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Lexicon :: Strong's H959 - bāzâ

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Strong’s Definitions

בָּזָה bâzâh, baw-zaw'; a primitive root; to disesteem:—despise, disdain, contemn(-ptible), think to scorn, vile person.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 43x

The KJV translates Strong's H959 in the following manner: despise (36x), contemptible (3x), contemned (1x), disdained (1x), vile person (1x), scorn (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 43x
The KJV translates Strong's H959 in the following manner: despise (36x), contemptible (3x), contemned (1x), disdained (1x), vile person (1x), scorn (1x).
  1. to despise, hold in contempt, disdain

    1. (Qal) to despise, regard with contempt

    2. (Niphal)

      1. to be despised

      2. to be despicable

      3. to be vile, worthless

    3. (Hiphil) to cause to despise

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
בָּזָה bâzâh, baw-zaw'; a primitive root; to disesteem:—despise, disdain, contemn(-ptible), think to scorn, vile person.
STRONGS H959: Abbreviations
בָּזָה verb despise (Palestinian Targum בְּזָא, compare bdb010202 raise the head loftily and disdainfully) —
Qal Perfect Numbers 15:31 +; בָּזִיתָ 2 Samuel 12:9; suffix בְּזִתָ֑נִי 2 Samuel 12:10, etc.; Imperfect וַיִּ֫בֶז Genesis 25:34; Esther 3:6; suffix וַיִּבְזֵהוּ 1 Samuel 17:42; 3rd person feminine singular וַתִּכֶז 2 Samuel 6:16; 1 Chronicles 15:29; 2nd person masculine singular תִּבְזֶה Psalm 51:19; Psalm 73:20; וַיִּבְזוּ Nehemiah 2:19; וַיִּבְזֻהוּ 1 Samuel 10:27; Infinitive construct בְּזֹה [H960 Isaiah 49:7] (Di Ew§ 150 b); Participle active בּוֺזֶה Proverbs 15:20; Proverbs 19:16; בּוֺזֵהוּ Proverbs 14:2; בּוֺזִים 2 Chronicles 36:16; בּוֺזֵי Malachi 1:6; suffix בֹּזַי 1 Samuel 2:30; passive בָּזוּי Jeremiah 49:15 +; feminine בְּזוּיָה Ecclesiastes 9:16; — despise, regard with contempt, followed by accusative of thing, birthright Genesis 25:34 (J); words of י׳ Numbers 15:31 (P; not elsewhere in Hexateuch); 2 Samuel 12:9 compare 2 Chronicles 36:16; name of י׳ Malachi 1:6 (twice in verse) (compare below); oath (אָלָה) Ezekiel 16:59; Ezekiel 17:16, 18, 19; holy things Ezekiel 22:8; one's own ways Proverbs 19:16 (i.e. is careless of them, lives recklessly, opposed to שֹׁמֵר נַפְשׁוֺ, compare נֹצֵר דַּרְכּוֺ Proverbs 16:17); distress of the distressed Psalm 22:25 (|| שִׁקֵּץ, subject י׳); prayer, subject id. Psalm 102:18; broken & contrite heart Psalm 51:9 (with לֹא), compare on other hand Psalm 73:20; followed by accusative of person Saul 1 Samuel 10:27, David 1 Samuel 17:42 compare Proverbs 15:20, י׳ 1 Samuel 2:30; 2 Samuel 12:10; Proverbs 14:2, his prisoners Psalm 69:34 (subject י׳); followed by לְ, וַתִּבֶז לוֺ בְּלִבָּהּ 2 Samuel 6:16 = 1 Chronicles 15:29; 2 Kings 19:21 = Isaiah 37:22; followed by עַל person Nehemiah 2:19; followed by Infinitive וַיִּבֶז בְּעֵינָיו לִשְׁלֹחַ יָד Esther 3:6; note especially בְּזֹה נֶפֶשׁ [H960 Isaiah 49:7] a despising of soul, i.e. one despised from the soul, thoroughly despised; on otherviews see Che Di. Participle passive despised, of person construct בְּזוּי עָם despised of people (|| חֶרְמַּת אָדָם) Psalm 22:7, compare בָּזוּי בָאָדָם Jeremiah 49:15 also Obadiah 2; of wisdom Ecclesiastes 9:16.
Niph. Participle נִבְזֶה Psalm 15:4 +; feminine נִבְזָה [H5240 1 Samuel 15:9] (so read for נמבזָה compare We Dr); plural נִבְזִים Malachi 2:9; —
1. despised Psalm 15:4; Psalm 119:141; Isaiah 53:3 (twice in verse); Jeremiah 22:28.
2. vile, worthless 1 Samuel 15:9.
3. despicable, contemptible Malachi 1:7 said of table of י׳, compare Malachi 1:12; Malachi 2:9; Daniel 11:21 as substantive of Antiochus Epiph.
Hiph. Infinitive לְהַבְזוֺת בַּעְלֵיהֶן Esther 1:17 so as to cause to despise their lords (cause their lords to be despised).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


25:34; 25:34


15:31; 15:31

1 Samuel

2:30; 2:30; 10:27; 10:27; 15:9; 17:42; 17:42

2 Samuel

6:16; 6:16; 12:9; 12:9; 12:10; 12:10

2 Kings


1 Chronicles

15:29; 15:29

2 Chronicles

36:16; 36:16


2:19; 2:19


1:17; 3:6; 3:6


15:4; 15:4; 22:7; 22:25; 51:9; 51:19; 69:34; 73:20; 73:20; 102:18; 119:141


14:2; 14:2; 15:20; 15:20; 16:17; 19:16; 19:16


9:16; 9:16


37:22; 53:3


22:28; 49:15; 49:15


16:59; 17:16; 17:18; 17:19; 22:8






1:6; 1:6; 1:7; 1:12; 2:9; 2:9


Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H959 matches the Hebrew בָּזָה (bāzâ),
which occurs 43 times in 41 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:34 - Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised H959 his birthright.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 15:31 - Because he hath despised H959 the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:30 - Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise H959 me shall be lightly esteemed.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:27 - But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised H959 him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:42 - And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained H959 him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:16 - And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised H959 him in her heart.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:9 - Wherefore hast thou despised H959 the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:10 - Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised H959 me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 19:21 - This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised H959 thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 15:29 - And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised H959 him in her heart.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 36:16 - But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised H959 his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 2:19 - But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised H959 us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:17 - For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise H959 their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 3:6 - And he thought scorn H959 to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 15:4 - In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; H959 but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:6 - But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised H959 of the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:24 - For he hath not despised H959 nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:17 - The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. H959
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:33 - For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth H959 not his prisoners.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:20 - As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise H959 their image.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:17 - He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise H959 their prayer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:141 - I am small and despised: H959 yet do not I forget thy precepts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:2 - He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth H959 him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:20 - A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth H959 his mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:16 - He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth H959 his ways shall die.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 9:16 - Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, H959 and his words are not heard.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:22 - This is the word which the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised H959 thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 53:3 - He is despised H959 and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, H959 and we esteemed him not.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 22:28 - Is this man Coniah a despised H959 broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:15 - For, lo, I will make thee small among the heathen, and despised H959 among men.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:59 - For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised H959 the oath in breaking the covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:16 - As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king, whose oath he despised, H959 and whose covenant he brake, even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:18 - Seeing he despised H959 the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:19 - Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised, H959 and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:8 - Thou hast despised H959 mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:21 - And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, H959 to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
Unchecked Copy BoxOba 1:2 - Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised. H959
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 1:6 - A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise H959 my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised H959 thy name?
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 1:7 - Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. H959
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 1:12 - But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. H959
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 2:9 - Therefore have I also made you contemptible H959 and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
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