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Lexicon :: Strong's H160 - 'ahăḇâ

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Part of Speech
feminine noun
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TWOT Reference: 29c

Strong’s Definitions

אַהֲבָה ʼahăbâh, a-hab-aw; feminine of H158 and meaning the same:—love.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 40x

The KJV translates Strong's H160 in the following manner: love (40x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 40x
The KJV translates Strong's H160 in the following manner: love (40x).
  1. love

    1. human love for human object

      1. of man toward man

      2. of man toward himself

      3. between man and woman

      4. sexual desire

  2. God's love to His people

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
אַהֲבָה ʼahăbâh, a-hab-aw; feminine of H158 and meaning the same:—love.
STRONGS H160: Abbreviations
אַהֲבָה noun feminine love (= Infinitive of אהב which see H157) — absolute א׳ Proverbs 10:12 + 18 times; construct אַהֲבַת Jeremiah 2:2 + 3 times; suffix אַהֲבָתִי Psalm 109:4; Psalm 109:5; אַהֲבָֽתְךָ 2 Samuel 1:26; אַהֲבָתוֺ Isaiah 63:9; Zephaniah 3:17; אַהֲבָתָהּ Proverbs 5:19; אַהֲבָתָם Ecclesiastes 9:6love, especially Wisdom Literature & late.
1. human (to human object) absolute Ecclesiastes 9:1, 6 (both || שִׂנְאָה) so Proverbs 10:12; Proverbs 15:17; compare Proverbs 27:5; see also Proverbs 17:9; of man toward man Psalm 109:4; Psalm 109:5; love for one's self (נַפְשׁוֺ) 1 Samuel 20:17; between man & woman Songs 2:4, 5; Songs 5:8; Songs 8:6, 7 (twice in verse); Proverbs 5:19 compare also 2 Samuel 1:26 (נָשִׁים א׳); personified Songs 2:7; Songs 3:5; Songs 7:7; Songs 8:4; compare figurative use Songs 3:10; of mere sexual desire 2 Samuel 13:15; figurative of Jerusalem's love to י׳ Jeremiah 2:2 (כְּלוּלֹתַיִח א׳), & of love of adulter. Jesus. Jeremiah 2:33.
2. God's love to his people Hosea 11:4 (עֲבֹתוֺת א׳) Jeremiah 31:3; Isaiah 63:9; Zephaniah 3:17.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs

1 Samuel


2 Samuel

1:26; 1:26; 13:15


109:4; 109:4; 109:5; 109:5


5:19; 5:19; 10:12; 10:12; 15:17; 17:9; 27:5


9:1; 9:6; 9:6

Song of Songs

2:4; 2:5; 2:7; 3:5; 3:10; 5:8; 7:7; 8:4; 8:6; 8:7


63:9; 63:9


2:2; 2:2; 2:33; 31:3




3:17; 3:17

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H160 matches the Hebrew אַהֲבָה ('ahăḇâ),
which occurs 40 times in 37 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:8 - but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of [fn]slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:3 - Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 20:17 - And Jonathan made David vow again because of his love H160 for him, because he loved him as he loved his own life.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:26 -

“I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;

You have been [fn]a close friend to me.

Your love H160 for me was more wonderful

Than the love H160 of women.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 13:15 -

Then Amnon hated her with a very great hatred; indeed, the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love H160 with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Get up, go away!

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:9 - “Blessed be the LORD your God who delighted in you to put you on the throne of Israel; because the LORD loves Israel forever, He made you king, to do justice and righteousness.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 11:2 - from the nations of which the LORD had said to the sons of Israel, “You shall not [fn]associate with them, nor shall they [fn]associate with you; they will certainly turn your heart away [fn]to follow their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:11 -

Then Huram, king of Tyre, [fn]answered in a letter sent to Solomon: “Because the LORD loves His people, He has made you king over them.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 9:8 - “Blessed be the LORD your God who delighted in you, setting you on His throne as king for the LORD your God; because your God loved Israel, establishing them forever, He made you king over them, to carry out justice and righteousness.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:4 -

In return for my love H160 they act as my accusers;

But I am in prayer.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:5 -

So they have [fn]repaid me evil for good,

And hatred for my love H160.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:19 -

Like a loving doe and a graceful mountain goat,

Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;

Be [fn]exhilarated always with her love H160.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 10:12 -

Hatred stirs up strife,

But love H160 covers all offenses.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:17 -

Better is a portion of [fn]vegetables where there is love H160,

Than a fattened ox served with hatred.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 17:9 -

One who conceals an offense seeks love H160,

But one who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:5 -

Better is open rebuke

Than love H160 that is concealed.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 9:1 -

For I have taken all this to my heart, even to [fn]examine [fn]it all, that righteous people, wise people, and their deeds are in the hand of God. People do not know whether it will be love H160 or hatred; anything [fn]awaits them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 9:6 - Indeed their love H160, their hate, and their zeal have already perished, and they will no longer have a share in all that is done under the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:4 -

“He has brought me to his [fn]banquet hall,

And his banner over me is love H160.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:5 -

“Refresh me with raisin cakes,

Sustain me with apples,

Because I am lovesick H160.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:7 -

The Groom

“Swear to me, you daughters of Jerusalem,

By the gazelles or by the does of the field,

That you will not disturb or awaken my love H160

Until she pleases.”

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 3:5 -

The Groom

“Swear to me, you daughters of Jerusalem,

By the gazelles or by the does of the field,

That you will not disturb or awaken my love H160

Until she pleases.”

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 3:10 -

“He made its posts of silver,

Its [fn]back of gold

And its seat of purple fabric,

With its interior lovingly H160 inlaid

By the daughters of Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 5:8 -

“Swear to me, you daughters of Jerusalem,

If you find my beloved,

As to what you will tell him:

For I am lovesick H160.”

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 7:6 -

“How beautiful and how delightful you are,

[fn]My love H160, with all your delights!

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 8:4 -

The Groom

“Swear to me, you daughters of Jerusalem:

[fn]Do not disturb or awaken my love H160

Until she pleases.”

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 8:6 -

“Put me like a seal over your heart,

Like a seal on your arm.

For love H160 is as strong as death,

[fn]Jealousy is as severe as Sheol;

Its flames are flames of fire,

[fn]The flame of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 8:7 -

“Many waters cannot quench love H160,

Nor will rivers flood over it;

If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love H160,

It would be utterly despised.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 63:9 -

In all their distress [fn]He was distressed,

And the angel of His presence saved them;

In His love H160 and in His mercy He redeemed them,

And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:2 - “Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘This is what the LORD says:

“I remember regarding you the [fn]devotion of your youth,

Your love H160 when you were a bride,

Your following after Me in the wilderness,

Through a land not sown.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:33 -

“How well you prepare your way

To seek love H160!

Therefore even to the wicked women

You have taught your ways.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:3 -

The LORD appeared to [fn]him [fn]long ago, saying,

“I have loved you with an everlasting love H160;

Therefore I have drawn you out with kindness.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 3:1 -

Then the LORD said to me, “Go again, love [fn]a woman who is loved by her [fn]husband, yet is committing adultery, as the LORD loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love [fn]raisin cakes.”

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 9:15 -

All their evil is at Gilgal;

Indeed, I came to hate them there!

Because of the wickedness of their deeds

I will drive them out of My house!

I will no longer love them;

All their leaders are rebels.

Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:4 -

I pulled them along with cords of a man, with ropes of love H160,

And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws;

And I bent down and fed them.

Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:8 -

He has told you, mortal one, what is good;

And what does the LORD require of you

But to do justice, to love [fn]kindness,

And to walk [fn]humbly with your God?

Unchecked Copy BoxZep 3:17 -

“The LORD your God is in your midst,

A [fn]victorious warrior.

He will rejoice over you with joy,

He will [fn]be quiet in His love H160,

He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

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