|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (p. p.) of Bereave.
2. (v.) imp. & p. p. of Bereave.
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
Bereft (9 Occurrences)
1 Thessalonians 2:17 But we, brothers, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence, not in heart, tried even harder to see your face with great desire, (See RSV)
1 Timothy 6:5 wranglings of men corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, supposing that godliness is a way of gain. (ASV RSV)
Genesis 27:45 until thy brother's anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him; then I will send, and fetch thee from thence; why should I be bereaved of you both in one day?' (See RSV)
Ruth 1:5 Mahlon and Chilion both died, and the woman was bereaved of her two children and of her husband. (See NAS RSV)
Psalms 76:5 The stouthearted are made a spoil, They have slept their sleep; And none of the men of might have found their hands. (See JPS)
Isaiah 3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she shall be desolate and sit upon the ground. (See JPS)
Jeremiah 10:14 Every man is become brutish, bereft of knowledge; every founder is put to shame by the graven image, for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. (DBY)
Jeremiah 46:19 You daughter who dwells in Egypt, furnish yourself to go into captivity; for Memphis shall become a desolation, and shall be burnt up, without inhabitant. (See NAS)
Lamentations 3:17 You have removed my soul far off from peace; I forgot prosperity. (See RSV)