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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #1158 - בָּעָה
1) to seek out, swell, cause to swell, boil up, enquire
1a1) to seek, enquire
1a2) to cause to boil up
1b1) to be searched out
1b2) to be swelling, bulging, swelling out
V) eob (באהה BAhH) - I. Swell: II. Request:For a swelling desire. [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (17): (vf: Paal, Niphal) boil, swelling, seek, enquire, ask, desire, pray, request - Strongs: H1156 (בְּעָא), H1158 (בָּעָה)
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
בָּעָה fut. יִבְעֶה
(1) pr. to make to swell, to cause water to swell and boil; Isaiah 64:1, מַיִם תִּבְעֶה אֵשׁ as “the fire maketh the water to boil.” (To this answers the Arab. بَفَا used of a wound swelling up, Ch. בְּעָא to boil up. As to the kindred root בּוּעַ, נָבַע see בּוּעַ.) From the idea of swelling and heat the Arabs derive the metaphoric sense of absorbing, also that of ardently desiring and longing; and so also in Hebrew
(2) to seek, to ask, to inquire for. (Aram. בְּעָא, ܒܥܐܳ. Isaiah 21:12 (twice).
(1) pass. of Kal No. 1, to be swollen up, to swell up, and hence to be prominent. Isaiah 30:13, כְּפֶרֶץ נֹפֵל נִבְעֶה בְּחוֹמָה נִשְׂגָּבָה “as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall.”
(2) pass. of Kal No. 2, to be sought, sought out, Obadiah 1:6.
Derivatives, בְּעִי and בִּי (for בְּעִי).
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