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Lexicon :: Strong's H3243 - yānaq

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Root Word (Etymology)
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 - Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:59 - So they said good-bye to Rebekah and sent her away with Abraham’s servant and his men. The woman who had been Rebekah’s childhood nurse went along with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:15 - 30 female camels with their young, 40 cows, 10 bulls, 20 female donkeys, and 10 male donkeys.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:8 - Soon after this, Rebekah’s old nurse, Deborah, died. She was buried beneath the oak tree in the valley below Bethel. Ever since, the tree has been called Allon-bacuth (which means “oak of weeping”).
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:7 - Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. “Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” she asked.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:9 - “Take this baby and nurse him for me,” the princess told the baby’s mother. “I will pay you for your help.” So the woman took her baby home and nursed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:12 - Did I give birth to them? Did I bring them into the world? Why did you tell me to carry them in my arms like a mother carries a nursing baby? How can I carry them to the land you swore to give their ancestors?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:13 - He let them ride over the highlands
and feast on the crops of the fields.
He nourished them with honey from the rock
and olive oil from the stony ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:25 - Outside, the sword will bring death,
and inside, terror will strike
both young men and young women,
both infants and the aged.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 33:19 - They summon the people to the mountain
to offer proper sacrifices there.
They benefit from the riches of the sea
and the hidden treasures in the sand.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 1:23 - “Whatever you think is best,” Elkanah agreed. “Stay here for now, and may the LORD help you keep your promise.” So she stayed home and nursed the boy until he was weaned.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:3 - Now go and completely destroy[fn] the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:19 - Then he went to Nob, the town of the priests, and killed the priests’ families—men and women, children and babies—and all the cattle, donkeys, sheep, and goats.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:21 - And in the morning when I tried to nurse my son, he was dead! But when I looked more closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t my son at all.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 11:2 - But Ahaziah’s sister Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram,[fn] took Ahaziah’s infant son, Joash, and stole him away from among the rest of the king’s children, who were about to be killed. She put Joash and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah, so the child was not murdered.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 22:11 - But Ahaziah’s sister Jehosheba,[fn] the daughter of King Jehoram, took Ahaziah’s infant son, Joash, and stole him away from among the rest of the king’s children, who were about to be killed. She put Joash and his nurse in a bedroom. In this way, Jehosheba, wife of Jehoiada the priest and sister of Ahaziah, hid the child so that Athaliah could not murder him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:12 - Why was I laid on my mother’s lap?
Why did she nurse me at her breasts?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:16 - They will suck the poison of cobras.
The viper will kill them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 8:2 - You have taught children and infants
to tell of your strength,[fn]
silencing your enemies
and all who oppose you.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 8:1 - Young Woman
Oh, I wish you were my brother,
who nursed at my mother’s breasts.
Then I could kiss you no matter who was watching,
and no one would criticize me.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 11:8 - The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra.
Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:23 - Kings and queens will serve you
and care for all your needs.
They will bow to the earth before you
and lick the dust from your feet.
Then you will know that I am the LORD.
Those who trust in me will never be put to shame.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 60:16 - Powerful kings and mighty nations
will satisfy your every need,
as though you were a child
nursing at the breast of a queen.
You will know at last that I, the LORD,
am your Savior and your Redeemer,
the Mighty One of Israel.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:11 - Drink deeply of her glory
even as an infant drinks at its mother’s comforting breasts.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:12 - This is what the LORD says:
“I will give Jerusalem a river of peace and prosperity.
The wealth of the nations will flow to her.
Her children will be nursed at her breasts,
carried in her arms, and held on her lap.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 44:7 - “And now the LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, asks you: Why are you destroying yourselves? For not one of you will survive—not a man, woman, or child among you who has come here from Judah, not even the babies in your arms.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 2:11 - I have cried until the tears no longer come;
my heart is broken.
My spirit is poured out in agony
as I see the desperate plight of my people.
Little children and tiny babies
are fainting and dying in the streets.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:3 - Even the jackals feed their young,
but not my people Israel.
They ignore their children’s cries,
like ostriches in the desert.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 4:4 - The parched tongues of their little ones
stick to the roofs of their mouths in thirst.
The children cry for bread,
but no one has any to give them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 2:16 - Gather all the people—
the elders, the children, and even the babies.
Call the bridegroom from his quarters
and the bride from her private room.
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