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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 could not [fn]sustain them [fn]while dwelling together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able H3201 to remain together.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:16 - “I will make your [fn]descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can H3201 number the dust of the earth, then your [fn]descendants can also be numbered.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:5 - And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able H3201 to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your [fn]descendants be.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:19 - “Now behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your lovingkindness, which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot H3201 escape to the [fn]mountains, for the disaster will overtake me and I will die;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:22 - “Hurry, escape there, for I cannot H3201 do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the town was called [fn]Zoar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:50 - Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “The matter comes from the LORD; so we cannot H3201 speak to you bad or good.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:8 - But they said, “We cannot, H3201 until all the flocks are gathered, and they roll the stone from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:8 - So Rachel said, “With [fn]mighty wrestlings I have [fn]wrestled with my sister, and I have indeed prevailed.” H3201 And she named him Naphtali.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:35 - She said to her father, “Let not my lord be angry that I cannot H3201 rise before you, for the manner of women is upon me.” So he searched but did not find the [fn]household idols.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:25 - When he saw that he had not prevailed H3201 against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:28 - He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but [fn]Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.” H3201
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:14 - They said to them, “We cannot H3201 do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a disgrace to us.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 36:7 - For their property had become too great for them to [fn]live together, and the land where they sojourned could H3201 not sustain them because of their livestock.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:4 - His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could H3201 not speak to him [fn]on friendly terms.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:32 - So they served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could H3201 not eat bread with the Hebrews, for that is [fn]loathsome to the Egyptians.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:1 - Then he commanded his house steward, saying, “Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can H3201 carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:22 - “But we said to my lord, ‘The lad cannot H3201 leave his father, for if he should leave his father, [fn]his father would die.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:26 - “But we said, ‘We cannot H3201 go down. If our youngest brother is with us, then we will go down; for we cannot H3201 see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:1 - Then Joseph could H3201 not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, “Have everyone go out from me.” So there [fn]was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:3 - Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could H3201 not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:10 - Now the eyes of Israel were so dim from age that he could H3201 not see. Then [fn]Joseph brought them close to him, and he kissed them and embraced them.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:3 - But when she could H3201 hide him no longer, she got him a [fn]wicker [fn]basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:21 - The fish that were in the Nile died, and the Nile [fn]became foul, so that the Egyptians could H3201 not drink water from the Nile. And the blood was through all the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:24 - So all the Egyptians dug around the Nile for water to drink, for they could H3201 not drink of the water of the Nile.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 8:18 - The [fn]magicians tried with their secret arts to bring forth [fn]gnats, but they could H3201 not; so there were [fn]gnats on man and beast.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 9:11 - The [fn]magicians could H3201 not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians [fn]as well as on all the Egyptians.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:5 - ‘They shall cover the surface of the land, so that no one will be able H3201 to see the land. They will also eat the rest of what has escaped—what is left to you from the hail—and they will eat every tree which sprouts for you out of the field.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:39 - They baked the dough which they had brought out of Egypt into cakes of unleavened bread. For it had not become leavened, since they were driven out of Egypt and could H3201 not delay, nor had they [fn]prepared any provisions for themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:23 - When they came to Marah, they could H3201 not drink the waters [fn]of Marah, for they were [fn]bitter; therefore it was named [fn]Marah.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:18 - “You will surely wear out, both yourself and [fn]these people who are with you, for the [fn]task is too heavy for you; you cannot H3201 do it alone.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:23 - “If you do this thing and God so commands you, then you will be able H3201 to [fn]endure, and all [fn]these people also will go to [fn]their place in peace.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 19:23 - Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot H3201 come up to Mount Sinai, for You [fn]warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds about the mountain and consecrate it.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 33:20 - But He said, “You cannot H3201 see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 40:35 - Moses was not able H3201 to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 9:6 - But there were some men who were unclean because of the [fn]dead person, so that they could H3201 not observe Passover on that day; so they came before Moses and Aaron on that day.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:14 - “I alone am not able H3201 to carry all this people, because it is too [fn]burdensome for me.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 13:30 - Then Caleb quieted the people [fn]before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely H3201 overcome H3201 it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 13:31 - But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able H3201 to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:16 - ‘Because the LORD could H3201 not bring this people into the land which He promised them by oath, therefore He slaughtered them in the wilderness.’
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:6 - “Now, therefore, please come, curse this people for me since they are too [fn]mighty for me; perhaps I may be able H3201 to [fn]defeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:11 - ‘Behold, there is a people who came out of Egypt and they cover the surface of the land; now come, curse them for me; perhaps I may be able H3201 to fight against them and drive them out.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:18 - Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could H3201 not do anything, either small or great, contrary to the [fn]command of the LORD my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:37 - Then Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not urgently send to you to call you? Why did you not come to me? Am I really unable H3201 to honor you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:38 - So Balaam said to Balak, “Behold, I have come now to you! Am I able H3201 to speak anything at all? The word that God puts in my mouth, that I shall speak.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:13 - ‘Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could H3201 not do anything contrary to the [fn]command of the LORD, either good or bad, of my own [fn]accord. What the LORD speaks, that I will speak’?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:9 - “I spoke to you at that time, saying, ‘I am not able H3201 to bear the burden of you alone.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:17 - “If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can H3201 I dispossess them?’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:22 - “The LORD your God will clear away these nations before you little by little; you will not be able H3201 to put an end to them quickly, for the [fn]wild beasts would grow too numerous for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 9:28 - ‘Otherwise the land from which You brought us may say, “Because the LORD was not able H3201 to bring them into the land which He had [fn]promised them and because He hated them He has brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 12:17 - “You are not allowed H3201 to eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or new wine or oil, or the firstborn of your herd or flock, or any of your votive offerings which you vow, or your freewill offerings, or the [fn]contribution of your hand.

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