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Lexicon :: Strong's H3985 - mā'ēn

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Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
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TWOT Reference: 1138

Strong’s Definitions

מָאֵן mâʼên, maw-ane'; a primitive root; to refuse:—refuse, × utterly.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 41x

The KJV translates Strong's H3985 in the following manner: refuse (40x), utterly (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 41x
The KJV translates Strong's H3985 in the following manner: refuse (40x), utterly (1x).
  1. (Piel) to refuse

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מָאֵן mâʼên, maw-ane'; a primitive root; to refuse:—refuse, × utterly.
STRONGS H3985: Abbreviations
† [מָאֵן verb Pi. refuse (Qal perhaps be distasteful, compare Syr, bdb054901 taeduit, piguit, Aph`el be slothful; Late Hebrew Pi., as term, techn. of girl, refuse to acknowledge marriage contract; possibly akin to Ethiopic bdb054902 reject; Arabic bdb054903 is sustain, maintain); —
Pi. Perfect מֵאֵן Exodus 7:14 + 4 times; feminine singular מֵאֲנָה Jeremiah 15:18 + 3 times; מֵאַנְתָּ Exodus 10:3, etc.; Imperfect יְמָאֵן Exodus 22:16; וַיְמָאֵן Genesis 37:35 + 8 times etc.; Inf. abs מָאֵן Exodus 22:16; — refuse, (followed by Infinitive except + 6 times see below) human subject Genesis 37:35 (J), Jeremiah 31:15; Exodus 22:17 (twice in verse); Numbers 20:21; Numbers 22:14 (all E), Deuteronomy 25:7; 1 Samuel 8:19; 2 Samuel 2:23; 2 Samuel 13:9; 1 Kings 20:35; 1 Kings 21:15; Esther 1:12; Jeremiah 50:33 compare Job 6:7; Psalm 77:3; Proverbs 21:25; Jeremiah 15:18; without Infinitive וַיְמָאֵן וַיּאֹמֶר Genesis 39:8; Genesis 48:19 (both J), 1 Samuel 28:23;; also 2 Kings 5:16; especially of refusing to obey י׳'s commands Exodus 4:23; Exodus 7:14; Exodus 10:3; Exodus 16:28 (all J), Nehemiah 9:17; also Psalm 78:10; Proverbs 21:7; Hosea 11:5, see especially Jeremiah 3:3; Jeremiah 5:3 (twice in verse); Jeremiah 8:5; Jeremiah 9:5; Jeremiah 11:10; compare Jeremiah 25:28; Zechariah 7:11; without Infinitive = be recusant Proverbs 1:24; Isaiah 1:20 once subject י׳ Numbers 22:13 (E).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


37:35; 37:35; 39:8; 48:19


4:23; 7:14; 7:14; 10:3; 10:3; 16:28; 22:16; 22:16; 22:17


20:21; 22:13; 22:14



1 Samuel

8:19; 28:23

2 Samuel

2:23; 13:9

1 Kings

20:35; 21:15

2 Kings









77:3; 78:10


1:24; 21:7; 21:25




3:3; 5:3; 8:5; 9:5; 11:10; 15:18; 15:18; 25:28; 31:15; 50:33






Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H3985 matches the Hebrew מָאֵן (mā'ēn),
which occurs 41 times in 39 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:35 - Then all his sons and all his daughters got up to comfort him, but he refused H3985 to be comforted. And he said, “Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son.” So his father wept for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:8 - But he refused H3985 and said to his master’s wife, “Look, with me here, my master [fn]does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has [fn]put me in charge of all that he owns.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:19 - But his father refused H3985 and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his [fn]descendants shall become [fn]a multitude of nations.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:23 - “So I said to you, ‘Let My son go so that he may serve Me’; but you have refused H3985 to let him go. Behold, I am going to kill your son, your firstborn.”’”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:14 - Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is [fn]stubborn; he refuses H3985 to let the people go.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:3 - So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews says: ‘How long will you refuse H3985 to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, so that they may serve Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:28 - Then the LORD said to Moses, “How long do you refuse H3985 to keep My commandments and My [fn]instructions?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:17 - “If her father absolutely H3985 refuses H3985 to give her to him, he shall [fn]pay money equal to the dowry for virgins.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 20:21 - So Edom refused H3985 to allow Israel to pass through his territory; then Israel turned away from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:13 - So Balaam got up in the morning and said to Balak’s representatives, “Go back to your land, for the LORD has refused H3985 to let me go with you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:14 - And the representatives from Moab got up and went to Balak, and said, “Balaam refused H3985 to come with us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 25:7 - “But if the man does not desire to take his brother’s widow, then his brother’s widow shall go up to the gate to the elders, and say, ‘My husband’s brother refuses H3985 to establish a name for his brother in Israel; he is not willing to perform the duty of a husband’s brother to me.’
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:19 - Yet the people refused H3985 to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No, but there shall be a king over us,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 28:23 - But he refused H3985 and said, “I will not eat.” However, his servants together with the woman urged him, and he listened to [fn]them. So he got up from the ground and sat on the bed.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:23 - However, he refused H3985 to turn aside; so Abner struck him in the belly with the butt end of the spear, so that the spear came out at his back. And he fell there and died on the spot. And it happened that all who came thereafter to the place where Asahel had fallen and died, stood still.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 13:9 - Then she took the tray and served them to him, but he refused H3985 to eat. And Amnon said, “Have everyone leave me.” So everyone left him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 20:35 - Now a man from the sons of the prophets said to [fn]another by the word of the LORD, “Please strike me.” But the man refused H3985 to strike him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 21:15 - And when Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, Jezebel said to Ahab, “Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth, the Jezreelite, which he refused H3985 to give you for money; for Naboth is not alive, but dead.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 5:16 - But he said, “As surely as the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will accept nothing.” And he urged him to accept it, but he refused H3985.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:17 - “They refused H3985 to listen,
And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You performed among them;
So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in [fn]Egypt.
But You are a God of forgiveness,
Gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger and abounding in [fn]mercy;
And You did not abandon them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:12 - But Queen Vashti refused H3985 to come at the king’s order [fn]delivered by the eunuchs. So the king became very angry, and his wrath burned within him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:7 - “My soul refuses H3985 to touch them;
They are like loathsome food to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 77:2 - In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord;
In the night my hand was stretched out and did not grow weary;
My soul refused H3985 to be comforted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:10 - They did not keep the covenant of God
And refused H3985 to walk in His Law;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:24 - “Because I called and you refused H3985,
I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:7 - The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
Because they refuse H3985 to act with justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:25 - The desire of the [fn]lazy one puts him to death,
For his hands refuse H3985 to work;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 1:20 - But if you refuse H3985 and rebel,
You will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 3:3 - “Therefore the showers have been withheld,
And there has been no spring rain.
Yet you had a prostitute’s [fn]forehead;
You refused H3985 to be ashamed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:3 - LORD, do Your eyes not look for honesty?
You have struck them,
But they did not [fn]weaken;
You have consumed them,
But they refused H3985 to accept discipline.
They have made their faces harder than rock;
They have refused H3985 to repent.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 8:5 - “Why has this people, Jerusalem,
Turned away in continual apostasy?
They hold on to deceit,
They refuse H3985 to return.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 9:6 - “Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit;
Through deceit they refuse H3985 to know Me,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 11:10 - “They have turned back to the wrongdoings of their [fn]ancestors who refused H3985 to hear My words, and they have followed other gods to serve them. The house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 15:18 - Why has my pain been endless
And my wound incurable, refusing H3985 to be healed?
Will You indeed be to me like a deceptive stream
With water that is unreliable?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:28 - “And if they refuse H3985 to take the cup from your hand to drink, then you shall say to them, ‘This is what the LORD of armies says: “You shall certainly drink!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:15 - This is what the LORD says:
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
Lamenting and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
She refuses H3985 to be comforted for her children,
Because they are no more.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:33 - This is what the LORD of armies says:
“The sons of Israel are oppressed,
And the sons of Judah as well;
And all who took them captive have held them firmly,
They have refused H3985 to let them go.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:5 - [fn]They will not return to the land of Egypt;
But Assyria—he will be [fn]their king
Because they refused H3985 to return to Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:11 - “But they refused H3985 to pay attention, and [fn]turned a stubborn shoulder and [fn]plugged their ears from hearing.
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