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Lexicon :: Strong's H3243 - yānaq

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Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
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TWOT Reference: 874

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 have given children suck? H3243 for I have born him a son in his old age.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:59 - And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, H3243 and Abraham's servant, and his men.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:15 - Thirty milch H3243 camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:8 - But Deborah Rebekah's nurse H3243 died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:7 - Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse H3243 of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse H3243 the child for thee?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:9 - And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse H3243 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 begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, H3243 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, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck H3243 honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:25 - The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling H3243 also with the man of gray hairs.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 33:19 - They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck H3243 of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in 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 the LORD establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck H3243 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, H3243 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, H3243 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, H3243 behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which 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 from among the king's sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse, H3243 in the bedchamber 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 from among the king's sons that were slain, and put him and his nurse H3243 in a 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 prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck? H3243
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:16 - He shall suck H3243 the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 8:2 - Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings H3243 hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 8:1 - O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked H3243 the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 11:8 - And the sucking child H3243 shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:23 - And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: H3243 they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 60:16 - Thou shalt also suck H3243 the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck H3243 the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:11 - That ye may suck, H3243 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 the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, H3243 ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 44:7 - Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, H3243 out of Judah, to leave you none to remain;
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:11 - Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings H3243 swoon in the streets of the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:3 - Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck H3243 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 H3243 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 congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck H3243 the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
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