Word Summary
balah: to become old, wear out
Original Word: בָּלָה
Transliteration: balah
Phonetic Spelling: (baw-law')
Part of Speech: Verb
Short Definition: to become old, wear out
Meaning: to fail, to wear out, decay
Strong's Concordance
consume, enjoy long, become make, wax old, spend, waste

A primitive root; to fail; by implication to wear out, decay (causatively, consume, spend) -- consume, enjoy long, become (make, wax) old, spend, waste.


H1086. balah

[בָּלָה‎] verb become old and worn out (Arabic , Aramaic בְּלֵי‎, , Ethiopic id.) —

Qal Perfect בָּלְתָהDeuteronomy 8:4, בָּלוּ29:4 +; Imperfect יִבְלֶהJob 13:28 etc.; Infinitive with suffix בְּלֹתִיGenesis 18:12; — wear out (intransitive), especially of garments Deuteronomy 8:4; 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 יִבְלוּ כַּבֶּגֶד‎, the earth Isaiah 51:6 תִּבְלֶה כַּבֶּגֶד‎; the bones (through suffering) Psalm 32:3; afflicted man Job 13:28 יִבְלֶה כְּרָקָב וְהוּא‎ ("" עָשׁ אֲכָלוֺ כְּבֶגֶד‎); of an aged and decrepit woman Genesis 18:12 (J) בְלֹתִי אַחֲרֵי‎ after I am worn out.

Pi`el causative of Qal.

a. wear out (transitive), figurative Lamentations 3:4 וְעוֺרִי בְשָׂרִי בִּלָּה‎, Psalm 49:15 and their form שְּׁאוֺל לְבַלּוֺת‎ is for Sh®°ôl to consume away (others read לִבְלוֺת‎ is for wasting away [Dr§ 204], connecting ׳שׁ‎ with following), 1 Chronicles 17:9 לְבַלֹּתוֺto wear it (Israel) out (altered from לְעַנּוֺתוֺ2 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 יְכַלּוּcomplete, which perhaps is the true reading in both passages; compare Exodus 5:13; Job 36:11). — On ַ™בּלּוֺתֹּיPsalm 92:11, see below בָּלַל‎.