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Lexicon :: Strong's H2563 - ḥōmer

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masculine noun
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TWOT Reference: TWOT- 683c

Strong’s Definitions

חֹמֶר chômer, kho'mer; from H2560; properly, a bubbling up, i.e. of water, a wave; of earth, mire or clay (cement); also a heap; hence, a chomer or dry measure:—clay, heap, homer, mire, motion.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 30x

The KJV translates Strong's H2563 in the following manner: clay (11x), homer (11x), morter (4x), mire (2x), heap (2x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 30x
The KJV translates Strong's H2563 in the following manner: clay (11x), homer (11x), morter (4x), mire (2x), heap (2x).
  1. cement, mortar, clay

    1. mortar, cement

    2. clay

    3. mire

  2. heap

    1. swelling, surging (of water)

  3. homer - a unit of dry measure about 65 imperial gallons (300 l)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חֹמֶר chômer, kho'mer; from H2560; properly, a bubbling up, i.e. of water, a wave; of earth, mire or clay (cement); also a heap; hence, a chomer or dry measure:—clay, heap, homer, mire, motion.
STRONGS H2563: Abbreviations
† I. חֹ֫מֶר noun masculine cement, mortar, clay; — ח׳ absolute Genesis 11:3 + 13 times; construct Isaiah 10:6 + 2 times; —
1. mortar, cement for holding building-stones (brick) together Genesis 11:3 (J), Exodus 1:14 (P; both || לְבֵנִים); Nahum 3:14 (|| טיט).
2. clay:
a. as material of vessels Jeremiah 18:4, 6, היצר ח׳ Isaiah 29:16, in simile of God's fashioning man Isaiah 45:9; Isaiah 64:7; Job 10:9; as material of human bodies בָּתֵּי ח׳ Job 4:19; compare Job 33:6; as material of bulwarks (disparagingly) Job 13:12; חותם ח׳seal-clay i.e. clay upon which seal is pressed.
b.mire חוצות ח׳ Isaiah 10:6; הֹרָנִי לַח׳ Job 30:19 he hath cast me into the mire, i.e. deeply humiliated me (עָפָר and אֵפֶר in || clause); as simile of commonness, abundance Job 27:16 (|| עָפָר).

II. חֹ֫מֶר noun [masculine] heap (compare 1. חֲמוֺר) — ח׳ construct מַיִם רַבִּים ח׳ Habakkuk 3:15 a heap of great waters (|| יָם) — but text dubious, see I. חמר; plural הֳמָרִים חֳמָרִים Exodus 8:10 (J), of dead frogs gathered in heaps.

III. חֹ֫מֶר noun masculine homer, a dry measure (perhaps from above √, but dubious; compare Assyrian amâru, surround, contain, II. R 3619 a. b Strm4760, Imêru, a measure ZimBP 6 n) — ח׳ absolute Isaiah 5:10 + 5 times Ezekiel; construct Hosea 3:2 + 3 times; plural חֳמָרִים Numbers 11:32; — ח׳ of barley Hosea 3:2; Ezekiel 45:13, compare שְׂעֹרִים זֶרַע ח׳ Leviticus 27:16 i.e. land on which a ח׳ of barley seed was sown (taxed at 50 shekels); ח׳ of wheat Ezekiel 45:13; in general זֶרַע ח׳ Isaiah 5:10;=10 ephahs (or baths, see בַּת below בתת) Ezekiel 45:11 (3 times in verse); Ezekiel 45:14 (twice in verse) (in Ezekiel 45:14 strike out Co); on actual size of ח׳,=393.9 litres, see HultschMetrol. 2nd ed. 448, 452f. See further II. בַּת and references, BenzArch 183 f NowArch. i, 203 f.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


11:3; 11:3


1:14; 8:10






4:19; 10:9; 13:12; 27:16; 30:19; 33:6


5:10; 5:10; 10:6; 10:6; 29:16; 45:9; 64:7


18:4; 18:6


45:11; 45:13; 45:13; 45:14; 45:14


3:2; 3:2






Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2563 matches the Hebrew חֹמֶר (ḥōmer),
which occurs 31 times in 26 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:3 - Then they said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks and [fn]fire them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar H2563.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:14 - and they made their lives bitter with hard labor in mortar H2563 and bricks and at all kinds of labor in the field, all their labors which they violently had them perform as slaves.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 8:14 - So they piled them in heaps H2563, and the land stank.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 27:16 - ‘Again, if someone consecrates to the LORD part of the field of his own property, then your assessment shall be [fn]proportionate to the seed needed for it: a [fn]homer H2563 of barley seed at fifty shekels of silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:32 - And the people [fn]spent all that day, all night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quail (the one who gathered least gathered [fn]ten homers H2563) and spread them out for themselves all around the camp.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:19 - ‘How much more those who live in houses of clay H2563,
Whose foundation is in the dust,
Who are crushed before the moth!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 10:9 - ‘Remember that You have made me as clay H2563;
Yet would You turn me into dust again?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:12 - “Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes,
Your defenses are defenses of clay H2563.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:16 - “Though he piles up silver like dust,
And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay H2563,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:19 - “He has thrown me into the mire H2563,
And I have become like dust and ashes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:6 - “Behold, I belong to God, like you;
I too have been [fn]formed out of the clay H2563.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:14 - “It is changed like clay H2563 under the seal;
And they stand out like a garment.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:10 - “For ten acres of vineyard will yield only one [fn]bath of wine,
And a [fn]homer H2563 of seed will yield only an [fn]ephah of grain.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:6 - I send it against a godless nation
And commission it against the people of My fury
To capture spoils and to seize plunder,
And to [fn]trample them down like mud H2563 in the streets.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 29:16 - You turn things around!
Shall the potter be considered [fn]as equal with the clay H2563,
That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”;
Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 41:25 - “I have put one from the north into motion, and he has come;
From the rising of the sun he will call on My name;
And he will come upon rulers as upon [fn]mortar H2563,
As the potter treads on clay H2563.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 45:9 - “Woe to the one who quarrels with [fn]his Maker
A piece of pottery [fn]among the other earthenware pottery pieces!
Will the clay H2563 say to the [fn]potter, ‘What are you doing?’
Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 64:8 - But now, LORD, You are our Father;
We are the clay H2563, and You our potter,
And all of us are the work of Your hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:4 - But the vessel that he was making of clay H2563 was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:6 - “Am I not able, house of Israel, to deal with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Behold, like the clay H2563 in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, house of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 45:11 - “The ephah and the bath shall be [fn]the same quantity, so that the bath will contain a tenth of a homer H2563, and the ephah a tenth of a [fn]homer H2563; [fn]their standard shall be according to the homer H2563.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 45:13 - “This is the offering that you shall offer: a sixth of an ephah from each homer H2563 of wheat; a sixth of an ephah from each homer H2563 of barley;
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 45:14 - and the prescribed portion of oil (namely, the bath of oil), a tenth of a bath from each kor (which is ten baths or a homer H2563, for ten baths are a homer H2563);
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 3:2 - So I purchased her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver, and a [fn]homer H2563 and a [fn]lethech of barley.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:14 - Draw for yourself water for a siege!
Strengthen your fortifications!
Go into the clay and tread the mortar H2563!
Take hold of the brick mold!
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 3:15 - You trampled on the sea with Your horses,
On the foam H2563 of many waters.
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