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Lexicon :: Strong's H1245 - bāqaš

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TWOT Reference: 276

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 did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself. You required H1245 it of my hand whether stolen by day or stolen by night.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:15 -

And a man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, “[fn]What are you seeking H1245?”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:16 - And he said, “I am seeking H1245 my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:9 - “I myself will be the guarantee for him; from my hand you may require H1245 him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then [fn]I shall bear the sin before you all my days.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:30 - And Joseph hurried out for [fn]he was deeply stirred with compassion over his brother, and he sought H1245 a place to weep; and he entered his chamber and wept there.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:15 - And Pharaoh heard of this matter, so he sought H1245 to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian, and he [fn]sat down by a well.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:19 - And Yahweh said to Moses in Midian, “Go, return to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking H1245 your life are dead.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:24 -

Now it happened at the lodging place on the way that Yahweh encountered him and sought H1245 to put him to death.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:11 - “Not so! Go now, the men among you, and serve Yahweh, for [fn]that is what you are seeking H1245.” So they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 33:7 -

Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, a good distance from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought H1245 Yahweh would go out to the tent of meeting which was outside the camp.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:31 -

‘Do not turn to [fn]mediums or spiritists; do not seek H1245 them out H1245 to be defiled by them. I am Yahweh your God.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:10 - and that He has brought you near, Korah, and all your brothers, sons of Levi, with you? And are you seeking H1245 for the priesthood also?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 35:23 - or with any stone—by which one might die, yet without seeing—and it fell upon him, and he died, but he was not his enemy nor seeking H1245 his injury,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:29 - “But from there you will seek H1245 Yahweh your God, and you will find Him, for you will search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 13:10 - “So you shall stone him [fn]to death because he has sought H1245 to drive you from Yahweh your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of [fn]slavery.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 2:22 -

And they went and came to the hill country and remained there for three days until the pursuers returned. The pursuers had sought H1245 them [fn]all along the road but had not found them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJos 22:23 - “If we have built for ourselves an altar to turn away from following Yahweh, or if to perform a burnt offering or grain offering on it, or if to offer sacrifices of peace offerings on it, may Yahweh Himself require H1245 it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 4:22 - Now behold, Barak was pursuing Sisera, and Jael came out to meet him and said to him, “Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking H1245.” And he entered [fn]with her, and behold, Sisera was lying dead with the tent peg in his temple.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:29 - And they said to one another, “Who did this thing?” And when they searched about and inquired H1245, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash did this thing.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:4 - However, his father and mother did not know that it was of Yahweh, for He was seeking H1245 an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 18:1 -

In those days there was no king of Israel; and in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking H1245 an inheritance for themselves to live in, for until that day the land among the tribes of Israel had not fallen to them as an inheritance.

Unchecked Copy BoxRth 3:1 -

Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek H1245 a state of rest for you, that it may be well with you?

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:3 -

Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. So Kish said to his son Saul, “Take now with you one of the young men, and arise, go search H1245 for the donkeys.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:2 - “When you go from me today, then you will find two men close to Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, ‘The donkeys which you went to search H1245 for H1245 have been found. Now behold, your father has [fn]ceased to be concerned about the donkeys and is anxious for you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?”’
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:14 -

Now Saul’s uncle said to him and his young man, “Where did you go?” And he said, “To look H1245 for H1245 the donkeys. And we saw that they were not anywhere, so we went to Samuel.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:21 - Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the Matrite family was taken. And Saul the son of Kish was taken; but they looked H1245 for H1245 him, and he could not be found.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:14 - “But now your kingdom shall not endure. Yahweh has sought H1245 out H1245 for Himself a man after His own heart, and Yahweh has appointed him as ruler over His people because you have not kept what Yahweh commanded you.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:4 - Now between the passes by which Jonathan sought H1245 to cross over to the Philistines’ garrison, there was a sharp crag on the one side and a sharp crag 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 speak to your servants who are before you. Let them seek H1245 a man who is a skillful musician on the harp; and it shall be that when the evil spirit from God is on you, he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will be well.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 19:2 - So Jonathan told David saying, “Saul my father is seeking H1245 to put you to death. So now, please be careful in the morning, and stay in a secret place and hide yourself.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 19:10 - And Saul tried H1245 to [fn]pin David to the wall with the spear, but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, so that he [fn]stuck the spear into the wall. And David fled and escaped that night.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:1 -

Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah and came and said before Jonathan, “What have I done? What is my iniquity? And what is my sin before your father, that he is seeking H1245 my life?”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:16 - So Jonathan cut a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May Yahweh require H1245 it at the hands of David’s enemies.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:23 - “Stay with me; do not be afraid, for he who seeks H1245 my life seeks H1245 your life, for you are [fn]safe with me.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:10 - Then David said, “O Yahweh, the God of Israel, Your slave has heard for certain that Saul is seeking H1245 to come to Keilah to make the city a ruin on my account.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:14 - And David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds and remained in the hill country in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought H1245 him every day, but God did not give him into his hand.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:15 -

Then David saw that Saul had come out to seek H1245 his life. Now David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:25 - So Saul and his men went to seek H1245 him, and they told David, and he came down to the rock and stayed in the wilderness of Maon. And Saul heard it and pursued David in the wilderness of Maon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:2 - Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek H1245 David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:9 - And David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, ‘Behold, David seeks H1245 [fn]to do you evil’?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:26 -

“So now, my lord, as Yahweh lives and as your soul lives, since Yahweh has restrained you from [fn]shedding blood, and from saving yourself by your own hand, so now, let your enemies and those who seek H1245 evil against my lord, be as Nabal.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:29 - “And should anyone rise up to pursue you and to seek H1245 your [fn]life, then the [fn]life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with Yahweh your God; but the [fn]lives of your enemies He will sling out [fn]as from the hollow of a sling.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:2 - So Saul arose and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having with him three thousand chosen men of Israel, to search H1245 for David in the wilderness of Ziph.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:20 - “So now, do not let my blood fall to the ground away from the presence of Yahweh; for the king of Israel has come out to search H1245 for a single flea, just as one pursues a partridge in the mountains.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:1 -

Then David said in his heart, “Now I will be swept away one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should utterly escape into the land of the Philistines. Saul then will despair of searching H1245 for me anymore in all the territory of Israel, and I will escape from his hand.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:4 - And it was told to Saul that David had fled to Gath, so he no longer searched H1245 for him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 28:7 - So Saul said to his servants, “Seek H1245 for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at En-dor.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 3:17 -

Now Abner had [fn]consultation with the elders of Israel, saying, “In times past you were seeking H1245 for David to be king over you.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 4:8 - Then they brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, “Behold, the head of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, your enemy, who sought H1245 your life; thus Yahweh has given my lord the king vengeance this day on Saul and his seed.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 4:11 - “How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous man in his own house on his bed, shall I not now require H1245 his blood from your hand and purge you from the earth?”

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