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Lexicon :: Strong's H2603 - ḥānan

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Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root [compare חָנָה (H2583)]
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Strong’s Definitions

חָנַן chânan, khaw-nan'; a primitive root (compare H2583); properly, to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to favor, bestow; causatively to implore (i.e. move to favor by petition):—beseech, × fair, (be, find, shew) favour(-able), be (deal, give, grant (gracious(-ly), intreat, (be) merciful, have (shew) mercy (on, upon), have pity upon, pray, make supplication, × very.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 78x

The KJV translates Strong's H2603 in the following manner: mercy (16x), gracious (13x), merciful (12x), supplication (10x), favour (7x), besought (4x), pity (4x), fair (1x), favourable (1x), favoured (1x), miscellaneous (9x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 78x
The KJV translates Strong's H2603 in the following manner: mercy (16x), gracious (13x), merciful (12x), supplication (10x), favour (7x), besought (4x), pity (4x), fair (1x), favourable (1x), favoured (1x), miscellaneous (9x).
  1. to be gracious, show favour, pity

    1. (Qal) to show favour, be gracious

    2. (Niphal) to be pitied

    3. (Piel) to make gracious, make favourable, be gracious

    4. (Poel) to direct favour to, have mercy on

    5. (Hophal) to be shown favour, be shown consideration

    6. (Hithpael) to seek favour, implore favour

  2. to be loathsome

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חָנַן chânan, khaw-nan'; a primitive root (compare H2583); properly, to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to favor, bestow; causatively to implore (i.e. move to favor by petition):—beseech, × fair, (be, find, shew) favour(-able), be (deal, give, grant (gracious(-ly), intreat, (be) merciful, have (shew) mercy (on, upon), have pity upon, pray, make supplication, × very.
STRONGS H2603: Abbreviations
† I. חָנַן verb shew favour, be gracious (Late Hebrew id., Aramaic חֲנַן Nfo; Arabic حَنَّ yearn towards, long for, be merciful, compassionate, favourable, inclined towards; Sabean חן in proper name חן מסבררהם DHMEpigr. Denkm. 40; Phoenician חנן in חן favour, and proper name as אלחנן, חננבעל; Assyrian in derivatives annu, grace, favour, unninu, têninu nannu, id., LotzTP ZimBP 23, 66) —
Qal Perfect חָנַן Genesis 33:5; suffix חַנַּ֫נִי Genesis 33:11; יְ֯חַנַּנִי 2 Samuel 12:22; חַנֹּתִי Exodus 33:19; חָנָ֑נוּ Lamentations 4:16; Imperfect יֶחֱנַן Amos 5:15; יָחֹן Deuteronomy 28:50; וַיָּ֫חָן 2 Kings 13:23; suffix יָחְנְךָ Genesis 43:29; Isaiah 30:19; וִיחֻנֶּךָָ Numbers 6:25; יְחֻנֶּנּוּ Isaiah 27:11; Job 33:24; יְחָנֵּנוּ Psalm 67:2; Psalm 123:2; Malachi 1:9; תָּחֹן Psalm 59:6; suffix תְּחָנֵּם Deuteronomy 7:2; אָחֹן Exodus 33:19; Imperative suffix חָנֵּנִי Psalm 4:2 + 17 times Psalms; חָנְנֵנִי Psalm 9:14 (Baer pts. חַנְנֵנִי); חָנֵּנוּ Isaiah 33:2; Psalm 123:3 (twice in verse); חָנּוּנוּ Judges 21:22; חָנּנִֻי Job 19:21 (twice in verse); Infinitive absolute חָנוֺן Isaiah 30:19; construct חַנּוֺת [H2589 Psalm 77:10 [Psalm 77:9]]; חֶנְנָהּ Psalm 102:14; חֲנַנְכֶם Isaiah 30:18; Participle חֹנֵן Proverbs 14:31; חוֺנֵן Psalm 37:21 + 5 times Psalms, Proverbs — favour, shew favour;
1. of man:
a. Judges 21:22 favour us with them (2 accusative; i.e. by giving them to us).
b. in dealing with the poor, needy, and orphans, absolute Psalm 37:21; Psalm 37:26 = Psalm 112:5; with accusative Proverbs 14:31; Proverbs 19:17; Proverbs 28:8; with לְ Psalm 109:12.
c. by considering and sparing, with accusative Deuteronomy 7:2; Deuteronomy 28:50; Lamentations 4:16; Job 19:21 (twice in verse).
2. of God,
a. in the bestowal of favours, with accusative Genesis 33:11 (E), Genesis 43:29 (J), Numbers 6:25 (P), 2 Samuel 12:22; double accusative Genesis 33:5 (E), תּוֺרָֽתְךָ חָנֵּנִי be gracious unto me (in giving) thy law Psalm 119:29.
b. usually in the bestowal of redemption from enemies, evils, and sins; absolute [H2589 Psalm 77:10 [Psalm 77:9]], elsewhere with accusative Exodus 33:19 (twice in verse) (JE), Amos 5:15; 2 Kings 13:23; Isaiah 27:11; Isaiah 30:18, 19 (twice in verse); Isaiah 33:2; Malachi 1:9; Psalm 4:2; Psalm 6:3; Psalm 9:14; Psalm 25:16; Psalm 26:11; Psalm 27:7; Psalm 30:11; Psalm 31:10; Psalm 41:5; Psalm 41:11; Psalm 51:3; Psalm 56:2; Psalm 57:2 (twice in verse); Psalm 59:6; Psalm 67:2; Psalm 86:3; Psalm 86:16; Psalm 102:14; Psalm 119:58; Psalm 119:132; Psalm 123:2; Psalm 123:3 (twice in verse); Job 33:24. — [H2589 Job 19:17 see II. חנן]
Niph. Perfect 2nd person feminine singular נֵחַנְתְּ Jeremiah 22:23 be pitied (compare נֵאַרארר) but Greek Version of the LXX Syriac Version Vulgate express groan (i.e. נֶאֱנַחְתְּ), which is favoured by context, and adopted by Hi Ew Gf Gie and others.
Pi. Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular make gracious, favourable כִּייְֿחַנֵּן קוֺלוֺ Proverbs 26:25.
Po`el Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular direct favour to (Ges§ 55, 1) וְאֶתעֲֿפָרָהּ יְחֹנֵנוּ Psalm 102:15; Participle מְחוֺנֵן עֲנָיִ֯ים Proverbs 14:21.
Hoph. Imperfect יֻחַן be shewn favour, consideration Isaiah 26:10; Proverbs 21:10.
Hithp. Perfect 2nd person masculine singular הִתְחַנַּנְתָּה 1 Kings 9:3 + 5 times Perfect; Imperfect וַיִּתְחַנֵּן 2 Kings 1:13; וַתִּתְחַנֶּןֿ Esther 8:3; אֶתְחַנָּ֑ן Psalm 30:9 + 6 times. Imperfect; Infinitive לְהִתְחֶנֶּןֿ Esther 4:8; בְּהִתְחַנְנוֺ Genesis 42:21seek or implore favour:
1. of man, with אֶל Genesis 42:21 (E) 2 Kings 1:13; with לְ Job 19:16; Esther 4:8; Esther 8:3.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


33:5; 33:5; 33:11; 33:11; 42:21; 42:21; 43:29; 43:29


33:19; 33:19; 33:19


6:25; 6:25


3:23; 7:2; 7:2; 28:50; 28:50


21:22; 21:22

2 Samuel

12:22; 12:22

1 Kings

8:33; 8:47; 8:59; 9:3; 9:3

2 Kings

1:13; 1:13; 13:23; 13:23

2 Chronicles

6:24; 6:37


4:8; 4:8; 8:3; 8:3


8:5; 9:15; 19:16; 19:21; 19:21; 33:24; 33:24


4:2; 4:2; 6:3; 9:14; 9:14; 25:16; 26:11; 27:7; 30:9; 30:9; 30:11; 31:10; 37:21; 37:21; 37:26; 41:5; 41:11; 51:3; 56:2; 57:2; 59:6; 59:6; 67:2; 67:2; 86:3; 86:16; 102:14; 102:14; 102:15; 109:12; 112:5; 119:29; 119:58; 119:132; 123:2; 123:2; 123:3; 123:3; 142:2


14:21; 14:31; 14:31; 19:17; 21:10; 26:25; 28:8


26:10; 27:11; 27:11; 30:18; 30:18; 30:19; 30:19; 30:19; 33:2; 33:2




4:16; 4:16




5:15; 5:15


1:9; 1:9

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2603 matches the Hebrew חָנַן (ḥānan),
which occurs 79 times in 73 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Gen 33:5–Psa 109:12)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:5 - He raised his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, “[fn]Who are these with you?” So he said, “The children whom God has graciously H2603 given H2603 your servant.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:11 - “Please accept my [fn]gift which has been brought to you, because God has dealt H2603 graciously H2603 with me and because I have [fn]plenty.” So he urged him, and he accepted it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:21 - Then they said to one another, “Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded H2603 with us, yet we would not listen; for that reason this distress has happened to us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:29 - And as he raised his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, he said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” Then he said, “May God be H2603 gracious H2603 to you, my son.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 33:19 - And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and I will be H2603 gracious H2603 to whom I will be H2603 gracious H2603, and will show compassion to whom I will show compassion.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 6:25 - The LORD cause His face to shine on you,
And be H2603 gracious H2603 to you;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:23 - “I also pleaded H2603 with the LORD at that time, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:2 - and when the LORD your God turns them over to you and you [fn]defeat them, you shall [fn]utterly destroy them. You shall not make a covenant with them nor be H2603 gracious H2603 to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:50 - a nation [fn]with a defiant attitude, who will have no respect for the old, nor show H2603 favor H2603 to the young.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 21:22 - “And when their fathers or their brothers come to complain to us, we shall say to them, ‘[fn]Give H2603 them to us voluntarily H2603, because we did not take for each man of Benjamin [fn]a wife in battle, [fn]nor did you give them to them, [fn]otherwise you would now be guilty.’”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:22 - And he said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who knows, the LORD may be H2603 gracious H2603 to me, and the child may live.’
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 8:33 - “When Your people Israel are [fn]defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, if they turn to You again and confess Your name and pray and implore H2603 Your [fn]favor H2603 in this house,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 8:47 - if they [fn]take it to heart in the land where they have been taken captive, and repent and implore H2603 Your [fn]favor H2603 in the land of those who have taken them captive, saying, ‘We have sinned and done wrong, we have acted wickedly’;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 8:59 - “And may these words of mine, with which I have implored H2603 the [fn]favor H2603 of the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, so that He will maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel, [fn]as each day requires,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:3 - And the LORD said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your plea which you have offered H2603 before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built, by putting My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there [fn]always.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 1:13 - So the king again sent the captain of a third fifty with his fifty men. When the third captain of fifty went up, he came and bowed down on his knees before Elijah, and begged H2603 him and said to him, “You man of God, please let my life and the lives of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 13:23 - But the LORD was H2603 gracious H2603 to them and had compassion on them and turned to them because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and He was unwilling to eliminate them or cast them away from His presence until now.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 6:24 - “If Your people Israel are [fn]defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and they return to You and praise Your name, and pray and plead H2603 before You in this house,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 6:37 - if they [fn]take it to heart in the land where they are taken captive, and repent and plead H2603 to You in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and have acted wickedly’;
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:8 - He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict which had been issued in Susa for their annihilation, so that he might show Esther and inform her, and to order her to go in to the king to implore H2603 his favor H2603 and plead with him for her people.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 8:3 - Then Esther spoke again [fn]to the king, fell at his feet, wept, and pleaded H2603 for H2603 his compassion H2603 to avert the evil scheme of Haman the Agagite and his plot which he had devised against the Jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 8:5 - “If you will search for God
And implore H2603 the compassion H2603 of [fn]the Almighty,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:15 - “For though I were right, I could not [fn]answer;
I would have to implore H2603 the mercy H2603 of my Judge.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:16 - “I call to my servant, but he does not answer;
I have to implore H2603 his favor H2603 with my mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:17 - “My breath is offensive to my wife,
And I am loathsome H2603 to my own brothers.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:21 - “Pity H2603 me, pity H2603 me, you friends of mine,
For the hand of God has struck me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:24 - And he is H2603 gracious H2603 to him, and says,
‘Free him from going down to the pit,
I have found a ransom’;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 4:1 - [fn]For the music director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
Answer me when I call, God [fn]of my righteousness!
You have [fn]relieved me in my distress;
Be H2603 gracious H2603 to me and hear my prayer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 6:2 - Be H2603 gracious H2603 to me, LORD, for I am frail;
Heal me, LORD, for my bones are horrified.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 9:13 - Be H2603 gracious H2603 to me, LORD;
See my oppression from those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 25:16 - Turn to me and be H2603 gracious H2603 to me,
For I am lonely and afflicted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 26:11 - But as for me, I will walk in my integrity;
Redeem me, and be H2603 gracious H2603 to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:7 - Hear, LORD, when I cry with my voice,
And be H2603 gracious H2603 to me and answer me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 30:8 - To You, LORD, I called,
And to the Lord I pleaded H2603 for H2603 compassion H2603:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 30:10 - “Hear, LORD, and be H2603 gracious H2603 to me;
LORD, be my helper.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:9 - Be H2603 gracious H2603 to me, LORD, for I am in distress;
My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body too.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:21 - The wicked borrows and does not pay back,
But the righteous is gracious H2603 and gives.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:26 - All day long he is gracious H2603 and lends,
And his [fn]descendants are a blessing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 41:4 - As for me, I said, “LORD, be H2603 gracious H2603 to me;
Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 41:10 - But You, LORD, be H2603 gracious H2603 to me and raise me up,
That I may repay them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 51:1 - For the music director. A Psalm of David, when [fn]Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
Be H2603 gracious H2603 to me, God, according to Your faithfulness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion, wipe out my wrongdoings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:1 - For the music director; according to [fn]Jonath elem rehokim. A [fn]Mikhtam of David, [fn]when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
Be H2603 gracious H2603 to me, God, for a man has [fn]trampled upon me;
[fn]Fighting all day long he oppresses me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 57:1 - For the music director; set to [fn]Al-tashheth. A [fn]Mikhtam of David, [fn]when he fled from Saul in the cave.
Be H2603 gracious H2603 to me, God, be H2603 gracious H2603 to me,
For my soul takes refuge in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge
Until destruction passes by.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:5 - You, LORD God of armies, the God of Israel,
Awake to [fn]punish all the nations;
Do not be H2603 gracious H2603 to any who deal treacherously in wrongdoing. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 67:1 - For the music director; with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.
God be H2603 gracious H2603 to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine [fn]upon us— Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 86:3 - Be H2603 gracious H2603 to me, Lord,
For I call upon You all day long.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 86:16 - Turn to me, and be H2603 gracious H2603 to me;
Grant Your strength to Your servant,
And save the son of Your maidservant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:13 - You will arise and have compassion on Zion;
For it is time to be H2603 gracious H2603 to her,
For the appointed time has come.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:14 - Surely Your servants [fn]take pleasure in her stones,
And feel H2603 pity H2603 for her dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 109:12 - May there be none to [fn]extend kindness to him,
Nor any to be H2603 gracious H2603 to his fatherless children.

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