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Lexicon :: Strong's H2450 - ḥāḵām

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TWOT Reference: 647b

Strong’s Definitions

חָכָם châkâm, khaw-kawm'; from H2449; wise, (i.e. intelligent, skillful or artful):—cunning (man), subtle, (un-), wise((hearted), man).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 137x

The KJV translates Strong's H2450 in the following manner: wise (109x), wise man (13x), cunning (6x), cunning men (4x), subtil (1x), unwise (2x), wiser (2x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 137x
The KJV translates Strong's H2450 in the following manner: wise (109x), wise man (13x), cunning (6x), cunning men (4x), subtil (1x), unwise (2x), wiser (2x).
  1. wise, wise (man)

    1. skilful (in technical work)

    2. wise (in administration)

    3. shrewd, crafty, cunning, wily, subtle

    4. learned, shrewd (class of men)

    5. prudent

    6. wise (ethically and religiously)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חָכָם châkâm, khaw-kawm'; from H2449; wise, (i.e. intelligent, skillful or artful):—cunning (man), subtle, (un-), wise((hearted), man).
STRONGS H2450: Abbreviations
חָכָם adjective wise, ח׳ Deuteronomy 4:6 + 67 times; construct חֲכַם Isaiah 3:3 + 9 times; plural חֲכָמִים Deuteronomy 1:13 + 39 times; construct חַכְמֵי Exodus 28:3 + 4 times; suffix חֲכָמֶיךָ Isaiah 19:12 etc. + 8 times; feminine חֲכָמָה 2 Samuel 14:2; 2 Samuel 20:16; construct חַכְמַת Exodus 35:25; plural חֲכָמוֺת Jeremiah 9:16; construct חַכְמוֺת Judges 5:29; Proverbs 14:1(but read חָכְמוֺת De) —
1. skilful in technical work; artificers Isaiah 3:3; sailors Ezekiel 27:8, so (probably) Ezekiel 27:9; mourning women Jeremiah 9:16; artisans of tabernacle and temple and their furniture Exodus 28:3; Exodus 31:6; Exodus 35:10; Exodus 36:1, 2, 4, 8 (P), 1 Chronicles 22:15; 2 Chronicles 2:6; 2 Chronicles 2:12; 2 Chronicles 2:13 (twice in verse); women in spinning Exodus 35:25 (P); goldsmiths and other artisans Jeremiah 10:9; makers of idol-images Isaiah 40:20.
2. wise in the administration of affairs: Joseph in Egypt Genesis 41:33, 39 (E); heads of tribes Deuteronomy 1:13, 15; Judges 16:19; David 2 Samuel 14:20, of Solomon 1 Kings 2:9; 1 Kings 3:12; 1 Kings 5:21 2 Chronicles 2:11; the prince of Tyre, in satire Ezekiel 28:3; of kings in general Proverbs 20:26; class of political advisers of Judah Isaiah 29:14; Jeremiah 18:18, apparently also Isaiah 5:21; of Egypt Isaiah 19:11 (twice in verse); Isaiah 19:12, Edom Obadiah 8, the nations Jeremiah 10:7; so of God Isaiah 31:2.
3. shrewd, crafty, cunning: Jonadab 2 Samuel 13:3; the princesses Judges 5:29; אשׁה חכמה wise woman 2 Samuel 14:2; 2 Samuel 20:16; generally, Jeremiah 9:22; intelligent animals Proverbs 30:24; בערמם לכד ח׳ taking the cunning in their craft Job 5:13; חכם בעיני wise in one's own eyes Proverbs 3:7; Proverbs 26:5, 12, 16; Proverbs 28:11; חכמי לב wise of mind (in their own mind) Job 37:24.
4. plural class of learned and shrewd men, including astrologers, magicians and the like, of Egypt Genesis 41:8 (E), Exodus 7:11 (P; compare Isaiah 19:11 (twice in verse); Isaiah 19:12); Babylon Isaiah 44:25; Jeremiah 50:35; Jeremiah 51:57; Persia Esther 1:13; Esther 6:13.
5. prudent, towards king Proverbs 16:14; in controversies Proverbs 11:29; Proverbs 29:8, 9, 11; religious affairs Hosea 13:13; Hosea 14:10; Jeremiah 4:22; Jeremiah 8:8, 9; Deuteronomy 4:6; Deuteronomy 32:6; Psalm 107:43; אישׁ ח׳ Jeremiah 9:11.
6. wise, ethically and religiously,. in Wisdom Literature:
a. as adjective, חֲכַם לֵב wise of mind Proverbs 10:8; Proverbs 16:21; לֵב חָכָם Ecclesiastes 8:5; of the son Proverbs 10:1 = Proverbs 15:20; Proverbs 13:1; Proverbs 23:24; Ecclesiastes 2:19; ילד ח׳ Ecclesiastes 4:13 wise boy; גבר ח׳ Job 34:34 wise man; מוכיח ח׳ wise reprover Proverbs 25:12.
b. = substantive:
(1) as a wise learner in school of wisdom, he fears God and departs from evil Proverbs 14:16; is silent Proverbs 17:28; hearkens to counsel Proverbs 12:15; hears and increases in learning Proverbs 1:5; his ear seeketh knowledge Proverbs 18:15; he receives it Proverbs 21:11; and stores it up Proverbs 10:14; his ears hearken to the reproof which giveth life Proverbs 15:31; and he becomes wiser through it Proverbs 9:8, 9.
(2) as a wise teacher, a sage, he does not answer with windy knowledge Job 15:2; he tells the experience of the past Job 15:48; has knowledge Job 34:2; teaches it Ecclesiastes 12:9; disperses it Proverbs 15:7; his tongue is health Proverbs 12:18; it utters knowledge aright Proverbs 15:2; his mind instructs his mouth and adds learning to his lips Proverbs 16:23; his words are gracious Ecclesiastes 10:12; it is good to hear his rebuke Ecclesiastes 7:5; his instruction is a fountain of life Proverbs 13:14; one walking with him becomes wiser Proverbs 13:20. The חכמים recall the Greek σόφοι, having their schools, pupils (בֵן), discipline (מוּסָר), principles and collections of wisdom, דברי חכמים Proverbs 1:6; Proverbs 22:17 (compare Proverbs 24:23), Ecclesiastes 9:17; Ecclesiastes 12:11; God himself is חכם לבב Job 9:4.
(3) the wise are prosperous: true, in sceptical view of Ecclesiastes, they have no advantage over the fool Ecclesiastes 6:8; but die as the fool Ecclesiastes 2:16 (twice in verse); Psalm 49:11; they will not be able to find the works of God Ecclesiastes 8:17; like others are in the hands of God Ecclesiastes 9:1; they do not secure bread Ecclesiastes 9:11; but elsewhere reverse is true: precious treasure is in his dwelling Proverbs 21:20; his lips preserve him Proverbs 14:3; they inherit glory Proverbs 3:35; wealth is their crown Proverbs 14:24; the wise man is strong Proverbs 24:5; Ecclesiastes 7:19; his eyes are in his head Ecclesiastes 2:14; his mind is at his right hand Ecclesiastes 10:2; he interprets things Ecclesiastes 8:1
(4) the wise man is a blessing to others: he wins men Proverbs 11:30; scales the city of the mighty Proverbs 21:22; though poor he delivers the city Ecclesiastes 9:15; is a reproof to scorners Proverbs 15:12; his mind is in the house of mourning Ecclesiastes 7:4; injustice makes him foolish Ecclesiastes 7:7; Job finds no wise men among his cruel friends Job 17:10.

See related Aramaic BDB entry H2445.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


41:8; 41:33; 41:39


7:11; 28:3; 28:3; 31:6; 35:10; 35:25; 35:25; 36:1; 36:2; 36:4; 36:8


1:13; 1:13; 1:15; 4:6; 4:6; 32:6


5:29; 5:29; 16:19

2 Samuel

13:3; 14:2; 14:2; 14:20; 20:16; 20:16

1 Kings


1 Chronicles


2 Chronicles

2:6; 2:11; 2:12; 2:13


1:13; 6:13


5:13; 9:4; 15:2; 17:10; 34:2; 34:34; 37:24


49:11; 107:43


1:5; 1:6; 3:7; 3:35; 9:8; 9:9; 10:1; 10:8; 10:14; 11:29; 11:30; 12:15; 12:18; 13:1; 13:14; 13:20; 14:1; 14:3; 14:16; 14:24; 15:2; 15:7; 15:12; 15:20; 15:31; 16:14; 16:21; 16:23; 17:28; 18:15; 20:26; 21:11; 21:20; 21:22; 22:17; 23:24; 24:5; 24:23; 25:12; 26:5; 26:12; 26:16; 28:11; 29:8; 29:9; 29:11; 30:24


2:14; 2:16; 2:19; 4:13; 6:8; 7:4; 7:5; 7:7; 7:19; 8:1; 8:5; 8:17; 9:1; 9:11; 9:15; 9:17; 10:2; 10:12; 12:9; 12:11

Song of Songs



3:3; 3:3; 5:21; 19:11; 19:11; 19:12; 19:12; 19:12; 29:14; 31:2; 40:20; 44:25


4:22; 8:8; 8:9; 9:11; 9:16; 9:16; 9:22; 10:7; 10:9; 18:18; 50:35; 51:57


27:8; 27:9; 28:3





Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2450 matches the Hebrew חָכָם (ḥāḵām),
which occurs 137 times in 133 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 3 (Gen 41:8–Pro 10:8)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:8 - Now it happened that in the morning his spirit was troubled, so he sent and called for all the [fn]magicians of Egypt and all its wise H2450 men H2450. And Pharaoh recounted to them his dream, but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:33 - “So now let Pharaoh look for a man understanding and wise H2450, and set him over the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:39 - So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made you know all of this, there is no one so understanding and wise H2450 as you are.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:11 - Then Pharaoh also called for the wise H2450 men H2450 and the sorcerers, and they also, the [fn]magicians of Egypt, did [fn]the same with their secret arts.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:3 - “You shall speak to all those [fn]wise H2450 at heart whom I have filled with [fn]the spirit of wisdom, that they make Aaron’s garments to set him apart as holy, in order for him to minister as priest to Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 31:6 - “And behold, I Myself have [fn]appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are [fn]wise H2450 at heart I have put [fn]wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded you:
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 35:10 -

‘And let everyone [fn]wise H2450 at heart among you come and make all that Yahweh has commanded:

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 35:25 - All the women [fn]wise H2450 at heart spun with their hands and brought what they had spun, in [fn]blue and purple and scarlet material and in fine linen.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 36:1 -

“Now Bezalel and Oholiab and every person [fn]wise H2450 at heart, to whom Yahweh has given [fn]wisdom and discernment to know how to do all the work of the service of constructing the sanctuary, shall do in accordance with all that Yahweh has commanded.”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 36:2 -

Then Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every person [fn]wise H2450 at heart to whom Yahweh had given [fn]wisdom, everyone whose heart stirred him, to come to the work to do it.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 36:4 - And all the [fn]wise H2450 men H2450 who were doing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from [fn]the work which [fn]he was doing,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 36:8 -

And all those [fn]wise H2450 at heart among those who were doing the work made the [fn]tabernacle with ten curtains; of fine twisted linen and [fn]blue and purple and scarlet material, with cherubim, the work of a skillful designer, [fn]Bezalel made them.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:13 - [fn]Choose wise H2450 and understanding and experienced men from your tribes, and I will appoint them as your heads.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:15 - “So I took the heads of your tribes, wise H2450 and experienced men, and gave them as heads over you, leaders of thousands and [fn]of hundreds, [fn]of fifties and [fn]of tens, and officers for your tribes.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:6 - “You shall keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise H2450 and understanding people.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:19 - “You shall not distort justice; you shall not [fn]be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise H2450 and perverts the words of the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:6 -

“Do you thus repay Yahweh,

O people who are wickedly foolish and without wisdom H2450?

Is not He your Father who has bought you?

He has made you and established you.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:29 -

“Her wise H2450 princesses would answer her,

Indeed she repeats her words to herself,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 13:3 - But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab, the son of [fn]Shimeah, David’s brother; and Jonadab was a very [fn]shrewd H2450 man.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 14:2 - So Joab sent to Tekoa and [fn]brought a wise H2450 woman from there and said to her, “Please pretend to be a mourner, and put on mourning garments now, and do not anoint yourself with oil, but be like a woman who has been mourning for the dead many days;
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 14:20 - in order to change the appearance of things your servant Joab has done this thing. But my lord is wise H2450, like the wisdom of the angel of God, to know all that is in the earth.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 20:16 - Then a wise H2450 woman called from the city, “Hear, hear! Please tell Joab, ‘Draw near that I may speak with you.’”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 2:9 - “So now, do not let him go unpunished, for you are a wise H2450 man; and you will know what you ought to do to him, and you will bring his gray hair down to Sheol with blood.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:12 - behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise H2450 and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:7 -

Now it happened, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he was very glad and said, “Blessed be Yahweh today, who has given to David a wise H2450 son over this great people.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 22:15 - “Moreover, there are many of those who do the work with you, hewers of stone and craftsmen of stone and wood, and all men H2450 who are [fn]wise H2450 in every kind of work.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:7 - “So now, send me a wise H2450 man to work in gold, silver, brass, and iron, and in purple, crimson, and blue fabrics, and who knows how to make engravings, to work with the wise H2450 men H2450 [fn]whom I have in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father prepared.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:12 - Then Huram said, “Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, who has made heaven and earth, who has given King David a wise H2450 son, knowledgeable in insight and understanding, who will build a house for Yahweh and a [fn]royal palace for himself.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:13 -

“So now, I am sending Huram-abi, a wise H2450 man, who is knowledgeable in understanding,

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:14 - the son of a [fn]Danite woman and [fn]a Tyrian father, who knows how to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood, and in purple, blue, linen, and crimson fabrics, and who knows how to make all kinds of engravings and to devise any design which may be given to him, to work with your wise H2450 men H2450 and with the wise H2450 men of my lord David your father.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:13 -

Then the king said to the wise H2450 men H2450 who knew the times—for it was the custom of the king thus to speak before all who knew law and justice

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 6:13 - And Haman recounted to Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. Then his wise H2450 men H2450 and Zeresh his wife said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of the seed of the Jews, you will not overcome him, but will surely fall before him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 5:13 -

“He catches the wise H2450 by their own craftiness,

And the counsel of the twisted is quickly thwarted.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:4 -

“Wise H2450 in heart and mighty in power,

Who has stiffened his neck against Him and been at peace?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:2 -

“Should a wise H2450 man H2450 answer with windy knowledge

And fill his belly with the east wind?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:18 -

What wise H2450 men H2450 have told,

And have not concealed from their fathers,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 17:10 -

“But come again all of [fn]you now,

For I do not find a wise H2450 man H2450 among you.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:2 -

“Hear my speech, you wise H2450 men H2450,

And give ear to me, you who know.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:34 -

“Men with a heart of wisdom will say to me,

And a wise H2450 man who hears me,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 37:24 -

“Therefore men fear Him;

He does not regard any who are wise H2450 of heart.”

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:10 -

For he sees that even wise H2450 men H2450 die;

The [fn]fool and the senseless alike perish

And leave their wealth to others.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 107:43 -

Who is wise H2450? Let him keep these things,

And carefully consider the lovingkindnesses of Yahweh.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:5 -

Let the wise H2450 man H2450 hear and increase in learning,

And a man of understanding will acquire guidance,

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:6 -

To understand a proverb and an enigma,

The words of the wise H2450 and their riddles.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:7 -

Do not be wise H2450 in your own eyes;

Fear Yahweh and turn away from evil.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:35 -

The wise H2450 will inherit glory,

But [fn]fools raise up disgrace.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:8 -

Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you,

Reprove a wise H2450 man H2450 and he will love you.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:9 -

Give knowledge to a wise H2450 man H2450 and he will be still wiser,

Make a righteous man know it and he will increase his learning.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 10:1 -

The proverbs of Solomon.

A wise H2450 son makes a father glad,

But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 10:8 -

The wise H2450 of heart will receive commandments,

But an ignorant fool of loose lips will be [fn]ruined.

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