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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.
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, “Oh H994, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:18 - Then Judah approached him and said, “Oh H994 my lord, may your servant please speak a word in my lord’s ears, and [fn]do not be angry with your servant; for you are equal to Pharaoh.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:10 - Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please H994, Lord, I have never been [fn]eloquent, neither [fn]recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am [fn]slow of speech and [fn]slow of tongue.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:13 - But he said, “Please H994, Lord, now send the message by [fn]whomever You will.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:11 - Then Aaron said to Moses, “Oh H994, my lord, I beg H994 you, do not [fn]hold us responsible for this sin by which we have turned out to be foolish, and by which we have sinned.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:8 - “O H994 Lord, what can I say since Israel has turned their [fn]back before their enemies?
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:13 - Then Gideon said to him, “O H994 my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did the LORD not bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to Midian.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:15 - But he said to Him, “O H994 Lord, [fn]how am I to save Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:8 - Then Manoah pleaded with the LORD and said, “Lord, please let the man of God whom You have sent come to us again so that he may teach us what we are to do for the boy who is to be born.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 1:26 - And she said, “Pardon H994 me, my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:17 - The one woman said, “Pardon H994 me, my lord: [fn]this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child [fn]while she was in the house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:26 - But the woman whose child was the living one spoke to the king, for [fn]she was deeply stirred over her son, and she said, “Pardon H994 me, my lord! Give her the living child, and by no means kill him!” But the other woman was saying, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; cut him!

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