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Lexicon :: Strong's H3243 - yānaq

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A primitive root
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Strong’s Definitions

יָנַק yânaq, yaw-nak'; a primitive root; to suck; causatively, to give milk:—milch, nurse(-ing mother), (give, make to) suck(-ing child, -ling).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 32x

The KJV translates Strong's H3243 in the following manner: suck (14x), nurse (7x), suckling (6x), sucking child (3x), milch (1x), nursing mothers (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 32x
The KJV translates Strong's H3243 in the following manner: suck (14x), nurse (7x), suckling (6x), sucking child (3x), milch (1x), nursing mothers (1x).
  1. to suckle, nurse, suck

    1. (Qal)

      1. to suck

      2. suckling, babe (subst)

    2. (Hiphil)

      1. to give suck to, nurse

      2. nursing, nursing woman, nurse (participle)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
יָנַק yânaq, yaw-nak'; a primitive root; to suck; causatively, to give milk:—milch, nurse(-ing mother), (give, make to) suck(-ing child, -ling).
STRONGS H3243: Abbreviations
† [יָנַק] verb suck (Late Hebrew id.; Aramaic יְנַק, bdb041302, and derivatives; Assyrian êniḳu, suck, SASmAssurbanipal i, Gloss, mušeniḳtu, nurse, JenZA, 1886, 402) —
Qal Perfect וְיָנַקְתְּ consecutive Isaiah 60:16; וִינַקְתֶּם Isaiah 66:12; Imperfect יִינָ֑ק Job 20:16; אִינָ֑ק Job 3:12; תִּינָ֑קִי Isaiah 60:16; יִינָ֑קוּ Deuteronomy 33:19; תִּינְקוּ Isaiah 66:11; Participle יוֺנֵק Deuteronomy 32:25 + 7 times; יֹנֵק Numbers 11:12; יוֺנְקִים Psalm 8:3; יוֺנְקֵי Joel 2:16; — suck, of infant at mother's breast, absolute Job 3:12; metaphor of abundance and honour of Jerusalem in future, Isaiah 66:11 absolute; followed by accusative of breast Isaiah 60:16; accusative of milk Isaiah 60:16; Isaiah 66:12; followed by accusative ראֹשׁ פְּתָנִים Job 20:16 of punishment of wicked; participle followed by accusative יוֺנֵק שְׁדֵי אִמִּי Songs 8:1; construct יוֺנְקֵישָֿׁדַיִם Joel 2:16; elsewhere as subt., suckling, babe Numbers 11:12; Deuteronomy 32:25 (opposed to אִישׁ שֵׂיבָה); || עוֺלֵל 1 Samuel 15:3; 1 Samuel 22:19; Psalm 8:3; Jeremiah 44:7; Lamentations 2:11; || עוֺלָל Lamentations 4:4; compare Joel 2:16; || גָּמוּל Isaiah 11:8; — on Isaiah 53:2 see יוֺנֵק below.
Hiph. Perfect הֵינִ֫יקָה Genesis 21:7; הֵנִ֫יקוּ Lamentations 4:3; Imperfect suffix וַיֵּנִקֵ֫הוּ Deuteronomy 32:13; 3rd person feminine singular תֵּינִק Exodus 2:7; וַתֵּ֫נֶק 1 Samuel 1:23; וַתְּנִיקֵ֫הוּ Exodus 2:9; Imperative feminine singular suffix הֵינִקִ֫הוּ Exodus 2:9; Infinitive לְהֵינִיק 1 Kings 3:21; Participle מֵינֶ֫קֶת Exodus 2:7; construct id. Genesis 35:8; מֵנִקְתּוֺ 2 Kings 11:2; מֵינִקְתּוֺ 2 Chronicles 22:11; מֵנִקְתָּהּ Genesis 24:59; מֵינִיקוֺת Genesis 32:16; מֵינִיקִתַיִךְ Isaiah 49:23; — give suck to, nurse, followed by accusative Genesis 21:7; 1 Kings 3:21; Exodus 2:7, 9; 1 Samuel 1:23; cause to suck honey, figurative Deuteronomy 32:13 (2 accusative); of animals Lamentations 4:3 followed by accusative; participle feminine = nursing, אִשָּׁה מֵינֶקֶת Exodus 2:7 literally a nursing woman, a nurse; מ׳ alone as substantive = nurse Genesis 24:59 (J), Genesis 35:8 (E; דְּבֹרָה), 2 Kings 11:2; 2 Chronicles 22:11; metaphor Isaiah 49:23; of camels גְּמַלִּים מֵינִיקוֺת Genesis 32:16.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


21:7; 21:7; 24:59; 24:59; 32:16; 32:16; 35:8; 35:8


2:7; 2:7; 2:7; 2:7; 2:9; 2:9; 2:9


11:12; 11:12


32:13; 32:13; 32:25; 32:25; 33:19

1 Samuel

1:23; 1:23; 15:3; 22:19

1 Kings

3:21; 3:21

2 Kings

11:2; 11:2

2 Chronicles

22:11; 22:11


3:12; 3:12; 20:16; 20:16


8:3; 8:3

Song of Songs



11:8; 49:23; 49:23; 53:2; 60:16; 60:16; 60:16; 60:16; 66:11; 66:11; 66:12; 66:12




2:11; 4:3; 4:3; 4:4


2:16; 2:16; 2:16

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3243 matches the Hebrew יָנַק (yānaq),
which occurs 32 times in 30 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:7 - And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should give children suck? for I have borne him a son in his old age.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:59 - And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant, and his men.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:15 - thirty milch camels and their colts, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty she-asses and ten foals.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:8 - And Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried below Beth-el under the oak: and the name of it was called Allon-bacuth.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:7 - Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:9 - And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:12 - Have I conceived all this people? have I brought them forth, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing-father carrieth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:13 -
He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
And he did eat the increase of the field;
And he made him to suck honey out of the rock,
And oil out of the flinty rock;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:25 -
Without shall the sword bereave,
And in the chambers terror;
It shall destroy both young man and virgin,
The suckling with the man of gray hairs.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 33:19 -
They shall call the peoples unto the mountain;
There shall they offer sacrifices of righteousness:
For they shall suck the abundance of the seas,
And the hidden treasures of the sand.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 1:23 - And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only Jehovah establish his word. So the woman tarried and gave her son suck, until she weaned him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:3 - Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:19 - And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings, and oxen and asses and sheep, with the edge of the sword.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:21 - And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead; but when I had looked at it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, whom I did bear.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 11:2 - But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons that were slain, even him and his nurse, and put them in the bedchamber; and they hid him from Athaliah, so that he was not slain;
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 22:11 - But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons that were slain, and put him and his nurse in the bedchamber. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah), hid him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:12 -
Why did the knees receive me?
Or why the breasts, that I should suck?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:16 -
He shall suck the poison of asps:
The viper’s tongue shall slay him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 8:2 -
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou established strength,
Because of thine adversaries,
That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 8:1 -
Oh that thou wert as my brother,
That sucked the breasts of my mother!
When I should find thee without, I would kiss thee;
Yea, and none would despise me.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 11:8 - And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:23 - And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their faces to the earth, and lick the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am Jehovah; and they that wait for me shall not be put to shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 60:16 - Thou shalt also suck the milk of the nations, and shalt suck the breast of kings; and thou shalt know that I, Jehovah, am thy Saviour, and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:11 - that ye may suck and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:12 - For thus saith Jehovah, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream: and ye shall suck thereof; ye shall be borne upon the side, and shall be dandled upon the knees.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 44:7 - Therefore now thus saith Jehovah, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your own souls, to cut off from you man and woman, infant and suckling, out of the midst of Judah, to leave you none remaining;
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:11 -
Mine eyes do fail with tears, my heart is troubled;
My liver is poured upon the earth, because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,
Because the young children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:3 -
Even the jackals draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones:
The daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:4 -
The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst:
The young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 2:16 - gather the people, sanctify the assembly, assemble the old men, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts; let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
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