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Lexicon :: Strong's H2161 - zāmam

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Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
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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).
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 the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have [fn]the same language. And this is what they have started to do, and now nothing which they plan H2161 to do will be [fn]impossible for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:19 - then you shall do to him just as he had planned H2161 to do to his brother. So you shall eliminate the evil from among you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 17:3 - You have put my heart to the test;
You have visited me by night;
You have sifted me and You find [fn]nothing;
My intent H2161 is H2161 that my mouth will not offend.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:13 - For I have heard the [fn]slander of many,
Terror is on every side;
While they took counsel together against me,
They schemed H2161 to take away my life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:12 - The wicked plots H2161 against the righteous,
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:32 - If you have been foolish in exalting yourself,
Or if you have plotted H2161 evil, put your hand on your mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:16 - She considers H2161 a field and buys it;
From [fn]her earnings she plants a vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:28 - “For this the earth will mourn,
And the heavens above will become dark,
Because I have spoken, I have purposed H2161,
And I have not [fn]changed My mind, nor will I turn from it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:12 - Lift up a signal flag against the walls of Babylon;
Post a strong guard,
Station [fn]sentries,
Set up an ambush!
For the LORD has both planned H2161 and performed
What He spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:17 - The LORD has done what He determined H2161;
He has accomplished His word
Which He commanded from days of old.
He has torn down without sparing,
And He has helped the enemy to rejoice over you;
He has exalted the [fn]might of your adversaries.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 1:6 - “But did My words and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets, not [fn]overtake your fathers? Then they repented and said, ‘Just as the LORD of armies planned H2161 to do to us in accordance with our ways and our deeds, so He has dealt with us.’”’”
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 8:14 - “For this is what the LORD of armies says: ‘Just as I determined H2161 to do harm to you when your fathers provoked Me to anger,’ says the LORD of armies, ‘and I have not relented,
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 8:15 - so I have again determined H2161 in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not fear!

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