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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 - Out of the ground the LORD God caused every tree to grow that is pleasing H2530 to the sight and good for food; the tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 3:6 - When 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, she took some of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some 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 [fn]drive out nations from you and enlarge your borders, and no one will covet H2530 your land when you go up three times a year to appear before the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 5:21 - ‘You shall not covet H2530 your neighbor’s wife, nor desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male slave or his female slave, his ox, his donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:25 - “The carved 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, or you will be trapped by it; for it is an abomination to the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:21 - when I saw among the spoils a beautiful robe from Shinar, two hundred shekels of silver, and a bar of gold fifty shekels in weight, then I wanted H2530 them and took them; and behold, they are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:25 - When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoils, they found much among them, including goods, [fn]garments, and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry. And they were taking the spoils for three days because there was so much.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:20 - “Because he knew no quiet [fn]within him,
He does not retain anything he desires H2530.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:10 - They are more desirable H2530 than gold, yes, than much pure gold;
Sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:11 - “With rebukes You punish a person for wrongdoing;
You consume like a moth what is precious H2530 to him;
Certainly all mankind is mere breath! Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:16 - Why do you look with envy, you mountains of many peaks,
At the mountain God has desired H2530 as His dwelling?
Indeed, the LORD will dwell there forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:22 - “How long, you naive ones, will you love simplistic thinking?
And how long will scoffers delight H2530 themselves in scoffing
And 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 person desires H2530 the [fn]plunder of evil people,
But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:20 - There is precious H2530 treasure and oil in the home of the wise,
But a foolish person swallows it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:3 - The Bride
“Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
So is my beloved among the [fn]young men.
In his shade I took H2530 great delight H2530 and sat down,
And his fruit was sweet to my [fn]taste.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 1:29 - [fn]You certainly will be ashamed of the [fn]oaks which you have desired H2530,
And you will be embarrassed by the gardens which you have chosen.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:9 - Those who fashion an idol are all futile, and their treasured H2530 things H2530 are of no benefit; 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 dry ground;
He has no stately form or majesty
That we would look at Him,
Nor an appearance that we would take H2530 pleasure H2530 in Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:23 - “At the beginning of your pleas the [fn]command was issued, and I have come to tell you, because you are [fn]highly esteemed; so pay attention to the message and gain understanding of the vision.
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 weeks were completed.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 10:11 - And he said to me, “Daniel, [fn]you who are treasured, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand at your place, 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, “[fn]You who are treasured, do not be afraid. Peace be to you; take courage and be courageous!” Now as soon as he spoke to me, I felt strengthened 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, precious stones, and treasures.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:43 - “But he will [fn]gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his [fn]heels.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 2:2 - They covet H2530 fields, so they seize them;
And houses, so they take them.
They [fn]exploit a man and his house,
A person and his inheritance.
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