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Lexicon :: Strong's H3334 - yāṣar

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Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
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TWOT Reference: 1973

Variant Spellings

The following spelling is supported by Strongs and Gesenius: יצר.

Strong’s Definitions

יָצַר yâtsar, yaw-tsar'; a primitive root; to press (intransitive), i.e. be narrow; figuratively, be in distress:—be distressed, be narrow, be straitened (in straits), be vexed.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 9x

The KJV translates Strong's H3334 in the following manner: distressed (4x), be straitened (2x), be in straits (1x), vexed (1x), be narrow (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 9x
The KJV translates Strong's H3334 in the following manner: distressed (4x), be straitened (2x), be in straits (1x), vexed (1x), be narrow (1x).
  1. to bind, be distressed, be in distress, be cramped, be narrow, be scant, be in straits, make narrow, cause distress, beseige

    1. (Qal) to suffer distress

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
יָצַר yâtsar, yaw-tsar'; a primitive root; to press (intransitive), i.e. be narrow; figuratively, be in distress:—be distressed, be narrow, be straitened (in straits), be vexed.
STRONGS H3334: Abbreviations
† I. צָרַר verb bind, tie up, be restricted, narrow, scant, cramped (Late Hebrew id.; Arabic bdb086402 bind, tie up; so Aramaic צְרַר, bdb086403); —
A. transitive:
Qal Perfect 3rd person masculine singular צָרַר Hosea 4:19; Proverbs 30:4; Imperative צוֺר Isaiah 8:16; Infinitive construct צְרוֺר Proverbs 26:8 (?); Participle active צֹרֵר Job 26:8; passive צָרוּר Hosea 13:12, feminine צְרוּרָה 1 Samuel 25:29; feminine plural צְרֻרֹת Exodus 12:34; 2 Samuel 20:3; — bind or tie up, of kneading-troughs Exodus 12:34 (E); figurative of a life preserved by י׳, נֶפֶשׁ צְרוּרָה בִּצְרוֺר הַחַיִּים 1 Samuel 25:29; of preserving prophetic teaching Isaiah 8:16; of retention of guilt Hosea 13:12; of י׳'s binding waters in (a garment of) cloud Proverbs 30:4; Job 26:8; = shut up 2 Samuel 20:3; — צָרַר רוּחַ אֹתָהּ בִּכְנָפֶיהָ Hosea 4:19 (si vera lectio) pregnantly, the wind hath wrapped her up in its wings, to carry her off; כִּצְרוֺר אֶבֶן Proverbs 26:8 like the tying up of a stone, but unintellig. in context (see Toy).
Pu. Participle plural מְצֹרָרִים Joshua 9:4 tied up (mended by tying), of old wine-skins.
B. intransitive:
Qal Perfect 3rd person feminine singular צָ֫רָה Isaiah 28:20; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular יֵצַר Proverbs 4:12, יֵ֫צֶר לוֺ Job 20:22, וַ֫יֵּצֶד Genesis 32:8 [Genesis 32:7] +, etc.; — be scant, cramped, in straits; of scanty bed-covering Isaiah 28:20 (in figurative); of land too small for (מִן) its people Isaiah 49:19 + Joshua 19:47 (for וַיֵּצֵא) DrExpos. Jan. 1887, 59 Benn, compare Greek Version of the LXX; of steps = be cramped, or impeded, Proverbs 4:12; Job 18:7 (both in figure); especially impersonal with ל person, וַיֵּצֶר לוֺ Genesis 32:8 [Genesis 32:7] and it was narrow for him = he was in straits, distress, so Judges 2:15; 2 Samuel 13:2; Job 20:22, also 3rd person feminine singular וַתֵּ֫צֶר לְ Judges 10:9; 1 Samuel 30:6 (see Dr).
Hiph. Perfect 3rd person masculine singular וְהֵצַר Deuteronomy 28:52 (twice in verse) consecutive; 1st person singular וַהֲצֵרֹתִי Jeremiah 10:18; Zephaniah 1:17; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular יָצַרלֿוֺ 1 Kings 8:37 2 Chronicles 6:28, וַיָּ֫צַד 2 Chronicles 28:20; 3rd person masculine plural וַיָּצֵרוּ Nehemiah 9:27; Infinitive construct הָצֵר 2 Chronicles 28:22; 33:12; — make narrow for, press hard upon, cause distress to, with ל person, Jeremiah 10:18 (subject י׳), Zephaniah 1:17 (subject id.); Deuteronomy 28:52 (twice in verse); 1 Kings 8:37 2 Chronicles 6:28; Nehemiah 9:27 (all subject foe), 2 Chronicles 28:20 (subject Tiglath-pileser); indefinite subject 2 Chronicles 28:22 (but read כִּי אִם לְצָרָה לוֺ, and join to 2 Chronicles 28:21, opposed to לְעֶזְרָה לוֺ, Greek Version of the LXX Kit BuhlLex), 2 Chronicles 33:12.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


32:7; 32:7


12:34; 12:34


28:52; 28:52


9:4; 19:47


2:15; 10:9

1 Samuel

25:29; 25:29; 30:6

2 Samuel

13:2; 20:3; 20:3

1 Kings

8:37; 8:37

2 Chronicles

6:28; 6:28; 28:20; 28:20; 28:21; 28:22; 28:22; 33:12; 33:12


9:27; 9:27


18:7; 20:22; 20:22; 26:8; 26:8


4:12; 4:12; 26:8; 26:8; 30:4; 30:4


8:16; 8:16; 28:20; 28:20; 49:19


10:18; 10:18


4:19; 4:19; 13:12; 13:12


1:17; 1:17


Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3334 matches the Hebrew יָצַר (yāṣar),
which occurs 10 times in 10 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:7 - Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: H3334 and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 2:15 - Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed. H3334
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 10:9 - Moreover the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore distressed. H3334
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 30:6 - And David was greatly distressed; H3334 for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 13:2 - And Amnon was so vexed, H3334 that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:27 - Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:7 - The steps of his strength shall be straitened, H3334 and his own counsel shall cast him down.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:22 - In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: H3334 every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:12 - When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; H3334 and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 49:19 - For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow H3334 by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.
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