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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary

Entry for Strong's #994 - בִּי

Word Origin
perhaps from (01158) (sense of asking)
Parts of Speech
part of entreaty
Word Definition [ Brown-Drivers-Briggs | Strong ]
Brown-Driver-Briggs' Definition

1) if it please, pray excuse me, excuse me please

1a) used to introduce an entreaty or request

Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word ]
Verse Results
KJV (12) NAS (15) HCS (10)
Genesis 2
Exodus 2
Numbers 1
Joshua 1
Judges 3
1 Samuel 1
1 Kings 2
Genesis 2
Exodus 2
Numbers 1
Joshua 1
Judges 3
1 Samuel 1
1 Kings 2
Job 1
Genesis 2
Exodus 2
Judges 3
1 Samuel 1
1 Kings 2
P-pX1cs 12
P-pX1cs 12
P-pX1cs 12

Ancient Hebrew Lexicon Definitions

1033) ib (בי BY) AC: Need CO: Empty AB: Sorrow: The pictograph b , a picture of the house represents what is inside. The i is the hand. When combined these mean "inside the hand". An empty hand desiring to be filled. This root is closely related to aband eb.

A) ib (בי BY) AC: ? CO: ? AB: ?

Nm ) ib (בי BY) - Excuse Me: Used as an introduction for an entreaty or request. KJV (12): O, oh, alas - Strongs: H994 (בִּי)

C) iba (אבי ABY) AC: ? CO: ? AB: Need: A void within oneself that desires to be filled.

cm) ifba (אבוי ABWY) - Sorrow: A pain of desire. KJV (1): sorrow - Strongs: H17 (אֲבוֹי)

jm) nfiba (אביונ ABYWN) - Poor: One who is in need. KJV (61): needy, poor, beggar - Strongs: H34 (אֶבְיוֹן)

jf1) enfiba (אביונה ABYWNH) - Desire: Something looking to be filled. KJV (1): desire - Strongs: H35 (אֲבִיּוֹנָה)

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Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Expanded Definition
 בִּי particle of entreaty, craving permission to address a superior, always followed by אֲדֹנִי (or אֲדֹנָי), and always (except Joshua 7:8) at the beginning of a speech, I pray, excuse me — (not improbable from √ ביי; so that בִּי אֲדֹנִי will be literally a supplication of (i.e. to my lord! compare Wetzst l.c., who compares the Arabic literally a prayer to my lord! a standing formula = Pray, excuse me, used exactly as בֹּי אֲדֹנִי. According to other contracted from בְּעִי, from בָּעָה to ask, and so literally a petition! compare Aramaic בְּבָעוּ, (e.g. Genesis 19:18 ᵑ7, Numbers 12:13 ᵑ6); but ע is not often elided in Hebrew) — Genesis 44:18 בִּי אֲדֹנִי יְדַבֶּרנָֿא I pray, my lord, let thy servant speak, etc.; so Numbers 12:11; Judges 6:13; 1 Samuel 1:26; 1 Kings 3:17,26, and following by a plural subject Genesis 43:20 יָרֹד יָרַדְנוּ׳בִּי א Oh, my lord, we came down, etc.; בִּי אֲדֹנָי (to God) Exodus 4:10,13; Joshua 7:8; Judges 6:15; Judges 13:8 (ᵐ5 in Pentateuch and Joshua δέομαι, δεόμεθα: in other books absurdly ἐν ἐμοί).

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Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Definition

בִּי (for בְּעִי from the root בָּעָה, as בֵּל for בְּעֵל), prayer, asking, and by the usage of the language in the acc., as a part. of entreaty, or rather of asking pardon, always followed by אֲדֹנִי, אֲדֹנָי, prop. with a petition, with asking, or with asking, requesting, we come to thee; as if pace tua, Germ. bitte! mit Erlaub=nib. Genesis 44:18, בִּי אֲדֹנִי יְרַבֶּר־נָא עַבְדְּךָ דָכָר בְּאָזִנֵי אֲדֹנִי “I pray, O lord, let thy servant speak one word to thee;” Exodus 4:10, 13 Numbers 12:11; Joshua 7:8; Judges 6:13, 15 Judges 6:15, 13:8 1 Samuel 1:26; 1 Kings 3:17, 26 1 Kings 3:26 also when more than one speak, Genesis 43:20, זַיּאֹמְרוּ בִּי אֲדֹנִי יָרֹד יָרַדְנוּ וגו׳ “and they said, we pray, O lord! we went down,” etc. Of the ancient versions, LXX. excellently δέομαι and δεόμεθα, Vulg. obsecro, oramus, Targg. בְּבָעוּ, Syr. ܒܒܳܥܘܽ, Judges 13:8, with asking, asking; all of which answer exactly to the Hebrew בִּי, and remarkably confirm the etymology proposed by me, and afterwards approved by Hartmann, Winer, and others. The opinions of others are discussed in Thes. p. 222.

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