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Entry for Strong's #1086 - בָּלָה

Word Origin
a primitive root
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Brown-Drivers-Briggs | Strong ]
Brown-Driver-Briggs' Definition

1) to wear out, become old

1a) (Qal) to wear out

1b) (Piel)

1b1) to wear out

1b2) to wear out by use, use up completely

1b3) to enjoy, use to the full

Greek Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 2664 ‑ καταπαύω (kat‑ap‑ow'‑o);  4931 ‑ συντελέω (soon‑tel‑eh'‑o);  5013 ‑ ταπεινόω (tap‑i‑no'‑o);  3822 ‑ παλαιόω (pal‑ah‑yo'‑o);  
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word ]
Verse Results
KJV (16) NAS (16) HCS (14)
Genesis 1
Deuteronomy 2
Joshua 1
1 Chronicles 1
Nehemiah 1
Job 2
Psalms 3
Isaiah 3
Lamentations 1
Genesis 1
Deuteronomy 2
Joshua 1
1 Chronicles 1
Nehemiah 1
Job 2
Psalms 3
Isaiah 3
Lamentations 1
Genesis 1
Deuteronomy 2
Joshua 1
1 Chronicles 1
Nehemiah 1
Job 1
Psalms 3
Isaiah 3
Lamentations 1
v-pc 1
v-pp3ms 1
v-qi3fs 1
v-qi3ms 1
v-qp3fs 2
v-pc 1
v-pp3ms 1
v-qi3fs 1
v-qi3ms 1
v-qp3fs 2
v-pc 1
v-pp3ms 1
v-qi3fs 1
v-qi3ms 1
v-qp3fs 2

Ancient Hebrew Lexicon Definitions

1035) lb (בל BL) AC: Flow CO: ? AB: Nothing: A flowing of any substance. (eng: ball; bowl; flow - with the exchange of the f for a b)

A) lb (בל BL) AC: ? CO: ? AB: Nothing: To come to nothing when effort is given.

Nm) lb (בל BL) - Nothing: KJV (9): none, not, nor, lest, nothing, not, neither, no - Strongs: H1077 (בַּל)

ef4) tilib (בילית BYLYT) - Except: A flowing away of all except one. Can also mean not or nothing in the sense of all things flowing away. [df: ytlb] KJV (30): but, except, save, nothing, lest, no, from, inasmuch - Strongs: H1115 (בִּלְתִּי)

fm ) ilb (בלי BLY) - Without: KJV (15): not, without, lack, confusion - Strongs: H1097 (בְּלִי), H1099 (בְּלִימָה)

if) lbt (תבל TBL) - I. Earth:A land flowing with substance. II. Confusion:An action that lacks any results. [Used in the sense of beastiality] KJV (38): world, habitable part, confusion - Strongs: H8397 (תֶּבֶל), H8398 (בֵּבֵל)

if4) tilbt (תבלית TBLYT) - Ruin: A complete flowing away of something by destruction. KJV (1): destruction - Strongs: H8399 (תַּבְלִית)

qm) flb (בלו BLW) - Tribute: [Unknown connection to root; Aramaic only] KJV (3): tribute - Strongs: H1093 (בְּלוֹ)

B) llb (בלל BLL) AC: Mix CO: Fodder AB: ?: A flowing or mixing of a liquid or solid.

V) llb (בלל BLL) - Mix: KJV (44): (vf: Paal, Hiphil) mingle, confound, anoint, mix - Strongs: H1101 (בָּלַל)

bm) lilb (בליל BLYL) - Fodder: A mixed feed for livestock. KJV (3): fodder, corn, provender - Strongs: H1098 (בְּלִיל)

idm) lflbt (תבלול TBLWL) - Cataract: The clouding color of the eyes that appear as a mixture. KJV (1): blemish - Strongs: H8400 (תְּבַלֻּל)

C) lba (אבל ABL) AC: Flow CO: Stream AB: ?: A flowing of tears.

V) lba (אבל ABL) - Mourn: KJV (39): (vf: Paal, Hiphil, Hitpael) mourn, mourner, lament - Strongs: H56 (אָבַל)

Nf) lba (אבל ABL) - I. Meadow:A moist ground. II. Mourning:A flowing of tears. III. Surely:A flowing of certainty. KJV (44): mourning, plain, but, nevertheless - Strongs: H57 (אָבֵל), H58 (אָבֵל), H60 (אֵבֶל), H61 (אֲבָל)

om) lbfa (אובל AWBL) - Stream: A flowing of water. KJV (3): river - Strongs: H180 (אֻבָל)

E) alb (בלא BLA) AC: ? CO: Old AB: ?: A flowing away life.

Nm) alb (בלא BLA) - Old: [df: ywlb] KJV (3): old - Strongs: H1094 (בְּלוֹא)

F) lbe (הבל HBL) AC: ? CO: Empty AB: ?: A flowing out or away of contents.

V) lbe (הבל HBL) - Empty: Void of usefulness, to be vain. KJV (5): (vf: Paal, Hiphil) become vain - Strongs: H1891 (הָבַל)

Nm) lbe (הבל HBL) - Emptyness: The state of being empty of contents or usefulness. KJV (73): vanity - Strongs: H1892 (הֲבֵל)

G) leb (בהל BHL) AC: Stir CO: ? AB: Trouble: The flowing of the insides through trouble, amazement, haste or anxiety.

V) leb (בהל BHL) - Stir: [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (50): (vf: Niphal, Hiphil, Pual, Piel) haste, trouble, amaze, afraid, vex, rash, dismay, speedy, thrust out - Strongs: H926 (בָּהַל), H927 (בְּהַל)

Nf1) eleb (בהלה BHLH) - Trouble: KJV (4): trouble, terror - Strongs: H928 (בֶּהָלָה)

bm) lieb (בהיל BHYL) - Haste: [Aramaic only] [df: wlyhb] KJV (1): haste - Strongs: H924 (בְּהִילוּ)

H) elb (בלה BLH) AC: Wear CO: ? AB: Terror: A flowing away of function, life or strength.

V) elb (בלה BLH) - Wear Out: KJV (17): (vf: Paal, Piel) waxed old, old, consume, waste, enjoy - Strongs: H1086 (בָּלָה), H1089 (בָּלַהּ)

Nm) elb (בלה BLH) - Worn Out: [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (6): old, wear out - Strongs: H1080 (בְּלָה), H1087 (בָּלֶה)

Nf1) eelb (בלהה BLHH) - Terror: A flowing away of the insides. KJV (10): terror - Strongs: H1091 (בַּלָּהָה)

J) lfb (בול BWL) AC: ? CO: Flood AB: ?: A large flowing of water. As the river rises and overflows its banks, the surrounding lands are flooded depositing the water for growing the crops.

Nm) lfb (בול BWL) - Food: The crops grown in the flood plains of rivers. KJV (2): food, stock - Strongs: H944 (בּוּל)

am) lfbm (מבול MBWL) - Flood: KJV (13): flood - Strongs: H3999 (מַבּוּל)

L) lbi (יבל YBL) AC: Flow CO: Stream AB: ?: A flowing of wealth, water or sound.

V) lbi (יבל YBL) - Flow: [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (21): (vf: Hiphil, Hophal) carry, brought - Strongs: H2986 (יָבַל), H2987 (יְבַל)

Nm) lbi (יבל YBL) - Stream: A flowing body of water. KJV (2): stream, course - Strongs: H2988 (יָבָל)

Nf2) tlbi (יבלת YBLT) - Ulcer: A flowing lesion. KJV (1): wen - Strongs: H2990 (יַבֶּלֶת)

dm) lfbi (יבול YBWL) - Produce: The growth of fruits and crops from flooding waters. KJV (13): increase, fruit - Strongs: H2981 (יְבוּל)

gm) lbfi (יובל YWBL) - Trumpet: An instrument of flowing air to make a sound, also the horn of a ram used as a trumpet. KJV (27): jubilee, rams horn, trumpet - Strongs: H3104 (יֹבֵל)

om) lbfi (יובל YWBL) - Stream: A flowing body of water. KJV (1): river - Strongs: H3105 (יוּבַל)

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Brown-Driver-Briggs Expanded Definition
 [בָּלָה] verb become old and worn out (Arabic , Aramaic בְּלֵי, , Ethiopic id.) —

Qal Perfect בָּ˜לְתָה Deuteronomy 8:4, בָּלוּ Deuteronomy 29:4 +; Imperfect יִבְלֶה Job 13:28 etc.; Infinitive with suffix בְּלֹתִי Genesis 18:12; — wear out (intransitive), especially of garments Deuteronomy 8:4; Deuteronomy 29:4 (twice in verse), all with מֵעַל pregnantly wear out (and fall) from upon... (hence Nehemiah 9:21), Joshua 9:13; figurative of the heavens (with simile of garment) Isaiah 50:9; Psalm 102:27 כַּבֶּגֶד יִבְלוּ, the earth Isaiah 51:6 כַּבֶּגֶד תִּבְלֶה; the bones (through suffering) Psalm 32:3; afflicted man Job 13:28 וְהוּא כְּרָקָב יִבְלֶה ("" כְּבֶגֶדאֲכָלוֺ עָשׁ); of an aged and decrepit woman Genesis 18:12 (J) אַחֲרֵי בְלֹתִי after I am worn out.

Pi`el causative of Qal.

a. wear out (transitive), figurative Lamentations 3:4 בִּלָּה בְשָׂרִיוְעוֺרִי, Psalm 49:15 and their form לְבַלּוֺת שְּׁאוֺל is for Sh®°ôl to consume away (others read לִבְלוֺת is for wasting away [Dr§ 204], connecting ׳שׁ with following), 1 Chronicles 17:9 לְבַלֹּתוֺ to wear it (Israel) out (altered from לְעַנּוֺתוֺ 2 Samuel 7:10), compare Daniel 7:25 Aramaic

b. wear out by use, use to the full, Isaiah 65:22 and the work of their hands יְבַלּוּ they shall use to the full, enjoy, Job 21:13 they wear out their days in prosperity (Qr here יְכַלּוּ complete, which perhaps is the true reading in both passages; compare Exodus 5:13; Job 36:11). — On ַ™בּלּוֺתֹּי Psalm 92:11, see below בָּלַל.

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Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Definition

בָּלָה fut. יִבְלֶה pr. to fall, to fall away, to fail (like נָבַל, אָבַל, which see), abfallen, einfallen, verfallen, specially used

(1) of garments fallen away and torn by use and age. Followed by מֵעַל. Deuteronomy 8:4, “thy raiment לֹא בָֽלְתָה מֵעָלֶיךָ fell not away from thee” (worn out and torn). Deuteronomy 29:4, and absol. Joshua 9:13; Nehemiah 9:21. Applied to the heaven and the earth perishing like an old garment, Isaiah 50:9, 51:6 Psalms 102:27. (Arab. بَلِىَ to be worn out as a garment.)

(2) of men, who through sickness, age, or cares, waste away; Germ. einfallen, verfallen (compare Gr. παλαιός, and with another flexion, μέλω, curo). Job 13:28, והוּא בְּרָקָב יִבְלֶה, “and he (δεικτικῶς for I) as a rotten thing falleth away,” wasteth. Genesis 18:12; Psalms 32:3. (Compare بَالَى to care for, pr. to be consumed with cares; بِلْىُ consumed with cares; بَالُ, ܒܳܠܳ the heart, the mind, so called from cares (see בָּל ). Eth. በልየ፡ to be or become old.) Hence

(3) to fail wholly, to be brought to nothing; whence בַּל, בְּלִי, בִּלְתִּי nothing, not.


(1) causat. of Kal No. 2, Lamentations 3:4 hence generally, to consume, to waste (trans.), Psalms 49:15; Isaiah 65:22. Applied to time, as in Lat. tempus terere, τρίβειν βίον. Job 21:13, יְבַלּוּ בַטּוֹב יְמֵיהֶם “they spend or pass their days in wealth.”

(2) to afflict, trouble, 1 Chronicles 17:9. (Arab. بلى IV. id. بَاَءُ and بَليَّةُ sorrow, affliction, calamity.) Compare Ch. בְּלָא.

Hence are derived the nouns and particles אֲבָל, בַּל, בָּל, בָּלֶה, בְּלוֹ, בְּלִי, בִּלְתִּי, בְּלוֹאִים, תַּבְלִית, and the compounds בְּלִיַּעַל, בִּלעֲדֵי, בְּלִימָה.

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List of Word Forms
בְלֹתִי֙ בִּלָּ֤ה בָּל֕וּ בָּל֣וּ בָֽלְתָה֙ בָל֔וּ בָל֤וּ בָלְתָ֖ה בלה בלו בלתה בלתי וּֽמְבַהֲלִ֥ים ומבהלים יְבַלּ֥וּ יְכַלּ֣וּ יִבְל֑וּ יִבְל֔וּ יִבְלֶ֑ה יבלה יבלו יכלו לְבַלֹּת֔וֹ לְבַלּ֥וֹת לבלות לבלתו תִּבְלֶ֔ה תבלה ḇā·lə·ṯāh bā·lū ḇā·lū ḇāləṯāh baLu bālū ḇālū ḇə·lō·ṯî ḇəlōṯî bil·lāh bilLah billāh lə·ḇal·lō·ṯōw lə·ḇal·lō·wṯ ləḇallōṯōw ləḇallōwṯ levalLot levalloTo tiḇ·leh tiḇleh tivLeh ū·mə·ḇa·hă·lîm ūməḇahălîm umevahaLim valTah vaLu veloTi yə·ḇal·lū yə·ḵal·lū yəḇallū yechalLu yəḵallū yevalLu yiḇ·leh yiḇ·lū yiḇleh yiḇlū yivLeh yivLu
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