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Hebrew Verb Tenses

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What Do the Hebrew Verb Tenses Mean?

When accessing information about verbs throughout our Old Testament concordances, you'll find numerous references to Hebrew verb tenses such as Qal or Hiphil. The following list identifies each verb tense and it's part in speech via a comparative example in English using the verb "to love."


  • Qal (active) - he loved
  • Niphal (passive) - he was loved


Giving force or emphasis; emphasizing ("very" in the "very same man" is an intensive adverb)

  • Piel (active) - he loved indeed! / he loved excessively
  • Pual (passive) - he was indeed loved / he was loved excessively
  • Hithpael (reflexive) - he loved himself


Expressing causation, as certain verbs (fell is a causative verb meaning to cause to fall)

  • Hiphil (active) - he caused to love
  • Hophal (passive) - he was caused to love

For more information, please refer to the parsing button for the word that interests you to access more detailed information:

Refer to the Hebrew Grammar for more in depth information on understanding parts of speech.

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