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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 - “I did not even bring to you that which was torn by wild animals; I took the loss myself. You demanded H1245 it of my hand whether stolen by day or stolen by night.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:15 - A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, “[fn]What are you looking H1245 for H1245?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:16 - He said, “I am looking H1245 for H1245 my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:9 - “I myself will take responsibility for him! You may demand H1245 him back H1245 from [fn]me. If I do not bring him back to you and present him to you, then [fn]you can let me take the blame forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:30 - Joseph then hurried out, for [fn]he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he looked H1245 for a place to weep; so he entered his chamber and wept there.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:15 - When Pharaoh heard about this matter, he tried H1245 to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and [fn]settled in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:19 - Now the LORD said to Moses in Midian, “Go [fn]back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking H1245 your life are dead.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:24 - But it came about at the overnight encampment on the way, that the LORD met [fn]Moses, and sought H1245 to put him to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:11 - “Not so! Go now, but only the men among you, and serve the LORD, since [fn]that is what you desire 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 the LORD 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 the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:10 - and that He has brought you near, Korah, and all your brothers, sons of Levi, with you? But are you seeking H1245 the priesthood as well?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 35:23 - or had any [fn]deadly stone, and without looking he dropped it on him so that he died, while he was not his enemy nor was he seeking H1245 [fn]to harm him,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:29 - “But from there you will seek H1245 the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you 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 attempted H1245 to drive you away from the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of [fn]slavery.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 2:22 - So they departed and came to the hill country, and remained there for three days, until the pursuers returned. Now the pursuers had searched H1245 for them [fn]all along the road, but had not found them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 22:23 - “If we have built us an altar to turn away from following the LORD, or if to offer a burnt offering or grain offering on it, or if to offer sacrifices of peace offerings on it, may the LORD Himself [fn]demand H1245 it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 4:22 - And behold, while Barak was pursuing Sisera, Jael came out to meet him and said to him, “Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking H1245.” So he entered [fn]with her, and behold, Sisera was lying dead with the tent peg in his temple.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:29 - So they said to one another, “Who did this thing?” And when they searched 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 this was of the LORD, for He was seeking H1245 an occasion against the Philistines. And 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 [fn]an inheritance had not [fn]been allotted to them as a possession among the tribes of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 3:1 - Then her mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek H1245 [fn]security for you, that it may go well for you?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:3 - Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, had wandered off. So Kish said to his son Saul, “Now take with you one of the servants and arise, go search H1245 for the donkeys.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:2 - “When you leave 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 look H1245 for H1245 have been found. Now behold, your father has stopped talking about the donkeys and is anxious about you, saying, “What am I to do about my son?”’
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:14 - Now Saul’s uncle said to him and his servant, “Where did you go?” And he said, “To look H1245 for H1245 the donkeys. When we saw that they were nowhere to be found, we went to Samuel.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:21 - Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin forward by its families, and the Matrite family was selected by lot. And Saul the son of Kish was selected by lot; but when they looked H1245 for H1245 him, he could not be found.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:14 - “But now your kingdom shall not endure. The LORD has sought H1245 for Himself a man [fn]after His own heart, and the LORD has appointed him ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:4 - Now between the gorges by which Jonathan sought H1245 to cross over to the Philistines’ garrison there was a rocky crag on the one side, and a rocky 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 - “May our lord now command your servants who are before you. Have them search H1245 for a man who is a skillful musician on the harp; and it shall come about whenever the evil spirit from God is upon you, that he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will become well.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 19:2 - So Jonathan informed David, saying, “My father Saul is seeking H1245 to put you to death. Now then, please be on your guard in the morning, and stay in a hiding place and conceal yourself.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 19:10 - And Saul tried H1245 to [fn]pin David to the wall with the spear, but he escaped from Saul’s presence, so that he 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 he came and said [fn]to Jonathan, “What have I done? What is my guilt? And what is my sin before your father, that he is seeking H1245 my life?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:16 - So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the LORD demand H1245 it from the hands of David’s enemies.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:23 - “Stay with me; do not be afraid, [fn]even though he who is seeking H1245 my life is seeking H1245 your life. For you are safe with me.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:10 - Then David said, “LORD God of Israel, Your servant has heard for certain that Saul is seeking H1245 to come to Keilah to destroy the city on my account.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:14 - David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds, and remained in the hill country in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul searched H1245 for him every day, but God did not hand him over to him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:15 - Now David saw that Saul had come out to seek H1245 his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph, at Horesh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:25 - When Saul and his men went to seek H1245 him, they informed David, and he came down to the rock and stayed in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard about it, he 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 search H1245 for David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Mountain Goats.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:9 - And David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men [fn]who say, ‘Behold, David is seeking H1245 [fn]to harm you’?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:26 - “Now then, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, since the LORD has restrained you from [fn]shedding blood, and from [fn]avenging yourself by your own hand, now then, may your enemies and those who seek H1245 evil against my lord, be like Nabal.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:29 - “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 the LORD 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 set out and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, [fn]taking with him three thousand chosen men of Israel, to search H1245 for David in the wilderness of Ziph.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:20 - “Now then, do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the LORD; for the king of Israel has come out to search H1245 for a single flea, just as one hunts a partridge in the mountains.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 27:1 - Then David said to [fn]himself, “Now I will [fn]perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than to safely escape into the land of the Philistines. Then Saul 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 - Now it was reported to Saul that David had fled to Gath, so he no longer searched H1245 for him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 28:7 - Then Saul said to his servants, “Find for me a woman who is a medium, so 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 a [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; so the LORD has given my lord the king vengeance this day on Saul and his [fn]descendants.”
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 hands and eliminate you both from the earth?”

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