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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 - So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug H3738 a well.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 50:5 - ‘My father made me swear, saying, “Behold, I am about to die; in my grave which I dug H3738 for myself in the land of Canaan, there you shall bury me.” Now then, please let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:33 - “Now if someone opens a pit, or [fn]digs H3738 a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls into it,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 21:18 - “The well, which the leaders dug,
Which the nobles of the people hollowed H3738 out H3738,
With the scepter and with their staffs.”
And from the wilderness they continued to Mattanah,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 16:14 - They buried him in his own tomb which he had cut H3738 out H3738 for himself in the city of David, and they laid him in the resting place which he had filled with spices of various kinds blended by the perfumers’ art; and they made a very great fire for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:27 - “You would even cast lots for the orphans,
And barter over your friend.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:6 - “Will the [fn]traders bargain for him?
Will they divide him among the merchants?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 7:15 - He has dug H3738 a pit and hollowed it out,
And has fallen into the hole which he made.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:16 - For dogs have surrounded me;
[fn]A band of evildoers has encompassed me;
[fn]They pierced my hands and my feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:6 - You have not desired [fn]sacrifice and meal offering;
You have [fn]opened H3738 my ears;
You have not required burnt offering and sin offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 57:6 - They have prepared a net for my steps;
My soul is bowed down;
They dug H3738 a pit before me;
They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:13 - So that You may grant him relief from the days of adversity,
Until a pit is dug H3738 for the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:85 - The arrogant have dug H3738 pits for me,
People who are not in accord with Your Law.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:27 - A worthless person digs H3738 up H3738 evil,
While [fn]his words are like scorching fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 26:27 - One who digs H3738 a pit will fall into it,
And one who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:20 - Should good be repaid with evil?
For they have dug H3738 a pit for [fn]me.
Remember how I stood before You
To speak good in their behalf,
So as to turn Your wrath away from them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:22 - May a cry be heard from their houses
When You suddenly bring raiders upon them;
For they have dug H3738 a pit to capture me
And hidden snares for my feet.
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