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Lexicon :: Strong's H3738 - kārâ

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Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
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TWOT Reference: 1033,1034,103

Strong’s Definitions

כָּרָה kârâh, kaw-raw'; a primitive root; properly, to dig; figuratively, to plot; generally, to bore or open:—dig, × make (a banquet), open.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 16x

The KJV translates Strong's H3738 in the following manner: dig (12x), make (2x), pierce (1x), open (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 16x
The KJV translates Strong's H3738 in the following manner: dig (12x), make (2x), pierce (1x), open (1x).
  1. to dig, excavate, dig through

    1. (Qal) to dig

    2. (Niphal) to be dug

  2. (Qal) to give a banquet or feast

  3. (Qal) to get by trade, trade, buy

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
כָּרָה kârâh, kaw-raw'; a primitive root; properly, to dig; figuratively, to plot; generally, to bore or open:—dig, × make (a banquet), open.
STRONGS H3738: Abbreviations
† I. כָּרָה verb dig (Late Hebrew id.; Aramaic כְּרָא, Ethiopic bdb050001 Arabic bdb050002 (with bdb050003 and especially bdb050004 Dozyii. 461); Syriac bdb050005 is be short, cut off (i.e. rounded off ?), Arabic bdb050006 ball; Targum. כְּרֵי heap DalmGr. 109; Syriac bdb050007 Mishna כרי id.; Assyrian karê large vessels for holding corn, etc., DlHWB 353, compare kirû (dubious) WklTel Am. Vocab.; BaZMG 1887, 615 conjectures be round as orig √ meaning, and compare Arabic bdb050008 bdb050009 the leg is round); —
Qal Perfect 3rd person masculine singular כָּרָה 2 Chronicles 16:14; Psalm 7:16; 2nd person masculine singular כָּרִיתָ Psalm 40:7; 1st person singular בָּרִיתִי Genesis 50:5; 3rd person plural כָּרוּ Jeremiah 18:20 + 3 times; suffix כָּרוּהָ Numbers 21:18; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular יִכְרֶה Exodus 21:33; 3rd person masculine plural וַיִּכְרוּ Genesis 26:25; Participle כֹּרֶה Proverbs 16:27; Proverbs 26:27; — dig a grave, קֶבֶר Genesis 50:5 (J), compare 2 Chronicles 16:14; a well, בְּאֵר Genesis 26:25 (J), Numbers 21:18 (song in J E); a pit, בּוֺר Exodus 21:33; figurative of plotting against others Psalm 7:16; so followed by שׁוּחָה Jeremiah 18:20, 22, followed by שִׁיחָה Psalm 57:7 [Psalm 57:6]; Psalm 119:85; followed by שַׁחַת Proverbs 26:27; hence כֹּרֶה רָעָה Proverbs 16:27 one digging a calamity; לִי אָזְנַיִם כ׳ Psalm 40:7 ears hast thou dug (with allusion to the cavity of the ear) for me, thou hast given me the means of hearing and obeying thy will. — On Psalm 22:17 see II.כּוּר.
Niph. Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular עַד יִכָּרֶה שַׁהַּת Psalm 94:13 until the pit be digged for the wicked, figurative of judgment.

† II. [כוּר] verb meaning dubious, perhaps bore, or dig, or hew (DlProl. 121 compare Assyrian kâru, fell trees (DlHWB 324)) — only
Qal Perfect 3rd person plural כארו = כָּארוּ for כָּרוּ Psalm 22:17 (MT כָּאֲרִי, see אֲרִי) they have bored (digged, hewn) my hands and my feet (si vera lectio; compare Vrss De Pe Che Bae and others; some, however, deriving from כרה in this sense); hence perhaps following.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


26:25; 26:25; 50:5; 50:5


21:33; 21:33


21:18; 21:18

2 Chronicles

16:14; 16:14


7:16; 7:16; 22:17; 22:17; 40:7; 40:7; 57:6; 94:13; 119:85


16:27; 16:27; 26:27; 26:27


18:20; 18:20; 18:22

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3738 matches the Hebrew כָּרָה (kārâ),
which occurs 17 times in 17 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:25 - He built an altar there, and called on the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there. There Yitzchak's servants dug a well.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 50:5 - 'My father made me swear, saying, "Behold, I am dying. Bury me in my grave which I have dug for myself in the land of Kana`an." Now therefore, please let me go up and bury my father, and I will come again.'"
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:33 - "If a man opens a pit, or if a man digs a pit and doesn't cover it, and a bull or a donkey falls into it,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:18 - The well, which the princes dug, Which the nobles of the people dug, With the scepter, and with their poles. From the wilderness they traveled to Mattanah;
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 16:14 - They buried him in his own tombs, which he had hewn out for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odors and various kinds of spices prepared by the perfumers' are: and they made a very great burning for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:27 - Yes, you would even cast lots for the fatherless, And make merchandise of your friend.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:6 - Will traders barter for him? Will they part him among the merchants?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 7:15 - He has dug a hole, And has fallen into the pit which he made.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:16 - For dogs have surrounded me. A company of evil-doers have enclosed me. They pierced my hands and my feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:6 - Sacrifice and offering you didn't desire. You have opened my ears: Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 57:6 - They have prepared a net for my steps. My soul is bowed down. They dig a pit before me. They fall into the midst of it themselves. Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:13 - That you may give him rest from the days of adversity, Until the pit is dug for the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:85 - The proud have dug pits for me, Contrary to your law.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:27 - A worthless man devises mischief. His speech is like a scorching fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:27 - Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it. Whoever rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:20 - Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dug a pit for my soul. Remember how I stood before you to speak good for them, to turn away your wrath from them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:22 - Let a cry be heard from their houses, when you shall bring a troop suddenly on them; for they have dug a pit to take me, and hid snares for my feet.
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