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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 lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised H959 his birthright.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 15:31 - ‘Because 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 should 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 lightly esteemed.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:27 - But certain [fn]worthless men said, “How can this one deliver us?” And they despised H959 him and did not bring him any present. But he kept silent.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:42 - When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained H959 him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, with a handsome appearance.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:16 - Then it happened as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised H959 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 down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:10 - ‘Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from 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 has despised H959 you and mocked you,
The virgin daughter of Zion;
She has shaken her head behind you,
The daughter of Jerusalem!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 15:29 - It happened when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping 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 arose 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 it, they mocked us and despised H959 us and said, “What is this thing 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 causing them [fn]to look with contempt H959 on their husbands by saying, ‘King Ahasuerus commanded Queen Vashti to be brought in to his presence, but she did not come.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 3:6 - But he [fn]disdained H959 to [fn]lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him who the people of Mordecai were; therefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 15:4 - In [fn]whose eyes a reprobate is despised, H959
But [fn]who honors those who fear the LORD;
He swears to his own hurt and does not change;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:6 - But I am a worm and not a man,
A reproach of men and despised H959 by the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:24 - For He has not despised H959 nor abhorred the affliction 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, O God, You will not despise. H959
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:33 - For the LORD hears the needy
And does not despise H959 His who are prisoners.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:20 - Like a dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when aroused, You will despise H959 their [fn]form.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:17 - He has regarded 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 - He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD,
But he 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 - He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who [fn]is 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 not heeded.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:22 - this is the word that the LORD has spoken against him:
“She has despised H959 you and mocked you,
The virgin daughter of Zion;
She has shaken her head behind you,
The daughter of Jerusalem!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 53:3 - He was despised H959 and forsaken of men,
A man of [fn]sorrows and acquainted with [fn]grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, H959 and we did not esteem 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 men.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:59 - For thus says the Lord GOD, “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, ‘Surely 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 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, thus says the Lord GOD, “As I live, surely My oath which he despised H959 and My covenant which he broke, I will [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 - “In his place a despicable H959 person will arise, on whom the honor 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 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 hosts to you, O 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 despised.’ H959
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 1:12 - “But you are profaning it, in that you say, ‘The table of the Lord is defiled, and as for its fruit, its food is to be despised.’ H959
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 2:9 - “So I also have made you despised H959 and abased [fn]before all the people, just as you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality in the [fn]instruction.
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