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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #01319 - בָּשַׂר
1) to bear news, bear tidings, publish, preach, show forth
1a1) to gladden with good news
1a2) to bear news
1a3) to announce (salvation) as good news, preach
1b) (Hithpael) to receive good news
V) rxb (בסר BSR) - Report: When good news is brought a feast with meat is prepared. [df: rVb] KJV (24): (vf: Hitpael, Piel) tidings, show forth, publish, messenger, preached - Strongs: H1319 (בָּשַׂר)
Nf ) rxb (בסר BSR) - Flesh: The skin and muscle or the whole of the person. Also meat as food. [Hebrew and Aramaic] [df: rVb] KJV (273): flesh, body - Strongs: H1154 (בֶּסֶר), H1320 (בָּשָׂר), H1321 (בְּשַׂר)
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
בָּשַׂר not used in Kal; Arab. بَشِرَ to be joyful, cheerful, especially in receiving glad tidings; Med. A. and Conj. II. to gladden with good tidings, with an acc. of person and ب of thing. The primary sense appears to be that of beauty, whence بَشِيرُ fair, beautiful, since a face is made more beautiful by joy and cheerfulness (see טוֹב good, fair, joyful); and, on the contrary, the face of a cross and angry person is disfigured; hence بَشَرُ, بَشَرَةُ the external skin of man, בָּשָׂר flesh, in which a person’s beauty is perceived.
(1) to make any one cheerful with glad tidings, to bear glad tidings, to announce (glad tidings) to any one; with an acc. of pers. 2 Samuel 18:19, אָרוּצָה־נָּא אֲבַשְּׂרָה אֶת־הַמֶּלֶךְ כִּי וגו׳ “let me run and announce to the king what,” etc.; Psal. 68:12. הַמְבַשְּׂרוֹת צָבָא רַב “(women) announcing (victory) to a great host;” 1 Samuel 31:9; Isaiah 40:9 absol. 2 Samuel 4:10, הָיָה כִמְבַשֵּׂר בְּעֵינָיו “he supposed that he brought glad tidings;” also followed by an acc. of the thing announced, Isaiah 60:6; Psalms 40:10. Part. מְבַשֵּׂר a messenger of good news, Isaiah 40:9 especially of peace, Isaiah 52:7 of victory, 1 Samuel 31:9 Psal. 68:12.
(2) It is more rarely used of any messenger, 2 Samuel 18:20, 26 2 Samuel 18:26 and even one unpleasant, 1 Samuel 4:17 hence there is twice fully said, בִּשֵּׂר טוֹב 1 Kings 1:42; Isaiah 52:7.
Hithpael, to receive glad tidings, 2 Samuel 18:31 Arab. Conj. I. Med. E, and Conj. IV., VIII., X.
Derivatives בְּשׂוֹרָה and
the Third Week after Epiphany