause a, make to) stink(-ing savour), × utterly.
STRONGS H887: Abbreviations
בָּאַשׁ verb have a bad smell, stink (Arabic bdb009202 be evil, Aramaic H888 בְּאֵשׁ, bdb009203 be evil, Assyrian bîšu LotzTP 78) —
Qal Perfect וּבָאַשׁ consecutive Exodus 7:18; Imperfect וַיִּבְאַשׁ Exodus 7:21, אַֿ֑שׁ Exodus 16:20; 3rd person feminine singular תִּבְאַשׁ Isaiah 50:2; וַתִּבְאַשׁ Exodus 8:10; — stink, of Nile, on account of dead fish Exodus 7:18, 21 (E); of land of Egypt, owing to dead frogs Exodus 8:10 (J); of manna kept over Exodus 16:20 (P ? or R) וַיָּרֻם תּוֺלָעִים וַיִּבְאַ֑שׁ and it grew foul (rotten, decayed) with worms, and stank; Isaiah 50:2 תִּבְאַשׁ דְּגָתָם מֵאֵין מַיִם וְתָמֹת בַּצָּמָא their fish stink for lack of water, etc. (Greek Version of the LXX Lo Di read תִּיבַשׁ, dry up and die, which suits ||, but not the usage of יָבֵשׁ).
Niph. Perfect נִבְאַשׁ 1 Samuel 13:4; נִבְאֲשׁוּ 2 Samuel 10:6; נִבְאַשְׁתָּ 2 Samuel 16:2; — only figurative make oneself odious, become odious (compare English be in bad odour), followed by אֵת with = towards; נִבְאַשְׁתָּ אֶתאָֿבִיךָ 2 Samuel 16:21 thou hast become odious with thy father; also followed by בְּ (rather strangely) 1 Samuel 13:4 Israel made themselves odious to the Philistines; 2 Samuel 10:6 Ammonites to David.
Hiph. Perfect הִבְאִישׁ Exodus 16:24; 1 Samuel 27:12; הִבְאִישׁוּ Psalm 38:6; הִבְאַשְׁתֶּם Exodus 5:21; Imperfect יַבְאִישׁ Proverbs 13:5; Ecclesiastes 10:1; Infinitive absolute הַבְאֵשׁ 1 Samuel 27:12; construct suffix לְהַבְאִישֵׁנִי Genesis 34:30; —
1. emit a stinking odour Exodus 16:24 of manna (compare Qal Exodus 16:20); Psalm 38:6 הִבְאִישׁוּ נָמַקּוּ חַבּוּרֹתָ֑י my wounds have grown stinking, they have festered (of chastisement for sin); 1 Samuel 17:12 figurative of David הַבְאֵשׁ הִבְאִישׁ בְּעַמּוֺ he hath become utterly abhorred among his people.
2. cause to stink, זְבוּבֵי מָוֶת יַבְאִישׁ יַבִּיעַ שֶׁמֶן רוֺקֵ֑חַ dead flies cause to stink (and) to ferment the oil of a perfumer; usually figurative הִבְאַשְׁתֶּם אֶתרֵֿיחֵנוּ Exodus 5:21 (J), i.e. ye have made us odious, followed by בְּעֵינֵי, compare (with accusative of person) Genesis 34:30 followed by בְ; also without object Proverbs 13:5 a wicked man makes odious and shameful (De Now Str; Be Ew Hi Zö acts odiously and shamefully).
Hithp. Perfect הִתְבָּאֲשׁוּ 1 Chronicles 19:6 they had made themselves odious (= Niph. in || 2 Samuel 10:6), followed by עִם.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


34:30; 34:30


5:21; 5:21; 7:18; 7:18; 7:21; 7:21; 8:10; 8:10; 16:20; 16:20; 16:20; 16:24; 16:24

1 Samuel

13:4; 13:4; 17:12; 27:12; 27:12

2 Samuel

10:6; 10:6; 10:6; 16:2; 16:21

1 Chronicles



38:6; 38:6


13:5; 13:5




50:2; 50:2

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H887 matches the Hebrew בָּאַשׁ (bā'aš),
which occurs 18 times in 17 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:30 - And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink H887 among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 5:21 - And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred H887 in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:18 - And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; H887 and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:21 - And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, H887 and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 8:14 - And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank. H887
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:20 - Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: H887 and Moses was wroth with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:24 - And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, H887 neither was there any worm therein.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:4 - And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also was had in abomination H887 with the Philistines. And the people were called together after Saul to Gilgal.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:12 - And Achish believed David, saying, He hath made his people Israel utterly H887 to abhor H887 him; therefore he shall be my servant for ever.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 10:6 - And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank H887 before David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethrehob, and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ishtob twelve thousand men.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:21 - And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred H887 of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 19:6 - And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves odious H887 to David, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver to hire them chariots and horsemen out of Mesopotamia, and out of Syriamaachah, and out of Zobah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:5 - My wounds stink H887 and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:5 - A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, H887 and cometh to shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:1 - Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: H887 so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:5 - They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them, nor be an help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 50:2 - Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, H887 because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.
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