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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 - So He wiped out [fn]every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from mankind to animals, to crawling things, and the birds of the sky, and they were wiped out from the earth; and only H389 Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:4 - “But H389 you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:5 - “I certainly H389 will require [fn]your lifeblood; [fn]from every animal I will require it. And [fn]from every person, [fn]from every man as his brother I will require the life of a person.
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 - But he spoke to Ephron [fn]so that the people of the land heard, saying, “If you will only H389 please listen to me; I will give the price of the field, accept it from me so that I may bury my dead there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:9 - Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she certainly H389 is your wife! So how is it that you said, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I thought, ‘otherwise I might be killed on account of her.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:13 - But his mother said to him, “Your curse be on me, my son; only H389 obey my voice, and go, get the goats for me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:30 - Now it came about, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had hardly H389 gone out from the presence of his father Isaac, that his brother Esau came in from his hunting.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:14 - And Laban said to him, “You certainly H389 are my bone and my flesh.” And he stayed with him a 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 of you will be circumcised,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:22 - “Only H389 on this condition will the men consent to us to live with us, to become one people: that every male among us be circumcised just as they are circumcised.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:23 - “Will their livestock and their property and all their animals not be ours? Let’s just H389 consent to them, and they will live with us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:28 - and the one left 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 plead with the LORD your God, that He would only remove this death from me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:15 - ‘For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove dough with yeast from your houses; for whoever eats anything with yeast from the first day until the seventh day, that [fn]person shall be cut off from Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:16 - ‘And on the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except H389 for what must be eaten by every person—that alone may be [fn]prepared by you.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:21 - “If, however H389, the slave [fn]survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for the slave is his [fn]property.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 31:13 - “Now as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You must H389 keep My Sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, so that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:4 - ‘Nevertheless H389, you are not to eat of these, among those which chew the cud, or among those which have a divided hoof: the camel, for though it chews cud, it does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:21 - ‘Yet H389 these you may eat among all the [fn]winged insects that walk on all fours: those which have jointed legs above their feet 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 come up to the veil or approach the altar, since he has an impairment, so that he does not profane My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.’”
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 [fn]yourselves and present an offering by fire to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:39 - ‘On exactly H389 the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the LORD 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 the LORD, no one may consecrate; whether ox or sheep, it is the LORD’S.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 27:28 - ‘Nevertheless H389, [fn]anything which someone sets apart to the LORD for [fn]destruction out of all that he has, of man or animal or of the field of his own property, shall not be sold nor redeemed. Anything set apart for destruction is most holy to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 1:49 - “Only H389 the tribe of Levi you shall not count, nor shall you take their [fn]census among the sons of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:2 - and they said, “Is it a fact H389 that the LORD has spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And the LORD heard this.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:9 - “Only H389 do not rebel against the LORD; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our [fn]prey. Their [fn]protection is gone from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:3 - “And they shall perform duties for you and the duties of the whole tent, but they shall not come near the furnishings of the sanctuary and the altar, or both they and you will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:15 - [fn]Every firstborn of the womb of all flesh, whether human or animal, which they offer to the LORD, shall be yours; however H389 you must redeem the human firstborn, and the firstborn of unclean animals you shall redeem.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 18:17 - “But the firstborn of an ox, the firstborn of a sheep, or the firstborn of a goat, you shall not redeem; they are holy. You shall sprinkle their blood on the altar and offer up their fat in smoke as an offering by fire, for a soothing aroma to the LORD.
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 and go with them; but you shall do only H389 the thing that I tell you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:55 - “But the land shall be divided by lot. They shall 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 [fn]withstand the fire, you shall pass through the fire, and it will be clean, only H389 it shall be purified with water for impurity. But whatever cannot [fn]withstand the fire you shall pass through the water.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 36:6 - “This is [fn]what the LORD has commanded regarding the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, ‘Let them marry [fn]whomever they wish; 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 may eat it; the unclean and the clean alike may eat it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:7 - “However H389, you are not to eat these among the ones that [fn]chew the cud, or among those that have the hoof divided in [fn]two: the camel, the [fn]rabbit, and the rock hyrax, for though they [fn]chew the cud, they do not have a divided hoof; they are unclean to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:15 - “For seven days you shall celebrate a feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether H389 joyful.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:20 - ‘But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name, a word 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 be groping about at noon, just as a person who is blind gropes in the darkness, and you will not be successful in your ways; but you will only H389 be [fn]oppressed and robbed all the time, with no one to save you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 3:4 - “However H389, there shall be a distance between you and it of about [fn]two thousand cubits by measurement. Do not come near it, so 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 the LORD, where the LORD’S [fn]tabernacle [fn]stands, and settle among us. Only do not rebel against the LORD, or rebel against us, by building an altar for yourselves besides the altar of the LORD our God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:24 - When he had left, [fn]the king’s servants came and looked, and behold, the doors of the roof chamber were locked; and they said, “Undoubtedly H389 he is [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, so that I may speak only H389 one more time; please let me put You to the test only one more time 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 night watch, when H389 they had just H389 posted 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 the LORD, “We have sinned, do to us whatever [fn]seems good to You; only H389 please save us this day.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:28 - Then Samson called to the LORD and said, “Lord [fn]GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just H389 this time, O God, that I may at once take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes.”

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