Click to Change

Return to Top

Return to Top

Printer Icon


Copy Options
Red Letter
The Blue Letter Bible

Lexicon :: Strong's H2637 - ḥāsēr

Choose a new font size and typeface
Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 705

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.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
Copyright © 2002, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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 one hundred and fifty days the water decreased. H2637
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 8:5 - 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 whole 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 with an omer, he who had gathered much had no excess, and he who had gathered little had no lack; H2637 every man gathered [fn]as much as he should 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]wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked H2637 a thing.”’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:9 - a land where you will eat food without scarcity, 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 freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks. H2637
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:14 - “For thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘The [fn]bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil [fn]be empty, H2637 until the day that the LORD sends rain on the face of the earth.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:21 - “Indeed, forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want; H2637
Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell.
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 [fn]shall not want. H2637
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:10 - The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want H2637 of any good thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:25 - The righteous [fn]has enough to satisfy his appetite,
But the stomach of the wicked is in 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 certain 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 am I laboring and depriving H2637 myself of pleasure?” This too is vanity and it is a grievous task.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 9:8 - Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking H2637 on your head.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 7:2 - “Your navel is like a round goblet
Which never lacks H2637 mixed wine;
Your belly is like a heap of wheat
Fenced about 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 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 [fn]met our end by the sword and by famine.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:17 - because bread and water will be scarce; H2637 and they will be appalled with one another and waste away in their iniquity.
BLB Searches
Search the Bible

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan