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There are only four Biblical instances of the noun תְּלָאָה. Three of the cases, Shemot 18:8, Bemidbar 20:14, Nehemyah 9:32, plainly speak of the תְּלָאָה which befell the Children of Israel, and it is likely that the fourth verse, Eikhah 3:5, does so as well.1 However, the meaning of the word and the events to which it refers are not completely clear in any of the occurrences. The basic possibilities correspond to the two possible meanings of the verb לאה.
- See Radak
2. Difficulties, hardship, travails
Malakhi 1:13 – מַתְּלָאָה
The etymology and meaning of this word are the subject of significant debate.