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Lexicon :: Strong's H1961 - hayah

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hä·yä (Key)
Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root [compare הָוָה (H1933)]
Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 491

Strong’s Definitions

הָיָה hâyâh, haw-yaw; a primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary):—beacon, × altogether, be(-come), accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), do, faint, fall, follow, happen, × have, last, pertain, quit (one-) self, require, × use.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 75x

The KJV translates Strong's H1961 in the following manner: was, come to pass, came, has been, were happened, become, pertained, better for thee.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 75x
The KJV translates Strong's H1961 in the following manner: was, come to pass, came, has been, were happened, become, pertained, better for thee.
  1. to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out

    1. (Qal)

        1. to happen, fall out, occur, take place, come about, come to pass

        2. to come about, come to pass

      1. to come into being, become

        1. to arise, appear, come

        2. to become

          1. to become

          2. to become like

          3. to be instituted, be established

      2. to be

        1. to exist, be in existence

        2. to abide, remain, continue (with word of place or time)

        3. to stand, lie, be in, be at, be situated (with word of locality)

        4. to accompany, be with

    2. (Niphal)

      1. to occur, come to pass, be done, be brought about

      2. to be done, be finished, be gone

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
הָיָה hâyâh, haw-yaw; a primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary):—beacon, × altogether, be(-come), accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), do, faint, fall, follow, happen, × have, last, pertain, quit (one-) self, require, × use.

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H1961 matches the Hebrew הָיָה (hayah),
which occurs 543 times in 1,295 verses in the Hebrew concordance of the NASB

Page 1 / 26 (Gen 2:7–Gen 26:28)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:7 - Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became H1961 a living [fn]being.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:10 - Now a river [fn]flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became H1961 four [fn]rivers.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:24 - For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become H1961 one flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 3:22 - Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become H1961 like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 4:3 - So it came H1961 about [fn]in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 4:8 - Cain [fn]told Abel his brother. And it came H1961 about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:1 - Now it came H1961 about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:6 - Now Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of water [fn]came H1961 upon the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:10 - It came H1961 about after the seven days, that the water of the flood [fn]came H1961 upon the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:12 - The rain [fn]fell H1961 upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:17 - Then the flood [fn]came H1961 upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 8:6 - Then it came H1961 about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 8:13 - Now it came H1961 about in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up [fn]from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the [fn]surface of the ground was dried up.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:14 - “It shall come H1961 about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:15 - and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become H1961 a flood to destroy all flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:8 - Now Cush [fn]became the father of Nimrod; he [fn]became H1961 a mighty one on the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:19 - The territory of the Canaanite [fn]extended H1961 from Sidon as you go toward Gerar, as far as Gaza; as you go toward Sodom and Gomorrah and Admah and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:30 - Now their [fn]settlement [fn]extended H1961 from Mesha as you go toward Sephar, the hill country of the east.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:1 - Now the whole earth [fn]used H1961 the same language and [fn]the same words.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:2 - It came H1961 about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and [fn]settled there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:3 - They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used H1961 brick for stone, and they used H1961 tar for mortar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 12:11 - It came H1961 about when he [fn]came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a [fn]beautiful woman;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 12:14 - It came H1961 about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians [fn]saw that the woman was very beautiful.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 12:16 - Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and [fn]gave H1961 him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:3 - He went [fn]on his journeys from the [fn]Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been H1961 at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:5 - Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had H1961 flocks and herds and tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:1 - And it came H1961 about in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of [fn]Goiim,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:1 - After these things the word of the LORD came H1961 to Abram in a vision, saying,
“Do not fear, Abram,
I am a shield to you;
[fn]Your reward shall be very great.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:17 - It came H1961 about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:16 - “I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will [fn]come H1961 from her.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:12 - Sarah laughed [fn]to herself, saying, “After I have become old, shall I have H1961 pleasure, my lord being old also?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:18 - since Abraham will surely H1961 become H1961 a great and [fn]mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:14 - Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who [fn]were to marry his daughters, and said, “Up, get out of this place, for the LORD will destroy the city.” But he appeared H1961 to his sons-in-law [fn]to be jesting.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:26 - But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became H1961 a pillar of salt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:29 - Thus it came H1961 about, when God destroyed the cities of the [fn]valley, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot lived.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:12 - “Besides, she actually is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother, and she became H1961 my wife;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:13 - and it came H1961 about, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is [fn]the kindness which you will show to me: [fn]everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:20 - God was with the lad, and he grew; and he [fn]lived in the wilderness and became H1961 an archer.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:22 - Now it came H1961 about at that time that Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, “God is with you in all that you do;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:1 - Now it came H1961 about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:20 - Now it came H1961 about after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, “Behold, Milcah [fn]also has borne children to your brother Nahor:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:1 - Now [fn]Sarah lived H1961 one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:60 - They blessed Rebekah and said to her,
“May you, our sister,
Become H1961 thousands of ten thousands,
And may your [fn]descendants possess
The gate of those who hate them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:67 - Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became H1961 his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:11 - It came H1961 about after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac [fn]lived by Beer-lahai-roi.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:27 - When the boys grew up, Esau became H1961 a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a [fn]peaceful man, [fn]living in tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:1 - Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred H1961 in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:8 - It came H1961 about, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out through a window, and saw, and behold, Isaac was caressing his wife Rebekah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:14 - for he had H1961 possessions of flocks [fn]and herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:28 - They said, “We see plainly that the LORD has been H1961 with you; so we said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us, even between [fn]you and us, and let us make a covenant with you,

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