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Lexicon :: Strong's H2161 - zāmam

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TWOT Reference: 556

Strong’s Definitions

זָמַם zâmam, zaw-mam'; a primitive root; to plan, usually in a bad sense:—consider, devise, imagine, plot, purpose, think (evil).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 13x

The KJV translates Strong's H2161 in the following manner: thought (5x), devise (3x), consider (1x), purpose (1x), imagine (1x), plot (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 13x
The KJV translates Strong's H2161 in the following manner: thought (5x), devise (3x), consider (1x), purpose (1x), imagine (1x), plot (1x).
  1. to have a thought, devise, plan, consider, purpose

    1. (Qal)

      1. to consider, fix thought upon

      2. to purpose, devise

      3. to plot (of evil intent)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
זָמַם zâmam, zaw-mam'; a primitive root; to plan, usually in a bad sense:—consider, devise, imagine, plot, purpose, think (evil).
STRONGS H2161: Abbreviations
זָמַם verb consider, purpose, devise (Aramaic זְמַם in derived conjugations; compare Arabic زَمَّ speak, talk (rare); Aramaic Mfz is sonuit, resonavit, the noun aXmxmz is tinnitus, strepitus) — only
Qal Perfect זָמַם Deuteronomy 19:19 + 2 times; זָמָ֑ם Lamentations 2:17; זָֽמְמָה Proverbs 31:16; זַמּ֫וֺתָ Proverbs 30:32; זַמֹּ֫תִי Jeremiah 4:28 but also זָמַ֫מְתִּי Zechariah 8:14, 15; זַמֹּתִי Psalm 17:3 either belongs here with irregular accent (see De), or is Infinitive after analogue of לה֞ e.g. חַנּוֺת compare Psalm 77:10 (Hi Ri); Checritical note reads זִמָּתִי; זָמָ֑מוּ Psalm 31:14; Imperfect יָָֽזְמוּ Genesis 11:6 (Ges§ 67, R. 11); on possible Infinitive זמֹּתִ֫י Psalm 17:3 see above; Participle זֹמֵם Psalm 37:12; —
1. consider, fix thought upon, with accusative of concrete object שָׂדֶה Proverbs 31:16.
2. purpose, devise:
a. especially of Yahweh's purpose in punishment Jeremiah 4:28 (absolute), Jeremiah 51:12 followed by עשׂה + accusative (|| מְזִמָּה), Lamentations 2:17 (followed by אשׁר) Zechariah 1:6 (with כאשׁר followed by infinitive), Zechariah 8:14 (id.); of blessing only כֵּן שַׁבְתִּי זָמַמְתִּי לְהֵיטִיב Zechariah 8:15 (opposed to Zechariah 8:14).
b. of evil purpose of wicked men לעשׂות אשׁר יז׳ Genesis 11:6; Deuteronomy 19:19 (with כאשׁר + infinitive), Psalm 31:14 (followed by infinitive); absolute Proverbs 30:32 (|| נבל), Psalm 17:3 have I (i.e. if I have) devised evil (so De); followed by לְ person (= against) Psalm 37:12. **the text of Proverbs 30:32 is questioned by Frankenb Toy and others; see on II. נבל, below.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


11:6; 11:6


19:19; 19:19


17:3; 17:3; 17:3; 31:14; 31:14; 37:12; 37:12; 77:10


30:32; 30:32; 30:32; 31:16; 31:16


4:28; 4:28; 51:12


2:17; 2:17


1:6; 8:14; 8:14; 8:14; 8:15; 8:15

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2161 matches the Hebrew זָמַם (zāmam),
which occurs 13 times in 13 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:6 - And Yahweh said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have [fn]the same language. And this is what they have begun to do. So now nothing which they purpose H2161 to do will be [fn]impossible for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:19 - then you shall do to him just as he had intended H2161 to do to his brother. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 17:3 -

You have tested my heart;

You have visited me by night;

You have tried me and You find [fn]nothing;

I have purposed H2161 that my mouth will not [fn]transgress.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:13 -

For I have heard [fn]the bad report of many,

Terror is on every side;

While they took counsel together against me,

They schemed H2161 to take my life.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:12 -


The wicked schemes H2161 against the righteous

And gnashes at him with his teeth.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:32 -

If you have been wickedly foolish in lifting yourself up,

Or if you have schemed H2161 evil, put your hand on your mouth.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:16 -


She makes plans H2161 for a field and buys it;

From the fruit of her [fn]hands she plants a vineyard.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:28 -

“For this the earth shall mourn

And the heavens above be dark

Because I have spoken; I have purposed H2161,

And I will not [fn]relent, nor will I turn from it.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:12 -

Lift up a standard against the walls of Babylon;

Make strong the watch;

Raise up [fn]watchmen;

Establish men in ambush!

For Yahweh has both purposed H2161 and performed

What He spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:17 -


Yahweh has done what He purposed H2161;

He has completed His word

Which He commanded from days of old.

He has pulled down without sparing,

And He has caused the enemy to be glad over you;

He has exalted the [fn]might of your adversaries.

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 1:6 - “But did not My words and My statutes, which I commanded My slaves the prophets, overtake your fathers? Then they [fn]returned and said, ‘As Yahweh of hosts purposed H2161 to do to us in accordance with our ways and our deeds, so He has done with us.’”’”
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 8:14 -

“For thus says Yahweh of hosts, ‘Just as I purposed H2161 to bring about evil to you when your fathers provoked Me to wrath,’ says Yahweh of hosts, ‘and I have not relented,

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 8:15 - so I have again purposed H2161 in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not fear!
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