|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. t.) To express deep sorrow for, as by wailing; to lament; to wail over.
2. (v. i.) To express grief; to lament.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
be-wal' (kopto): In the middle voice, this word has the thought of striking on the breast and of loud lamentation, so common among oriental people in time of great sorrow. It is used to express the most intense grief, a sorrow that compels outward demonstration (Luke 8:52; Luke 23:27). A striking instance of this grief is that of the daughter of Jephthah (Judges 11:37 Leviticus 10:6).
See BURIAL, IV, 4, 5, 6; GRIEF.
Bewail (9 Occurrences)
2 Corinthians 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed. (KJV WBS YLT)
Revelation 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, (KJV WBS)
Genesis 23:2 and Sarah dieth in Kirjath-Arba, which 'is' Hebron, in the land of Caanan, and Abraham goeth in to mourn for Sarah, and to bewail her. (YLT)
Leviticus 10:6 Moses said to Aaron, and to Eleazar and to Ithamar, his sons, "Don't let the hair of your heads go loose, neither tear your clothes; that you don't die, and that he not be angry with all the congregation: but let your brothers, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which Yahweh has kindled. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Numbers 20:29 and all the company see that Aaron hath expired, and they bewail Aaron thirty days -- all the house of Israel. (YLT)
Deuteronomy 21:13 and she shall put the clothing of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in your house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that you shall go in to her, and be her husband, and she shall be your wife. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Deuteronomy 34:8 And the sons of Israel bewail Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; and the days of weeping 'and' mourning for Moses are completed. (YLT)
Judges 11:37 She said to her father, "Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may depart and go down on the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my companions." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV)
Isaiah 16:9 Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen. (KJV WBS)