|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. t.) To make destitute; to deprive; to take away; as, the accident bereaved them of their father.
2. (v. t.) To take away from.
3. (v. t.) To take away.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BEREAVE; BEREAVER; 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 Genesis 42:36 et al.). In the King James Version Ecclesiastes 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 Ezekiel 36:14 (from Hebrew kashal, "to stumble"), "neither bereave thy nations any more" (the Revised Version, margin "cause to stumble").
Bereaver, otherwise very rare, is found the Revised Version (British and American) Ezekiel 36:13 (from Hebrew shakhol "to be childless"), "a bereaver of thy nation" (the King James Version "hast bereaved").
Bereft is found in 1 Timothy 6:5 (from the Greek apostereo, "to rob") "bereft of the truth" (the King James Version "destitute"). The expression bereavement (the Revised Version (British and American) Isaiah 49:20) in the phrase "the children of thy bereft" means "the children born to thee in the time when God had afflicted thee."
A. L. Breslich
Bereave (10 Occurrences)
Leviticus 26:22 and sent against you the beast of the field, and it hath bereaved you; and I have cut off your cattle, and have made you few, and your ways have been desolate. (Root in YLT NAS)
Deuteronomy 32:25 Outside the sword shall bereave, and in the chambers, terror; on both young man and virgin, The suckling with the gray-haired man. (WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV)
Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail. (KJV JPS WBS)
Jeremiah 15:7 I have winnowed them with a fan in the gates of the land; I have bereaved them of children, I have destroyed my people; they didn't return from their ways. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Ezekiel 5:17 and I will send on you famine and evil animals, and they shall bereave you; and pestilence and blood shall pass through you; and I will bring the sword on you: I, Yahweh, have spoken it. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
Ezekiel 14:15 If I cause evil beasts to pass through the land, and they bereave it, and it become a desolation, so that no one passeth through because of the beasts; (DBY JPS YLT)
Ezekiel 36:12 Yes, I will cause men to walk on you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess you, and you shall be their inheritance, and you shall no more henceforth bereave them of children. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Ezekiel 36:13 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: Because they say to you, You are a devourer of men, and have been a bereaver of your nation; (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Ezekiel 36:14 therefore you shall devour men no more, neither bereave your nation any more, says the Lord Yahweh; (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)
Hosea 9:12 Though they bring up their children, yet I will bereave them, so that not a man shall be left. Indeed, woe also to them when I depart from them! (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)