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Lexicon :: Strong's H3985 - mā'ēn

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A primitive root
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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 - And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave to my son mourning: Thus his father wept for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:8 - But he refused, and said to his master's wife, Behold, my master knoweth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:19 - And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it; he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:23 - And I say to thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou shalt refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy first-born.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:14 - And the LORD said to Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hardened; he refuseth to let the people go.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:3 - And Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh, and said to him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:28 - And the LORD said to Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:17 - If her father shall utterly refuse to give her to him, he shall pay money according to the dower of virgins.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 20:21 - Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:13 - And Balaam rose in the morning, and said to the princes of Balak, Depart into your land: for the LORD refuseth to give me leave to go with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:14 - And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went to Balak, and said, Balaam refuseth to come with us.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 25:7 - And if the man shall not like to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate to the elders, and say, My husband's brother refuseth to raise up to his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of my husband's brother.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:19 - Nevertheless, the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, No; but we will have a king over us;
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 28:23 - But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he hearkened to their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:23 - But he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the hinder end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib, that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place: and it came to pass, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died, stood still.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 13:9 - And she took a pan, and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. And they went out every man from him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 20:35 - And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his neighbor in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man refused to smite him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 21:15 - And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 5:16 - But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:17 - And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst perform among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:12 - But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 6:7 - The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful food.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 77:2 - In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:10 - They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:24 - Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:7 - The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:25 - The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labor.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 1:20 - But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 3:3 - Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there hath been no latter rain? and thou hadst a harlot's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:3 - O LORD, are not thy eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 8:5 - Why then hath this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 9:6 - Thy habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 11:10 - They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear my words; and they went after 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 is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? wilt thou be altogether to me as a liar, and as waters that fail?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:28 - And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thy hand to drink, then shalt thou say to them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:15 - Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:33 - Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:5 - He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:11 - But they refused to hearken, and withdrew the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
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