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Lexicon :: Strong's H2420 - ḥîḏâ

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Part of Speech
feminine noun
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TWOT Reference: 616a

Strong’s Definitions

חִידָה chîydâh, khee-daw'; from H2330; a puzzle, hence, a trick, conundrum, sententious maxim:—dark saying (sentence, speech), hard question, proverb, riddle.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 17x

The KJV translates Strong's H2420 in the following manner: riddle (9x), dark sayings (3x), hard question (2x), dark sentence (1x), proverb (1x), dark speech (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 17x
The KJV translates Strong's H2420 in the following manner: riddle (9x), dark sayings (3x), hard question (2x), dark sentence (1x), proverb (1x), dark speech (1x).
  1. riddle, difficult question, parable, enigmatic saying or question, perplexing saying or question

    1. riddle (dark obscure utterance)

    2. riddle, enigma (to be guessed)

    3. perplexing questions (difficult)

    4. double dealing (with 'havin')

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חִידָה chîydâh, khee-daw'; from H2330; a puzzle, hence, a trick, conundrum, sententious maxim:—dark saying (sentence, speech), hard question, proverb, riddle.
חִידָה noun feminine riddle, enigmatic, perplexing saying or question; — absolute ח׳ Judges 14:12 + 6 times; suffix חִידָתִי Judges 14:18; Psalm 49:5; חִידָֽתְךָ Judges 14:13; plural absolute חִידוֺת 1 Kings 10:1 + 4 times; חִידֹת Numbers 12:8; suffix חִידֹתָם Proverbs 1:6; —
1. riddle=dark, obscure utterance Numbers 12:8 (J E; opposed to פֶּה־אֶל־פֶּה and מַרְאֶה); of something put indirectly and needing interpretation; — an allegory חוד ח׳ Ezekiel 17:2 (|| מְשֹׁל מָשָׁל); allegorical and figurative sayings Proverbs 1:6 (|| מְלִיצָה מָשָׁל and בְרֵי חֲכָמִים Di); enigmatic sentences and comparisons, declaring fate of Chaldeans Habakkuk 2:6 (+ מְלִיצָה; || מָשָׁל), perplexing moral problem Psalm 49:5 (with פָּתַח open, propound; || מָשָׁל), a lesson taught indirectly Psalm 78:2 (מִנִּי קֶדֶם ח׳, with הִבִּיעַ; || מָשָׁל).
2. riddle, enigma, to be guessed, in Judges 14:
a. with verb חוּד Judges 14:12, 13, 16 propound a riddle.
b. with verb הִגִּיד tell (give answer to) a riddle Judges 14:14, 15, 17, 19.
c. with verb מצא find out a riddle Judges 14:18.
3. perplexing questions by which queen of Sheba put Solomon to the test (נִסָּה) 1 Kings 10:1 2 Chronicles 9:1.
4. with הֵבִין skilled in double-dealing Daniel 8:23 (Bev).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


12:8; 12:8


14; 14:12; 14:12; 14:13; 14:13; 14:14; 14:15; 14:16; 14:17; 14:18; 14:18; 14:19

1 Kings

10:1; 10:1

2 Chronicles



49:5; 49:5; 78:2


1:6; 1:6








Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2420 matches the Hebrew חִידָה (ḥîḏâ),
which occurs 17 times in 17 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:8 - With him I speak mouth to mouth,
Even openly, and not in dark H2420 sayings, H2420
And he beholds the form of the LORD.
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant, against Moses?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:12 - Then Samson said to them, “Let me now propound a riddle H2420 to you; if you will indeed tell it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen wraps and thirty changes of clothes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:13 - “But if you are unable to tell me, then you shall give me thirty linen wraps and thirty changes of clothes.” And they said to him, “Propound your riddle, H2420 that we may hear it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:14 - So he said to them,
“Out of the eater came something to eat,
And out of the strong came something sweet.”
But they could not tell the riddle H2420 in three days.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:15 - Then it came about on the [fn]fourth day that they said to Samson’s wife, “Entice your husband, so that he will tell us the riddle, H2420 or we will burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us to impoverish us? Is this not so?
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:16 - Samson’s wife wept before him and said, “You only hate me, and you do not love me; you have propounded a riddle H2420 to the sons of my people, and have not told it to me.” And he said to her, “Behold, I have not told it to my father or mother; so should I tell you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:17 - However she wept before him seven days while their feast lasted. And on the seventh day he told her because she pressed him so hard. She then told the riddle H2420 to the sons of her people.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:18 - So the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down,
“What is sweeter than honey?
And what is stronger than a lion?”
And he said to them,
“If you had not plowed with my heifer,
You would not have found out my riddle.” H2420
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:19 - Then the Spirit of the LORD [fn]came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of them and took their spoil and gave the changes of clothes to those who told the riddle. H2420 And his anger burned, and he went up to his father’s house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:1 - Now when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with difficult H2420 questions. H2420
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 9:1 - Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with difficult H2420 questions. H2420 She had a very large retinue, with camels carrying spices and a large amount of gold and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was on her heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:4 - I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will [fn]express my riddle H2420 on the harp.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:2 - I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark H2420 sayings H2420 of old,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:6 - To understand a proverb and a figure,
The words of the wise and their riddles. H2420
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 17:2 - “Son of man, propound a riddle H2420 and speak a parable to the house of Israel,
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:23 - “In the latter period of their [fn]rule,
When the transgressors have [fn]run their course,
A king will arise,
[fn]Insolent and skilled in [fn]intrigue. H2420
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 2:6 - “Will not all of these take up a taunt-song against him,
Even mockery and insinuations H2420 against him
And say, ‘Woe to him who increases what is not his—
For how long
And makes himself [fn]rich with loans?’

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