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Lexicon :: Strong's H408 - 'al

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Part of Speech
adverb of negation
Root Word (Etymology)
A negative particle [akin to לֹא (H3808)]
Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 90

Strong’s Definitions

אַל ʼal, al; a negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing:—nay, neither, + never, no, nor, not, nothing (worth), rather than.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 12x

The KJV translates Strong's H408 in the following manner: never (2x), nay (1x), neither (1x), no (1x), none (1x), nor (1x), not (1x), nothing (1x), rather than (1x), whither (1x), nothing worth (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 12x
The KJV translates Strong's H408 in the following manner: never (2x), nay (1x), neither (1x), no (1x), none (1x), nor (1x), not (1x), nothing (1x), rather than (1x), whither (1x), nothing worth (1x).
  1. not, no, nor, neither, nothing (as wish or preference)

    1. do not, let not (with a verb)

    2. let there not be (with a verb understood)

    3. not, no (with substantive)

    4. nothing (as substantive)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
אַל ʼal, al; a negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing:—nay, neither, + never, no, nor, not, nothing (worth), rather than.
STRONGS H408: Abbreviations
II. אַל adverb of negation (so Phoenician e.g. CISi.3,4.5.8, Biblical Aramaic H409, Sabean (DHMZMG 1875, 596), and in the Ethiopic አልቦ፡ albo, is not), denying however, not objectively as a fact (like לֹא οὐ), but subjectively as a wish (like μή), expressing therefore a deprecation or prohibition:
(a) with a verb, which is then always an imperfect (never an imperative), by preference in the cohortative or jussive mood, where this is in use, and may be of any person or number; Genesis 15:1 and often אַל־תִּירָא fear not! Genesis 22:12 יָֽדְךָ אַל־תִּשְׁלַח put not forth thy hand, Genesis 37:27 וְיָדֵנוּ אַל־תְּהִי־בוֺ and let not our hand be upon him, Genesis 21:16 אַל־אֶרְאֶה let me not look upon the death of the lad! Psalm 25:2 אַל־אֵבוֺשָׁה let me not be ashamed; with1st person plural (rare) 2 Samuel 13:25; Jeremiah 18:18; Jonah 1:14. In an imprecation: Genesis 49:4 אַל־תּוֺתַר have not thou the excellency! Psalm 109:12; Job 3:4, 6. Sometimes strengthened by נָא : Genesis 13:8; Genesis 18:3 and elsewhere.
(b) without a verb,
(α) 2 Samuel 1:21 let (there be) not dew & not rain upon you! Isaiah 62:6; Psalm 83:1.
(β) used absolutely, in deprecation Genesis 19:18; 2 Samuel 13:16 (see below אוֺדָה) 2 Kings 3:13; 2 Kings 4:16; 2 Kings 6:27 (see RVm: but possibly to be explained by Dr§ 152 iii; so Th Ke: hardly as Ew§ 355 b) Ruth 1:13 אַל בְּנֹתַי Nay, my daughters, compare Judges 19:23;
(γ) after a preceding imperative Amos 5:14; Joel 2:13; Proverbs 8:10, a jussive Proverbs 27:2, an infinitive absolute Proverbs 27:2.
(c) in poetry אַל sometimes expresses vividly the emotion or sympathy of the poet (see Dr§ 56-8); Isaiah 2:9 וְאַל־תִּשָּׂא לָהֶם and forgive them not! (with a touch of passion), Psalm 41:3; Proverbs 3:25; Job 5:22; Psalm 34:6 (but Greek Version of the LXX Syriac Version Ew Che here read וּפְנֵיכֶם, probably rightly); Psalm 50:3a may our God come וְאַל־ יֶ֫חֱשָרשׁ and not be silent! (the psalmist identifying himself with a spectator of the scene Psalm 50:2, Psalm 50:3b Psalm 50:3c) Psalm 121:3 (contrast Psalm 121:4 לֹא) Jeremiah 46:6 +.
b. once Proverbs 12:28 joined closely to a substantive (compare לֹא 2 b) to express with emphasis its negation: In the way of righteousness is life, and in the pathway therecf אַל־מָוֶת there is no-death! i.e. immortality.
c. once Job 24:25 used in poetry as a substantive, And bring my words לְאַל to nought!N.B. 1 Samuel 27:10 הַיּוֺם אַל־פְּשַׁטְתֶּם אַל with the perfect is against all analogy; and either אֶל־מִי (with Greek Version of the LXX. Vulgate), or better אָן whither? (with Syriac Version Targum : see 1 Samuel 10:14) must be read.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


13:8; 15:1; 18:3; 19:18; 21:16; 22:12; 37:27; 49:4





1 Samuel

10:14; 27:10

2 Samuel

1:21; 13:16; 13:25

2 Kings

3:13; 4:16; 6:27


3:4; 3:6; 5:22; 24:25


25:2; 34:6; 41:3; 50:2; 50:3; 50:3; 50:3; 83:1; 109:12; 121:3; 121:4


3:25; 8:10; 12:28; 27:2; 27:2


2:9; 62:6


18:18; 46:6







Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H408 matches the Hebrew אַל ('al),
which occurs 725 times in 572 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 12 (Gen 13:8–Exo 32:22)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:8 -

So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no H408 strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are relatives!

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:1 -

After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying,

“Do not fear, Abram,

I am a shield to you;

[fn]Your reward shall be very great.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:3 - and said, “[fn]My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, please do not [fn]pass Your servant by.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:30 - Then he said, “Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak; suppose thirty are found there?” And He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:32 - Then he said, “Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once: suppose ten are found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it on account of the ten.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:7 - and said, “Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:8 - “Now look, I have two daughters who have not [fn]had relations with any man; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them [fn]whatever you like; only do not do anything to these men, because they have come under the [fn]shelter of my roof.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:17 - When they had brought them outside, [fn]one said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, and do not stay [fn]anywhere in the surrounding area; escape to the [fn]mountains, or you will be swept away.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:18 - But Lot said to them, “Oh no H408, my lords!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:12 - But God said to Abraham, “[fn]Do not be distressed because of the boy and your slave woman; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac [fn]your descendants shall be named.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:16 - Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away, for she said, “May I not [fn]see the boy die!” And she sat opposite him, and raised her voice and wept.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:17 - God heard the boy crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “[fn]What is the matter with you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:12 - He said, “Do not reach out your hand against the boy, and do not do anything to him; for now I know that you [fn]fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:56 - However, he said to them, “Do not delay me, since the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away so that I may go to my master.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:2 - And the LORD appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:24 - And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said,

“I am the God of your father Abraham;

Do not fear, for I am with you.

I will bless you and multiply your [fn]descendants,

For the sake of My servant Abraham.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:35 - And she said to her father, “May my lord not be angry that I cannot stand in your presence, because the [fn]way of women is upon me.” So he searched but did not find the [fn]household idols.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:10 - Jacob said, “No H408, please, if now I have found favor in your sight, then accept my gift from my hand, [fn]for I see your face as one sees the face of God, and you have received me favorably.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:17 - And when she was suffering severe difficulties in her labor, the midwife said to her, “Do not fear, for you have another son!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:22 - Then Reuben said to them, “Shed no H408 blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him”—so that later he might rescue him out of their hands, to return him to his father.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:27 - “Come, and let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 42:22 - Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not tell [fn]you, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? [fn]Now justice for his blood is required.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:23 - But he said, “Peace be to you, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; your [fn]money was in my possession.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:18 -

Then Judah approached him and said, “Oh my lord, may your servant please speak a word in my lord’s ears, and [fn]do not be angry with your servant; for you are equal to Pharaoh.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:5 - “Now do not be grieved or angry [fn]with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you [fn]to save lives.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:9 - “Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:20 - ‘And do not [fn]concern yourselves with your property, for the [fn]best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:24 -

So he sent his brothers away, and [fn]as they departed, he said to them, “Do not [fn]quarrel on the journey.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 46:3 - Then He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 47:29 -

When [fn]the time for Israel to die drew near, he called his son Joseph and said to him, “Please, if I have found favor in your sight, place your hand under my thigh now and deal with me in kindness and [fn]faithfulness: please do not bury me in Egypt,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:4 -

[fn]Uncontrollable as water, you shall not have preeminence,

Because you went up to your father’s bed;

Then you defiled it—he went up to my couch.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:6 -

“May my soul not enter into their council;

May my glory not be united with their assembly;

For in their anger they killed [fn]men,

And in their self-will they lamed [fn]oxen.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 50:19 - But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 50:21 - “So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke [fn]kindly to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 3:5 - Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 5:9 - “Let the labor be heavier on the men, and have them work at it so that they will pay no H408 attention to false words.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 8:29 - Then Moses said, “Behold, I am going to leave you, and I will plead with the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people tomorrow; only do not let Pharaoh deal deceitfully again in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:28 - Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get away from me! [fn]Be careful, do not see my face again, for on the day you see my face, you shall die!”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:9 - ‘Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 14:13 - But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! [fn]Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will perform for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again, ever.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:19 - Moses said to them, “No H408 one is to leave any of it until morning.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:29 - “See, [fn]the LORD has given you the Sabbath; for that reason He gives you bread for two days on the sixth day. Remain, everyone, in his place; no H408 one is to leave his place on the seventh day.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 19:15 - He also said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 19:24 - Then the LORD said to him, “[fn]Go down and come up again, you and Aaron with you; but do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, or He will break out against them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 20:19 - Then they said to Moses, “Speak [fn]to us yourself and we will listen; but do not have God speak [fn]to us, or we will die!”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 20:20 - However, Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may [fn]remain with you, so that you will not sin.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:1 -

“You shall not give a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked person to be a malicious witness.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:7 - “Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:21 - “Be attentive to him and obey his voice; do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your rebellion, since My name is in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 32:22 - And Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord burn; you know the people yourself, that they are [fn]prone to evil.

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