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Bereft

be-rev’, be-rev’-er, be-reft’: Bereave is frequently used in the [[Old Testament]] in the (now almost obsolete) meaning of "to deprive," "to take away," especially with reference to loss of children. The Hebrew word used here is shakhol, "to be childless," or in the Piel "to make childless" (compare Ge 42:36 et al.). In the [[King James Version]] Ec 4:8 (from the Hebrew chacer, "to lack") we read "and bereave my soul of good" (the [[Revised Version]] (British and American) "deprive"), and in Eze 36:14 (from Hebrew kashal, "to stumble"), "neither bereave thy nations any more" (the Revised Version, margin "cause to stumble").