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Lexicon :: Strong's H2232 - zāraʿ

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Strong’s Definitions

זָרַע zâraʻ, zaw-rah'; a primitive root; to sow; figuratively, to disseminate, plant, fructify:—bear, conceive seed, set with sow(-er), yield.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 56x

The KJV translates Strong's H2232 in the following manner: sow (47x), yielding (3x), sower (2x), bearing (1x), conceive (1x), seed (1x), set (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 56x
The KJV translates Strong's H2232 in the following manner: sow (47x), yielding (3x), sower (2x), bearing (1x), conceive (1x), seed (1x), set (1x).
  1. to sow, scatter seed

    1. (Qal)

      1. to sow

      2. producing, yielding seed

    2. (Niphal)

      1. to be sown

      2. to become pregnant, be made pregnant

    3. (Pual) to be sown

    4. (Hiphil) to produce seed, yield seed

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
זָרַע zâraʻ, zaw-rah'; a primitive root; to sow; figuratively, to disseminate, plant, fructify:—bear, conceive seed, set with sow(-er), yield.
STRONGS H2232: Abbreviations
† I. זָרַע verb sow, scatter seed (Late Hebrew id.; Assyrian zirû TPPrism vi. 15; Arabic زَرَعَ; Aramaic IfRz, H2234 זְרַע; Ethiopic ዘርአ፡ ዘርዐ፡ but in Sabean דֿרא DHMZMG 1883, 15 and in proper name, Id. in MV10, pp. 242, 983) —
Qal Perfect 3rd person masculine singular זָרַע Judges 6:3; 1st person singular וְזָרַעְתִּ֫י Jeremiah 31:27; suffix וּזְרַעְתִּיהָ consecutive Hosea 2:25 [Hosea 2:23]; 3rd person plural זָֽרְעוּ Jeremiah 12:13; 2nd person masculine plural זְרַעַתֶּם Haggai 1:6; וּזְרַעְתֶּם consecutive Genesis 47:23 + 2 times; Imperfect יִזְרָ֑ע Ecclesiastes 11:4; וַיִּזְרַע Genesis 26:12; suffix וַיִּזְרָעֶהָ Judges 9:45; 1st person singular אֶזְדְעָה Judg 31:8; suffix וְאֶזְרָעֵם Zechariah 10:9, etc.; Imperative masculine singular זְרַע Ecclesiastes 11:6; masculine plural זִרְעוּ Hosea 10:12 + 2 times; Infinitive לִזְרֹעַ Isaiah 28:24; Participle active זֹרֵעַ Isaiah 55:10 + 3 times; זזֹרֵעַ Proverbs 22:8; Jeremiah 50:16, etc.; Passive participle זָרֻעַ Psalm 97:11 (but on text see below); feminine זְרוּעָה Jeremiah 2:2; —
1. literally sow:
a. absolute sow (seed), do one's sowing Judges 6:3; Genesis 26:12 (J), Isaiah 28:24 (after ploughing חרשׁ); זִרְעוּ וקצרו ונטעו כרמים Isaiah 37:30 = 2 Kings 19:29; || קצר also Micah 6:15; Leviticus 25:11 (H), Ecclesiastes 11:4; || אסף Leviticus 25:20 (H); opposed to אכל Job 31:8; זֹרְעֵי עלכֿלמֿים Isaiah 32:20 (on construct compare Ges§ 130, 1); with אתהֿשּׁנה הַשׁמינִת Leviticus 25:22; followed by הַרְבֵּה Haggai 1:6 (opposed to הָבֵא מְעָ֑ט).
b. with accusative of land אדמה Exodus 23:10 (J E; || אסף), Genesis 47:23 (J); field (שׂדה) Leviticus 25:3 (|| אסף), compare Leviticus 25:4; Psalm 107:37; as passive participle אֶרֶץ לֹא זְרוּעָה Jeremiah 2:2 (|| מִדְבָּר).
c. with accusative of seed אֶתזַֿרְעֲךָ ז׳ Deuteronomy 11:10, compare Deuteronomy 22:9; Jeremiah 35:7; Leviticus 26:16 (H) Ecclesiastes 11:6; followed by חִטִּים Jeremiah 12:13 (|| קצר); compare also בִּכּוּרֵי מַעֲשֶׂיךָ אשׁר תזרע בַּשָּׂדֶה Exodus 23:16 (JE).
d. followed by 2 accusative לֹא תזרע כַּרְמְךָ כִּלְאַ֑יִם Deuteronomy 22:9; compare שָׂדְךָ לֹא תִזְרַע כִּלְאַיִם Leviticus 19:19 (H); זַרְעֲךָ אשׁרתֿזדע אתהֿאדמה Isaiah 30:23; also of destroyed city וַיִּזְרָעֶהָ מֶ֑לַח Judges 9:45.
e. participle active as substantive זוֺרֵעַ Jeremiah 50:16 (|| תֹּפֵשׂ מַגָּל בְּעֵת קָציר); לַֹזּרֵעַ Isaiah 55:10 (|| לָאֹכֵל).
2. of shrub and tree producing, yielding seed, with accusative of congnate meaning with verb Genesis 1:29 (twice in verse) (P), compare Hiph. 3. figurative:
a. of Yahweh's sowing (planting) Israel in the land וזרעתיה לי בָארץ Hosea 2:25 (We וזרעתיהו, object being Jezreel); on the other hand וְאֶזְרָעֵם בָּעַמִּים Zechariah 10:9.
b. with 2 accusative, of Yahweh's fructifying Israel and Judah יהודה זֶרַע אדם וזרע וזרעתי אתבֿית ישׂראל ואתבֿ׳ בהמה Jeremiah 31:27.
c. of moral action, זִרְעוּ לָכֶם לִצְדָקָה Hosea 10:12 (|| קצר); צדקה ז׳ Proverbs 11:18; אַלתִּֿזְרְעוּ אֶלקֹֿצִים Jeremiah 4:3 sow not in among thorns (said of a few righteous deeds amid much wickedness); especially of evil-doing רוּחַ יזרעו וְסוּפָתָה יִקְצֹ֑רוּ Hosea 8:7; זֹרְעֵי עָמָל Job 4:8 (|| קצר); זוֺרֵעַ עַוְלָה יקצוראָֿוֶן Proverbs 22:8.
d. of Israel's practising idolatry זְמֹרַת זָר תִּזְרָעֶ֑נּוּ Isaiah 17:10 (2 accusative)
e. הזרעים בדמעה בְּרִנָּה יִקְצֹ֑רוּ Psalm 126:5 metaphor of distress followed by joy.
f. אוֺר זָרֻעַ לַצַּדִּיק Psalm 97:11 read probably זָרַח, Vrss Ol Hu Bae Che and others.
Niph. be sown, fructified, Perfect 3rd person feminine singular וְנִזְרְעָה consecutive Numbers 5:28; 2nd person masculine plural וְנִזְרַעְתֶּם consecutive Ezekiel 36:9; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular יִזָּרַע Nahum 1:14; יִזָּרֵ֑עַ Deuteronomy 21:4; Leviticus 11:37; 3rd person feminine singular תִּזָּרַע Deuteronomy 29:22; —
1. be sown:
a. subject אֶרֶץ, ולא תַּצְמִחַ לֹא תִזּ׳ Deuteronomy 29:22, compare (of נַחַל אֵיתָן) לא יֵעָבֵּד בּוֺ ולא יִזּ׳ Deuteronomy 21:4; in address to הָרֵי ישׂראל, וְנֶעֱבַּדְתֶּם וְנִזְרַעְתֶּם Ezekiel 36:9.
b. subject זֶרַע, זֶרַע זֵרוּעַ אשׁר יִזָּרֵעַ Leviticus 11:37 (P); figurative מִשִּׁמְךָ עוֺד לֹא יִזּ׳ Nahum 1:14 no more of thy name be sown, in judgment against Nineveh.
2. be fructified, made pregnant וְנִזְרְעָה זָרַ֑ע Numbers 5:28 (P; of woman).
Pu. Perfect 3rd person plural זֹרָ֑עוּ Isaiah 40:24 of princes and judges under figure of trees (|| נִטָּ֑עוּ, שֹׁרֵשׁ בָּאָרֶץ גִּזְעָם).
Hiph. Imperfect 3rd person feminine singular תַּזְרִיעַ Leviticus 12:2; Participle מַזְרִיעַ Genesis 1:11, 12; —
1. produce seed, of herb, with accusative of congnate meaning with verb Genesis 1:11, 12; apparently denominative from זֶרַע; compare Qal 2.
2. of a woman, = bear a child זָכָר וְיָֽלְדָה תַּזְרִיע Leviticus 12:2.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


1:11; 1:11; 1:12; 1:12; 1:29; 26:12; 26:12; 47:23; 47:23


23:10; 23:16


11:37; 11:37; 12:2; 12:2; 19:19; 25:3; 25:4; 25:11; 25:20; 25:22; 26:16


5:28; 5:28


11:10; 21:4; 21:4; 22:9; 22:9; 29:22; 29:22


6:3; 6:3; 9:45; 9:45

2 Kings



4:8; 31:8


97:11; 97:11; 107:37; 126:5


11:18; 22:8; 22:8


11:4; 11:4; 11:6; 11:6


17:10; 28:24; 28:24; 30:23; 32:20; 37:30; 40:24; 55:10; 55:10


2:2; 2:2; 4:3; 12:13; 12:13; 31:27; 31:27; 35:7; 50:16; 50:16


36:9; 36:9


2:23; 8:7; 10:12; 10:12




1:14; 1:14


1:6; 1:6


10:9; 10:9

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2232 matches the Hebrew זָרַע (zāraʿ),
which occurs 56 times in 54 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Gen 1:11–Hos 10:12)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:11 - And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding H2232 seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:12 - And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding H2232 seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:29 - And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing H2232 seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding H2232 seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:12 - Then Isaac sowed H2232 in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 47:23 - Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow H2232 the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:10 - And six years thou shalt sow H2232 thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof:
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:16 - And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown H2232 in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:37 - And if any part of their carcase fall upon any sowing seed which is to be sown, H2232 it shall be clean.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 12:2 - Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, H2232 and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:19 - Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow H2232 thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:3 - Six years thou shalt sow H2232 thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:4 - But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow H2232 thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:11 - A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, H2232 neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:20 - And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, H2232 nor gather in our increase:
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:22 - And ye shall sow H2232 the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; until her fruits come in ye shall eat of the old store.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:16 - I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow H2232 your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:28 - And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive H2232 seed.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:10 - For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst H2232 thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:4 - And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a rough valley, which is neither eared nor sown, H2232 and shall strike off the heifer's neck there in the valley:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:9 - Thou shalt not sow H2232 thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, H2232 and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 29:23 - And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, H2232 nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:3 - And so it was, when Israel had sown, H2232 that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:45 - And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the city, and slew the people that was therein, and beat down the city, and sowed H2232 it with salt.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 19:29 - And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow H2232 ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:8 - Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow H2232 wickedness, reap the same.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:8 - Then let me sow, H2232 and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 97:11 - Light is sown H2232 for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 107:37 - And sow H2232 the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 126:5 - They that sow H2232 in tears shall reap in joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:18 - The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth H2232 righteousness shall be a sure reward.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:8 - He that soweth H2232 iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:4 - He that observeth the wind shall not sow; H2232 and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:6 - In the morning sow H2232 thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:10 - Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set H2232 it with strange slips:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:24 - Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? H2232 doth he open and break the clods of his ground?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:23 - Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow H2232 the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 32:20 - Blessed are ye that sow H2232 beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:30 - And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow H2232 ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 40:24 - Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: H2232 yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 55:10 - For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, H2232 and bread to the eater:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:2 - Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. H2232
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:3 - For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow H2232 not among thorns.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:13 - They have sown H2232 wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:27 - Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow H2232 the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 35:7 - Neither shall ye build house, nor sow H2232 seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:16 - Cut off the sower H2232 from Babylon, and him that handleth the sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee every one to his own land.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 36:9 - For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown: H2232
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:23 - And I will sow H2232 her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:7 - For they have sown H2232 the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:12 - Sow H2232 to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

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