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Lexicon :: Strong's H157 - 'āhaḇ

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TWOT Reference: 29

Strong’s Definitions

אָהַב ʼâhab, aw-hab'; or אָהֵב ʼâhêb ; a primitive root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise):—(be-) love(-d, -ly, -r), like, friend.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 208x

The KJV translates Strong's H157 in the following manner: love (169x), lover(s) (19x), friend(s) (12x), beloved (5x), liketh (1x), lovely (1x), loving (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 208x
The KJV translates Strong's H157 in the following manner: love (169x), lover(s) (19x), friend(s) (12x), beloved (5x), liketh (1x), lovely (1x), loving (1x).
  1. to love

    1. (Qal)

      1. human love for another, includes family, and sexual

      2. human appetite for objects such as food, drink, sleep, wisdom

      3. human love for or to God

      4. act of being a friend

        1. lover (participle)

        2. friend (participle)

      5. God's love toward man

        1. to individual men

        2. to people Israel

        3. to righteousness

    2. (Niphal)

      1. lovely (participle)

      2. loveable (participle)

    3. (Piel)

      1. friends

      2. lovers (fig. of adulterers)

  2. to like

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
אָהַב ʼâhab, aw-hab'; or אָהֵב ʼâhêb ; a primitive root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise):—(be-) love(-d, -ly, -r), like, friend.
STRONGS H157: Abbreviations
אָהֵב 216 verb love
Qal Perfect אָהֵ֑ב Genesis 27:9 + 7 times; אָשֵהבּ Genesis 27:14; אָהַב Genesis 37:3 + 3 times; אֲֵֽֽֽהבָךָ Deuteronomy 15:16; 3rd person feminine singular אָֽהֲבָה Songs 1:7 +, etc.; Imperfect (־הָ֑ב) יֶאֱהַב Proverbs 3:12 +; 1st person singular אֵהָ֑ב Proverbs 8:17 (compare Ew§ 192 d Ges§ 68. 1); וָֽאֹהַב Malachi 1:2; וָאֹהֲבֵהוּ Hosea 11:1; אֹהֲבֵם Hosea 14:5; וָאֹהֲבֵם Psalm 119:167; 2nd person masculine plural תְּאֵהֲבוּ Proverbs 1:22 (compare KöI p. 394 Ges§ 63 R 2); תֶּאֱהָ֑בוּ Zechariah 8:17; תָּאֱהָבוּן Psalm 4:3; Imperative אֱהַב־ Hosea 3:1; אֱהָבֶהָ Proverbs 4:6; אֶהֱבוּ Psalm 31:24; Amos 5:15; אֱהָ֑בוּ Zechariah 8:19; Infinitive construct אֱהֹב Ecclesiastes 3:8; אַהֲבָה Deuteronomy 10:12 +; אֲהֲבַת Micah 6:8 + etc.; compare also below n. אהבה below; Participle אֹהֵב (אוֺהֵב) Deuteronomy 10:18 + 26 times; feminine construct אֲהֻבַת Hosea 3:1 is probably active compare BaNB 174 ff; suffix אֹהֲבִי Isaiah 41:8 etc.; feminine אֹהֶ֫בֶת Genesis 25:28; אֹהַ֫בְתִּי Hosea 10:11 etc.; Passive participle אָהוּב Nehemiah 13:26; אֲהוּבָה Deuteronomy 21:15 (twice in verse); Deuteronomy 21:16. — love (mostly with accusative, followed by לְ + object Leviticus 19:18, 34; 2 Chronicles 19:2 (late), followed by בְּ Ecclesiastes 5:9; absolute Ecclesiastes 3:8 & see below), (affection both pure & impure, divine & human); —
1. human love to human object; absolute, opposed to hate שָׂנֵא Ecclesiastes 3:8; of love to son Genesis 22:2; Genesis 25:28; Genesis 37:3, 4; Genesis 44:20 (JE) Proverbs 13:24; so also 2 Samuel 13:21 Greek Version of the LXX Ew Th We, compare Dr, of David's loving Amnon; never to parent, but mother-in-law Ruth 4:15; of man's love to woman; wife Genesis 24:67; Genesis 29:20, 30 (compare Genesis 29:18):32 (JE), also Deuteronomy 21:15 (twice in verse); Deuteronomy 21:16; Judges 14:16; 1 Samuel 1:5; 2 Chronicles 11:21; Esther 2:17; Hosea 3:1; Ecclesiastes 9:9; but also Genesis 34:3 (J) Judges 16:4, 15; 2 Samuel 13:1, 4, 15 (where of carnal desire) 1 Kings 11:1 compare 1 Kings 11:2; Hosea 3:1; רֵעַ א׳ loving a paramour, see BaNB 176; woman's love to man 1 Samuel 18:20 (so 1 Samuel 18:28 MT, but read וְבִי כָל־יִשְׂרָאֵל אֹהֵב אֹתוֺ Greek Version of the LXX We Dr) Songs 1:3, 4, 7; Songs 3:1, 2, 3, 4 (5 times subject נַפְשִׁי); compare also figurative of adulterous Judah Jeremiah 2:25; Isaiah 57:8; Ezekiel 16:37; of love of slave to master Exodus 21:5 (JE) Deuteronomy 15:16; inferior to superior 1 Samuel 18:22 compare 1 Samuel 18:16; love to neighbour Leviticus 19:18 (וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֺ֑ךָ), particularly to stranger Leviticus 19:34 (both P), Deuteronomy 10:18, 19; love of friend to friend 1 Samuel 16:21; 1 Samuel 18:1, 3; 1 Samuel 20:17 (twice in verse); Job 19:19; Proverbs 17:1 compare 2 Samuel 19:7 (twice in verse); 2 Chronicles 19:2; see also Proverbs 9:8; Proverbs 16:13; compare Proverbs 15:12; see especially Participle below.
2. less often of appetite, object food, Genesis 27:7, 9, 14 (JE); drink Hosea 3:1; Proverbs 21:17; husbandry 2 Chronicles 26:10; compare figurative of Ephraim Hosea 10:11 followed by infinitive; length of life Psalm 34:13; of cupidity Hosea 9:1; 1 Samuel 1:23; Ecclesiastes 5:9 (twice in verse); of love of sleep Proverbs 20:13 compare figurative of sluggish watchmen (followed by infinitive) Isaiah 56:10; also with object abstract wisdom (personified), knowledge, righteousness, etc. Proverbs 4:6; Proverbs 8:17, 21; Proverbs 12:1; Proverbs 22:11; Proverbs 29:3; Amos 5:15; Micah 6:8 (infinitive || infinitives) Zechariah 8:19, compare Proverbs 19:8 קֹנֶה לֵב אֹהֵב נַפְשׁוֺ; object folly, evil, etc., Micah 3:2; Micah 4:3; Psalm 11:5; Psalm 52:5; Psalm 52:6; Psalm 109:17; Proverbs 1:22; Proverbs 8:36; Proverbs 17:19 (twice in verse), compare Proverbs 18:21; Zechariah 8:17, compare כֵּן א׳ Amos 4:5; Jeremiah 5:3, followed by Infinitive Hosea 12:8; Jeremiah 14:10, especially of idolatry Hosea 4:13 (where strike out הֵבוּ compare Kö1. p. 395) Jeremiah 8:2.
3. love to God Exodus 20:6 (JE) elsewhere Hexateuch only Deuteronomy 5:10; Deuteronomy 6:5; Deuteronomy 7:9 + 9 times Deuteronomy + Joshua 22:5; Joshua 23:11; also Judges 5:31; 1 Kings 3:3; Nehemiah 1:5; Daniel 9:4; especially in (late) Psalm 31:24; Psalm 116:1; Psalm 145:20, but usually followed by name, law, etc. of י׳ Psalm 5:12; Psalm 26:8; Psalm 40:17; Psalm 69:37; Psalm 70:5; Psalm 97:10; Psalm 119:47 + 11 times Psalm 119; compare Isaiah 56:6; compare also of love to Jerusalem Isaiah 66:10; Psalm 122:6.
4. especially Participle אֹהֵב =
(a) lover, Lamentations 1:2 (figurative of Jerusalem);
(b) friend Hiram of David 1 Kings 5:15, compare Jeremiah 20:4, 6; Esther 5:10, 14; Esther 6:13; Psalm 38:12 (|| רֵעַ) so Psalm 88:19 [Psalm 88:18], Proverbs 14:20; also Proverbs 18:24; Proverbs 27:6; Abraham of God Isaiah 41:8; 2 Chronicles 20:7.
5. of divine love...
Niph. Participle plural הַנֶּאֱהָבִים 2 Samuel 1:23 lovely, loveable of Saul & Jonath. (|| הַנְּעִימִם).
Pi. Participle plural suffix (־בָ֑י) מְאַהֲבַי Hosea 2:7 + 3 times; (־בָ֑יִח) מְאַהֲבַיִח Jeremiah 22:20 + 6 times; מְאַהֲבֶיהָ Hosea 2:9 + 4 times
1. friends Zechariah 13:6;
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


22:2; 24:67; 25:28; 25:28; 27:7; 27:9; 27:9; 27:14; 27:14; 29:18; 29:20; 29:30; 34:3; 37:3; 37:3; 37:4; 44:20


20:6; 21:5


19:18; 19:18; 19:34; 19:34


4:37; 5:10; 6:5; 7:8; 7:9; 7:13; 10:12; 10:18; 10:18; 10:19; 15:16; 15:16; 21:15; 21:15; 21:16; 21:16; 23:6


22:5; 23:11


5:31; 14:16; 16:4; 16:15



1 Samuel

1:5; 1:23; 16:21; 18:1; 18:3; 18:16; 18:20; 18:22; 18:28; 20:17

2 Samuel

1:23; 12:24; 13:1; 13:4; 13:15; 13:21; 19:7

1 Kings

3:3; 5:15; 10:9; 11:1; 11:2

2 Chronicles

2:10; 9:8; 11:21; 19:2; 19:2; 20:7; 26:10


1:5; 13:26; 13:26


2:17; 5:10; 5:14; 6:13




4:3; 5:12; 11:5; 11:7; 26:8; 31:24; 31:24; 33:5; 34:13; 37:28; 38:12; 40:17; 45:8; 47:5; 52:5; 52:6; 70:5; 78:68; 87:2; 88:18; 97:10; 99:4; 109:17; 116:1; 119; 119:47; 119:167; 122:6; 145:20; 146:8


1:22; 1:22; 3:12; 3:12; 4:6; 4:6; 8:17; 8:17; 8:21; 8:36; 9:8; 12:1; 13:24; 14:20; 15:9; 15:12; 16:13; 17:1; 17:19; 18:21; 18:24; 19:8; 20:13; 21:17; 22:11; 27:6; 29:3


3:8; 3:8; 3:8; 5:9; 5:9; 9:9

Song of Songs

1:3; 1:4; 1:7; 1:7; 3:1; 3:2; 3:3; 3:4


41:8; 41:8; 43:4; 48:14; 56:6; 56:10; 57:8; 61:8; 66:10


2:25; 5:3; 8:2; 14:10; 20:4; 20:6; 22:20; 22:20; 22:22; 30:14; 31:3


1:2; 1:19


16:33; 16:36; 16:37; 16:37; 23:5; 23:9; 23:22




2:7; 2:7; 2:9; 2:9; 2:12; 2:14; 2:15; 3:1; 3:1; 3:1; 3:1; 3:1; 3:1; 4:13; 9:1; 9:15; 10:11; 10:11; 11:1; 11:1; 12:8; 14:5; 14:5


4:5; 5:15; 5:15


3:2; 4:3; 6:8; 6:8


8:17; 8:17; 8:19; 8:19; 13:6


1:2; 1:2; 2:11

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H157 matches the Hebrew אָהַב ('āhaḇ),
which occurs 211 times in 195 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 4 (Gen 22:2–1Sa 18:16)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:2 - And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, H157 and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:67 - And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved H157 her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:28 - And Isaac loved H157 Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved H157 Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:4 - And make me savoury meat, such as I love, H157 and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:9 - Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth: H157
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:14 - And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved. H157
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:18 - And Jacob loved H157 Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:20 - And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:30 - And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved H157 also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:32 - And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love H157 me.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:3 - And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved H157 the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:3 - Now Israel loved H157 Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:4 - And when his brethren saw that their father loved H157 him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:20 - And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth H157 him.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 20:6 - And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love H157 me, and keep my commandments.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:5 - And if the servant shall plainly say, I love H157 my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:18 - Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love H157 thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:34 - But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love H157 him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:37 - And because he loved H157 thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 5:10 - And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love H157 me and keep my commandments.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 6:5 - And thou shalt love H157 the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:9 - Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love H157 him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:13 - And he will love H157 thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:12 - And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love H157 him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:15 - Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love H157 them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:18 - He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth H157 the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:19 - Love H157 ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:1 - Therefore thou shalt love H157 the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:13 - And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love H157 the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:22 - For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love H157 the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 13:3 - Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love H157 the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 15:16 - And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth H157 thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:9 - If thou shalt keep all these commandments to do them, which I command thee this day, to love H157 the LORD thy God, and to walk ever in his ways; then shalt thou add three cities more for thee, beside these three:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:15 - If a man have two wives, one beloved, H157 and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved H157 and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:16 - Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved H157 firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 23:5 - Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved H157 thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 30:6 - And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love H157 the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 30:16 - In that I command thee this day to love H157 the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 30:20 - That thou mayest love H157 the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 22:5 - But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love H157 the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 23:11 - Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love H157 the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:31 - So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love H157 him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:16 - And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest H157 me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told it me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell it thee?
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:4 - And it came to pass afterward, that he loved H157 a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:15 - And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love H157 thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 4:15 - And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth H157 thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 1:5 - But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved H157 Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:21 - And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved H157 him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:1 - And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved H157 him as his own soul.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:16 - But all Israel and Judah loved H157 David, because he went out and came in before them.

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