hap'-'-n (qarah; sumbaino):

"Happen" (from "hap"), "to fall out," "befall," etc., "come to anyone," is the translation of qarah, "to meet," etc. (1 Samuel 28:10, "There shall no punishment happen to thee," the Revised Version margin "guilt come upon thee"; 2 Samuel 1:6; Esther 4:7; Ecclesiastes 2:14,15; 9:11; Isaiah 41:22); of qara', "to meet," "cause to happen," etc. (2 Samuel 20:1); of hayah, "to be" (1 Samuel 6:9, "It was a chance that happened to us"); of nagha', "to touch," "to come to" (Ecclesiastes 8:14 bis). In the New Testament it is in several instances the translation of sumbaino, "to go" or "come up together" "to happen" (Mark 10:32; Luke 24:14; Acts 3:10; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 1 Peter 4:12; 2 Peter 2:22); once of ginomai, "to become," "to happen" (Romans 11:25, the Revised Version (British and American), "befallen"). "Happeneth" occurs (Ecclesiastes 2:15, as it happeneth to the fool" (miqreh); 2 Esdras 10:6; Baruch 3:10 (ti estin)). The Revised Version (British and American) supplies "that happened" for "were done" (Luke 24:35).

See also CHANGE.

W. L. Walker

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'HAPPEN'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.