Click to Change

Return to Top

Return to Top

Printer Icon


Copy Options
Red Letter
The Blue Letter Bible

Lexicon :: Strong's H3243 - yānaq

Choose a new font size and typeface
Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
Dictionary Aids

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.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
Copyright © 2002, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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 to Abraham that Sarah would nurse H3243 children? Yet I have given birth to a son in his old age.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:59 - So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse H3243 with Abraham’s servant and his men.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:15 - thirty milking H3243 camels and their colts, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:8 - Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse H3243, died, and she was buried below Bethel under the oak; and it was named [fn]Allon-bacuth.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:7 - Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a woman for you who is nursing H3243 from the Hebrew women, so that she may nurse H3243 the child for you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:9 - Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse H3243 him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:12 - “Was it I who conceived all this people? Or did I give birth to them, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them [fn]in your arms, as a [fn]nurse carries a nursing H3243 infant H3243, to the land which You swore to their fathers’?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:13 - “He had him ride on the high places of the earth,
And he ate the produce of the field;
And He had him suck H3243 honey from the rock,
And [fn]oil from the flinty rock,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:25 - ‘Outside the sword will make them childless,
And inside, terror
Both young man and virgin,
The nursing H3243 child H3243 with the man of gray hair.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 33:19 - “They will call peoples to the mountain;
There they will offer righteous sacrifices;
For they will [fn]draw H3243 out H3243 the abundance of the seas,
And the hidden treasures of the sand.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 1:23 - Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do [fn]what seems best to you. Stay until you have weaned him; only may the LORD confirm His word.” So the woman stayed and nursed H3243 her son until she weaned him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:3 - ‘Now go and strike Amalek and completely destroy everything that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant H3243, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:19 - He also struck Nob the city of the priests with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and infants H3243; he also struck oxen, donkeys, and sheep with the edge of the sword.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:21 - “When I got up in the morning to nurse H3243 my son, behold, he was dead! But when I examined him closely in the morning, behold, he was not my son, whom I had borne!”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 11:2 - But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and abducted him from among the king’s sons who were being put to death, and put him and his nurse H3243 in the bedroom. So they hid him from Athaliah, and he was not put to death.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 22:11 - But Jehoshabeath the king’s daughter took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king’s sons who were being put to death, and placed him and his nurse H3243 in the bedroom. 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 would not put him to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:12 - “Why were the knees there in front of me,
And why the breasts, that I would nurse H3243?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:16 - “He sucks H3243 the poison of cobras;
The viper’s tongue kills him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 8:2 - From the mouths of infants and nursing H3243 babies H3243 You have established [fn]strength
Because of Your enemies,
To do away with the enemy and the revengeful.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 8:1 - “Oh that you were like a brother to me
Who nursed H3243 at my mother’s breasts.
If I found you outdoors, I would kiss you;
No one would despise me, either.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 11:8 - The nursing H3243 child will play by the hole of the cobra,
And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:23 - “Kings will be your guardians,
And their princesses your nurses H3243.
They will bow down to you with their faces to the ground
And lick the dust from your feet;
And you will know that I am the LORD;
Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 60:16 - “You will also suck H3243 the milk of nations,
And suck H3243 the breast of kings;
Then you will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior
And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:11 - So that you may nurse H3243 and be satisfied with her comforting breasts,
So that you may drink fully and be delighted with her bountiful breasts.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:12 - For this is what the LORD says: “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river,
And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
And you will [fn]be nursed H3243, you will be carried on the [fn]hip and rocked back and forth on the knees.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 44:7 - ‘Now then, this is what the LORD God of armies, the God of Israel says: “Why are you doing great harm to yourselves, to eliminate from yourselves man and woman, child and infant H3243 from among Judah, leaving yourselves without a remnant,
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:11 - My eyes fail because of tears,
My [fn]spirit is greatly troubled;
My [fn]heart is poured out on the earth
Because of the [fn]destruction of the daughter of my people,
When little ones and infants H3243 languish
In the streets of the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:3 - Even jackals offer the breast,
They nurse H3243 their young;
But the daughter of my people has proved herself cruel,
Like ostriches in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:4 - The tongue of the infant H3243 clings
To the roof of its mouth because of thirst;
The children ask for bread,
But no one breaks it for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 2:16 - Gather the people, sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and the nursing H3243 infants H3243.
Have the groom come out of his room
And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
BLB Searches
Search the Bible

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan