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Lexicon :: Strong's H3409 - yārēḵ

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Part of Speech
feminine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From an unused root meaning to be soft
Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 916a

Strong’s Definitions

יָרֵךְ yârêk, yaw-rake'; from an unused root meaning to be soft; the thigh (from its fleshy softness); by euphemistically the generative parts; figuratively, a shank, flank, side:—× body, loins, shaft, side, thigh.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 34x

The KJV translates Strong's H3409 in the following manner: thigh (21x), side (7x), shaft (3x), loins (2x), body (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 34x
The KJV translates Strong's H3409 in the following manner: thigh (21x), side (7x), shaft (3x), loins (2x), body (1x).
  1. thigh, side, loin, base

    1. thigh

      1. outside of thigh (where sword was worn)

      2. loins (as the seat of procreative power)

    2. side (flank) (of object)

    3. base

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
יָרֵךְ yârêk, yaw-rake'; from an unused root meaning to be soft; the thigh (from its fleshy softness); by euphemistically the generative parts; figuratively, a shank, flank, side:—× body, loins, shaft, side, thigh.
STRONGS H3409: Abbreviations
יָרֵךְ noun feminineNumbers 5:27 thigh, loin, side, base (Late Hebrew id.; Aramaic יַרְכָּא; Zinjirli ירך loin; Assyrian arku, arkâtu, back, rear, hereafter DlHWB 242; Arabic bdb043704 hip) — absolute יָרֵךְ Judges 15:8 + 6 times; construct יֶ֫רֶךְ Genesis 24:9 + 11 times + 2 Samuel 3:27 (see below); suffix יְרֵכִי Genesis 24:2; Genesis 47:29; יְרֵכֵךְ Numbers 5:21; יְרֵכוֺ Genesis 32:26 + 6 times; יְרֵכָהּ Exodus 25:31+ 3 times; dual יְרֵכַיִם Exodus 28:42; suffix יְרֵכַיִךְ Songs 7:2; —
1. thigh,
a. outside of thigh, where sword was worn, שִׂים חֶרֶב עַליְֿרֵכוֺ Exodus 32:27 (E); וַיַחְגֹּר אֹתָהּ עַליֶֿרֶךְ יְמִינוֺ Judges 3:16 and he girded it upon his right thigh, Judges 3:21; Psalm 45:4; Songs 3:8; כַּף הַיָּרֵךְ Genesis 32:33 hollow of the thigh, Genesis 32:26 (twice in verse); Genesis 32:33 [Genesis 32:32] (all J); חַמּוּקֵי יְרֵכַיִךְ Cant 7:2 the roundings of thy thighs; מִמָּתְנַיִם וְעַדיְֿרֵכַיִם Exodus 28:42 (P); || בֶּטֶן Numbers 5:21, 22, 27 (P); צֹלֵעַ עַליְֿרֵכוֺ Genesis 32:32 (J), limping upon his thigh; סָפַק עַליָֿרֵח Jeremiah 31:19 and (with אֶלֿ) Ezekiel 21:17, smite upon, thigh, in token of consternation; וַיַּךְ אוֺתָם שׁוֺק עַלֿ יָרֵךְ Judges 15:8 and he smote them, hip upon thigh, a great slaughter.
b. thigh = loins, as seat of procreative power (RSK. 34; Semitic i, 360 (380)) יֹצְאֵי ירך those proceeding from the loins of any one Genesis 46:26; Exodus 1:5 (both P), Judges 8:30; hence שִׂים יַד תַּחַת ירך place the hand under thigh, in taking oath Genesis 24:2, 9 (J), Genesis 47:29.
2. side (flank) of altar 2 Kings 16:14; Leviticus 1:11 (P); of tabernacle Exodus 40:22, 24; Numbers 3:29, 35 (all P); also יֶרֶךְ הַשַּׁעַר (for MT תּוֺךְ הַשּׁ׳) Greek Version of the LXX Th We Dr Bu Kit.
3. base (loins) of candlestick Exodus 25:31; Exodus 37:17; Numbers 8:4 (all P).

See related Aramaic BDB entry H3410.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


24:2; 24:2; 24:9; 24:9; 32:26; 32:26; 32:32; 32:32; 46:26; 47:29; 47:29


1:5; 25:31; 25:31; 28:42; 28:42; 32:27; 37:17; 40:22; 40:24




3:29; 3:35; 5:21; 5:21; 5:22; 5:27; 5:27; 8:4


3:16; 3:21; 8:30; 15:8; 15:8

2 Samuel


2 Kings




Song of Songs

3:8; 7:2; 7:2





Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3409 matches the Hebrew יָרֵך (yārēḵ),
which occurs 34 times in 32 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:2 - He said to the senior servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:9 - So the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:25 - When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:31 - The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel,[fn] and he was limping because of his hip.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:32 - Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 46:26 - All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 47:29 - When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:5 - The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy[fn] in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 25:31 - “Make a lampstand of pure gold. Hammer out its base and shaft, and make its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:42 - “Make linen undergarments as a covering for the body, reaching from the waist to the thigh.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 32:27 - Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 37:17 - They made the lampstand of pure gold. They hammered out its base and shaft, and made its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 40:22 - Moses placed the table in the tent of meeting on the north side of the tabernacle outside the curtain
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 40:24 - He placed the lampstand in the tent of meeting opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 1:11 - You are to slaughter it at the north side of the altar before the LORD, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall splash its blood against the sides of the altar.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:29 - The Kohathite clans were to camp on the south side of the tabernacle.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 3:35 - The leader of the families of the Merarite clans was Zuriel son of Abihail; they were to camp on the north side of the tabernacle.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:21 - here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the LORD cause you to become a curse[fn] among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:22 - May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.” “ ‘Then the woman is to say, “Amen. So be it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:27 - If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:4 - This is how the lampstand was made: It was made of hammered gold—from its base to its blossoms. The lampstand was made exactly like the pattern the LORD had shown Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:16 - Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a cubit[fn] long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:21 - Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 8:30 - He had seventy sons of his own, for he had many wives.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 15:8 - He attacked them viciously and slaughtered many of them. Then he went down and stayed in a cave in the rock of Etam.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 16:14 - As for the bronze altar that stood before the LORD, he brought it from the front of the temple—from between the new altar and the temple of the LORD—and put it on the north side of the new altar.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 45:3 - Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 3:8 - all of them wearing the sword, all experienced in battle, each with his sword at his side, prepared for the terrors of the night.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 7:1 - How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince’s daughter! Your graceful legs are like jewels, the work of an artist’s hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:19 - After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:12 - Cry out and wail, son of man, for it is against my people; it is against all the princes of Israel. They are thrown to the sword along with my people. Therefore beat your breast.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 24:4 - Put into it the pieces of meat, all the choice pieces—the leg and the shoulder. Fill it with the best of these bones;
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