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Lexicon :: Strong's H994 -

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Part of Speech
part of entreaty
Root Word (Etymology)
Perhaps from בָּעָה (H1158) (sense of asking)
Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 238a

Strong’s Definitions

בִּי bîy, bee; perhaps from H1158 (in the sense of asking); properly, a request; used only adverbially (always with 'my Lord'); oh that!; with leave, or if it please:—alas, O, oh.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 12x

The KJV translates Strong's H994 in the following manner: O (7x), Oh (4x), alas (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 12x
The KJV translates Strong's H994 in the following manner: O (7x), Oh (4x), alas (1x).
  1. if it please, pray excuse me, excuse me please

    1. used to introduce an entreaty or request

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
בִּי bîy, bee; perhaps from H1158 (in the sense of asking); properly, a request; used only adverbially (always with 'my Lord'); oh that!; with leave, or if it please:—alas, O, oh.
STRONGS H994: Abbreviations
בִּי particle of entreaty, craving permission to address a superior, always followed by אֲדֹנִי (or אֲדֹנָי), and always (except Joshua 7:8) at the beginning of a speech, I pray, excuse me — (not improbable from √ ביי; so that בִּי אֲדֹנִי will be literally a supplication of (i.e. to my lord! compare Wetzst l.c., who compares the Arabic bdb010605 literally a prayer to my lord! a standing formula = Pray, excuse me, used exactly as בֹּי אֲדֹנִי. According to other contracted from בְּעִי, from בָּעָה to ask, and so literally a petition! compare Aramaic בְּבָעוּ, bdb010606 (e.g. Genesis 19:18 Targum, Numbers 12:13 Syriac Version); but ע is not often elided in Hebrew) — Genesis 44:18 בִּי אֲדֹנִי יְדַבֶּרנָֿא I pray, my lord, let thy servant speak, etc.; so Numbers 12:11; Judges 6:13; 1 Samuel 1:26; 1 Kings 3:17, 26, and following by a plural subject Genesis 43:20 יָרֹד יָרַדְנוּ בִּי א׳ Oh, my lord, we came down, etc.; בִּי אֲדֹנָי (to God) Exodus 4:10, 13; Joshua 7:8; Judges 6:15; Judges 13:8 (Greek Version of the LXX in Pentateuch and Joshua δέομαι, δεόμεθα: in other books absurdly ἐν ἐμοί).
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


19:18; 43:20; 44:18


4:10; 4:13


12:11; 12:13


7:8; 7:8


6:13; 6:15; 13:8

1 Samuel


1 Kings

3:17; 3:26

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H994 matches the Hebrew בִּי (),
which occurs 12 times in 12 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:20 - And said, O H994 sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:18 - Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh H994 my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:10 - And Moses said unto the LORD, O H994 my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:13 - And he said, O H994 my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:11 - And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, H994 my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:8 - O H994 Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:13 - And Gideon said unto him, Oh H994 my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:15 - And he said unto him, Oh H994 my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:8 - Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O H994 my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 1:26 - And she said, Oh H994 my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:17 - And the one woman said, O H994 my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:26 - Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O H994 my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.
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