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Lexicon :: Strong's H3863 - lû'

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Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
A conditional particle
Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 1085

Variant Spellings

Variant spellings for this word: לוא (Strongs and Gesenius) לו (Strongs and Gesenius) לה (Strongs)

Strong’s Definitions

לוּא lûwʼ, loo; or לֻא luʼ; or לוּ lûw; a conditional particle; if; by implication (interj. as a wish) would that!:—if (haply), peradventure, I pray thee, though, I would, would God (that).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 22x

The KJV translates Strong's H3863 in the following manner: if (6x), would God (4x), O that (3x), Oh (2x), would it might be (1x), if haply (1x), peradventure (1x), Oh that (1x), pray thee (1x), Though (1x), would (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 22x
The KJV translates Strong's H3863 in the following manner: if (6x), would God (4x), O that (3x), Oh (2x), would it might be (1x), if haply (1x), peradventure (1x), Oh that (1x), pray thee (1x), Though (1x), would (1x).
  1. if, oh that!, if only!

    1. if (unlikely condition)

    2. if only!, oh that!, would that!

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
לוּא lûwʼ, loo; or לֻא luʼ; or לוּ lûw; a conditional particle; if; by implication (interj. as a wish) would that!:—if (haply), peradventure, I pray thee, though, I would, would God (that).
STRONGS H3863: Abbreviations
לוּ 17 and לוּא (1 Samuel 14:30; Isaiah 48:18; Isaiah 63:19), also לֻא (Qr לוּ), 2 Samuel 18:12; 2 Samuel 19:7 (Arabic bdb053001, Aramaic bdb053002, לְוַי, Mishna לְוַי, Assyrian , with optative force, Dl§§ 78 end, 93, 145; compare Köii. 333), conjunction if, O that: —
1. if (stating a case which has not been, or is not likely to be, realized):
a. followed by perfect (so mostly), Deuteronomy 32:29 לו חכמו ישׂכילו זאת if they had been wise (which they are not), they would understand this; Micah 2:11 (apodosis וְהָיָה); Judges 8:19; Judges 13:23 להמיתנו לא לקח לו חפץ י׳ if J. had desired to slay us, he would not have taken, &c.; 1 Samuel 14:30; 2 Samuel 19:7.
b. followed by imperfect Ezekiel 14:15 if I were to send, &c. (but read probably אוֺ, compare Ezekiel 14:17; Ezekiel 14:19).
c. followed by participle, 2 Samuel 18:12 וְלֻא אָנֹכִי שֹׁקֵל and though I should be weighing 1000 pieces of silver upon my hand, I would not, &c.; Psalm 81:14-17 לו עמי שֹׁמֵעַ לי if my people were hearkening to me,... quickly would I bow down, &c.
d. followed by יֵשׁ Job 16:4. — With the apodosis omitted, Genesis 50:15 לוּ יִשְׂטְמֵנוּ if Joseph were to hate us (how should we fare then ?).
2. If only...! i.e. O that! would that! (compare εἰ γάρ, εἴθε) usually followed by perf., as Numbers 14:2 (twice in verse) לוּ מַתְנוּ if only we had died in the land of Egypt! Numbers 20:3; Joshua 7:7 וְלוּ הוֺאַלְנוּ וַנֵּשֶׁב Isaiah 48:18; Isaiah 63:19; followed by יֵשׁ Numbers 22:29; followed by imperfect Genesis 17:18 לו יחיה O that Ishmael might live before thee! Job 6:2; followed by jussive Genesis 30:34 כדברך לו יהי; followed by imperative Genesis 23:13 אם אתה לוּ שׁמעני if thou — O that thou wouldst hear me! (+ probably Genesis 23:5 לאמר ׃ לוּ שׁמעני for לאמרֹ לוֺ ׃ שׁ׳, and similarly Genesis 23:15). — Read also probably לֻא for Masoretic לֹא Judges 21:22 (with כִּי עַתָּה), 1 Samuel 13:13; 1 Samuel 20:14 (twice in verse); Job 9:33 (followed by יֵשׁ); and perhaps Job 14:4 (Ew Kö).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


17:18; 23:5; 23:13; 23:15; 30:34; 50:15


14:2; 20:3; 22:29






8:19; 13:23; 21:22

1 Samuel

13:13; 14:30; 14:30; 20:14

2 Samuel

18:12; 18:12; 19:7; 19:7


6:2; 9:33; 14:4; 16:4


48:18; 48:18; 63:19; 63:19


14:15; 14:17; 14:19



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3863 matches the Hebrew לוּא (lû'),
which occurs 25 times in 22 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:18 - And Abraham said unto God, O that H3863 Ishmael might live before thee!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:13 - And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, H3863 hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:34 - And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be H3863 according to thy word.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 50:15 - And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure H3863 hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:2 - And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God H3863 that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God H3863 we had died in this wilderness!
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 20:3 - And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that H3863 we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:29 - And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would H3863 there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:29 - O that H3863 they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:7 - And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God H3863 we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan!
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 8:19 - And he said, They were my brethren, even the sons of my mother: as the LORD liveth, if H3863 ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:23 - But his wife said unto him, If H3863 the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:30 - How much more, if haply H3863 the people had eaten freely to day of the spoil of their enemies which they found? for had there not been now a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 18:12 - And the man said unto Joab, Though H3863 I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king's son: for in our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man Absalom.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 19:6 - In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest thy friends. For thou hast declared this day, that thou regardest neither princes nor servants: for this day I perceive, that if H3863 Absalom had lived, and all we had died this day, then it had pleased thee well.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:2 - Oh that H3863 my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 9:33 - Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 16:4 - I also could speak as ye do: if H3863 your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 81:13 - Oh H3863 that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 48:18 - O that H3863 thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 64:1 - Oh H3863 that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 14:15 - If H3863 I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts:
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 2:11 - If H3863 a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.
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