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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 water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of 150 days the water decreased H2637.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 8:5 - And the water decreased H2637 steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:28 - “Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking H2637 five, will You destroy the entire city because of five?” And He said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:18 - When they measured it by the [fn]omer, the one who had gathered much did not have too much, and the one who had gathered little did not have H2637 too H2637 little H2637; everyone gathered [fn]as much as he would eat.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:7 - “For the LORD your God has blessed you in all [fn]that you have done; He has known your [fn]wandering through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked H2637 anything.”’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:9 - a land where you will eat food without shortage, in which you will not lack H2637 anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 15:8 - but you shall fully open your hand to him, and generously lend him enough for his need in whatever he lacks H2637.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:14 - “For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel says: ‘The [fn]bowl of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil become H2637 empty H2637, until the day that the LORD provides rain on the face of the earth.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:21 -

“Indeed, for forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not lacking H2637;

Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell up.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 8:5 -

Yet You have made H2637 him a little lower H2637 than [fn]God,

And You crown him with glory and majesty!

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 23:1 -

A Psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd,

I will not be H2637 in H2637 need H2637.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:10 -

The young lions do without and suffer hunger;

But they who seek the LORD will not lack H2637 any good thing.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:25 -

The righteous [fn]has enough to satisfy his appetite,

But the stomach of the wicked is H2637 in H2637 need H2637.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:11 -

The heart of her husband trusts in her,

And he will have H2637 no lack H2637 of gain.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 4:8 - There was a man without a [fn]dependent, having neither a son nor a brother, yet there was no end to all his labor. Indeed, his eyes were not satisfied with riches, and he never asked, “And for whom do I labor and deprive H2637 myself of pleasure?” This too is futility, and it is an unhappy task.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 9:8 - See that your clothes are white all the time, and that there H2637 is H2637 no lack H2637 of oil on your head.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 7:2 -

“Your navel is like a round goblet

That never lacks H2637 mixed wine;

Your belly is like a heap of wheat,

[fn]Surrounded with lilies.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 32:6 -

For a fool speaks nonsense,

And his heart [fn]inclines toward wickedness:

To practice ungodliness and to speak error against the LORD,

To [fn]keep the hungry person unsatisfied

And [fn]to withhold H2637 drink from the thirsty.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 51:14 -

“The [fn]exile will soon be set free, and will not die in the [fn]dungeon, nor will his bread be lacking H2637.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 44:18 - “But since we stopped burning [fn]sacrifices to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked H2637 everything, and have met our end by the sword and by famine.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:17 - because bread and water will be H2637 scarce H2637; and they will tremble with one another and waste away in their guilt.
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