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Lexicon :: Strong's H183 - 'āvâ

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A primitive root
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Strong’s Definitions

אָוָה ʼâvâh, aw-vaw'; a primitive root; to wish for:—covet, (greatly) desire, be desirous, long, lust (after).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 26x

The KJV translates Strong's H183 in the following manner: desire (17x), lust (4x), longed (3x), covet (2x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 26x
The KJV translates Strong's H183 in the following manner: desire (17x), lust (4x), longed (3x), covet (2x).
  1. desire, incline, covet, wait longingly, wish, sigh, want, be greedy, prefer

    1. (Piel) to desire, crave (food and drink)

    2. (Hithpael) to desire, long for, lust after (of bodily appetites)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
אָוָה ʼâvâh, aw-vaw'; a primitive root; to wish for:—covet, (greatly) desire, be desirous, long, lust (after).
STRONGS H183: Abbreviations
† [אָוָה] verb incline, desire (compare Stem 2).
Pi. Perfect אִוָּה Psalm 132:13; אִוְּתָה Micah 7:1 +, etc.; Imperfect 3rd person feminine singular תְּאַוֶּה Deuteronomy 12:20 + 4 timesdesire subject usually נֶפֶשׁ, object fruit Micah 7:1 (in metaphor); flesh (to eat) 1 Samuel 2:16, compare Deuteronomy 12:20 (followed by infinitive לֶאֱכֹל בָּשָׂר); food & drink Deuteronomy 14:26; of king desiring rule, וּמָלַכְתָּ בְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר־תְּאַוֶּה נַפְשֶׁ֑ךָ 2 Samuel 3:21; 1 Kings 11:37; object evil (רַע) Proverbs 21:10; once object י׳ Isaiah 26:9 נַפְשִׁי אִוִּיתִךָ בַּלַּיְלָה; of God וְנַפְשׁוֺ אִוְּתָה וַיַּעַשׂ Job 23:13; as desiring Zion for dwelling-place (late, only cases without נפשׁ) Psalm 132:13; Psalm 132:14;
Hithp. Perfect הִתְאַוָּת Proverbs 21:26; הִתְאַוֵּיתִי Jeremiah 17:16; הִתְאַוּוּ Numbers 11:4; וְהִתְאַוִּיתֶם Numbers 34:10; Imperfect יִתְאַוֶּה Ecclesiastes 6:2; וַיִּתְאַוֶּה 2 Samuel 23:15; with apocope וְיִתְאַו Psalm 45:12, וַיִּתְאַו 1 Chronicles 11:17, etc. — Participle feminine singular מִתְאַוָּה Proverbs 13:4; masculine plural מִתְאַוִּים Amos 5:18; Numbers 11:34desire, long for, lust after, of bodily appetites; for dainty food Numbers 11:4 (E; followed by accusative of cognate meaning) = Psalm 106:14; Numbers 11:34 (E); followed by ל Proverbs 23:3, 6 compare Ecclesiastes 6:2 (followed by accusative), see also Proverbs 13:4 (absolute, subject נֶפֶשׁ); absolute of extreme thirst 2 Samuel 23:15 = 1 Chronicles 11:17; of king desiring the beauty (יֳפִי) of princess Psalm 45:12 (followed by accusative); of covetous man Proverbs 21:26 (followed by accusative of cognate meaning); object בֵּית רֵעֲךָ Deuteronomy 5:18 (|| חמד); followed by infinitive Proverbs 24:1 (of desiring evil companionship); object יוֺם י׳ Amos 5:18 (accusative; of presumptuous, reckless longing) compare Jeremiah 17:16. (Numbers 34:7, 8 for תְּתָאוּ — Pi. of תאה — Di proposes תִּתְאַוֻּ, & queries whether this & הִתְאַוִּיתֶם Numbers 34:10 are not from H185 אוה, = desire for yourselves.)
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


11:4; 11:4; 11:34; 11:34; 34:7; 34:8; 34:10; 34:10


5:18; 12:20; 12:20; 14:26

1 Samuel


2 Samuel

3:21; 23:15; 23:15

1 Kings


1 Chronicles

11:17; 11:17




45:12; 45:12; 106:14; 132:13; 132:13; 132:14


13:4; 13:4; 21:10; 21:26; 21:26; 23:3; 23:6; 24:1


6:2; 6:2




17:16; 17:16


5:18; 5:18


7:1; 7:1

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H183 matches the Hebrew אָוָה ('āvâ),
which occurs 28 times in 25 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:4 - And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: H183 and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:34 - And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted. H183
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 5:21 - Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet H183 thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 12:20 - When the LORD thy God shall enlarge thy border, as he hath promised thee, and thou shalt say, I will eat flesh, because thy soul longeth H183 to eat flesh; thou mayest eat flesh, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:26 - And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, H183 for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 3:21 - And Abner said unto David, I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel unto my lord the king, that they may make a league with thee, and that thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth. H183 And David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:15 - And David longed, H183 and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 11:37 - And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, H183 and shalt be king over Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 11:17 - And David longed, H183 and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, that is at the gate!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 23:13 - But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, H183 even that he doeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 45:11 - So shall the king greatly desire H183 thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:14 - But lusted H183 exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 132:13 - For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired H183 it for his habitation.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 132:14 - This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired H183 it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:4 - The soul of the sluggard desireth, H183 and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:10 - The soul of the wicked desireth H183 evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:26 - He coveteth H183 greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:3 - Be not desirous H183 of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:6 - Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire H183 thou his dainty meats:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:1 - Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire H183 to be with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 6:2 - A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, H183 yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 26:9 - With my soul have I desired H183 thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 17:16 - As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired H183 the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:18 - Woe unto you that desire H183 the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 7:1 - Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired H183 the firstripe fruit.
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