|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (adv.) In good season or time; before it is late; seasonably; early.
2. (adv.) In a short time; soon; speedily; forth with.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
be-timz': In the sense of "early" is the translation of two Hebrew words:
(1) shakham, a root meaning "to incline the shoulder to a load," hence "to load up," "start early": in Genesis 26:31 "they rose up betimes in the morning," also in 2 Chronicles 36:15 (the American Standard Revised Version "early");
(2) of shachar, a root meaning "to dawn" in Job 8:5; Job 24:5, the American Standard Revised Version "diligently," and in Pro 13:24, "chasteneth him betimes."
In the Apocrypha (Sirach 6:36) "betimes" is the translation of orthizo, literally, "to rise early in the morning," while in Bel and the Dragon verse 16 the same word is translated "betime."
In other cases the King James Version "betimes" appears as "before the time" (Sirach 51:30); "early" (1 Maccabees 4:52; 11:67); "the mourning" (1 Maccabees 5:30).
Arthur J. Kinsella
Betimes (17 Occurrences)
Genesis 26:31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace. (KJV JPS ASV WBS)
2 Chronicles 36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: (KJV JPS WBS)
Job 8:5 If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; (KJV WBS)
Job 24:5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children. (KJV WBS)
Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Jeremiah 7:13 And now, because ye have done all these works, saith Jehovah, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not: (See JPS)
Jeremiah 7:25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day, I have sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them: (See JPS)
Jeremiah 11:7 For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice. (See JPS)
Jeremiah 25:3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even unto this day, these three and twenty years, the word of Jehovah hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising up early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened. (See JPS)
Jeremiah 25:4 And Jehovah hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, ( but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear, ) (See JPS)
Jeremiah 26:5 to hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I send unto you, even rising up early and sending them, but ye have not hearkened; (See JPS)
Jeremiah 29:19 because they have not hearkened to my words, saith Jehovah, wherewith I sent unto them my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith Jehovah. (See JPS)
Jeremiah 32:33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: and though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction. (See JPS)
Jeremiah 35:14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons, not to drink wine, are performed; and unto this day they drink none, for they obey their father's commandment: but I have spoken unto you, rising up early and speaking; and ye have not hearkened unto me. (See JPS)
Jeremiah 35:15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me. (See JPS)
Jeremiah 44:4 Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate. (See JPS)
Zephaniah 3:7 I said, Only fear thou me; receive correction; so her dwelling shall not be cut off, according to all that I have appointed concerning her: but they rose early and corrupted all their doings. (See JPS)