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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 receded from the earth continually. At the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters had abated;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 8:5 - And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:28 - Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking? Wilt thou destroy the whole city for lack of five?" And he said, "I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there."
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:18 - But when they measured it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; each gathered according to what he could eat.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:7 - For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands; he knows your going through this great wilderness; these forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.'
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:9 - a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 15:8 - but you shall open your hand to him, and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:14 - For thus says the LORD the God of Israel, 'The jar of meal shall not be spent, and the cruse of oil shall not fail, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'"
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:21 - Forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing; their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 8:5 - Yet thou hast made him little less than God, and dost crown him with glory and honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 23:1 - A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:10 - The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:25 - The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:11 - The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 4:8 - a person who has no one, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, "For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?" This also is vanity and an unhappy business.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 9:8 - Let your garments be always white; let not oil be lacking on your head.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 7:2 - Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine. Your belly is a heap of wheat, encircled with lilies.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 32:6 - For the fool speaks folly, and his mind plots iniquity: to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the LORD, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 51:14 - He who is bowed down shall speedily be released; he shall not die and go down to 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 libations to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine."
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:17 - I will do this that they may lack bread and water, and look at one another in dismay, and waste away under their punishment.
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