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Lexicon :: Strong's H2656 - ḥēp̄eṣ

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masculine noun
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TWOT Reference: 712b

Strong’s Definitions

חֵפֶץ chêphets, khay'-fets; from H2654; pleasure; hence (abstractly) desire; concretely, a valuable thing; hence (by extension) a matter (as something in mind):—acceptable, delight(-some), desire, things desired, matter, pleasant(-ure), purpose, willingly.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 39x

The KJV translates Strong's H2656 in the following manner: pleasure (16x), desire (12x), delight (3x), purpose (3x), acceptable (1x), delightsome (1x), matter (1x), pleasant (1x), willingly (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 39x
The KJV translates Strong's H2656 in the following manner: pleasure (16x), desire (12x), delight (3x), purpose (3x), acceptable (1x), delightsome (1x), matter (1x), pleasant (1x), willingly (1x).
  1. delight, pleasure

    1. delight

    2. desire, longing

    3. the good pleasure

    4. that in which one takes delight

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חֵפֶץ chêphets, khay'-fets; from H2654; pleasure; hence (abstractly) desire; concretely, a valuable thing; hence (by extension) a matter (as something in mind):—acceptable, delight(-some), desire, things desired, matter, pleasant(-ure), purpose, willingly.
STRONGS H2656: Abbreviations
חֵ֫פֶץ noun masculineProverbs 3:15 delight, pleasure; — ח׳ Isaiah 54:12 + 20 times; suffix חֶפְצְךָ Isaiah 58:13 etc. + 13 times suffixes; plural חֲפָצִים Proverbs 8:11; suffix חֲפָצֶיךָ Proverbs 3:15; חֲפָצֶ֖ךָ Isaiah 58:13
1. delight אבני ח׳ Isaiah 54:12 delightful stones; אֶרֶץ ח׳ Malachi 3:12 delightsome land; דִּבְּרֵי ח׳ Ecclesiastes 12:10; so perhaps also בִּגְדֵי ח׳ Ezekiel 27:20 garments of delight, i.e. of beauty and luxury (Gr; MT חֹפֶשׁ which see); with בְּ of persons Psalm 16:3; Ecclesiastes 5:3; Malachi 1:10; of things 1 Samuel 15:22; 1 Samuel 18:25; Psalm 1:2; Job 21:21; Ecclesiastes 12:1; כְּלִי אֵין חֵפֶץ בּוֺ vessel wherein is no pleasure Jeremiah 22:28; Jeremiah 48:38; Hosea 8:8; הַחֵפֶץ לְשַׁדַּי כִּי Job 22:3 is it a pleasure to Shadday that ?
2. desire, longing דלים מנע מח׳ Job 31:16 withhold the poor from (their) desire; מְחוֺז חֶפְצָם the city of their desire Psalm 107:30; כל חפץ all (one's) desire 2 Samuel 23:5; 1 Kings 5:22 [1 Kings 5:8]; 1 Kings 5:23 [1 Kings 5:9]; 1 Kings 5:24 [1 Kings 5:10]; 1 Kings 9:11; 1 Kings 10:13 2 Chronicles 9:12; כל חפצים all things to be desired Proverbs 3:15; Proverbs 8:11.
3. the good pleasure, will, purpose, of Yahweh Isaiah 44:28; Isaiah 46:10; Isaiah 48:14.
4. that in which one takes delight, his business (late), or matter (very late, compare in Mishna=thing) בְּיָדוֺ יִצְלַח חֵפֶץ י׳ the good pleasure (cause, business) of Yahweh will prosper in his hands Isaiah 53:10; מצא ח׳ Isaiah 58:3, 13; עֲשׂוֺת חֲפָצֶךָ doing thy affairs Isaiah 58:13 (see De on the passage); בְּחֵפֶץ כַּמֶּיהָ in the business of her hands Proverbs 31:13; עֵתּ לְכָלחֵֿפֶץ time for every matter, affair Ecclesiastes 3:1, 17; Ecclesiastes 8:6; אַלֿ תִּתְּמַהּ עַלהַֿחֵפֶץ marvel not at the matter Ecclesiastes 5:7.
Note. — חפץ is not used in any of its forms in E D2 H P of the Hexateuch.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs

1 Samuel

15:22; 18:25

2 Samuel


1 Kings

5:8; 5:9; 5:10; 9:11; 10:13

2 Chronicles



21:21; 22:3; 31:16


1:2; 16:3; 107:30


3:15; 3:15; 3:15; 8:11; 8:11; 31:13


3:1; 3:17; 5:3; 5:7; 8:6; 12:1; 12:10


44:28; 46:10; 48:14; 53:10; 54:12; 54:12; 58:3; 58:13; 58:13; 58:13; 58:13


22:28; 48:38






1:10; 3:12

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2656 matches the Hebrew חֵפֶץ (ḥēp̄eṣ),
which occurs 39 times in 38 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:22 - And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight H2656 in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:25 - And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth H2656 not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king's enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:5 - Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, H2656 although he make it not to grow.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:8 - And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the things which thou sentest to me for: and I will do all thy desire H2656 concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:9 - My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea: and I will convey them by sea in floats unto the place that thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be discharged there, and thou shalt receive them: and thou shalt accomplish my desire, H2656 in giving food for my household.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:10 - So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees according to all his desire. H2656
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:11 - (Now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar trees and fir trees, and with gold, according to all his desire,) H2656 that then king Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:13 - And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, H2656 whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 9:12 - And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, H2656 whatsoever she asked, beside that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her servants.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:21 - For what pleasure H2656 hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 22:3 - Is it any pleasure H2656 to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:16 - If I have withheld the poor from their desire, H2656 or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 1:2 - But his delight H2656 is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:3 - But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight. H2656
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 107:30 - Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired H2656 haven.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 111:2 - The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure H2656 therein.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:15 - She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire H2656 are not to be compared unto her.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:11 - For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired H2656 are not to be compared to it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:13 - She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly H2656 with her hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 3:1 - To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose H2656 under the heaven:
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 3:17 - I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose H2656 and for every work.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:4 - When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure H2656 in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:8 - If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: H2656 for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 8:6 - Because to every purpose H2656 there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 12:1 - Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure H2656 in them;
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 12:10 - The preacher sought to find out acceptable H2656 words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:28 - That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: H2656 even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 46:10 - Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: H2656
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:14 - All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them hath declared these things? The LORD hath loved him: he will do his pleasure H2656 on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 53:10 - Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure H2656 of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 54:12 - And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant H2656 stones.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 58:3 - Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, H2656 and exact all your labours.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 58:13 - If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure H2656 on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, H2656 nor speaking thine own words:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 22:28 - Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? H2656 wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:38 - There shall be lamentation generally upon all the housetops of Moab, and in the streets thereof: for I have broken Moab like a vessel wherein is no pleasure, H2656 saith the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:8 - Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure. H2656
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 1:10 - Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure H2656 in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 3:12 - And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome H2656 land, saith the LORD of hosts.
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