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Lexicon :: Strong's H2637 - ḥāsēr

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Strong’s Definitions

חָסֵר châçêr, khaw-sare'; a primitive root; to lack; by implication, to fail, want, lessen:—be abated, bereave, decrease, (cause to) fail, (have) lack, make lower, want.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 21x

The KJV translates Strong's H2637 in the following manner: want (7x), lack (6x), fail (3x), decreased (1x), abated (1x), have need (1x), made lower (1x), bereave (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 21x
The KJV translates Strong's H2637 in the following manner: want (7x), lack (6x), fail (3x), decreased (1x), abated (1x), have need (1x), made lower (1x), bereave (1x).
  1. to lack, be without, decrease, be lacking, have a need

    1. (Qal)

      1. to lack

      2. to be lacking

      3. to diminish, decrease

    2. (Piel) to cause to lack

    3. (Hiphil) to cause to be lacking

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חָסֵר châçêr, khaw-sare'; a primitive root; to lack; by implication, to fail, want, lessen:—be abated, bereave, decrease, (cause to) fail, (have) lack, make lower, want.
STRONGS H2637: Abbreviations
חָסֵר verb lack, need, be lacking, decrease (see LagBN 143; Late Hebrew חִסֵּר cause to lack or fail, diminish (active), and derivatives; Aramaic חֲסַר, rfso, want, lack, and derivatives, compare Phoenician מחסר, see מחסור below; Arabic حَسَرَ remove, strip off; disappear, retire (of water), fail (of sight), etc.; perhaps also Ethiopic ኀከረ፡ be inferior, worthless, diminished Di590 and derivatives) —
Qal Perfect 3rd person masculine singular ח׳ 1 Kings 17:16; 2nd person masculine singular חָסַרְתָּ Deuteronomy 2:7; 3rd person plural חָסֵ֑רוּ Nehemiah 9:21; 1st person plural חָסַרְנוּ Jeremiah 44:18; Imperfect יֶחְסַר Deuteronomy 15:8 + 2 times; יֶחְסָ֑ר Proverbs 31:11; Ecclesiastes 9:8; 3rd person feminine singular תֶּחְסָ֑ר 1 Kings 17:14; Proverbs 13:25; 2nd person masculine singular תֶּחְסַר Deuteronomy 8:9; 1st person singular תֶּחְסָ֑ר Psalm 23:1; plural יַחְסְרוּ Psalm 34:11; Ezekiel 4:17; וַיַּחְסְרוּ Genesis 8:3; יַחְסְרוּן Genesis 18:28; Infinitive construct חֲסַר Proverbs 10:21 Ew§ 238 a, compare Ges§ 45. 1 a; absolute חָסוֺר Genesis 8:5; Participle חָסֵר 1 Kings 11:22; Ecclesiastes 10:3 (see חָסֵר below); —
1. lack:
a. with accusative Genesis 18:28 (J) perchance the fifty righteous lack five, Deuteronomy 2:7 thou hast not lacked anything, Deuteronomy 8:9; Jeremiah 44:18; 1 Kings 11:22; Ezekiel 4:17; Psalm 34:11; Proverbs 31:11, compare also בַּחֲסַרלֵֿב Proverbs 10:21 by lacking intelligence (sense), (Di puts here Deuteronomy 15:8, see below)
b. absolute be in want, want Psalm 23:1; Proverbs 13:25; Nehemiah 9:21.
2. be lacking, לוֺ מַחְסֹרוֺ אֲשֶׁר יֶח׳ Deuteronomy 15:8 his lack (i.e. thing needed), which is lacking to him (possible also is, which he lacks for himself, so Di, see above); שֶׁמֶן עַלרֹֿאְשְׁךָ אַליֶֿח׳ Ecclesiastes 9:8 oil on thy head let it not be lacking; see also absolute Isaiah 51:14; Songs 7:3, and לִבּוֺ חָסֵר Ecclesiastes 10:3 his sense is lacking; of jar of oil 1 Kings 17:14, 16 (absolute) by metonomy for the oil itself (compare || כלה be consumed, exhausted).
3. diminish, decrease, of waters Genesis 8:3 (P), compare הָלוֺךְ וְחָסוֺר Genesis 8:5 (P), waters continually diminished (see הלך above).
Pi. cause to lack, with accusative of person, Imperfect 2nd person masculine singular suffix וַתְּחַסְּרֵהוּ מעט מֵאֱלהים Psalm 8:6 and thou didst make him lack little of God; Participle וּמְחַסֵּר אתנֿפשׁי מִטּוֺבָה Ecclesiastes 4:8 for whom am I labouring and depriving myself of good things?
Hiph. Perfect הֶחֱסִיר Exodus 16:18; Imperfect יַחְסִיר Isaiah 32:6; — cause to be lacking, fail, with accusative of thing מַשְׁקֵה צָמֵא יַח׳ Isaiah 32:6; the drink of the thirsty he causeth to fail (|| לְהָרִיק נפשׁ רָעֵב); absolute Exodus 16:18 (P), he that gathered little caused no lack.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


8:3; 8:3; 8:5; 8:5; 18:28; 18:28


16:18; 16:18


2:7; 2:7; 8:9; 8:9; 15:8; 15:8; 15:8

1 Kings

11:22; 11:22; 17:14; 17:14; 17:16; 17:16


9:21; 9:21


8:6; 23:1; 23:1; 34:11; 34:11


10:21; 10:21; 13:25; 13:25; 31:11; 31:11


4:8; 9:8; 9:8; 10:3; 10:3

Song of Songs



32:6; 32:6; 51:14


44:18; 44:18


4:17; 4:17

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2637 matches the Hebrew חָסֵר (ḥāsēr),
which occurs 21 times in 21 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 8:3 - and the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 8:5 - And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:28 - peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, I will not destroy it, if I find there forty and five.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:18 - And when they measured it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:7 - For Jehovah thy God hath blessed thee in all the work of thy hand; he hath known thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years Jehovah thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:9 - a land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig copper.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 15:8 - but thou shalt surely open thy hand unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need in that which he wanteth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:14 - For thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, The jar of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that Jehovah sendeth rain upon the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:21 - Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 8:5 -
For thou hast made him but little lower than God,
And crownest him with glory and honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 23:1 -
A Psalm of David.
Jehovah is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:10 -
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger;
But they that seek Jehovah shall not want any good thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:25 -
The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul;
But the belly of the wicked shall want.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:11 -
The heart of her husband trusteth in her,
And he shall have no lack of gain.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 4:8 - There is one that is alone, and he hath not a second; yea, he hath neither son nor brother; yet is there no end of all his labor, neither are his eyes satisfied with riches. For whom then, saith he, do I labor, and deprive my soul of good? This also is vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 9:8 - Let thy garments be always white; and let not thy head lack oil.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 7:2 -
Thy body is like a round goblet,
Wherein no mingled wine is wanting:
Thy waist is like a heap of wheat
Set about with lilies.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 32:6 - For the fool will speak folly, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise profaneness, and to utter error against Jehovah, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and to cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 51:14 - The captive exile shall speedily be loosed; and he shall not die and go down into the pit, neither shall his bread fail.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 44:18 - But since we left off burning incense to the queen of heaven, and pouring out drink-offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:17 - that they may want bread and water, and be dismayed one with another, and pine away in their iniquity.
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