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Lexicon :: Strong's H2938 - ṭāʿam

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A primitive root
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Strong’s Definitions

טָעַם ṭâʻam, taw-am'; a primitive root; to taste; figuratively, to perceive:—× but, perceive, taste.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 11x

The KJV translates Strong's H2938 in the following manner: taste (10x), perceive (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 11x
The KJV translates Strong's H2938 in the following manner: taste (10x), perceive (1x).
  1. to taste, perceive, eat

    1. (Qal) to taste

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
טָעַם ṭâʻam, taw-am'; a primitive root; to taste; figuratively, to perceive:—× but, perceive, taste.
STRONGS H2938: Abbreviations
טָעַם verb taste, perceive (Late Hebrew id.; Aramaic bdb038011, טְעֵים taste; Assyrian noun ṭêmû, sense, command, ZimBP 92 LyonSargontexte 67 AsrbAnnals iii, 95; Arabic bdb038101 eat, taste, examine by tasting; Ethiopic bdb038102 bdb038103 taste, examine by tasting, etc.) —
Qal Perfect 3rd person masculine singular ט׳ 1 Samuel 14:24; 3rd person feminine singular טָֽעֲמָה Proverbs 31:18; 1st person singular טָעַמְתִּי 1 Samuel 14:29, 43; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular יִטְעַם 1 Samuel 19:36 [2 Samuel 19:35 ?] + 2 times; 1st person singular אֶטְעַם 2 Samuel 3:35; 3rd person masculine plural יִטְעֲמוּ Jonah 3:7; Imperative masculine plural טַעֲמוּ Psalm 34:9; Infinitive absolute טָעֹם 1 Samuel 14:13; —
1. taste, of eating in small quantity, followed by accusative לָ֑חֶם 1 Samuel 14:24, מְעַט דְּבַשׁ 1 Samuel 14:29, so 1 Samuel 14:43 (טָעִם טָעַמְתִּי); לֶחֶם אוֺ כָלמְֿאוּמָה 2 Samuel 3:35; מְאוּמָה Jonah 3:7.
2. of sense of taste, object אֶתאֲֿשֶׁר אֹכַל וְאֶתאֲֿשֶׁר אֶשְׁתֶּה 2 Samuel 19:36 [2 Samuel 19:35]; so חֵךְ אֹכֶל יִטְעַםלֿוֺ Job 12:11; חֵךְ יִטְעַם לֶאֱכֹל Job 34:3.
3. figurative Proverbs 31:18 she tasteth that her gain is good (object clause with כִּי), i.e. she experiences that her trade is profitable; so מַעֲמוּ וּרְאוּ כִּיטֿוֺב יהוה Psalm 34:9 taste ye and see that י׳ is good.

See related Aramaic BDB entry H2939.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs

1 Samuel

14:13; 14:24; 14:24; 14:29; 14:29; 14:43; 14:43

2 Samuel

3:35; 3:35; 19:35; 19:35


12:11; 34:3


34:9; 34:9


31:18; 31:18


3:7; 3:7


Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2938 matches the Hebrew טָעַם (ṭāʿam),
which occurs 11 times in 10 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:24 -

Now the men of Israel were hard-pressed on that day, for Saul had put the people under oath, saying, “Cursed be the man who eats food [fn]before evening, and before I have avenged myself on my enemies.” So none of the people tasted H2938 food.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:29 - Then Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. See now that my eyes have brightened because I tasted H2938 a little of this honey.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:43 -

So Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” And Jonathan told him, and said, “I did indeed H2938 taste H2938 a little honey with the end of the staff that was in my hand. Here I am, I must die!”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 3:35 - Then all the people came to provide [fn]food for David in his distress while it was still day; but David vowed, saying, “May God do so to me, and more so, if I taste H2938 bread or anything else before the sun goes down.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 19:35 - “I am [fn]now eighty years old. Can I distinguish between good and bad? Or can your servant taste H2938 what I eat or what I drink? Or can I still hear the voice of men and women singing? Why then should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:11 -

“Does the ear not put words to the test,

As the palate [fn]tastes H2938 its food?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:3 -

“For the ear tests words

As the palate tastes H2938 food.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:8 -

Taste H2938 and see that the LORD is good;

How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:18 -

She senses H2938 that her profit is good;

Her lamp does not go out at night.

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 3:7 - And he issued a proclamation, and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: No person, animal, herd, or flock is to taste H2938 anything. They are not to eat, or drink water.
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