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Lexicon :: Strong's H1245 - bāqaš

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Strong’s Definitions

בָּקַשׁ bâqash, baw-kash'; a primitive root; to search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after:—ask, beg, beseech, desire, enquire, get, make inquisition, procure, (make) request, require, seek (for).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 225x

The KJV translates Strong's H1245 in the following manner: seek (189x), require (14x), request (4x), seek out (4x), enquired (3x), besought (2x), ask (2x), sought for (2x), begging (1x), desire (1x), get (1x), inquisition (1x), procureth (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 225x
The KJV translates Strong's H1245 in the following manner: seek (189x), require (14x), request (4x), seek out (4x), enquired (3x), besought (2x), ask (2x), sought for (2x), begging (1x), desire (1x), get (1x), inquisition (1x), procureth (1x).
  1. to seek, require, desire, exact, request

    1. (Piel)

      1. to seek to find

      2. to seek to secure

      3. to seek the face

      4. to desire, demand

      5. to require, exact

      6. to ask, request

    2. (Pual) to be sought

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
בָּקַשׁ bâqash, baw-kash'; a primitive root; to search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after:—ask, beg, beseech, desire, enquire, get, make inquisition, procure, (make) request, require, seek (for).
STRONGS H1245: Abbreviations
† [בָּקַשׁ]224 verb seek (Phoenician בקש) —
Pi. Perfect בִּקֵּשׁ Deuteronomy 13:11 + 15 times; בִּקְשָׁה Ecclesiastes 7:28; Esther 2:15; suffix בִּקְשָׁתַם Hosea 2:9; בִּקַּשְׁתִּיו Songs 3:1, 2; compare Songs 5:6; בִּקְשׁוּ Ezra 2:62 + 12 times; suffix בִּקְשֻׁנִי Isaiah 65:1 + 2 times; Imperfect יְבַקֵשׁ Joshua 22:23 + 37 times; יְבַקֶּש־ Proverbs 15:14 + 2 times; אֲבַקְשָׁה Psalm 122:9 + 3 times; suffix יְבַקְשֵׁהוּ 1 Samuel 23:14 + 7 times; יְבַקְשׁוּ 1 Samuel 16:16 + 23 times; Imperative בַקֵּשׁ 1 Samuel 9:3 + 3 times; בַּקְּשׁוּ 1 Samuel 28:7 + 8 times; Infinitive לְבַקֵּשׁ 1 Samuel 10:2 + 29 times; Participle מְבַקֵּשׁ Genesis 37:16 + 23 times; plural מְבַקְשִׁים Exodus 10:11 + 38 times; —
1. seek to find:
c. with לְ Job 10:6.
2. seek to secure:
b. aim at, practise: בקשׁ רעה seek hurt of Numbers 35:23 (P) 1 Samuel 24:10; 1 Samuel 25:26 (אֶל) 1 Kings 20:7; Psalm 71:13; Psalm 71:24; Esther 9:2; כזב ב׳ Psalm 4:3 compare Proverbs 17:11, שׁבר Proverbs 17:19, רצון Proverbs 11:27, טובה Nehemiah 2:10, אמונה Jeremiah 5:1, צדק, ענוה Zephaniah 2:3 (twice in verse) שׁלום Psalm 34:15, חכמה Proverbs 14:6; Ecclesiastes 7:25, בינה Daniel 8:15, דעת Proverbs 15:14; Proverbs 18:15, תורה Malachi 2:7, אהבה Proverbs 17:9, תאוה Proverbs 18:1 (ל of direct object), חשׁבנות Ecclesiastes 7:29.
c. Infinitive Exodus 4:24 (J) Jeremiah 26:21.
3. seek the face
b. of God (from resorting to sacred places) Hosea 5:15; 1 Chronicles 16:11 (= Psalm 105:4) 2 Chronicles 7:14; 2 Samuel 21:1; Psalm 24:6; Psalm 27:8 (twice in verse); without פּֽנֵי.
d. followed by Infinitive with לְ, of resort to wizards, but object not expressed Leviticus 19:34 (H).
4. desire, demand:
a. accusative 1 Chronicles 21:3.
b. accusative of thing מִן person Ezekiel 7:26; Daniel 1:20.
a. require, exact, accusative of thing מִיַּד person Isaiah 1:12; מִן person Nehemiah 5:12, accusative of thing Nehemiah 5:18.
b. exact equivalent or penalty for, accusative of thing, מִיַּד person Genesis 31:39; Genesis 43:9 (JE) 1 Samuel 20:16; 2 Samuel 4:11; Ezekiel 3:18, 20; Ezekiel 33:8, compare דרשׁ; no object expressed Joshua 22:23 (P).
6. (late) ask, request, accusative of thing Esther 2:15; עַל of thing Nehemiah 2:4; עַל of thing מִן person Esther 7:7; Ezra 8:23; עַל of thing מִלִּפְנֵי person Esther 4:8; accusative of thing מִן person Daniel 1:8 (object clause with אשׁר), Psalm 104:21; מִן person 2 Chronicles 20:4.
Pu. Imperfect יְבֻקַּשׁ Jeremiah 50:20, וַיְב׳ Esther 2:23; תֲּבֻקְשִׁי Ezekiel 26:21 be sought.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


31:39; 37:15; 37:16; 37:16; 43:9; 43:30


2:15; 4:19; 4:24; 10:11; 10:11; 33:7




16:10; 35:23


4:29; 13:11; 13:11


2:22; 22:23; 22:23


4:22; 6:29; 14:4; 18:1



1 Samuel

9:3; 9:3; 10:2; 10:2; 10:14; 10:21; 13:14; 14:4; 16:16; 16:16; 19:2; 19:10; 20:1; 20:16; 22:23; 23:10; 23:14; 23:14; 23:15; 23:25; 24:3; 24:10; 25:26; 25:29; 26:2; 26:20; 27:1; 27:4; 28:7; 28:7

2 Samuel

3:17; 4:8; 4:11; 5:17; 12:16; 16:11; 17:3; 17:20; 20:19; 21:1; 21:2

1 Kings

1:2; 1:3; 2:40; 10:24; 11:22; 11:40; 18:10; 19:10; 19:14; 20:7

2 Kings

2:16; 2:17; 6:19

1 Chronicles

4:39; 14:8; 16:10; 16:11; 21:3

2 Chronicles

7:14; 9:23; 11:16; 15:4; 15:15; 20:4; 20:4; 22:9


2:62; 2:62; 8:23


2:4; 2:10; 5:12; 5:18; 7:64; 12:27


2:2; 2:15; 2:15; 2:21; 2:23; 3:6; 4:8; 6:2; 7:7; 9:2




4:3; 24:6; 27:4; 27:8; 34:15; 35:4; 37:22; 37:25; 37:36; 38:13; 40:15; 40:17; 54:5; 63:10; 69:7; 70:3; 70:5; 71:13; 71:24; 83:17; 86:14; 104:21; 105:3; 105:4; 119:176; 122:9; 122:9


2:4; 11:27; 14:6; 15:14; 15:14; 17:9; 17:11; 17:19; 18:1; 18:15; 21:6; 23:35; 28:5; 29:10; 29:26


3:6; 7:25; 7:28; 7:29; 8:17; 12:10

Song of Songs

3:1; 3:1; 3:2; 3:2; 5:6; 5:6; 6:1


1:12; 40:20; 41:12; 41:17; 45:19; 51:1; 65:1; 65:1


2:24; 2:33; 4:30; 5:1; 5:1; 11:21; 19:7; 19:9; 21:7; 22:25; 26:21; 29:13; 34:20; 34:21; 38:16; 44:30; 45:5; 45:5; 46:26; 49:37; 50:4; 50:20


1:11; 1:19


3:18; 3:20; 7:25; 7:26; 22:30; 26:21; 33:8; 34:4; 34:6; 34:16


1:8; 1:20; 8:15; 9:3


2:9; 2:9; 3:5; 3:5; 5:6; 5:15; 7:10




3:7; 3:11


1:6; 2:3; 2:3


6:7; 8:21; 8:22; 11:16; 12:9


2:7; 2:15; 3:1

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H1245 matches the Hebrew בָּקַשׁ (bāqaš),
which occurs 225 times in 215 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 5 (Gen 31:39–2Sa 4:11)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:39 - That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require H1245 it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:15 - And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest H1245 thou?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:16 - And he said, I seek H1245 my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:9 - I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require H1245 him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:30 - And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought H1245 where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:15 - Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought H1245 to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:19 - And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought H1245 thy life.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:24 - And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought H1245 to kill him.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:11 - Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve the LORD; for that ye did desire. H1245 And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 33:7 - And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought H1245 the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:31 - Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek H1245 after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:10 - And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek H1245 ye the priesthood also?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 35:23 - Or with any stone, wherewith a man may die, seeing him not, and cast it upon him, that he die, and was not his enemy, neither sought H1245 his harm:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:29 - But if from thence thou shalt seek H1245 the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 13:10 - And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought H1245 to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 2:22 - And they went, and came unto the mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers sought H1245 them throughout all the way, but found them not.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 22:23 - That we have built us an altar to turn from following the LORD, or if to offer thereon burnt offering or meat offering, or if to offer peace offerings thereon, let the LORD himself require H1245 it;
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 4:22 - And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. H1245 And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:29 - And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, H1245 they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:4 - But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought H1245 an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 18:1 - In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought H1245 them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 3:1 - Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek H1245 rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:3 - And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek H1245 the asses.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:2 - When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek H1245 are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:14 - And Saul's uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither went ye? And he said, To seek H1245 the asses: and when we saw that they were no where, we came to Samuel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:21 - When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought H1245 him, he could not be found.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:14 - But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought H1245 him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:4 - And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought H1245 to go over unto the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:16 - Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out H1245 a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 19:2 - But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh H1245 to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 19:10 - And Saul sought H1245 to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:1 - And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh H1245 my life?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:16 - So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the LORD even require H1245 it at the hand of David's enemies.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:23 - Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh H1245 my life seeketh H1245 thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:10 - Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh H1245 to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:14 - And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought H1245 him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:15 - And David saw that Saul was come out to seek H1245 his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:25 - Saul also and his men went to seek H1245 him. And they told David: wherefore he came down into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:2 - Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek H1245 David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:9 - And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh H1245 thy hurt?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:26 - Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek H1245 evil to my lord, be as Nabal.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:29 - Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek H1245 thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:2 - Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek H1245 David in the wilderness of Ziph.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:20 - Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek H1245 a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:1 - And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek H1245 me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:4 - And it was told Saul that David was fled to Gath: and he sought H1245 no more again for him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 28:7 - Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek H1245 me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 3:17 - And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought H1245 for David in times past to be king over you:
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 4:8 - And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought H1245 thy life; and the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 4:11 - How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require H1245 his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?

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