Strong's Concordance, Hebrew Dictionary

Contend, defend, plead, reason, rule, to judge, i.e., pronounce sentence (for or against)

Hebrew: שָׁפַט, šāpaṭ (H8199)

182 King James Bible Verses


Here are avenge, that condemn, contend, defend and related words in the Bible. What does the source Hebrew word שָׁפַט mean and how is it used in the Bible? Below are the English definition details. Also below are examples within Bible verses highlighted in yellow (follow this link to go there). Tap or hover on blue, underlined words to see more original scripture and meanings. Information sourced from Strong's Concordance[1].

Definition Details

Strong's Number: H8199

Hebrew Base Word: שָׁפַט

Part of speech: Verb

Usage: + avenge, × that condemn, contend, defend, execute (judgment), (be a) judge(-ment), × needs, plead, reason, rule

Definition: To judge, i.e., pronounce sentence (for or against); by implication, to vindicate or punish; by extenssion, to govern; passively, to litigate (literally or figuratively).

Detailed definition:

  1. To judge, govern, vindicate, punish.
    1. (Qal).
      1. To act as law-giver or judge or governor (of God, man).
        1. To rule, govern, judge.
      2. To decide controversy (of God, man).
      3. To execute judgment.
        1. Discriminating (of man).
        2. Vindicating.
        3. Condemning and punishing.
        4. At theophanic advent for final judgment.
    2. (Niphal).
      1. To enter into controversy, plead, have controversy together.
      2. To be judged.
    3. (Poel) judge, opponent-at-law (participle).

Derived terms: A primitive root.


  1. Biblical International Phonetic Alphabet: ʃɔːˈpɑt̪’
  2. Modern International Phonetic Alphabet: ʃɑːˈfɑt
  3. Transliteration: šāpaṭ
  4. Biblical Pronunciation: shaw-PAHT
  5. Modern Pronunciation: sha-FAHT

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Bible Verses with שָׁפַט (H8199)

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