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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
mis´tres ( בּעלה , ba‛ălāh , גּברת , gebhereth ): Is the translation of ba‛ălāh , "lady," "owner" ( 1 Kings 17:17; Nahum 3:4 ); in 1 Samuel 28:7 , "a woman that hath a familiar spirit" is literally, "the mistress of a familiar spirit"; of gebhereth (Genesis 16:4 , Genesis 16:8 , Genesis 16:9; 2 Kings 5:3; Psalm 123:2; Proverbs 30:23; Isaiah 24:2 ); in Isaiah 47:5 , Isaiah 47:7 , we have the King James Version and the English Revised Version "lady," the American Standard Revised Version "mistress."
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Mistress'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/m/mistress.html. 1915.