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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 - And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged H3738 a well.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 50:5 - My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged H3738 for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:33 - And if a man shall open a pit, or if a man shall dig H3738 a pit, and not cover it, and an ox or an ass fall therein;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:18 - The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged H3738 it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah:
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 16:14 - And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made H3738 for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great burning for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:27 - Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig H3738 a pit for your friend.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:6 - Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 7:15 - He made H3738 a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:16 - For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced H3738 my hands and my feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:6 - Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: H3738 burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 57:6 - They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged H3738 a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:13 - That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged H3738 for the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:85 - The proud have digged H3738 pits for me, which are not after thy law.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:27 - An ungodly man diggeth up H3738 evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:27 - Whoso diggeth H3738 a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:20 - Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged H3738 a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:22 - Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a troop suddenly upon them: for they have digged H3738 a pit to take me, and hid snares for my feet.
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