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Lexicon :: Strong's H3201 - yāḵōl

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Strong’s Definitions

יָכֹל yâkôl, yaw-kole'; or (fuller) יָכוֹל yâkôwl; a primitive root; to be able, literally (can, could) or morally (may, might):—be able, any at all (ways), attain, can (away with, (-not)), could, endure, might, overcome, have power, prevail, still, suffer.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 195x

The KJV translates Strong's H3201 in the following manner: could (46x), able (43x), cannot (34x), prevail (22x), may (16x), can (12x), canst (5x), endure (2x), might (2x), miscellaneous (13x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 195x
The KJV translates Strong's H3201 in the following manner: could (46x), able (43x), cannot (34x), prevail (22x), may (16x), can (12x), canst (5x), endure (2x), might (2x), miscellaneous (13x).
  1. to prevail, overcome, endure, have power, be able

    1. (Qal)

      1. to be able, be able to gain or accomplish, be able to endure, be able to reach

      2. to prevail, prevail over or against, overcome, be victor

      3. to have ability, have strength

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
יָכֹל yâkôl, yaw-kole'; or (fuller) יָכוֹל yâkôwl; a primitive root; to be able, literally (can, could) or morally (may, might):—be able, any at all (ways), attain, can (away with, (-not)), could, endure, might, overcome, have power, prevail, still, suffer.
STRONGS H3201: Abbreviations
יָכֹל, יָכוֺל 193 verb be able, have power prevail, endure (Late Hebrew id.; Aramaic יְכִיל; Assyrian akâlu, Hpt in KAT2 Gloss i,) —
Qal Perfect יָכֹל Genesis 32:26 + 8 times; יָכוֺל 1 Samuel 4:15 + 2 times; 3rd person feminine singular יָֽֽֽכְלָה Genesis 36:7; Exodus 2:3; 2nd person masculine singular וְיָכָלְתָּ֫ Exodus 18:23; 1st person singular יָכֹלְתִּי Genesis 30:8 + 2 times; suffix יְכָלְתִּיו Psalm 13:5; 3rd person plural יָכְ֑לוּ Genesis 13:6 + 27 times + Joshua 15:63 Qr; יָכֹ֑לוּ Exodus 8:14 + 2 times; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular יוּכָל Genesis 13:16 + 34 times; יוּכָ֑ל Job 4:2 + 4 times; וַיֻּכָ֑ל Hosea 12:5; 3rd person feminine singular תּוּכַל Amos 7:10 + 2 times; 2nd person masculine singular תּוּכַל Genesis 15:5 + 16 times; 1st person singular אוּכַל Genesis 19:19 + 30 times, etc. (on these Imperfect forms as irregular Qal, see Ges§ 2, R. 3 Köi. 407 WSG 237; others.
Hoph.); Infinitive construct יְכֹ֫לֶת Numbers 14:16; Deuteronomy 9:28; Infinitive absolute יָכוֺל Numbers 13:20; 2 Chronicles 32:13; יָכֹל Numbers 22:38; 1 Samuel 26:25; P + 8 times (not Leviticus), Ezekiel + 3 times; often J E D Jeremiah, Isaiah 2, not seldom in Samuel Kings Chronicles; —
1. be able, to do a thing, whether ability be physical, moral, constitutional, or dependent on external authority; usually of man Genesis 13:16 (J) +, but also of gods 2 Chronicles 32:13, 15, and of י׳ Numbers 14:16 (JE), Deuteronomy 9:28; Jeremiah 44:22; occasionally of inanimate things Amos 7:10; Genesis 36:7 (P), Songs 8:7; Ecclesiastes 1:15 (twice in verse), etc.:
a. usually followed by infinitive with לְ (122 times), Genesis 31:35 I am not able to rise up; Genesis 45:1 Joseph was not able to restrain himself, Genesis 45:3; Genesis 48:10; Exodus 7:21, 24 were not able to drink, Exodus 12:39; Joshua 24:19 (all E); Genesis 13:16 if a man can number the dust, Genesis 19:19, 22; Genesis 43:32; Genesis 44:22, 26 (twice in verse); Exodus 10:5; Exodus 19:23 (all J), Genesis 15:5; Exodus 15:23; Numbers 11:14 (all J E) + 10 times J E; Deuteronomy 7:17 + 10 times D; Genesis 13:6 they could not dwell together, Genesis 34:14; Genesis 36:7; Exodus 9:11; Exodus 40:35; Numbers 9:6; Joshua 9:19 (all P); 1 Samuel 3:2; 1 Samuel 6:20; 1 Kings 9:21 (on || 2 Chronicles 8:8 and text of Judges 1:19 see BuRS 8), Amos 7:10; Hosea 5:13; Zephaniah 1:18; Jeremiah 6:10; Jeremiah 11:11; Jeremiah 13:23; Jeremiah 18:6; Jeremiah 19:11 +.
† c. with infinitive implicit, always negative, Genesis 29:8 go and feed them; and they said, We are not able, cannot (J), Exodus 8:14 (P), Isaiah 29:11; Jeremiah 20:9; Psalm 21:12; Jonah 1:13.
d. with negative = may not (of moral inability): Genesis 43:32 (J) the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; Judges 21:18 we may not give them wives; especially D, Deuteronomy 7:22; Deuteronomy 12:17; Deuteronomy 14:24; Deuteronomy 16:5; Deuteronomy 17:15; Deuteronomy 22:3; Deuteronomy 28:27, 35.
e. be able, followed by imperfect: אוּלַי אוּכַל נַכֶּה Numbers 22:6 (JE) perchance I am able (so that) we smite (see Di; read perhaps נוּכַל for אוּכַל Ges§ 120, 1 b); לֹא יוּכְלוּ יִגְּעוּ Lamentations 4:14 they are unable, they touch = are unable to touch (Dr§ 163, Obs.)
† f. be able, followed by perfect consecutive, only very late, אוּכַל וְרָאִיתִי Esther 8:6 (twice in verse), literally how shall I be able and see? — Also in various combinations where English idiom would make it an auxiliary to another verb:
† g. able to gain, accomplish: followed by accusative לֹא יוּכְלוּ נִקָּיוֺן Hosea 8:5 how long will they be unable (to gain) innocence? יָדַעְתִּ֯ כִּיכֹֿל תּוּכָ֑ל Job 42:2 I know that thou art able (to do) all things; אֵין הַמֶּלֶךְ יוּכַל אֶתְכֶם דָּבָר Jeremiah 38:5 the king is not (one who is) able (to do) anything with (אֶתְכם for אִתְּכֶם see Gf, i.e. against) you.
† h. able to endure: לֹא אוּכַל אָוֶן וַעֲצָרָה Isaiah 1:13 I cannot endure iniquity and (with) a solemn assembly, Psalm 101:5.
† i. able to reach, followed by לְ, Psalm 139:6 it is high, לֹא אוּכַל לָהּ I cannot (reach) to it.
† 2. prevail:
a. absolute prevail, overcome, be victor Genesis 30:8 (E), Genesis 32:29 (J), Hosea 12:5; 1 Samuel 26:25; 1 Kings 22:22 2 Chronicles 18:21; Jeremiah 20:7, 11; of waves Jeremiah 5:22; succeed Isaiah 16:12; Jeremiah 3:5 (VB hast had they way).
c. once with suffix, יְכָלְתִּיו Psalm 13:5 I have prevailed over him, + Zechariah 9:15 (where read וְיָֽֽֽכְלוּם for וְאָֽכְלוּ with Greek Version of the LXX Targum KloTh LZ 1879. 564 StaZAW 1881, 18).
† 3. absolute have ability, strength, only negative מִשְּׂאֵתוֺ לֹא אוּכָ֑ל Job 31:23 because of his loftiness I have no ability, am inadequate (to anything).

See related Aramaic BDB entry H3202.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


13:6; 13:6; 13:16; 13:16; 13:16; 15:5; 15:5; 19:19; 19:19; 19:22; 24:50; 29:8; 30:8; 30:8; 31:35; 32:26; 32:26; 32:29; 34:14; 36:7; 36:7; 36:7; 37:4; 43:32; 43:32; 44:1; 44:22; 44:26; 45:1; 45:3; 48:10


2:3; 2:3; 7:21; 7:24; 8:14; 8:14; 9:11; 10:5; 12:39; 15:23; 18:18; 18:23; 18:23; 19:23; 40:35


9:6; 11:14; 13:20; 13:30; 14:16; 14:16; 22:6; 22:37; 22:38; 22:38


1:9; 7:17; 7:22; 7:22; 9:28; 9:28; 12:17; 14:24; 14:24; 16:5; 17:15; 22:3; 22:29; 28:27; 28:35


9:19; 15:63; 24:19


1:19; 8:3; 16:5; 21:18

1 Samuel

3:2; 4:15; 6:20; 17:9; 26:25; 26:25

1 Kings

9:21; 22:22

2 Chronicles

8:8; 18:21; 32:13; 32:13; 32:15


6:13; 8:6


4:2; 4:2; 31:23; 33:5; 42:2


13:5; 13:5; 18:39; 21:12; 78:20; 101:5; 129:2; 139:6





Song of Songs



1:13; 16:12; 29:11; 46:2; 47:11; 47:12; 57:20


1:19; 3:5; 5:22; 6:10; 11:11; 13:23; 15:20; 18:6; 19:11; 20:7; 20:9; 20:10; 20:11; 38:5; 38:22; 44:22; 49:10; 49:23


1:14; 4:14


5:13; 8:5; 12:5; 12:5


7:10; 7:10; 7:10











Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3201 matches the Hebrew יָכֹל (yāḵōl),
which occurs 194 times in 182 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 4 (Gen 13:6–Deu 12:17)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:6 - And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could H3201 not dwell together.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:16 - And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can H3201 number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:5 - And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able H3201 to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:19 - Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot H3201 escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:22 - Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot H3201 do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:50 - Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot H3201 speak unto thee bad or good.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:8 - And they said, We cannot, H3201 until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:8 - And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: H3201 and she called his name Naphtali.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:35 - And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot H3201 rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the images.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:25 - And when he saw that he prevailed H3201 not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:28 - And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. H3201
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:14 - And they said unto them, We cannot H3201 do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 36:7 - For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers could H3201 not bear them because of their cattle.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:4 - And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could H3201 not speak peaceably unto him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:32 - And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might H3201 not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:1 - And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can H3201 carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:22 - And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot H3201 leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:26 - And we said, We cannot H3201 go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may H3201 not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:1 - Then Joseph could H3201 not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:3 - And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could H3201 not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:10 - Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could H3201 not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:3 - And when she could H3201 not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:21 - And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could H3201 not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:24 - And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could H3201 not drink of the water of the river.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 8:18 - And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could H3201 not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 9:11 - And the magicians could H3201 not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:5 - And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able H3201 to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field:
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:39 - And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could H3201 not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:23 - And when they came to Marah, they could H3201 not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:18 - Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able H3201 to perform it thyself alone.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:23 - If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able H3201 to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 19:23 - And Moses said unto the LORD, The people cannot H3201 come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 33:20 - And he said, Thou canst H3201 not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 40:35 - And Moses was not able H3201 to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 9:6 - And there were certain men, who were defiled by the dead body of a man, that they could H3201 not keep the passover on that day: and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:14 - I am not able H3201 to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 13:30 - And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able H3201 to overcome H3201 it.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 13:31 - But the men that went up with him said, We be not able H3201 to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:16 - Because the LORD was not able H3201 to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:6 - Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, H3201 that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:11 - Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able H3201 to overcome them, and drive them out.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:18 - And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot H3201 go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:37 - And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? wherefore camest thou not unto me? am I not able H3201 indeed to promote thee to honour?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:38 - And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power H3201 at all H3201 to say any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:13 - If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot H3201 go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:9 - And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able H3201 to bear you myself alone:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:17 - If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can H3201 I dispossess them?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:22 - And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest H3201 not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 9:28 - Lest the land whence thou broughtest us out say, Because the LORD was not able H3201 to bring them into the land which he promised them, and because he hated them, he hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 12:17 - Thou mayest H3201 not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand:

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