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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 - He said, “You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a witness for me, that I dug H2658 this well.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:15 - Now all the wells which his father’s servants had dug H2658 in the days of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up [fn]by filling them with dirt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:18 - Then Isaac dug H2658 again the wells of water which [fn]had been dug H2658 in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he [fn]gave them the same names which his father had [fn]given them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:19 - But when Isaac’s servants dug H2658 in the valley and found there a well of [fn]flowing water,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:21 - Then they dug H2658 another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it [fn]Sitnah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:22 - Then he moved away from there and dug H2658 another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it [fn]Rehoboth, for he said, “[fn]At last the LORD has made [fn]room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:32 - Now it came about on the same day, that Isaac’s servants came in and told him about the well which they had dug H2658, and said to him, “We have found water.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:24 - So all the Egyptians dug H2658 around the Nile for water to drink, because they could not drink from the water of the Nile.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:18 - “The well, which the leaders dug H2658,
Which the nobles of the people hollowed out,
With the scepter and with their staffs.”
And from the wilderness they continued to Mattanah,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:22 - “Then all of you approached me and said, ‘Let us send men ahead of us, so that they may spy H2658 out H2658 the land for us, and bring back to us word of the way by which we should go up, and the cities which we should enter.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 23:13 - and you shall have a [fn]spade among your tools, and it shall be when you sit down outside, you shall dig H2658 with it and shall turn and cover up your excrement.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 2:2 - But it was told to the king of Jericho, saying, “Behold, men from the sons of Israel have come here tonight to spy H2658 out H2658 the land.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 2:3 - And the king of Jericho sent word to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to spy H2658 out H2658 all the land.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:21 - Who [fn]long for death, but there is none,
And dig H2658 for it more than for hidden treasures;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:18 - “Then you would trust, because there is hope;
And you would look H2658 around H2658 and rest securely.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:21 - [fn]He paws H2658 in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
He goes out to meet the battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:29 - “From there he tracks H2658 food;
His eyes look at it from afar.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 7:15 - He has dug a pit and hollowed H2658 it out H2658,
And has fallen into the hole which he made.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:7 - For they hid their net for me without cause;
Without cause they dug H2658 a pit for my soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:8 - One who digs H2658 a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite one who breaks through a wall.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:7 - Then I went to the Euphrates and dug H2658, and I took the undergarment from the place where I had hidden it; and behold, the undergarment was ruined, it was completely useless.
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