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Lexicon :: Strong's H959 - bāzâ

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TWOT Reference: 224

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 lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and got up and went on his way. So Esau despised H959 his birthright.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 15:31 - ‘Since he has despised H959 the word of the LORD and has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off; his [fn]guilt will be on him.’”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:30 - “Therefore the LORD God of Israel declares, ‘I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father was to walk before Me forever’; but now the LORD declares, ‘Far be it from Me—for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise H959 Me will be insignificant.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:27 - But certain [fn]useless men said, “How can this one save us?” And they despised H959 him and did not bring him a gift. But [fn]he kept silent about it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:42 - When the Philistine looked and saw David, he was H959 contemptuous H959 of him; for he was only a youth, and [fn]reddish, with a handsome appearance.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:16 - Then it happened, as the ark of the LORD was coming into the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked down through the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she was H959 contemptuous H959 of him in her heart.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:9 - ‘Why have you despised H959 the word of the LORD, by doing evil in His sight? You have struck and killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, you have taken his wife as your wife, and you have slaughtered him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:10 - ‘Now then, the sword shall never leave your house, because you have despised H959 Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 19:21 - “This is the word that the LORD has spoken against him:
‘She, the virgin daughter of Zion, has shown H959 contempt H959 for you and mocked you;
She, the daughter of Jerusalem, has shaken her head behind you!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 15:29 - When the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and celebrating; and she despised H959 him in her heart.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 36:16 - but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised H959 His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD rose against His people, until there was no remedy.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 2:19 - But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite [fn]official, and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked us and despised H959 us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?”
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:17 - “For the queen’s conduct will [fn]become known to all the women so as to make H959 their own husbands despicable H959 in their sight, when they say, ‘King Ahasuerus [fn]commanded that Queen Vashti be brought in to his presence, but she did not come.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 3:6 - But he [fn]considered H959 it beneath H959 his dignity H959 to [fn]kill Mordecai alone, for they had told him who the people of Mordecai were; so Haman sought to annihilate all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were found throughout the kingdom of Ahasuerus.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 15:4 - A despicable person is despised H959 in his eyes,
But he honors those who fear the LORD;
He takes an oath to his own detriment, and does not change;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:6 - But I am a worm and not a person,
A disgrace of mankind and despised H959 by the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:24 - For He has not despised H959 nor scorned the suffering of the afflicted;
Nor has He hidden His face from him;
But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:17 - The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, God, You will not despise H959.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:33 - For the LORD hears the needy,
And does not despise H959 those of His who are prisoners.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:20 - Like a dream when one awakes,
Lord, when stirred, You will despise H959 their image.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:17 - He has turned His attention to the prayer of the [fn]destitute
And has not despised H959 their prayer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:141 - I am small and despised H959,
Yet I do not forget Your precepts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:2 - One who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD,
But one who is devious in his ways despises H959 Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:20 - A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man despises H959 his mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:16 - One who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But one who [fn]is H959 careless H959 of [fn]conduct will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 9:16 - So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the wisdom of the poor man is despised H959, and his words are [fn]ignored.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:22 - this is the word that the LORD has spoken against him:
“She has shown H959 contempt H959 for you and derided you,
The virgin daughter of Zion;
The daughter of Jerusalem has shaken her head behind you!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 53:3 - He was despised H959 and abandoned by men,
A man of [fn]great pain and familiar with sickness;
And like one from whom people hide their faces,
He was despised H959, and we had no regard for Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 22:28 - “Is this man Coniah a despised H959, shattered jar?
Or is he an undesirable vessel?
Why have he and his descendants been hurled out
And cast into a land that they had not known?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:15 - “For behold, I have made you small among the nations,
Despised H959 among people.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:59 - For this is what the Lord GOD says: “I will also do with you as you have done, you who have despised H959 the oath by breaking the covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:16 - ‘As I live,’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘In the [fn]country of the king who [fn]put him on the throne, whose oath he despised H959 and whose covenant he broke, [fn]in Babylon he shall certainly die.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:18 - ‘Now he despised H959 the oath by breaking the covenant, and behold, he [fn]pledged his allegiance, yet did all these things; he shall not escape.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:19 - Therefore, this is what the Lord GOD says: “As I live, My oath which he despised H959 and My covenant which he broke, I will certainly [fn]inflict on his head.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:8 - “You have despised H959 My holy things and profaned My Sabbaths.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:21 - “And in his place a despicable H959 person will arise, on whom the majesty of kingship has not been conferred; but he will come in a time of tranquility and seize the kingdom by intrigue.
Unchecked Copy BoxOba 1:2 - “Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
You are H959 greatly despised H959.
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 1:6 - “‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My [fn]respect?’ says the LORD of armies to you, the priests who despise H959 My name! But you say, ‘How have we despised H959 Your name?’
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 1:7 - You are presenting defiled [fn]food upon My altar. But you say, ‘How have we defiled You?’ In that you say, ‘The table of the LORD is to be H959 despised H959.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 1:12 - “But you are profaning it by your saying, ‘The table of the Lord is defiled, and as for its fruit, its food is to be H959 despised H959.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 2:9 - “So I also have made you despised H959 and of low reputation [fn]in the view of all the people, since you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality in the [fn]instruction.”
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