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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 - Then He said, “Take now your son, your only one, whom you love H157, Isaac, and go forth to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:67 - Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved H157 her. Thus, Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:28 - Isaac loved H157 Esau because [fn]he had an appetite for hunted game, but Rebekah loved H157 Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:4 - and prepare a savory dish for me such as I love H157, and bring it to me that I may eat, so that my soul may bless you before I die.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:9 - “Go now to the flock and [fn]get for me two choice [fn]young goats from there, that I may prepare them as a savory dish for your father, such as he loves H157.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:14 - So he went and got them and brought them to his mother; and his mother made a savory dish such as his father loved H157.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:18 - Now Jacob loved H157 Rachel, so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:20 - So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they were in his sight but a few days because of his love for her.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:30 - So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and indeed he loved H157 Rachel more than Leah, and he served with [fn]Laban for another seven years.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:32 - So Leah conceived and bore a son and named him [fn]Reuben, for she said, “Because Yahweh has [fn]seen my affliction; surely now my husband will love H157 me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:3 - [fn]And he was deeply attracted to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved H157 the young woman and spoke to the heart of the young woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:3 - Now Israel loved H157 Joseph more than all his sons because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a [fn]varicolored tunic.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:4 - And his brothers saw that their father loved H157 him more than all his brothers, and so they hated him and could not speak to him in peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:20 - “And we said to my lord, ‘We have an old father and a little child of his old age. Now his brother is dead, so he alone is left of his mother, and his father loves H157 him.’
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 20:6 -

but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love H157 Me and keep My commandments.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:5 - “But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love H157 my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out as a free man,’
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:18 - ‘You shall not take vengeance, and you shall not keep your anger against the sons of your people, but you shall love H157 your neighbor as yourself; I am Yahweh.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:34 - ‘The sojourner who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love H157 him as yourself, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt; I am Yahweh your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:37 - [fn]Because He loved H157 your fathers, therefore He chose their seed after them. And He [fn]personally brought you from Egypt by His great power,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 5:10 -

but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love H157 Me and keep My commandments.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 6:5 - “You shall love H157 Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:9 - “You shall know therefore that Yahweh your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps [fn]His covenant and [fn]His lovingkindness to a thousand generations with those who love H157 Him and keep His commandments;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:13 - “And He will love H157 you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock, [fn]in the land which He swore to your fathers to give you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:12 -

“So now, Israel, what does Yahweh your God ask from you, but to [fn]fear Yahweh your God, to walk in all His ways and love H157 Him, and to serve Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:15 - “Yet on your fathers did Yahweh set His affection to love H157 them, and He chose their seed after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:18 - “He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows H157 love H157 for the sojourner by giving him food and clothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 10:19 - “So show H157 love H157 for the sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:1 -

“You shall therefore love H157 Yahweh your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments all your days.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:13 -

“And it will be that, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love H157 Yahweh your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul,

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:22 - “For if you are careful to keep this entire commandment which I am commanding you to do, to love H157 Yahweh your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cling to Him,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 13:3 - you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for Yahweh your God is testing you to find out if you love H157 Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 15:16 - “And it will be that, if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves H157 you and your household, since he fares well with you;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:9 - if you [fn]be careful to do all this commandment which I am commanding you today, to love H157 Yahweh your God and to walk in His ways all your days—then you shall add three more cities for yourself, besides these three.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:15 -

“If a man has two wives, the one loved H157 and the other [fn]unloved, and both the loved H157 and the [fn]unloved have borne him sons, if the firstborn son belongs to the [fn]unloved,

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:16 - then it shall be in the day he [fn]wills what he has to his sons, he cannot make the son of the loved H157 the firstborn before the son of the [fn]unloved, who is the firstborn.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 23:5 - “Nevertheless, Yahweh your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but Yahweh your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because Yahweh your God loves H157 you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 30:6 -

“Moreover Yahweh your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your seed, to love H157 Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 30:16 - in that I am commanding you today to love H157 Yahweh your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that Yahweh your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 30:20 - by loving H157 Yahweh your God, by listening to His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for [fn]this is your life and the length of your days, [fn]that you may live in the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 22:5 - “Only keep yourselves very carefully to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of Yahweh commanded you, to love H157 Yahweh your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and cling to Him and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 23:11 - “So keep your souls very carefully to love H157 Yahweh your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:31 -

“Thus let all Your enemies perish, O Yahweh;

But let those who love H157 Him be like the rising of the sun in its might.”

And the land was quiet for forty years.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:16 - So Samson’s wife wept before him and said, “You only hate me, and you do not love H157 me; you have propounded a riddle to the sons of my people and have not told it to me.” And he said to her, “Behold, I have not told it to my father or mother; so should I tell you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:4 -

Now it happened afterwards that he loved H157 a woman in the valley of Sorek, and her name was Delilah.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:15 -

Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love H157 you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have deceived me these three times and have not told me where your great strength is.”

Unchecked Copy BoxRth 4:15 - “May he also be to you a restorer of your soul and a sustainer of your [fn]old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves H157 you [fn]and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 1:5 - but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved H157 Hannah, but Yahweh had closed her womb.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:21 - Then David came to Saul and stood before him; and [fn]Saul loved H157 him greatly, and he became his armor bearer.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:1 -

Now it happened when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to 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, for he went out and came in before them.

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