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Lexicon :: Strong's H176 - 'av

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TWOT Reference: 36

Strong’s Definitions

אוֹ ʼôw, o; presumed to be the 'constructive' or genitival form of אַו ʼav ; short for H185; desire (and so probably in Proverbs 31:4); hence (by way of alternative) or, also if:—also, and, either, if, at the least, × nor, or, otherwise, then, whether.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 261x

The KJV translates Strong's H176 in the following manner: also (1x), and (2x), at the least (1x), either (7x), if (1x), nor (2x), or (236x), Or if (2x), Otherwise (1x), should (1x), whether (7x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 261x
The KJV translates Strong's H176 in the following manner: also (1x), and (2x), at the least (1x), either (7x), if (1x), nor (2x), or (236x), Or if (2x), Otherwise (1x), should (1x), whether (7x).
  1. or, rather

    1. implying that the latter choice is preferred

    2. or if, introducing an example to be seen under a particular principle

    3. (in series) either...or, whether...or

    4. if perchance

    5. except, or else

  2. whether, not the least, if, otherwise, also, and, then

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
אוֹ ʼôw, o; presumed to be the 'constructive' or genitival form of אַו ʼav ; short for H185; desire (and so probably in Proverbs 31:4); hence (by way of alternative) or, also if:—also, and, either, if, at the least, × nor, or, otherwise, then, whether.
STRONGS H176: Abbreviations
אוֺ 320 (أَوْ, vaf , ኦው፡), conjunction or (whether aut or vel).
1. Genesis 24:49; Genesis 31:43; Exodus 4:11; Songs 2:9; Leviticus 13:24; Numbers 5:30 + often (especially in laws); sometimes implying a preference, nearly = or rather Genesis 24:55 יָמִים אוֺ עָשׂוֺר a few days or ten Judges 18:19; 1 Samuel 29:3. Prefixed to the first as well as to the second alternative (rare) either (whether)... or Leviticus 5:1; Leviticus 13:48, 51; = or, if not Ezekiel 21:15 (si vera lectio) Ke Malachi 2:17; Job 16:3; Job 22:11.
2. introducing a sentence, especially a particular case under a general principle, or = or if Exodus 21:31 אוֺ־בֵן יִגַּח וג׳ or if he gore a son, etc. Exodus 21:36; Leviticus 4:23, 28 (see Di) Leviticus 5:21 [Leviticus 6:2]; Leviticus 5:22 [Leviticus 6:3]; Leviticus 25:49b; Numbers 5:14; 2 Samuel 18:13 or if I had dealt falsely against his life, then, etc., Ezekiel 14:17, 19 or if I send, etc.
3. if perchance, 1 Samuel 20:10 if perchance thy father answer thee with something hard, Leviticus 26:41.
4. once, with the jussive (as in Arabic with the subjunctive see Dr§ 175) = except: Isaiah 27:5 I would burn them together, אוֺ יַחֲזֵק בְּמָעֻזִּי or else let him take hold (= except he take hold) of my strong-hold, etc.

[אַו] noun masculine construct אוֺ, Kt Proverbs 31:4 desire, so Thes MV; but < Qr אֵי which see H335.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


24:49; 24:55; 31:43


4:11; 21:31; 21:36


4:23; 4:28; 5:1; 6:2; 6:3; 13:24; 13:48; 13:51; 25:49; 26:41


5:14; 5:30



1 Samuel

20:10; 29:3

2 Samuel



16:3; 22:11



Song of Songs





14:17; 14:19; 21:15



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H176 matches the Hebrew אַו ('av),
which occurs 321 times in 218 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 5 (Gen 24:49–Lev 11:32)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:49 - “So now if you are going to [fn]deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, let me know, that I may turn to the right hand or H176 the left.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:50 - Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “The matter comes from the LORD; so we cannot speak to you bad or H176 good.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:55 - But her brother and her mother said, “Let the girl stay with us a few days, say H176 ten; afterward she may go.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:43 - Then Laban replied to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do this day to these my daughters or H176 to their children whom they have borne?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:8 - “Behold, the money which we found in the mouth of our sacks we have brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or H176 gold from your lord’s house?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:19 - “My lord asked his servants, saying, ‘Have you a father or H176 a brother?’
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:11 - The LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or H176 who makes him mute or H176 deaf, or H176 seeing or H176 blind? Is it not I, the LORD?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 5:3 - Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God, otherwise He will fall upon us with pestilence or H176 with the sword.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 19:13 - ‘No hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or H176 [fn]shot through; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:4 - “If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or H176 daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out [fn]alone.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:6 - then his master shall bring him to [fn]God, then he shall bring him to the door or H176 the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:18 - “If men have a quarrel and one strikes the other with a stone or H176 with his fist, and he does not die but [fn]remains in bed,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:20 - “If a man strikes his male or H176 female slave with a rod and he dies [fn]at his hand, he shall [fn]be punished.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:21 - “If, however, he [fn]survives a day or H176 two, no vengeance shall be taken; for he is his [fn]property.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:26 - “If a man strikes the eye of his male or H176 female slave, and destroys it, he shall let him go free on account of his eye.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:27 - “And if he [fn]knocks out a tooth of his male or H176 female slave, he shall let him go free on account of his tooth.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:28 - “If an ox gores a man or H176 a woman [fn]to death, the ox shall surely be stoned and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall go unpunished.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:29 - “If, however, an ox was previously in the habit of goring and its owner has been warned, yet he does not confine it and it kills a man or H176 a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also shall be put to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:31 - “Whether H176 it gores a son or H176 [fn]a daughter, it shall be done to him according to [fn]the same rule.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:32 - “If the ox gores a male or H176 female slave, [fn]the owner shall give his or her master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:33 - “If a man opens a pit, or H176 [fn]digs a pit and does not cover it over, and an ox or H176 a donkey falls into it,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:36 - “Or H176 if it is known that the ox was previously in the habit of goring, yet its owner has not confined it, he shall surely pay ox for ox, and the dead animal shall become his.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:1 - [fn]If a man steals an ox or H176 a sheep and slaughters it or H176 sells it, he shall pay five oxen for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:5 - “If a man lets a field or H176 vineyard be grazed bare and lets his animal loose so that it grazes in another man’s field, he shall make restitution from the best of his own field and the best of his own vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:6 - “If a fire breaks out and spreads to thorn bushes, so that stacked grain or H176 the standing grain or H176 the field itself is consumed, he who started the fire shall surely make restitution.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:7 - “If a man gives his neighbor money or H176 goods to keep for him and it is stolen from the man’s house, if the thief is [fn]caught, he shall pay double.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:10 - “If a man gives his neighbor a donkey, an ox, a sheep, or H176 any animal to keep for him, and it dies or H176 is hurt or H176 is driven away while no one is looking,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:14 - “If a man [fn]borrows anything from his neighbor, and it is injured or H176 dies while its owner is not with it, he shall make full restitution.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:4 - “If you meet your enemy’s ox or H176 his donkey wandering away, you shall surely return it to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:43 - “They shall be on Aaron and on his sons when they enter the tent of meeting, or H176 when they approach the altar to minister in the holy place, so that they do not incur [fn]guilt and die. It shall be a statute forever to him and to his [fn]descendants after him.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 30:20 - when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, so that they will not die; or H176 when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire sacrifice to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 1:10 - ‘But if his offering is from the flock, of the sheep or H176 of the goats, for a burnt offering, he shall offer it a male without defect.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 1:14 - ‘But if his offering to the LORD is a burnt offering of birds, then he shall bring his offering from the turtledoves or H176 from young pigeons.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 3:6 - ‘But if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD is from the flock, he shall offer it, male or H176 female, without defect.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 4:23 - [fn]if H176 his sin [fn]which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring for his offering a [fn]goat, a male without defect.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 4:28 - [fn]if H176 his sin which he has [fn]committed is made known to him, then he shall bring for his offering a [fn]goat, a female without defect, for his sin which he has [fn]committed.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:1 - ‘Now if a person sins after he hears a [fn]public adjuration to testify when he is a witness, whether H176 he has seen or H176 otherwise known, if he does not tell it, then he will bear his [fn]guilt.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:2 - ‘Or H176 if a person touches any unclean thing, whether H176 a carcass of an unclean beast or H176 the carcass of unclean cattle or H176 a carcass of unclean swarming things, though it is hidden from him and he is unclean, then he will be guilty.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:3 - ‘Or H176 if he touches human uncleanness, of whatever sort his uncleanness may be with which he becomes unclean, and it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it, he will be guilty.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:4 - ‘Or H176 if a person swears thoughtlessly with his lips to do evil or H176 to do good, in whatever matter a man may speak thoughtlessly with an oath, and it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it, he will be guilty in one of these.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:6 - ‘He shall also bring his guilt offering to the LORD for his sin which he has [fn]committed, a female from the flock, a lamb or H176 a [fn]goat as a sin offering. So the priest shall make atonement on his behalf for his sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:7 - ‘But if [fn]he cannot afford a lamb, then he shall bring to the LORD his guilt offering for that in which he has sinned, two turtledoves or H176 two young pigeons, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 5:11 - ‘But if his [fn]means are insufficient for two turtledoves or H176 two young pigeons, then for his offering for that which he has sinned, he shall bring the tenth of an [fn]ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall not put oil on it or place incense on it, for it is a sin offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 6:2 - “When a person sins and acts unfaithfully against the LORD, and deceives his companion in regard to a deposit or H176 a security entrusted to him, or H176 through robbery, or H176 if he has extorted from his companion,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 6:3 - or H176 has found what was lost and lied about it and sworn falsely, so that he sins in regard to any one of the things a man may do;
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 6:4 - then it shall be, when he sins and becomes guilty, that he shall restore what he took by robbery or H176 what he got by extortion, or H176 the deposit which was [fn]entrusted to him or H176 the lost thing which he found,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 6:5 - or H176 anything about which he swore falsely; he shall make restitution for it [fn]in full and add to it one-fifth more. He shall give it to the one to whom it belongs on the day he presents his guilt offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 7:16 - ‘But if the sacrifice of his offering is a votive or H176 a freewill offering, it shall be eaten on the day that he offers his sacrifice, and on the [fn]next day what is left of it may be eaten;
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 7:21 - ‘When anyone touches anything unclean, whether human uncleanness, or H176 an unclean animal, or H176 any unclean [fn]detestable thing, and eats of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings which belong to the LORD, that person shall be cut off from his people.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:32 - ‘Also anything on which one of them may fall when they are dead becomes unclean, including any wooden article, or H176 clothing, or H176 a skin, or H176 a sack—any article [fn]of which use is made—it shall be put in the water and be unclean until evening, then it becomes clean.

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