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Lexicon :: Strong's H389 - 'aḵ

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TWOT Reference: 84

Strong’s Definitions

אַךְ ʼak, ak; akin to H403; a particle of affirmation, surely; hence (by limitation) only:—also, in any wise, at least, but, certainly, even, howbeit, nevertheless, notwithstanding, only, save, surely, of a surety, truly, verily, wherefore, yet (but).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 22x

The KJV translates Strong's H389 in the following manner: also, but, certainly, even, howbeit, least, nevertheless, notwithstanding, only, save, scarce, surely, surety, truly, verily, wherefore, yet.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 22x
The KJV translates Strong's H389 in the following manner: also, but, certainly, even, howbeit, least, nevertheless, notwithstanding, only, save, scarce, surely, surety, truly, verily, wherefore, yet.
  1. indeed, surely (emphatic)

  2. howbeit, only, but, yet (restrictive)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
אַךְ ʼak, ak; akin to H403; a particle of affirmation, surely; hence (by limitation) only:—also, in any wise, at least, but, certainly, even, howbeit, nevertheless, notwithstanding, only, save, surely, of a surety, truly, verily, wherefore, yet (but).
STRONGS H389: Abbreviations
אַךְ 159 adverb (perhaps from the same demonstrative, root found also in כִּי, כֹּה, כֵּן).
1. surely.
2. with a restrictive force, emphasizing what follows:
a. in contrast to what precedes, howbeit;
b. in contrast with other ideas generally, only.
1. asseverative, often introducing with emphasis the expression of a truth (or supposed truth) newly perceived, especially in colloquial language, surely, no doubt (doch wohl); Genesis 26:9 אַךְ הִנֵּה אִשְׁתְּךָ הִוא of a surety, lo, she is thy wife ! Genesis 29:14; Genesis 44:28; Judges 3:24; Judges 20:39; 1 Samuel 16:6 surely the anointed of י׳ is before him ! 1 Samuel 25:21; Jeremiah 5:4; Psalm 58:12; Psalm 73:1; Psalm 73:13; but also in other cases, though rarely, Isaiah 34:14, 15; Zephaniah 3:7; Psalm 23:6; Psalm 139:11; Psalm 140:14; Job 16:7; Job 18:21; & rather singularly Exodus 12:15; Exodus 31:13; Leviticus 23:27, 39 (all P).
2. restrictive:
a. in contrast to what precedes, howbeit, yet, but : Genesis 9:4 howbeit, flesh with the life thereof... ye shall not eat, Genesis 20:12; Exodus 21:21; Leviticus 21:23; Leviticus 27:26; Numbers 18:15, 17; 2 Samuel 3:13; Jeremiah 10:24 correct me, בְּמִשְׁפָּט אַךְ but with judgment, Job 2:6; Job 13:15; sometimes with an adversative force, as Isaiah 14:15; Isaiah 43:24; before an imperative (minimizing the request), Genesis 23:13 only, if thou wilt, I pray thee, hear me ! Genesis 27:13; Judges 10:15; 1 Samuel 18:17; 1 Kings 17:13 and elsewhere So 1 Samuel 8:9 אַךְ כִּי (see כִּי; and compare πλὴν ὅτι).
b. in contrast to other ideas generally : —
(α) Genesis 7:23; Genesis 18:32 אַךְ הַפַּעַם only this once (so Exodus 10:17 and elsewhere) Exodus 34:15; Exodus 12:16 (note accents), 1 Samuel 18:8 וְעוֺד לוֺ אַךְ תַמְּלוּכָה and there yet remains for him only the kingdom, 1 Samuel 21:5; Isaiah 45:14 אַךָ בְּךָ אֵל only in thee is God! Psalm 62:2 etc. Job 14:22; Psalm 37:8 fret not thyself אַךְ לְהָרֵעַ (which leadeth) only to do evil, Proverbs 11:24 he that withholdeth more than is meet אַךְ לְמַחְסוֺר (tendeth) only to penury, Proverbs 14:23; Proverbs 21:5; Proverbs 22:16;
(β) attaching itself closely to the following word (usually an adjective, rarely a verb), only, i.e. exclusively, altogether, utterly Deuteronomy 16:15 and thou shalt be אַךְ שָׂמֵחַ altogether rejoicing, Deuteronomy 28:29 (compare Deuteronomy 28:33 רַק) Isaiah 16:7 אַךְ נְכָאִים utterly stricken, Isaiah 19:11; Jeremiah 16:19 nought but lies, Jeremiah 32:30; Hosea 12:12; Job 19:13 אַךְ זָרוּ are wholly estranged (with play on אַכְזָר cruel).
c. as an adverb of time (with infinitive absolute), twice: Genesis 27:30 בָּא וְעֵשָׂו⬩⬩⬩יַצֲקֹב יָצָא יָצא אַךְ only just (or scarcely) had Jacob gone out,... and (= when) Esau came in, Judges 7:19. — וְאַח thrice : Genesis 9:5 and only (second limitation of Genesis 9:3); Numbers 22:20 but only; Joshua 22:19 but howbeit.
Note. — In some passages the affirmative and restrictive senses agree equally with the context; and authorities read the Hebrew differently. Thus only = nought but, altogether, is adopted by Ges Ew Hi De in Psalm 23:6; Psalm 62:10; Psalm 73:1; Psalm 73:13; by Ew Hi De in Psalm 39:6; Psalm 39:7 (Che surely); by Ges Ew De in Psalm 39:12 (but Hi Che surely); by Ew Hi in Psalm 73:18 (De Che surely); by Ges Hi De in Psalm 139:11 (Ew doch). Isaiah 45:14 Ges Ew Hi Di only; but De Che of a truth.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


7:23; 9:3; 9:4; 9:5; 18:32; 20:12; 23:13; 26:9; 27:13; 27:30; 29:14; 44:28


10:17; 12:15; 12:16; 21:21; 31:13; 34:15


21:23; 23:27; 23:39; 27:26


18:15; 18:17; 22:20


16:15; 28:29; 28:33




3:24; 7:19; 10:15; 20:39

1 Samuel

8:9; 16:6; 18:8; 18:17; 21:5; 25:21

2 Samuel


1 Kings



2:6; 13:15; 14:22; 16:7; 18:21; 19:13


23:6; 23:6; 37:8; 39:6; 39:7; 39:12; 62:2; 62:10; 73:1; 73:1; 73:13; 73:13; 73:18; 139:11; 139:11


11:24; 14:23; 21:5; 22:16


14:15; 16:7; 19:11; 34:14; 34:15; 43:24; 45:14; 45:14


5:4; 10:24; 16:19; 32:30





Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H389 matches the Hebrew אַךְ ('aḵ),
which occurs 161 times in 157 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 4 (Gen 7:23–Jdg 16:28)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 7:23 - Thus He blotted out [fn]every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the [fn]sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only H389 Noah remained, and those that were with him in the ark.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:4 - “However H389, flesh with its life, that is, its blood, you shall not eat.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:5 - “Surely H389 I will require [fn]your lifeblood; [fn]from every living thing I will require it. And [fn]from every man, [fn]from each man’s brother I will require the life of man.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:32 - Then he said, “Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only H389 this once; suppose ten are found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it on account of the ten.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:12 - “Besides, she actually is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:13 - And he spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, “If you will only H389 please hear me; I will give the silver for the field, accept it from me that I may bury my dead there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:9 - Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, surely H389 she is your wife! How then did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I said, ‘Lest I die on account of her.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:13 - But his mother said to him, “Your curse be on me, my son; only H389 listen to my voice, and go, get them for me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:30 -

Now it happened that as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had hardly H389 gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:14 - And Laban said to him, “Surely H389 you are my bone and my flesh.” And he stayed with him one month.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:15 - “Only H389 on this condition will we consent to you: if you will become like us, in that every male among you be circumcised,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:22 - “Only H389 on this condition will the men consent to us to [fn]live with us, to become one people: that every male among us be circumcised as they are circumcised.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:23 - “Will not their livestock and what they acquire and all their cattle be ours? Only H389 let us consent to them, and they will [fn]live with us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:28 - and the one went out from me, and I said, “Surely H389 he is torn to pieces,” and I have not seen him since.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:17 - “So now, please forgive my sin only H389 this once and entreat Yahweh your God, that He would only cause this death to depart from me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:15 - ‘Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall [fn]remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that [fn]person shall be cut off from Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:16 - ‘Now on the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you; no work at all shall be done on them, except H389 what must be eaten [fn]by every person, that alone may be done by you.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:21 - “But H389 if for a day or two he is able to stand, no punishment shall be taken; for he is his [fn]property.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 31:13 - “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely H389 keep My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am Yahweh who makes you holy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:4 - ‘Nevertheless H389, you shall not eat of these, among those which chew the cud or among those which divide the hoof: the camel, for though it chews cud, it does not divide the hoof; it is unclean to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:21 - ‘Yet H389 these you may eat among all the swarming things that fly and that walk on all fours: those which have above their feet jointed legs with which to jump on the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:36 - ‘Nevertheless H389 a spring or a cistern [fn]collecting water shall be clean, though the one who touches their carcass shall be unclean.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:23 - only H389 he shall not go in to the veil or approach the altar because he has a defect, so that he will not profane My sanctuaries. For I am Yahweh who makes them holy.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:27 - “On exactly H389 the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and bring an offering by fire near to Yahweh.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:39 -

‘On exactly H389 the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of Yahweh for seven days, with a [fn]rest on the first day and a [fn]rest on the eighth day.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 27:26 -

‘However H389, a firstborn among animals, which as a firstborn belongs to Yahweh, no man may set it apart as holy; whether ox or sheep, it is Yahweh’s.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 27:28 -

‘Nevertheless H389, anything which a man [fn]devotes to Yahweh out of all that he has, of man or animal or of the fields of his own possession, shall not be sold or redeemed. Anything [fn]devoted to destruction is most holy to Yahweh.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 1:49 - “Only H389 the tribe of Levi you shall not number, nor shall you take their [fn]census among the sons of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:2 - and they said, “Has Yahweh indeed H389 spoken only H389 through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And Yahweh heard it.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:9 - “But as for you, only H389 do not rebel against Yahweh; and do not fear the people of the land, for they are our [fn]bread. Their [fn]protection has been removed from them, and Yahweh is with us; do not fear them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:3 - “And they shall thus keep your responsibility and the responsibility of all the tent, but they shall not come near to the furnishings of the sanctuary and the altar, so that neither they nor you will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:15 - [fn]Every first issue of the womb of all flesh, whether man or animal, which they bring near to Yahweh, shall be yours; nevertheless H389 the firstborn of man you shall surely redeem, and the firstborn of unclean animals you shall redeem.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:17 - “But the firstborn of an ox or the firstborn of a sheep or the firstborn of a goat, you shall not redeem; they are holy. You shall splash their blood on the altar and shall offer up their fat in smoke as an offering by fire, for a soothing aroma to Yahweh.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:20 - And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men have come to call you, rise up and go with them; but only H389 the word which I speak to you shall you do.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:55 - “But the land shall be divided by lot. They shall [fn]receive their inheritance according to the names of the tribes of their fathers.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:22 - only H389 the gold and the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin and the lead,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:23 - everything that can stand the fire, you shall pass through the fire, and it shall be clean, but it shall be purified with water for impurity. But whatever cannot stand the fire you shall pass through the water.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 36:6 - “This is [fn]what Yahweh has commanded concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, ‘Let them marry whoever is good in their sight; only H389 they must marry within the family of the tribe of their father.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 12:22 - “Just H389 as a gazelle or a deer is eaten, so you will eat it; the unclean and the clean alike may eat of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:7 - “Nevertheless H389, you are not to eat of these among those which [fn]chew the cud or among those that divide the hoof in [fn]two: the camel and the [fn]rabbit and the [fn]shaphan, for though they [fn]chew the cud, they do not divide the hoof; they are unclean for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:15 - “Seven days you shall celebrate a feast to Yahweh your God in the place which Yahweh chooses, because Yahweh your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether H389 glad.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:20 - ‘But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, [fn]that prophet shall die.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:29 - and you will [fn]grope at noon, as the blind man gropes in darkness, and you will not succeed in your ways; but you shall only H389 be oppressed and robbed all your days, with none to save you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 3:4 - “However H389, there shall be between you and it a distance of about [fn]2,000 cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 22:19 - ‘If, however H389, the land of your possession is unclean, then [fn]cross into the land of the possession of Yahweh, where the tabernacle of Yahweh dwells, and take possession among us. But do not rebel against Yahweh, nor rebel against us by building an altar for yourselves, besides the altar of Yahweh our God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:24 -

Now he went out, and his servants came in and looked, and behold, the doors of the roof chamber were locked; and they said, “He is surely H389 [fn]relieving himself in the cool room.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:39 - Then Gideon said to God, “Do not let Your anger burn against me that I may speak once more; please let me make a test once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, and let there be dew on all the ground.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 7:19 -

So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when H389 they had just H389 set up the watch; and they blew the trumpets and smashed the pitchers that were in their hands.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 10:15 - Then the sons of Israel said to Yahweh, “We have sinned, so You, do to us whatever seems good in Your eyes; only H389 please deliver us this day.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:28 -

Then Samson called to Yahweh and said, “O Lord Yahweh, please remember me and please strengthen me just H389 this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.”

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