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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 - Then God said, “Let the earth sprout [fn]vegetation, [fn]plants yielding H2232 seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after [fn]their kind [fn]with seed in them”; and it was so.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:12 - The earth brought forth [fn]vegetation, [fn]plants yielding H2232 seed after [fn]their kind, and trees bearing fruit [fn]with seed in them, after [fn]their kind; and God saw that it was good.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 1:29 - Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding H2232 seed that is on the [fn]surface of all the earth, and every tree [fn]which has fruit yielding H2232 seed; it shall be food for you;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:12 - Now Isaac sowed H2232 in that land and [fn]reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the LORD blessed him,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 47:23 - Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have today bought you and your land for Pharaoh; now, here is seed for you, and you may sow H2232 the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:10 - “You shall sow H2232 your land for six years and gather in its yield,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:16 - “Also you shall observe the Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow H2232 in the field; also the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:37 - ‘If a part of their carcass falls on any seed for sowing which is to be sown, H2232 it is clean.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 12:2 - “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying: ‘When a woman [fn]gives H2232 birth H2232 and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean for seven days, as in the days of [fn]her menstruation she shall be unclean.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:19 - ‘You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow H2232 your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:3 - ‘Six years you shall sow H2232 your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its crop,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:4 - but during the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath rest, a sabbath to the LORD; you shall not sow H2232 your field nor prune your vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:11 - ‘You shall have the fiftieth year as a jubilee; you shall not sow, H2232 nor reap its aftergrowth, nor gather in from its untrimmed vines.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:20 - ‘But if you say, “What are we going to eat on the seventh year [fn]if we do not sow H2232 or gather in our crops?”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:22 - ‘When you are sowing H2232 the eighth year, you can still eat old things from the crop, eating the old until the ninth year when its crop comes in.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:16 - I, in turn, will do this to you: I will appoint over you a sudden terror, consumption and fever that will waste away the eyes and cause the soul to pine away; also, you will sow H2232 your seed uselessly, for your enemies will eat it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:28 - ‘But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean, she will then be free and conceive H2232 [fn]children.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:10 - “For the land, into which you are entering to possess it, is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you used to sow H2232 your seed and water it with your [fn]foot like a vegetable garden.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:4 - and the elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a valley with running water, which has not been plowed or sown, H2232 and shall break the heifer’s neck there in the valley.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:9 - “You shall not sow H2232 your vineyard with two kinds of seed, or [fn]all the produce of the seed which you have sown H2232 and the increase of the vineyard will become defiled.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 29:23 - ‘All its land is brimstone and salt, a burning waste, [fn]unsown H2232 and unproductive, and no grass grows in it, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in His anger and in His wrath.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:3 - For it was when Israel had sown, H2232 that the Midianites would come up with the Amalekites and the sons of the east and [fn]go against them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:45 - Abimelech fought against the city all that day, and he captured the city and killed the people who were in it; then he razed the city and sowed H2232 it with salt.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 19:29 - ‘Then this shall be the sign for you: [fn]you will eat this year what grows of itself, in the second year what springs from the same, and in the third year sow, H2232 reap, plant vineyards, and eat their fruit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:8 - “According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity
And those who sow H2232 trouble harvest it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:8 - Let me sow H2232 and another eat,
And let my [fn]crops be uprooted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 97:11 - Light is sown H2232 like seed for the righteous
And gladness for the upright in heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 107:37 - And sow H2232 fields and plant vineyards,
And [fn]gather a fruitful harvest.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 126:5 - Those who sow H2232 in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:18 - The wicked earns deceptive wages,
But he who sows H2232 righteousness gets a true reward.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 22:8 - He who sows H2232 iniquity will reap vanity,
And the rod of his fury will perish.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:4 - He who watches the wind will not sow H2232 and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:6 - Sow H2232 your seed in the morning and do not [fn]be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether [fn]morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:10 - For you have forgotten the God of your salvation
And have not remembered the rock of your refuge.
Therefore you plant delightful plants
And set H2232 them with vine slips of a strange god.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:24 - Does the [fn]farmer plow [fn]continually to plant H2232 seed? H2232
Does he continually [fn]turn and harrow the ground?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:23 - Then He will give you rain for [fn]the seed which you will sow H2232 in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be [fn]rich and [fn]plenteous; on that day your livestock will graze in a roomy pasture.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 32:20 - How blessed will you be, you who sow H2232 beside all waters,
Who [fn]let out freely the ox and the donkey.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:30 - “Then this shall be the sign for you: [fn]you will eat this year what grows of itself, in the second year what springs from the same, and in the third year sow, H2232 reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 40:24 - [fn]Scarcely have they been planted,
[fn]Scarcely have they been sown, H2232
[fn]Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
But He merely blows on them, and they wither,
And the storm carries them away like stubble.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 55:10 - “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower H2232 and bread to the eater;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:2 - “Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD,
“I remember concerning you the [fn]devotion of your youth,
The love of your betrothals,
Your following after Me in the wilderness,
Through a land not sown. H2232
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:3 - For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem,
[fn]Break up your fallow ground,
And do not sow H2232 among thorns.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:13 - “They have sown H2232 wheat and have reaped thorns,
They have strained themselves [fn]to no profit.
But be ashamed of your [fn]harvest
Because of the fierce anger of the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:27 - “Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when 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 - ‘You shall not build a house, and you shall not sow H2232 seed and you shall not plant a vineyard or own one; but in tents you shall dwell all your days, that you may live many days in the land where you sojourn.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:16 - “Cut off the sower H2232 from Babylon
And the one who wields the sickle at the time of harvest;
From before [fn]the sword of the oppressor
They will each turn back to his own people
And they will each flee to his own land.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 36:9 - ‘For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you will be cultivated and sown. H2232
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 2:23 - “I will sow H2232 her for Myself in the land.
I will also have compassion on [fn]her who had not obtained compassion,
And I will say to [fn]those who were not My people,
‘You are My people!’
And [fn]they will say,You are my God!’”
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:7 - For they sow H2232 the wind
And they reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no [fn]heads;
It yields no [fn]grain.
Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 10:12 - Sow H2232 with a view to righteousness,
Reap in accordance with [fn]kindness;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the LORD
Until He comes to [fn]rain righteousness on you.

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