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Lexicon :: Strong's H2530 - ḥāmaḏ

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Part of Speech
feminine noun, verb
Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
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TWOT Reference: 673

Strong’s Definitions

חָמַד châmad, khaw-mad'; a primitive root; to delight in:—beauty, greatly beloved, covet, delectable thing, (× great) delight, desire, goodly, lust, (be) pleasant (thing), precious (thing).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 21x

The KJV translates Strong's H2530 in the following manner: desire (11x), covet (4x), delight (2x), pleasant (1x), beauty (1x), lust (1x), delectable things (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 21x
The KJV translates Strong's H2530 in the following manner: desire (11x), covet (4x), delight (2x), pleasant (1x), beauty (1x), lust (1x), delectable things (1x).
  1. to desire, covet, take pleasure in, delight in

    1. (Qal) to desire

    2. (Niphal) to be desirable

    3. (Piel) to delight greatly, desire greatly

      feminine noun
  2. desirableness, preciousness

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חָמַד châmad, khaw-mad'; a primitive root; to delight in:—beauty, greatly beloved, covet, delectable thing, (× great) delight, desire, goodly, lust, (be) pleasant (thing), precious (thing).
STRONGS H2530: Abbreviations
חָמַד verb desire, take pleasure in (Aramaic חֲמַד (not in Syriac); Arabic حَمِدَ praise, eulogize, appove of; Sabean חמדם in gratitude [praise] there-for DHMZMG 1875, 595; 1876, 686) —
Qal Perfect ח׳ Psalm 68:17; Proverbs 12:12; חָֽמְדוּ Proverbs 1:22; וְחָֽמְדוּ consecutive Micah 2:2; חֲמַדְתֶּם Isaiah 1:29; Imperfect יַחְמֹד Exodus 34:24; 2nd person masculine singular תַּחְמֹד Exodus 20:16 (twice in verse) + 3 times (including Proverbs 6:25 jussive); suffix וָאֶחְמְדֵם Joshua 7:21; וְנֶחְמְדֵ֫הוּ Isaiah 53:2; Passive participle חֲמוּדוֺ Psalm 39:12; Job 20:20, חֲמוּדֵיהֶם Isaiah 44:9; — desire:
a. in bad sense of inordinate, ungoverned, selfish desire, followed by accusative Exodus 20:17 (twice in verse) (E)=Deuteronomy 5:18 (Deuteronomy 5:18b has תִּתְאַוֶּה), Exodus 34:24 (JE) Deuteronomy 7:25; Joshua 7:21 (JE) Micah 2:2; Proverbs 12:12; of lustful desire Proverbs 6:25.
b.take pleasure in, of idolatrous tendency Isaiah 1:29, so participle plural חֲמוּדֵיהֵם Isaiah 44:9 their delightful things (things in which they delight, see also Isaiah 44:11 and BevJPhoenician xvii. 1888. p. 126); לֵצִים לָצוֺן חָֽמְדוּ Proverbs 1:22 how long do scorners delight in scoring.
c. less often in good sense, said of God לְשִׁבְתּוֺ הָהָר חָמַד א׳, poetic Psalm 68:17; object the suffering servant of י׳, Isaiah 53:2 no beauty in him, that we should desire him (choose him, be drawn toward him); passive participle collective חֲמוּדוֺ Psalm 39:12 his desired things, i. e. chosen, choice, desirable (see Niph.); so probably Job 20:20.
Niph. Participle נֶחְמָד Genesis 2:9 + 2 times; הַנֶּחֱמָדִים Psalm 19:11; — desirable: עץ נ׳ לְמַרְאֶה Genesis 2:9, לְהַשְׂכִּיל נ׳ Genesis 3:6, מִזָּהָב הַנֶּח׳ Psalm 19:11 which are more desirable than gold; אוֺצָר נֶחְמָד Proverbs 21:20 desirable, i.e. costly treasure.
Pi. Perfect 1st person singular delight greatly וְיָשַׁ֫בְתִּי בְּצִלּוֺ ח׳ Songs 2:3 in his shadow I greatly delighted and sate, i.e. sate with great delight.

† [חֲמוּדָה] noun feminine desirableness, preciousnessPlural absolute חֲמוּדוֺת Daniel 9:23; חֲמוּדֹת Ezra 8:37; חֲמֻדוֺת 2 Chronicles 20:25 + 4 times; חֲמֻדֹת Genesis 27:15; construct חֲמֻדוֺת Daniel 11:43; — desirable, choice things i.e. garments Genesis 27:15 (|| בגדים); compare Daniel 11:38 (|| אבן יקרה), Daniel 11:43 (חֲמֻדוֺת מִצְרַיִם);=precious things Ezra 8:27 (as gold); כלי ח׳ 2 Chronicles 20:25; לֶחֶם ח׳ Deuteronomy 10:3; of man only אִישׁחֿ׳ Daniel 10:11, 19, and, without אישׁ, אָ֫תָּה ח׳ Daniel 9:23 thou art a precious treasure (on construction see Dr§ 189, 2; see Bev and compare negative חמד Isaiah 53:2).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


2:9; 2:9; 3:6; 27:15; 27:15


20:16; 20:17; 34:24; 34:24


5:18; 5:18; 7:25; 10:3


7:21; 7:21

2 Chronicles

20:25; 20:25




20:20; 20:20


19:11; 19:11; 39:12; 39:12; 68:17; 68:17


1:22; 1:22; 6:25; 6:25; 12:12; 12:12; 21:20

Song of Songs



1:29; 1:29; 44:9; 44:9; 44:11; 53:2; 53:2; 53:2


9:23; 9:23; 10:11; 10:19; 11:38; 11:43; 11:43


2:2; 2:2

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2530 matches the Hebrew חָמַד (ḥāmaḏ),
which occurs 28 times in 27 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:9 - And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant H2530 to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 3:6 - And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired H2530 to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 20:17 - Thou shalt not covet H2530 thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet H2530 thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:24 - For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire H2530 thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the LORD thy God thrice in the year.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 5:21 - Neither shalt thou desire H2530 thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:25 - The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire H2530 the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:21 - When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted H2530 them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:25 - And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:20 - Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired. H2530
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:10 - More to be desired H2530 are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:11 - When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty H2530 to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:16 - Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth H2530 to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:22 - How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight H2530 in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:25 - Lust H2530 not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:12 - The wicked desireth H2530 the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:20 - There is treasure to be desired H2530 and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:3 - As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, H2530 and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 1:29 - For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, H2530 and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:9 - They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things H2530 shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 53:2 - For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire H2530 him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:23 - At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 10:3 - I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 10:11 - And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 10:19 - And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:38 - But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:43 - But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 2:2 - And they covet H2530 fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
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