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Lexicon :: Strong's H3474 - yāšar

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Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
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TWOT Reference: 930

Strong’s Definitions

יָשַׁר yâshar, yaw-shar'; a primitive root; to be straight or even; figuratively, to be (causatively, to make) right, pleasant, prosperous:—direct, fit, seem good (meet), please (will), be (esteem, go) right (on), bring (look, make, take the) straight (way), be upright(-ly).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 27x

The KJV translates Strong's H3474 in the following manner: please (6x), straight (5x), direct (4x), right (3x), well (2x), fitted (1x), good (1x), make straight (1x), meet (1x), upright (1x), uprightly (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 27x
The KJV translates Strong's H3474 in the following manner: please (6x), straight (5x), direct (4x), right (3x), well (2x), fitted (1x), good (1x), make straight (1x), meet (1x), upright (1x), uprightly (1x).
  1. to be right, be straight, be level, be upright, be just, be lawful, be smooth

    1. (Qal)

      1. to go straight

      2. to be pleasing, be agreeable, be right (fig.)

      3. to be straightforward, be upright

    2. (Piel)

      1. to make right, make smooth, make straight

      2. to lead, direct, lead straight along

      3. to esteem right, approve

    3. (Pual) to be made level, be laid smoothly out

    4. (Hiphil) to make straight, look straight

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
יָשַׁר yâshar, yaw-shar'; a primitive root; to be straight or even; figuratively, to be (causatively, to make) right, pleasant, prosperous:—direct, fit, seem good (meet), please (will), be (esteem, go) right (on), bring (look, make, take the) straight (way), be upright(-ly).
STRONGS H3474: Abbreviations
יָשַׁר verb be smooth, straight, right (Late Hebrew id., and derivatives; Arabic bdb044805 be gentle, tractable easy, II. make easy; bdb044806 manageable, easy, but Sabean ותֿר, הותֿר, אהל יתֿרן OsZMG 1865, 270 CISiv, 29, 2; Assyrian Išâu, be or go straight, right, mêšêru, justice, mêšêriš, righteously, DlHWB 310) —
Qal Perfect יָשַׁר Jeremiah 18:4 + 2 times; 3rd person feminine יָֽֽֽשְׁרָה Judges 14:3; Habakkuk 2:4; 3rd person masculine plural יָֽשְׁרוּ 1 Kings 9:12; Imperfect יִישַׁר Numbers 23:27 + 2 times; יִשַׁר 1 Samuel 18:20, 26; 3rd person feminine singularתִּישַׁר Judges 14:7; 3rd person feminine plural יִשַּׁרְנָה 1 Samuel 6:12 (Ges§ 47, n. 3; 71) —
1. go straight, בַּדֶּרֶךְ in the way 1 Samuel 6:12.
2. figurative, be pleasing, agreeable, right (בְּעֵינֵי in the eyes of); said of a woman Judges 14:3, 7; a man Jeremiah 27:5; of matters and things (הַדָּבָר) 1 Samuel 18:20, 26; 2 Samuel 17:4; 1 Chronicles 13:4; 2 Chronicles 30:4; of cities 1 Kings 9:12; a place בְּעֵינֵי הָאֱלֹהִים Numbers 23:27 (E); with כַּאֲשֶׁר Jeremiah 18:4.
3. in ethical sense, straightforward, upright; בּוֺ נַפְשׁו לֹא־יָֽשְׁרָה Habakkuk 2:4 his soul is not upright in him (opposed to צֻפְּלָה swollen).
Pi. Perfect I יִשָּׁ֑רְתִּ׳ Psalm 119:128 (יִשְׁרֵהוּ Job 37:3, 3rd person masculine suffix Thes; but < Ew Di Hi De Da, Imperfect from שָׁרָה); Imperfect יְיַשֵּׁר Proverbs 3:6; יְיַשֶּׁרֿ Proverbs 15:21; suffix וַיְיַשְּׁרֵם (Masoretes abbreviated וַיַּשְּׁרֵם) 2 Chronicles 32:30; 3rd person feminine singular תְּיַשֵּׁר Proverbs 11:4; 1st person singular אֲיַשֵּׁר Isaiah 45:13; אֲיַשֵּׁר Isaiah 45:2 Qr (Kt Hiph. אוֺשִׁר Ges§ 70, 2 doubtless copyist's error); Imperative plural יַשְּׁרוּ Isaiah 40:3; Participle plural מְיַשְּׁרִים Proverbs 9:15; —
1. make smooth, straight, accusative מְסִלָּה Isaiah 40:3; הֲדוּרִים Isaiah 45:2; figurative, with דֶּרֶךְ make smooth or straight, i.e. free from obstacles, successful Isaiah 45:13; Proverbs 11:5, אֹרַח Proverbs 3:5; in ethical sense, הַמְיַשְּׁרִים אָרְחוֺתָם Proverbs 9:15 those making straight their paths, going straightforward on their paths; יְיַשֶּׁרלָֿ֑כֶת Proverbs 15:21 maketh straight his going, goeth straightforwards.
2. lead straight along direct, waters of an aqueduct 2 Chronicles 32:30; (of the thunder Job 37:3 according to some; but see rather שָׁרָה)
3. esteem right, approve Psalm 119:128 (read כל פקודיך לי יִשָּׁ֑רְתִּי).
Pu. Participle זָהָב מְיֻשָּׁר 1 Kings 6:35 gold made level, laid smoothly out, upon the graven work.
Hiph. Imperfect 3rd person plural נֶגְדֶּ֑ךָ יַיְשִׁרוּ עַפְעַפֶּיךָ Proverbs 4:25 let thine eyelids look straight before thee; Imperative הַיְ֯שַׁר דַּרְכֶּךָ make thy way even Psalm 5:9 Qr (Kt הוֺשַׁר; see Ges70 (2)).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


23:27; 23:27


14:3; 14:3; 14:7; 14:7

1 Samuel

6:12; 6:12; 18:20; 18:20; 18:26; 18:26

2 Samuel


1 Kings

6:35; 9:12; 9:12

1 Chronicles


2 Chronicles

30:4; 32:30; 32:30


37:3; 37:3


5:9; 119:128; 119:128


3:5; 3:6; 4:25; 9:15; 9:15; 11:4; 11:5; 15:21; 15:21


40:3; 40:3; 45:2; 45:2; 45:13; 45:13


18:4; 18:4; 27:5


2:4; 2:4

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3474 matches the Hebrew יָשַׁר (yāšar),
which occurs 28 times in 26 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 23:27 - And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please H3474 God that thou mayest curse me them from thence.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:3 - Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well. H3474
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:7 - And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased H3474  Samson well. H3474
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:12 - And the kine took the straight H3474 way to the way of Bethshemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of Bethshemesh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:20 - And Michal Saul's daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased H3474 him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:26 - And when his servants told David these words, it pleased H3474 David well to be the king's son in law: and the days were not expired.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:4 - And the saying pleased H3474 Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:35 - And he carved thereon cherubims and palm trees and open flowers: and covered them with gold fitted H3474 upon the carved work.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:12 - And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him; and they pleased H3474 him not.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 13:4 - And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right H3474 in the eyes of all the people.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 30:4 - And the thing pleased H3474 the king and all the congregation.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 32:30 - This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight H3474 down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 37:3 - He directeth H3474 it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 5:8 - Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight H3474 before my face.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:128 - Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; H3474 and I hate every false way.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:6 - In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct H3474 thy paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:25 - Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight H3474 before thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:15 - To call passengers who go right H3474 on their ways:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:5 - The righteousness of the perfect shall direct H3474 his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:21 - Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. H3474
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 40:3 - The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight H3474 in the desert a highway for our God.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 45:2 - I will go before thee, and make H3474  the crooked places straight: H3474 H3474 I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 45:13 - I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct H3474 all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:4 - And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good H3474 to the potter to make it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 27:5 - I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet H3474 unto me.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 2:4 - Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright H3474 in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
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