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Lexicon :: Strong's H2658 - ḥāp̄ar

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A primitive root
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Strong’s Definitions

חָפַר châphar, khaw-far'; a primitive root; properly, to pry into; by implication, to delve, to explore:—dig, paw, search out, seek.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 22x

The KJV translates Strong's H2658 in the following manner: dig (17x), search out (3x), paweth (1x), seeketh (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 22x
The KJV translates Strong's H2658 in the following manner: dig (17x), search out (3x), paweth (1x), seeketh (1x).
  1. to dig, search for

    1. (Qal)

      1. to dig

      2. to search, search out, explore

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חָפַר châphar, khaw-far'; a primitive root; properly, to pry into; by implication, to delve, to explore:—dig, paw, search out, seek.
STRONGS H2658: Abbreviations
† I. חָפַר verb dig, search for (Arabic حَغَرَ id.; Aramaic חֲפַר, rfpo, id.; Late Hebrew חֵפֶר act of digging) —
Qal Perfect ח׳ Job 39:29; וְחָפַרְתָּ֫ Job 11:18; וְחָפַרְתָּ֫ה Deuteronomy 23:14; חָפַרְתִּי Genesis 21:30; חָֽפְרוּ Genesis 26:18 + 2 times; חָפָ֑רוּ Genesis 26:32; חֲפָרוּהָ Numbers 21:18; Imperfect וַיַּחְפֹּר Genesis 26:18, 22; וַיַּחְפְּרֵהוּ Psalm 7:16; וָאֶחְפֹּר Jeremiah 13:7; יַחְפְּרוּ Job 39:21 (but read יַחְפֹּר so Greek Version of the LXX Vulgate Syriac Version Di) Deuteronomy 1:22; וַיַּחְפְּרוּ Genesis 26:19 + 2 times; וַיַּחְפְּרֻהוּ Job 3:21; Infinitive construct לַחְפֹּר Joshua 2:2, 3+ Isaiah 2:20 (compare below); Participle חֹפֵר Ecclesiastes 10:8; —
1. dig:
a. a well, with accusative בְּאֵר Genesis 21:30 (E), Genesis 26:15, 18 (twice in verse); Genesis 26:19, 21, 22, 32 (J), Numbers 21:18 (E); compare Exodus 7:24 (E); dig (a hole, implied as object) Deuteronomy 23:14; a pit, with hostile purpose, as snare or trap, figurative of malicious plan, with accusative בּוֺר Psalm 7:16 (|| כָּרָה); so with accusative גומץ Ecclesiastes 10:8, compare [שַׁחַת] לְנַפְשִׁי ח׳ Psalm 35:7; of horse, dig, i.e. paw the ground, בָּעֵמֶק יַחְפֹּר Job 39:21 (so read, see above) he paweth in the valley (compare Arabic حَافِرً hoof).
b. dig for something hidden, with accusative Job 3:21 (figurative of longing for death), Jeremiah 13:7 (no object expressed)
2. search, search out, explore, with accusative הָאָרֶץ Joshua 2:3 (twice in verse) (JE), Deuteronomy 1:22; of eagle, search for food, with accusative אֹכֶל ח׳ Job 39:29, with especially reference to keen vision (|| מֵרָחוֺק עֵינָיו יַבִּיטוּ); so=search or look carefully about before going to rest Job 11:18 (no object). — לַחְפֹּר Isaiah 2:20 see H2661 חֲפַרְפָּרָה below.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


21:30; 21:30; 26:15; 26:18; 26:18; 26:18; 26:19; 26:19; 26:21; 26:22; 26:22; 26:32; 26:32




21:18; 21:18


1:22; 1:22; 23:14; 23:14


2:2; 2:3; 2:3


3:21; 3:21; 11:18; 11:18; 39:21; 39:21; 39:29; 39:29


7:16; 7:16; 35:7


10:8; 10:8


2:20; 2:20


13:7; 13:7

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2658 matches the Hebrew חָפַר (ḥāp̄ar),
which occurs 22 times in 21 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:30 - And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged H2658 this well.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:15 - For all the wells which his father's servants had digged H2658 in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:18 - And Isaac digged H2658 again the wells of water, which they had digged H2658 in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:19 - And Isaac's servants digged H2658 in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:21 - And they digged H2658 another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:22 - And he removed from thence, and digged H2658 another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:32 - And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, H2658 and said unto him, We have found water.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:24 - And all the Egyptians digged H2658 round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:18 - The princes digged H2658 the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:22 - And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out H2658 the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 23:13 - And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig H2658 therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee:
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 2:2 - And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out H2658 the country.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 2:3 - And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out H2658 all the country.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:21 - Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig H2658 for it more than for hid treasures;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:18 - And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig H2658 about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:21 - He paweth H2658 in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:29 - From thence she seeketh H2658 the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 7:15 - He made a pit, and digged H2658 it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:7 - For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged H2658 for my soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:8 - He that diggeth H2658 a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:7 - Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, H2658 and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.
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