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Lexicon :: Strong's H3766 - kāraʿ

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TWOT Reference: 1044

Strong’s Definitions

כָּרַע kâraʻ, kaw-rah'; a primitive root; to bend the knee; by implication, to sink, to prostrate:—bow (down, self), bring down (low), cast down, couch, fall, feeble, kneeling, sink, smite (stoop) down, subdue, × very.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 36x

The KJV translates Strong's H3766 in the following manner: bow (14x), ...down (12x), fell (2x), subdued (2x), brought low (1x), couched (1x), feeble (1x), kneeling (1x), very (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 36x
The KJV translates Strong's H3766 in the following manner: bow (14x), ...down (12x), fell (2x), subdued (2x), brought low (1x), couched (1x), feeble (1x), kneeling (1x), very (1x).
  1. to bend, kneel, bow, bow down, sink down to one's knees, kneel down to rest (of animals), kneel in reverence

    1. (Qal)

      1. to bow

      2. to bow down, crouch

      3. to bow down over

      4. to tilt, lean

    2. (Hiphil) to cause to bow

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
כָּרַע kâraʻ, kaw-rah'; a primitive root; to bend the knee; by implication, to sink, to prostrate:—bow (down, self), bring down (low), cast down, couch, fall, feeble, kneeling, sink, smite (stoop) down, subdue, × very.
STRONGS H3766: Abbreviations
כָּרַע bow down (Late Hebrew id.; Aramaic כְּרַע; Arabic bdb050202 put one's mouth into water, or water-vessel; i.e. kneel to drink ? denominative from following ? —
Qal Perfect 3rd person masculine כ׳ Genesis 49:6 + 6 times; 3rd person masculine plural כָּֽרְעוּ Judges 7:6 + 4 times; Imperfect יִכְרַע Judges 7:5 + 3 times; 1st person singular וָאֶכְרְעָה Ezra 9:5; 3rd person masculine plural יִכְרְעוּן Job 31:10; 2nd person masculine plural תִּכְרָ֑עוּ Isaiah 65:12; 1st person plural וְנִכְרָ֑עָה Psalm 95:6 + 6 times Imperfect; Infinitive construct כְּרֹעַ 1 Kings 8:54; participle כֹּרֵעַ Esther 3:5; plural כֹּרְעִים Esther 3:2; feminine כֹּרְעוֺת Job 4:4. —
1. bow על ברכים to drink Judges 7:5, 6, in supplication to Elijah 2 Kings 1:13; in the worship of God 1 Kings 8:34; Ezra 9:5; with ברכים subject and ל of God 1 Kings 19:18; Isaiah 45:23; without ברכים with לִפְנֵי Psalm 22:30; Psalm 72:9; || השׁתחוה 2 Chronicles 7:3; 29:29; Psalm 95:6, worship of God, but Esther 3:2 (twice in verse); Esther 3:5 in obeisance to Haman.
2. bow down, of the couching lion Genesis 49:9; Numbers 24:9 (both poetry).
3. pregnant with על, bow down over (in order to lie with) a woman Job 31:10.
4. bow down, of a woman in childbirth 1 Samuel 4:19, so of animals Job 39:3; idols, removed by enemies Isaiah 46:1, 2; בִּרְכַּיִם כֹּרְעוֺת Job 4:4 tottering (feeble) knees; of enemies in death, נפל[ו]כרע bow and fall down Judges 5:27 (3 times in verse); Psalm 20:9 pregnant without נפל 2 Kings 9:24; Isaiah 65:12, with תַּחַת Isaiah 10:4. —
Hiph. Perfect 3rd person feminine singular הִכְרִיעַ Psalm 78:31; 2nd person masculine singular suffix הִכְרַעְתִּנִי Judges 11:35; Imperfect 2nd person feminine singular תַּכְרִיעַ 2 Samuel 22:40 = Psalm 18:40; Imperative suffix הַכְרִיעֵהוּ Psalm 17:13; Infinitive absolute הַכְרֵעַ Judges 11:35. —
1. cause to bow in grief Judges 11:35 (twice in verse).
2. cause to bow down in death Psalm 17:13; Psalm 78:31, with תַּחַת 2 Samuel 22:40 = Psalm 18:40.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


49:6; 49:9




5:27; 7:5; 7:5; 7:6; 7:6; 11:35; 11:35; 11:35

1 Samuel


2 Samuel

22:40; 22:40

1 Kings

8:34; 8:54; 19:18

2 Kings

1:13; 9:24

2 Chronicles

7:3; 29:29


9:5; 9:5


3:2; 3:2; 3:5; 3:5


4:4; 4:4; 31:10; 31:10; 39:3


17:13; 17:13; 18:40; 18:40; 20:9; 22:30; 72:9; 78:31; 78:31; 95:6; 95:6


10:4; 45:23; 46:1; 46:2; 65:12; 65:12

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3766 matches the Hebrew כָּרַע (kāraʿ),
which occurs 36 times in 32 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:9 - You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 24:9 - Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse them? “May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:27 - At her feet he sank, he fell; there he lay. At her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell—dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 7:5 - So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the LORD told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 7:6 - Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 11:35 - When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, “Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the LORD that I cannot break.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:19 - His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near the time of delivery. When she heard the news that the ark of God had been captured and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she went into labor and gave birth, but was overcome by her labor pains.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:40 - You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 8:54 - When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the LORD, he rose from before the altar of the LORD, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 19:18 - Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 1:13 - So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants!
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 9:24 - Then Jehu drew his bow and shot Joram between the shoulders. The arrow pierced his heart and he slumped down in his chariot.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 7:3 - When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 29:29 - When the offerings were finished, the king and everyone present with him knelt down and worshiped.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:5 - Then, at the evening sacrifice, I rose from my self-abasement, with my tunic and cloak torn, and fell on my knees with my hands spread out to the LORD my God
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 3:2 - All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 3:5 - When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:4 - Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:10 - then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:3 - They crouch down and bring forth their young; their labor pains are ended.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 17:13 - Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:39 - You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 20:8 - They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:29 - All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 72:9 - May the desert tribes bow before him and his enemies lick the dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:31 - God’s anger rose against them; he put to death the sturdiest among them, cutting down the young men of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 95:6 - Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:4 - Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 45:23 - By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 46:1 - Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of burden.[fn] The images that are carried about are burdensome, a burden for the weary.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 46:2 - They stoop and bow down together; unable to rescue the burden, they themselves go off into captivity.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 65:12 - I will destine you for the sword, and all of you will fall in the slaughter; for I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen. You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.”
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