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Lexicon :: Strong's H887 - bā'aš

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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 - Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making H887 me repulsive H887 among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and [fn]since my men are few in number, they will band together against me and [fn]attack me, and I will be destroyed, I and my household!”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 5:21 - And they said to them, “May the LORD look upon you and judge you, because you have made H887 [fn]us repulsive H887 in Pharaoh’s sight and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us!”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:18 - “Then the fish that are in the Nile will die, the Nile will stink H887, and the Egyptians will [fn]no longer be able to drink water from the Nile.”’”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:21 - Then the fish that were in the Nile died, and the Nile stank H887, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. And the blood was through all the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 8:14 - So they piled them in heaps, and the land stank H887.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:20 - But they did not listen to Moses, and some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank H887; and Moses was angry with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:24 - So they put it aside until morning, as Moses had ordered, and it did not stink H887 nor was there a maggot in it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:4 - And all Israel heard [fn]the news that Saul had attacked the garrison of the Philistines, and also that Israel had become H887 repulsive H887 to the Philistines. Then the people were summoned [fn]to Saul at Gilgal.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:12 - So Achish believed David, saying, “He has undoubtedly H887 made H887 himself repulsive H887 among his people Israel; therefore he will become my servant forever.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 10:6 -

Now when the sons of Ammon saw that they had become H887 repulsive H887 to David, the sons of Ammon sent messengers and hired the Arameans of Beth-rehob and the Arameans of Zobah, twenty thousand foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with a thousand men, and the men of Tob with twelve thousand men.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:21 - Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Have relations with your father’s concubines, whom he has left behind to take care of the house; then all Israel will hear that you have made H887 yourself repulsive H887 to your father. The hands of all who are with you will also be strengthened.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 19:6 -

When the sons of Ammon saw that they had made H887 themselves repulsive H887 to David, Hanun and the sons of Ammon sent [fn]a thousand talents of silver to hire for themselves chariots and horsemen from Mesopotamia, Aram-maacah, and Zobah.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:5 -

My [fn]wounds grow H887 foul H887 and fester

Because of my foolishness.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:5 -

A righteous person hates a false statement,

But a wicked person [fn]acts H887 disgustingly H887 and shamefully.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:1 -

Dead flies turn H887 a perfumer’s oil rancid H887, so a little foolishness is more [fn]potent than wisdom and honor.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:5 -

“Everyone will be ashamed because of a people who do not benefit them,

Who are not a help or benefit, but a source of shame and also disgrace.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 50:2 -

“Why was there no one when I came?

When I called, why was there no one to answer?

Is My hand so short that it cannot redeem?

Or do I have no power to rescue?

Behold, I dry up the sea with My rebuke,

I turn rivers into a wilderness;

Their fish stink H887 for lack of water,

And die of thirst.

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