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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 Yahweh God caused to grow every tree that is desirable H2530 in appearance and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 3:6 - Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable H2530 to make one wise, so she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 20:17 -

“You shall not covet H2530 your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet H2530 your neighbor’s wife or his male slave or his female slave or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:24 - “For I will dispossess nations before you and enlarge your borders, and no man shall covet H2530 your land when you go up three times a year to appear before Yahweh your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 5:21 -

‘You shall not covet H2530 your neighbor’s wife, and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, or his male slave or his female slave, his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.’

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:25 - “The graven images of their gods you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet H2530 the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it, for it is an abomination to Yahweh your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:21 - I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar and two hundred [fn]shekels of silver and a bar of gold fifty shekels in weight; then I [fn]coveted H2530 them and took them; and behold, they are concealed in the earth inside my tent with the silver underneath it.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:25 - So Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil and found much among them, including goods, [fn]garments, and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry. And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:20 -

“Because he knew no ease within his belly,

In his covetousness H2530, he does not let anything escape.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:10 -

They are more desirable H2530 than gold, even more than much fine gold;

Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:11 -

“With reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity;

You consume as a moth what is precious H2530 to him;

Surely every man is vanity. Selah.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:16 -

Why do you look with envy, O mountains with many peaks,

At the mountain which God has prized H2530 for His habitation?

Surely Yahweh will dwell there forever.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:22 -

“How long, O simple ones, will you love simplicity?

And scoffers delight H2530 in scoffing

And [fn]fools hate knowledge?

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:25 -

Do not desire H2530 her beauty in your heart,

Nor let her capture you with her eyelids.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:12 -

The wicked man desires H2530 a stronghold of evil men,

But the root of the righteous gives fruit.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:20 -

There is desirable H2530 treasure and oil in the abode of the wise,

But a foolish man swallows it up.

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:3 -

[fn]Like an [fn]apple tree among the trees of the forest,

So is my beloved among the sons.

In his shade I had H2530 great desire H2530 and sat down,

And his fruit was sweet to my [fn]taste.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 1:29 -

For [fn]you will be ashamed of the [fn]oaks which you have desired H2530,

And you will be humiliated because of the gardens which you have chosen.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:9 -

Those who form [fn]a graven image are all of them [fn]futile, and their desirable H2530 things H2530 are of no profit; even their own witnesses fail to see or know, so that they will be put to shame.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 53:2 -

For He grew up before Him like a tender [fn]shoot,

And like a root out of parched ground;

He has no stately form or majesty

That we should look upon Him,

Nor appearance that we should desire H2530 Him.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:23 - “At the beginning of your supplications the word was issued, so I have come to tell you, for you are [fn]highly esteemed; so understand the message and gain understanding in what has appeared.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 10:3 - I did not eat any [fn]tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three [fn]weeks were fulfilled.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 10:11 - And he said to me, “O Daniel, man of [fn]high esteem, understand the words that I am about to speak to you and stand [fn]upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 10:19 - And he said, “O man of [fn]high esteem, do not be afraid. Peace [fn]be with you; gather strength and be strong!” Now as soon as he spoke to me, I received strength and said, “May my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:38 - “But [fn]instead he will honor a god of fortresses, a god whom his fathers did not know; he will honor him with gold, silver, costly stones, and desirable things.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:43 - “But he will rule over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the desirable things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his [fn]heels.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 2:2 -

And they covet H2530 fields and then tear them away,

And houses, and take them away.

And they oppress a man and his house,

A man and his inheritance.

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