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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 - And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 15:31 - ‘Because he has despised the word of the LORD, and has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off; his guilt shall be upon him.’ ”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:30 - “Therefore the LORD God of Israel says: ‘I said indeed that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever.’ But now the LORD says: ‘Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:27 - But some rebels said, “How can this man save us?” So they despised 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 him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:16 - Now 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 whirling before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:9 - ‘Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:10 - ‘Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 19:21 - “This is the word which the LORD has spoken concerning him:

‘The virgin, the daughter of Zion,
Has despised you, laughed you to scorn;
The daughter of Jerusalem
Has shaken her head behind your back!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 15:29 - And it happened, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the City of David, that Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David whirling and playing music; and she despised him in her heart.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 36:16 - But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at 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, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?”
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:17 - “For the queen’s behavior will become known to all women, so that they will despise their husbands in their eyes, when they report, ‘King Ahasuerus commanded Queen Vashti to be brought in before him, but she did not come.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 3:6 - But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus—the people of Mordecai.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 15:4 - In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honors those who fear the LORD;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:6 - But I am a worm, and no man;
A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:24 - For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
Nor has He hidden His face from Him;
But when He cried to Him, He heard.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:17 - The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:33 - For the LORD hears the poor,
And does not despise His prisoners.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:20 - As a dream when one awakes,
So, Lord, when You awake,
You shall despise their image.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:17 - He shall regard the prayer of the destitute,
And shall not despise their prayer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:141 - I am small and despised,
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 perverse in his ways despises Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:20 - A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man despises his mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:16 - He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who is careless[fn] of his ways will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 9:16 - Then I said:

“Wisdom is better than strength.
Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised,
And his words are not heard.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:22 - ‘this is the word which the LORD has spoken concerning him:

“The virgin, the daughter of Zion,
Has despised you, laughed you to scorn;
The daughter of Jerusalem
Has shaken her head behind your back!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 53:3 - He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 22:28 - “Is this man Coniah a despised, broken idol—
A vessel in which is no pleasure?
Why are they cast out, he and his descendants,
And cast into a land which they do not know?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:15 - “For indeed, I will make you small among nations,
Despised among men.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:59 - ‘For thus says the Lord GOD: “I will deal with you as you have done, who despised the oath by breaking the covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:16 - As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘surely in the place where the king dwells who made him king, whose oath he despised and whose covenant he broke—with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:18 - ‘Since he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, and in fact gave his hand and still 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, and My covenant which he broke, I will recompense on his own head.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:8 - “You have despised My holy things and profaned My Sabbaths.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:21 - “And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honor of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue.
Unchecked Copy BoxOba 1:2 - “Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
You shall be greatly despised.
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 1:6 - “A son honors his father,
And a servant his master.
If then I am the Father,
Where is My honor?
And if I am a Master,
Where is My reverence?
Says the LORD of hosts
To you priests who despise My name.
Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 1:7 - “You offer defiled food on My altar,
But say,
‘In what way have we defiled You?’
By saying,
‘The table of the LORD is contemptible.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 1:12 - “But you profane it,
In that you say,
‘The table of the LORD[fn] is defiled;
And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 2:9 - “Therefore I also have made you contemptible and base
Before all the people,
Because you have not kept My ways
But have shown partiality in the law.”
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