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Lexicon :: Strong's H2557 - ḥāmēṣ

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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TWOT Reference: TWOT- 679a

Variant Spellings

The following spelling is supported by Strongs and Gesenius: חמץ.

Strong’s Definitions

חָמֵץ châmêts, khaw-mates'; from H2556; ferment, (figuratively) extortion:—leaven, leavened (bread).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 11x

The KJV translates Strong's H2557 in the following manner: leaven (5x), leavened bread (4x), leaven (2x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 11x
The KJV translates Strong's H2557 in the following manner: leaven (5x), leavened bread (4x), leaven (2x).
  1. the thing leavened, leaven

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חָמֵץ châmêts, khaw-mates'; from H2556; ferment, (figuratively) extortion:—leaven, leavened (bread).
חָמֵץ noun masculineExodus 13:3 that which is leavened֯ ח׳ Exodus 12:15 + 10 times — forbidden at Passover Exodus 12:15 (P), Exodus 13:3, 7 (JE), Deuteronomy 16:3, in all sacrifices Exodus 23:18; Exodus 34:25 (both J E); compare Amos 4:5; Leviticus 2:11; Leviticus 6:10 (P; apposition); exceptions are לֶחֶם ח׳ of peace-offering Leviticus 7:13 (P), and the wave-loaves (ח׳ appositive) Leviticus 23:17 (H). — see RSSem 208 OTJC 2, 345.

מַחְמֶ֫צֶת noun feminine anything leavened, only Exodus 12:19, 20 (P).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


12:15; 12:15; 12:19; 12:20; 13:3; 13:3; 13:7; 23:18; 34:25


2:11; 6:10; 7:13; 23:17






Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2557 matches the Hebrew חָמֵץ (ḥāmēṣ),
which occurs 13 times in 13 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:15 - Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread H2557 from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:19 - Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:20 - Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:3 - And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread H2557 be eaten.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:7 - Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread H2557 be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:18 - Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; H2557 neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:25 - Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; H2557 neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 2:11 - No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the LORD, shall be made with leaven: H2557 for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the LORD made by fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 6:17 - It shall not be baken with leaven. H2557 I have given it unto them for their portion of my offerings made by fire; it is most holy, as is the sin offering, and as the trespass offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 7:13 - Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened H2557 bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:17 - Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; H2557 they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:3 - Thou shalt eat no leavened bread H2557 with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 4:5 - And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, H2557 and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

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