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Lexicon :: Strong's H3474 - yāšar

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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 - Then Balak said to Balaam, “Please come, I will take you to another place; perhaps it will be [fn]agreeable H3474 with God that you curse them for me from there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:3 - Then his father and his mother said to him, “Is there no woman among the daughters of your [fn]relatives, or among all [fn]our people, that you go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she [fn]looks H3474 good H3474 to me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:7 - So he went down and talked to the woman; and she [fn]looked H3474 good H3474 to Samson.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:12 - And the cows took H3474 the straight H3474 way in the [fn]direction of Beth-shemesh; they went along the highway, lowing as they went, and did not turn aside to the right or to the left. And the lords of the Philistines followed them to the border of Beth-shemesh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:20 - Now Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved David. When they told Saul, the thing was agreeable H3474 [fn]to him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:26 - When his servants told David these words, [fn]it pleased H3474 David to become the king’s son-in-law. [fn]Before the days had expired
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:4 - So the [fn]plan pleased H3474 Absalom and all the elders of Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:35 - He carved on it cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers; and he overlaid them with gold evenly H3474 applied H3474 on the engraved work.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:12 - So Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him, and they [fn]did not please H3474 him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 13:4 - Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right H3474 in the eyes of all the people.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 30:4 - Thus the thing was right H3474 in the sight of the king and [fn]all the assembly.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 32:30 - It was Hezekiah who stopped the upper outlet of the waters of Gihon and directed H3474 them to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all that he did.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 37:3 - “Under the whole heaven He lets it loose,
And His [fn]lightning to the ends of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 5:8 - O LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of [fn]my foes;
Make H3474 Your way [fn]straight H3474 before me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:128 - Therefore I esteem H3474 right H3474 all Your precepts concerning everything,
I hate every false way.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 3:6 - In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make H3474 your paths straight. H3474
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 4:25 - Let your eyes look directly ahead
And let your [fn]gaze be fixed H3474 straight H3474 in front of you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:15 - Calling to those who pass by,
Who are making H3474 their paths straight: H3474
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 11:5 - The righteousness of the blameless will smooth H3474 his way,
But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:21 - Folly is joy to him who lacks [fn]sense,
But a man of understanding walks straight. H3474
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 40:3 - A voice [fn]is calling,
“Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness;
Make H3474 smooth H3474 in the desert a highway for our God.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 45:2 - “I will go before you and make H3474 the [fn]rough places smooth; H3474
I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 45:13 - “I have aroused him in righteousness
And I will make H3474 all his ways smooth; H3474
He will build My city and will let My exiles go free,
Without any payment or reward,” says the LORD of hosts.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:4 - But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased H3474 the potter to make.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 27:5 - “I have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I will give it to the one who is [fn]pleasing H3474 in My sight.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 2:4 - “Behold, as for the proud one,
His soul is not right H3474 within him;
But the righteous will live by his [fn]faith.
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