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Lexicon :: Strong's H2557 - ḥāmēṣ

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
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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).
STRONGS H2557: Abbreviations
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 - ‘For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove dough with yeast from your houses; for whoever eats anything H2557 with H2557 yeast H2557 from the first day until the seventh day, that [fn]person shall be cut off from Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:19 - ‘For seven days there shall be no dough with yeast found in your houses; for whoever eats anything with yeast, that [fn]person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:20 - ‘You shall not eat anything with yeast; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:3 - And Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you departed from Egypt, from the house of [fn]slavery; for by [fn]a powerful hand the LORD brought you out from this place. And nothing with H2557 yeast H2557 shall be eaten.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:7 - “Unleavened bread shall be eaten throughout the seven days; and nothing with H2557 yeast H2557 shall [fn]be seen among you, nor shall any dough with yeast [fn]be seen among you in all your borders.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:18 - “You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened H2557 bread H2557; nor is the fat of My [fn]feast to remain overnight until morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:25 - “You shall not [fn]offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened H2557 bread H2557, nor is the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover to [fn]be left over until morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 2:11 - ‘No grain offering, which you bring to the LORD, shall be made with leaven H2557, for you shall not offer [fn]up in smoke any leaven or any honey as an offering by fire to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 6:17 - ‘It shall not be baked with leaven H2557. I have given it as their share from My offerings by fire; it is most holy, like the sin offering and the guilt offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 7:13 - ‘With the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving, he shall present his offering with cakes of leavened H2557 bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:17 - ‘You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread as a wave offering, made of [fn]two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of a fine flour, baked with leaven H2557 as first fruits to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:3 - “You shall not eat leavened H2557 bread H2557 with it; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread with it, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in a hurry), so that you will remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 4:5 - [fn]Offer a thanksgiving offering also from that which is leavened H2557,
And proclaim [fn]voluntary offerings, make them known.
For so you love to do, you sons of Israel,”
Declares the Lord GOD.
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