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Lexicon :: Strong's H2664 - ḥāp̄aś

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Strong’s Definitions

חָפַשׂ châphas, khaw-fas'; a primitive root; to seek; causatively, to conceal oneself (i.e. let be sought), or mask:—change, (make) diligent (search), disquise self, hide, search (for, out).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 23x

The KJV translates Strong's H2664 in the following manner: search (11x), disguise (7x), search out (2x), changed (1x), diligent (1x), hidden (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 23x
The KJV translates Strong's H2664 in the following manner: search (11x), disguise (7x), search out (2x), changed (1x), diligent (1x), hidden (1x).
  1. to search, search for, to search out, disguise oneself

    1. (Qal)

      1. to search for

      2. to think out, devise

      3. to search, test

    2. (Niphal) to be searched out, be exposed

    3. (Piel) to search, search through, search for

    4. (Pual) to be searched for, be sought out

    5. (Hithpael)

      1. to disguise oneself

      2. to let oneself be searched for

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חָפַשׂ châphas, khaw-fas'; a primitive root; to seek; causatively, to conceal oneself (i.e. let be sought), or mask:—change, (make) diligent (search), disquise self, hide, search (for, out).
STRONGS H2664: Abbreviations
† [חָפַשׂ] verb search (TargumJer חֲפַס dig, seek; Palestinian, Syriac dig (Schw); perhaps Assyrian êppêšu, êtpêšu, sensible, LyonSargontexte 65) —
Qal Imperfect 2nd person masculine singular suffix תַּחְמְּשֶׂ֫נָּה Proverbs 2:4; יַחְמְּשׂוּ Psalm 64:7; נַחְמְּשָׂה Lamentations 3:40; Participle חֹפֵשׂ Proverbs 20:27; — search, search out, figurative;
1. search for, object בִּינָה etc. Proverbs 2:4 (|| בקשׁ).
2.think out, devise, with accusative עולות unjust acts Psalm 64:7 (compare also below Pu.)
3. searchtest, Lamentations 3:40 (object דרכינו; || חקר), Proverbs 20:27.
Niph. Perfect נַחְפְּשׁוּ Obadiah 6 subject עֵשָׂו collective; searched out=exposed and plundered (|| מַצְפּוּנָיו נִבְעו).
Pi. Perfect וְחִמַּשְׂתִּ֫י 1 Samuel 23:23; וְחִמְּשׂוּ 1 Kings 20:6; Imperfect וַיְחַמֵּשׂ Genesis 31:35 + 2 times; אֲחַמֵּשׂ Amos 9:3; Zephaniah 1:12; Imperative חַמְּשׂוּ 2 Kings 10:23; —
1. search through, with accusative, a house 1 Kings 20:6, Jerusalem (metaphor) Zephaniah 1:12; no object expressed 2 Kings 10:23.
2. search for:
a. a person with accusative 1 Samuel 23:23.
b. a thing, with accusative Genesis 44:12 (J; Joseph searching for his cup); Genesis 31:35 (E; no object expressed, Laban looking for his teraphim); Amos 9:3 (י׳ searching for evildoers), Psalm 77:7 (soul searching to understand י׳'s dealings with his servants).
Pu. Imperfect יְחֻמַּשׂ Proverbs 28:12 be searched for=be hidden; Participle מְחֻמָּשׂ Psalm 64:7 in חֵפֶשׂ מ׳a searched out search, i.e. a device well thought out (compare Che; || Qal which see); see also חֵ֫פֶשׂ.
Hithp. Perfect הִתְחַמֵּשׂ 2 Chronicles 35:22 (but Greek Version of the LXX הִתְחַזֵּק, compare also Vulgate Syriac Version3 Esdr 1:26; so Be Öttli); Imperfect יִתְחַמֵּשׂ Job 30:18; וַיִּתְחַמֵּשׂ 1 Samuel 28:8 + 3 times; Infinitive absolute הִתְחַמֵּשׂ 1 Kings 22:30 2 Chronicles 18:29; — disguise oneself (literally let oneself be searched for) 1 Samuel 28:8; 1 Kings 22:30 (twice in verse)=2 Chronicles 18:29 (twice in verse), 2 Chronicles 35:22 (but see above), all of disguise by change of garments; 1 Kings 20:38 באפר i.e. with headgear over eyes; subject לבושׂ Job 30:18, i.e. his garment is disguised, no longer looks like the mantle it is.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


31:35; 31:35; 44:12

1 Samuel

23:23; 23:23; 28:8; 28:8

1 Kings

20:6; 20:6; 20:38; 22:30; 22:30

2 Kings

10:23; 10:23

2 Chronicles

18:29; 18:29; 35:22; 35:22


30:18; 30:18


64:7; 64:7; 64:7; 77:7


2:4; 2:4; 20:27; 20:27; 28:12


3:40; 3:40


9:3; 9:3




1:12; 1:12

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2664 matches the Hebrew חָפַשׂ (ḥāp̄aś),
which occurs 23 times in 20 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:35 - And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched, H2664 but found not the images.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:12 - And he searched, H2664 and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:23 - See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hideth himself, and come ye again to me with the certainty, and I will go with you: and it shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search H2664 him out throughout all the thousands of Judah.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 28:8 - And Saul disguised H2664 himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 20:6 - Yet I will send my servants unto thee to morrow about this time, and they shall search H2664 thine house, and the houses of thy servants; and it shall be, that whatsoever is pleasant in thine eyes, they shall put it in their hand, and take it away.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 20:38 - So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised H2664 himself with ashes upon his face.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 22:30 - And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise H2664 myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised H2664 himself, and went into the battle.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 10:23 - And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of Baal, Search, H2664 and look that there be here with you none of the servants of the LORD, but the worshippers of Baal only.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:29 - And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise H2664 myself, and will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised H2664 himself; and they went to the battle.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 35:22 - Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised H2664 himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:18 - By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: H2664 it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 64:6 - They search out H2664 iniquities; they accomplish a diligent H2664 search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 77:6 - I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. H2664
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:4 - If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest H2664 for her as for hid treasures;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:27 - The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching H2664 all the inward parts of the belly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:12 - When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden. H2664
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:40 - Let us search H2664 and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 9:3 - And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search H2664 and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:
Unchecked Copy BoxOba 1:6 - How are the things of Esau searched out! H2664 how are his hidden things sought up!
Unchecked Copy BoxZep 1:12 - And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search H2664 Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil.
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