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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary

Entry for Strong's #7231 - רָבַב

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

1) to be or become many, be or become much, be or become great

1a) (Qal)

1a1) to be or become many

1a2) to be or become great

1a3) to be long (of journey)

2) (Pual) ten thousands

Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word ]
Verse Results
KJV (17) NAS (22) HCS (22)
Genesis 1
1 Samuel 1
Job 1
Psalms 7
Ecclesiastes 1
Isaiah 3
Jeremiah 3
Genesis 2
Exodus 1
Deuteronomy 1
Joshua 1
1 Samuel 1
Job 1
Psalms 6
Ecclesiastes 1
Isaiah 4
Jeremiah 3
Hosea 1
Genesis 2
Exodus 1
Deuteronomy 1
1 Samuel 1
Job 1
Psalms 7
Ecclesiastes 1
Isaiah 4
Jeremiah 3
Hosea 1
v-PPfp 1
v-PPfp 1
v-PPfp 1

Ancient Hebrew Lexicon Definitions

1439) br (רב RB) AC: Rule CO: Master AB: Increase: The pictograph r is a picture of a head, the b is a picture of the tent representing the family. Combined these mean "head of the family". Each family has a master that rules all cases, trials, conflicts and contests. This person was the representative for the whole tribe, one abundant in authority and wisdom. (see Exodus 18:25) .

A) br (רב RB) AC: ? CO: Master AB: ?: An abundance of number, strength or authority.

Nm) br (רב RB) - I. Master:One who is abundant in authority. II. Abundant:An abundance of numbers (many) or strength (great) . From the idea of greatness in authority. [Hebrew and Aramaic] III. Archer:[Unknown connection to root;] KJV (475): many, great, much, captain, more, long, enough, multitude, mighty, greater, greatly, archer - Strongs: H7227 (רַב), H7228 (רַב), H7229 (רַב)

af4) tibrm (מרבית MRBYT) - Abundance: KJV (5): increase, greatest, multitude - Strongs: H4768 (מַרְבִּית)

hf1) ebrm (מרבה MRBH) - Much: As an increase. KJV (1): much - Strongs: H4767 (מִרְבָּה)

if3 ) tfbrt (תרבות TRBWT) - Abundance: KJV (1): increase - Strongs: H8635 (תַּרְבּוּת)

if4 ) tibrt (תרבית TRBYT) - Increase: From usury. KJV (6): increase, gain - Strongs: H8636 (תַּרְבִּית)

lm) brbr (רברב RBRB) - Abundant: [Aramaic only] KJV (8): great - Strongs: H7260 (רַבְרַב)

rf) fbr (רבו RBW) - Majesty: [Aramaic only] KJV (5): majesty, greatness - Strongs: H7238 (רְבוּ)

eqf) fbir (ריבו RYBW) - Myriad: A number of great abundance. [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (13): thousand, ten thousand - Strongs: H7239 (רִבּוֹא), H7240 (רִבּוֹ)

lmm) nbrbr (רברבנ RBRBN) - Lord: One abundant in authority. KJV (8): lord, prince - Strongs: H7261 (רַבְרְבָנִין)

B) bbr (רבב RBB) AC: ? CO: Abundant AB: ?: An abundance of number, strength or authority.

V) bbr (רבב RBB) - I. Increase:To grow in number. II. Shoot:The shooting of arrows from an archer. [Unknown connection to root] KJV (19): (vf: Paal, Pual) many, multiply, increase, more, manifold, thousand, shoot - Strongs: H7231 (רָבַב), H7232 (רָבַב)

Nf1) ebbr (רבבה RBBH) - Myriad: A great abundance in numbers. KJV (16): ten thousand, million, many, multiply - Strongs: H7233 (רְבָבָה)

bm) bibr (רביב RBYB) - Showers: [Unknown connection to root;] KJV (6): shower - Strongs: H7241 (רְבִיבִים)

C) bra (ארב ARB) AC: Ambush CO: ? AB: ?: [Unknown connection to root;]

V) bra (ארב ARB) - Ambush: To lay in wait to ambush. KJV (42): (vf: Paal, Hiphil, Piel) lay, ambush - Strongs: H693 (אָרַב)

Nm) bra (ארב ARB) - Den: An animals abode for laying down. KJV (2): lie, den - Strongs: H695 (אֶרֶב)

Nf1) ebra (ארבה ARBH) - Struggle: A wresting around as an ambush. KJV (1): spoils - Strongs: H698 (אָרְבָּה)

am) bram (מארב MARB) - Ambush: A place for an ambush. KJV (5): ambushment, wait, lurking - Strongs: H3993 (מַאֲרָב)

df1) ebfra (ארובה ARWBH) - Window: A place for an ambush. [Unknown connection to root;] KJV (9): window, chimney - Strongs: H699 (אֲרֻבָּה)

gm) brfa (אורב AWRB) - Ambush: KJV (1): wait - Strongs: H696 (אֹרֶב)

G) ber (רהב RHB) AC: Encourage CO: ? AB: Pride: An abundance of assurance.

V) ber (רהב RHB) - Encourage: KJV (4): (vf: Paal, Hiphil) sure, proudly, overcome, strengthen - Strongs: H7292 (רָהַב)

Nm) ber (רהב RHB) - Proud: KJV (1): proud - Strongs: H7295 (רָהָב)

gm) befr (רוהב RWHB) - Proud: KJV (1): strength - Strongs: H7296 (רֹהַב)

H) ebr (רבה RBH) AC: ? CO: Abundant AB: ?: An abundance of number, strength or authority.

V) ebr (רבה RBH) - Increase: [Hebrew and Aramaic] KJV (232): (vf: Paal, Hiphil, Piel) multiply, increase, much, more, long, store, exceedingly, abundance, grow, great - Strongs: H7235 (רָבָה), H7236 (רְבָה)

am) ebrm (מרבה MRBH) - Increase: KJV (2): increase, great - Strongs: H4766 (מַרְבֶּה)

nm) ebra (ארבה ARBH) - Locust: An abundant swarm. KJV (24): locust, grasshopper - Strongs: H697 (אַרְבֶּה)

J) bfr (רוב RWB) AC: ? CO: Abundance AB: ?: An abundance of number, strength or authority.

Nm) bfr (רוב RWB) - Abundance: An abundance of numbers (many) or strength (great) . KJV (155): multitude, abundance, great, greatness, much, abundantly, plenty, many, long, excellent - Strongs: H7230 (רֹב)

L) bri (ירב YRB) AC: Strive CO: ? AB: Strife: The responsibility of the master is to strive for survival and protection of the house.

bm) biri (יריב YRYB) - Strive: KJV (3): strive, contend - Strongs: H3401 (יָרִיב)

M) bir (ריב RYB) AC: Strive CO: ? AB: Strife: The responsibility of the master is to strive for survival and protection of the house.

V) bir (ריב RYB) - Strive: [df: bwr] KJV (67): (vf: Paal, Hiphil) plead, strive, contend, chide, debate - Strongs: H7378 (רוּב)

Nm ) bir (ריב RYB) - Strife: KJV (62): cause, strife, controversy, contention - Strongs: H7379 (רִב)

kf1) ebirm (מריבה MRYBH) - Strife: KJV (7): strife, provocation - Strongs: H4808 (מְרִיבָה)

Adopted Roots:

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Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Expanded Definition
 I. [רָבַב] verb be or become, many, much (Late Hebrew רַב especially lord, master, רַבִּי my master teacher; MI5 adjective plural רבן; Ph רב feminine רבת; Assyrian [ rabâbu], rabbu; Arabic rear, increase (active; thick juice, compare Late Hebrew רְבָב grease is thought by Buhl and others to indicate original meaning be thick), lord, owner, master; Sabean רב especially in proper names, רבאל, רבבםרבשמסם, etc., CIS iv,nos-285,3; 286,1; 287,12, etc.; Lihyanian רבה its lord DHM Epigr.Denkm.Arabic 232; Eth expund, spread (intransitive); Aramaic רַב great, chief, so Old Aramaic, Nabataean, Palmyrene רב, Lzb366 Cook107); —

Qal Perfect 3 feminine singular consecutive וְרַבָּה Exodus 23:29; Isaiah 6:12, רָ֑בָּה Genesis 18:20 ( Hosea 9:7 read וְרֹב הַמּשְׂטֵמָה [for ᵑ0׳וְרַבָּה מ] ᵐ5. We Now); elsewhere only 3 plural רַבּוּ 1 Samuel 25:10+, רָ֑בּוּ Jeremiah 46:23+2t. [other forms supplied by רבה q. v.]; Infinitivecstr רֹב Genesis 6:1; Joshua 9:13; Leviticus 25:16 ("" מְעֹט), suffix רֻבְּכֶם Deuteronomy 7:7, and perhaps רֻבָּם Hosea 4:7 (compare רֹב below); —

1 be (become) many, person Genesis 6:1 (J) Exodus 23:29 (E; see above), 1 Samuel 25:10; Hosea 4:7 (perhaps), Isaiah 66:16; Psalm 3:2; Psalm 25:19; Psalm 38:20; Ecclesiastes 5:10+ מִן compare Jeremiah 46:23; Deuteronomy 7:7; Psalm 69:5; of things Isaiah 22:9; Psalm 4:8; Psalm 104:24, years Leviticus 25:16(P), sins Jeremiah 5:6; Jeremiah 14:7; Isaiah 59:12; Job 35:6 .

2 become great, Genesis 18:20 (J) Isaiah 6:12; be long, of journey, Joshua 9:13

Pu`al see [רָבַב]


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Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Definition


(1)  to become much or many, to be increased, Genesis 6:1 to be much or many, Psalms 3:2, 69:5 104:24 Isaiah 59:12, and frequently. It is only found in pret. and inf. רֹב; the other tenses are formed from the cognate verb רָבָה.

(2) Med. O. pret. רֹבּוּ Genesis 49:23, according to Kimchi and the Ven. Vers. prob. to shoot (either from the many arrows, or else the verb רבב, taking its signification from the verb רָמָה). Hence רַב No. 3, an arrow. Some also refer to this, Psalms 18:15, בְּרָקִים רַב “he shot out lightnings;” but see רַב No. 1.

Pual (denom. from רְבָבָה), part. to be multiplied into myriads, Psalms 144:13.

Derivatives, רַב, רַבָּה, רֹב, רְבָבָה, רִבּוֹ, רְבִיבִים and the pr.n. רַבִּית, יָרָֽבְעָם, רַבְשָׁקֵה.

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List of Word Forms
וְרַבּ֖וּ וְרַבּ֥וּ ורבו לָרֹ֖ב לרב מְרֻבָּב֗וֹת מרבבות רַבּ֣וּ רַבּ֤וּ ׀ רַבּ֥וּ רַבּ֬וּ רַבּוּ֙ רָ֑בּוּ רָֽבּוּ׃ רבו רבו׃ lā·rōḇ laRo lārōḇ mə·rub·bā·ḇō·wṯ mərubbāḇōwṯ merubbaVot rab·bū rāb·bū rabBu rabbū rābbū verabBu wə·rab·bū wərabbū
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