Strong's #4912: mashal (pronounced maw-shawl')
apparently from 4910 in some original sense of superiority in mental action; properly, a pithy maxim, usually of metaphorical nature; hence, a simile (as an adage, poem, discourse):--byword, like, parable, proverb.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:
1) proverb, parable
1a) proverb, proverbial saying, aphorism
1c) similitude, parable
1e) sentences of ethical wisdom, ethical maxims
Part of Speech: noun masculine
Relation: apparently from H4910 in some original sense of superiority in mental action
This word is used 39 times:
Numbers 23:7: "And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from"
Numbers 23:18: "And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto"
Numbers 24:3: "And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man"
Numbers 24:15: "And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man"
Numbers 24:20: "Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations;"
Numbers 24:21: "the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwelling place, and thou puttest"
Numbers 24:23: "And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth"
Deuteronomy 28:37: "And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither"
1 Samuel 10:12: "But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also"
1 Samuel 24:13: "As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked:"
1 Kings 4:32: "And he spoke three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five."
1 Kings 9:7: "will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword"
2 Chronicles 7:20: "will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all"
Job 13:12: "Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay."
Job 27:1: "Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,"
Job 29:1: "Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,"
Psalms 44:14: "Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people."
Psalms 49:4: "I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp."
Psalms 69:11: "sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb"
Psalms 78:2: "I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:"
Proverbs 1:1: " The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;"
Proverbs 1:6: "To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings."
Proverbs 10:1: " The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son"
Proverbs 25:1: "These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king"
Proverbs 26:7: "The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools."
Proverbs 26:9: "goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools."
Ecclesiastes 12:9: "yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs."
Isaiah 14:4: "That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How"
Jeremiah 24:9: "of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places"
Ezekiel 12:22: "of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying,"
Ezekiel 12:23: "saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no"
Ezekiel 14:8: "man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people;"
Ezekiel 17:2: "put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;"
Ezekiel 18:2: "use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying,"
Ezekiel 18:3: "occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel."
Ezekiel 20:49: "of me, Doth he not speak parables?"
Ezekiel 24:3: "And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus"
Micah 2:4: "In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation,"
Habakkuk 2:6: "all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say,"