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Lexicon :: Strong's H990 - beṭen

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Part of Speech
feminine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From an unused root probably meaning to be hollow
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TWOT Reference: 236a

Strong’s Definitions

בֶּטֶן beṭen, beh'-ten; from an unused root probably meaning to be hollow; the belly, especially the womb; also the bosom or body of anything:—belly, body, as they be born, within, womb.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 72x

The KJV translates Strong's H990 in the following manner: belly (30x), womb (31x), body (8x), within (2x), born (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 72x
The KJV translates Strong's H990 in the following manner: belly (30x), womb (31x), body (8x), within (2x), born (1x).
  1. belly, womb, body

    1. belly, abdomen

      1. as seat of hunger

      2. as seat of mental faculties

      3. of depth of Sheol (fig.)

    2. womb

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
בֶּטֶן beṭen, beh'-ten; from an unused root probably meaning to be hollow; the belly, especially the womb; also the bosom or body of anything:—belly, body, as they be born, within, womb.
STRONGS H990: Abbreviations
† I. בֶ֫טֶן noun feminineNumbers 5:25 belly, body, womb (Arabic bdb010508) — בּ׳ absolute Judges 13:7 +; בָּ֑טֶן Judges 13:5 +; construct בֶּטֶן Psalm 139:13 +; suffix בִּטְנִי Job 3:10 +; בִּטְנְךָ Deuteronomy 7:13 +; בִּטְנֵךְ Genesis 25:23; בִּטְנוֺ Job 15:2 +, etc.; —
a. belly, abdomen, of man Judges 3:21, 22 of woman Numbers 5:21, 22, 27; as beautiful in form Songs 7:3; as seat of hunger Proverbs 13:25; as eating Ezekiel 3:3 (|| מֵעִים); compare Proverbs 18:20 (figurative); as seat of passion, avarice, etc. Job 20:20, 23; in figure of God's casting riches out of extortioner's belly Job 20:15 (|| וַיְקִאֶנּוּ), compare also Psalm 17:14; figurative of innermost part of man = inmost soul Proverbs 18:8 = Proverbs 26:22; Proverbs 20:27, 30 (all חַדְרֵי ב׳); as seat of intellectual faculties (= English breast or bosom) Proverbs 22:18 (compare מֵעִים Psalm 40:9) Job 15:2; Job 15:35; Job 32:18, רוּחַ בִּטְנִי Job 15:19; as trembling at theophany Habakkuk 3:16.
b. belly of hippopotamus Job 40:16.
c. בֶּטֶן שְׁאוֺל Jonah 2:3 (Jonah's prayer: || מְצוּלָה בִּלְבַכ יַמִּים).
2. body, opposed to soul Psalm 31:10 (opposed to נֶפֶשׁ), also Psalm 44:26 (opposed to id.; — on this compare ZimBp 71).
3. womb Genesis 25:23, 24; Genesis 38:27 (all J) Hosea 12:4; Job 10:19 (|| רֶחֶם Job 10:18) Ecclesiastes 11:5; Job 31:15 הֲלֹא בַבֶּטֶן עשֵֹׁנִי עָשָׂ֑הוּ did not he that made me in the womb make him (|| וַיְכֻנֶנּוּ בָּרֶחֶם אֶחָד); compare Psalm 139:13 תְּסֻכֵּנִי בְּבֶטֶן, & Jeremiah 1:5; especially ב׳ פְּרִי i.e. offspring Genesis 30:2 (E) Psalm 127:3; Isaiah 13:18; Proverbs 31:2 בַּר בִּטְנִי = my son (|| בְּרִי) compare בֶּןבִּֿטְנָהּ Isaiah 49:15; of birth יָצָא מִבֶּטֶן Job 1:21; Job 3:11; Ecclesiastes 5:14; בֶּטֶן alone = birth Hosea 9:11 (|| לֵדָה, הֵרָיוֺן), compare Figurative מִבֶּטֶן מִי יָצָא הַקָּ֑רַח Job 38:29 out of whose womb came the ice ? compare לֹא סָגַר דַּלְתֵי בִּטְנִי Job 3:10 i.e. of my (mother's) womb; גָּחָה מִבֶּטֶן take, draw out of the womb, subject י׳ (i.e. cause to be born) Psalm 22:10; פְּרִי בֶטֶן used also of father Micah 6:7, compare Psalm 132:11 (David as ancestor of Messianic King); Job 19:17 בְּנֵי בִטְנִי sons of my body, of doubtful interpretation, perhaps = sons of my (mother's) womb, compare Job 3:10 (Ges De), i.e. my brother or men of my clan RSK 33 f., others my sons (Ew), my grandsons (Di); also in addressing Israel as a whole (masculine suffix) Deuteronomy 7:13; Deuteronomy 28:4, 11, 18, 53; Deuteronomy 30:9, compare מַחֲמַדֵּי בִטְנָם Hosea 9:16 beloved ones of their womb; (מִבֶּטֶן) מִןהַֿבֶּטֶן = from birth Judges 13:5, 7; Psalm 58:4; Psalm 71:6, compare also Isaiah 44:2, 24; Isaiah 46:3 (|| רָחַ֑ם) Isaiah 48:8; Isaiah 49:1, 5; מִבֶּטֶן נִמִּי id. Judges 16:17; Job 31:18; Psalm 22:11 (|| רֶחֶם).
4. architectural word of some rounded projection connected with the two pillars Jachin & Boaz 1 Kings 7:20 (Klo reads הבית).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


25:23; 25:23; 25:24; 30:2; 38:27


5:21; 5:22; 5:25; 5:27


7:13; 7:13; 28:4; 28:11; 28:18; 28:53; 30:9


3:21; 3:22; 13:5; 13:5; 13:7; 13:7; 16:17

1 Kings



1:21; 3:10; 3:10; 3:10; 3:11; 10:18; 10:19; 15:2; 15:2; 15:19; 15:35; 19:17; 20:15; 20:20; 20:23; 31:15; 31:18; 32:18; 38:29; 40:16


17:14; 22:10; 22:11; 31:10; 40:9; 44:26; 58:4; 71:6; 127:3; 132:11; 139:13; 139:13


13:25; 18:8; 18:20; 20:27; 20:30; 22:18; 26:22; 31:2


5:14; 11:5

Song of Songs



13:18; 44:2; 44:24; 46:3; 48:8; 49:1; 49:5; 49:15






9:11; 9:16; 12:4







Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H990 matches the Hebrew בֶּטֶן (beṭen),
which occurs 72 times in 72 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Gen 25:23–Pro 20:30)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:23 - And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, H990 and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:24 - And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. H990
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:2 - And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb? H990
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 38:27 - And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb. H990
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:21 - Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly H990 to swell;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:22 - And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly H990 to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:27 - And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly H990 shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:13 - And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, H990 and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:4 - Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, H990 and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:11 - And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, H990 and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:18 - Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, H990 and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:53 - And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, H990 the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 30:9 - And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, H990 and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:21 - And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly: H990
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:22 - And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; H990 and the dirt came out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:5 - For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: H990 and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:7 - But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb H990 to the day of his death.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:17 - That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: H990 if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:20 - And the chapiters upon the two pillars had pomegranates also above, over against the belly H990 which was by the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the other chapiter.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 1:21 - And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, H990 and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:10 - Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, H990 nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:11 - Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? H990
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 10:19 - I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb H990 to the grave.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:2 - Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly H990 with the east wind?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:35 - They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly H990 prepareth deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:17 - My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children's sake of mine own body. H990
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:15 - He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly. H990
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:20 - Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, H990 he shall not save of that which he desired.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:23 - When he is about to fill his belly, H990 God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:15 - Did not he that made me in the womb H990 make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:18 - (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;) H990
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:18 - For I am full of matter, the spirit within H990 me constraineth me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:19 - Behold, my belly H990 is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:29 - Out of whose womb H990 came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:16 - Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. H990
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 17:14 - From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly H990 thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:9 - But thou art he that took me out of the womb: H990 thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:10 - I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly. H990
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:9 - Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly. H990
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 44:25 - For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly H990 cleaveth unto the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:3 - The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, H990 speaking lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 71:6 - By thee have I been holden up from the womb: H990 thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 127:3 - Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb H990 is his reward.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 132:11 - The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body H990 will I set upon thy throne.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:13 - For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. H990
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:25 - The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly H990 of the wicked shall want.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:8 - The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. H990
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 18:20 - A man's belly H990 shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:27 - The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. H990
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:30 - The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly. H990

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