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Lexicon :: Strong's H4116 - māhar

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A primitive root
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Strong’s Definitions

מָהַר mâhar, maw-har'; a primitive root; properly, to be liquid or flow easily, i.e. (by implication); to hurry (in a good or a bad sense); often used (with another verb) adverbially, promptly:—be carried headlong, fearful, (cause to make, in, make) haste(-n, -ily), (be) hasty, (fetch, make ready) × quickly, rash, × shortly, (be so) × soon, make speed, × speedily, × straightway, × suddenly, swift.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 64x

The KJV translates Strong's H4116 in the following manner: haste (42x), swift (3x), quickly (3x), hastily (2x), hasty (2x), soon (2x), speed (2x), headlong (1x), rash (1x), fearful (1x), ready (1x), shortly (1x), speedily (1x), straightway (1x), suddenly (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 64x
The KJV translates Strong's H4116 in the following manner: haste (42x), swift (3x), quickly (3x), hastily (2x), hasty (2x), soon (2x), speed (2x), headlong (1x), rash (1x), fearful (1x), ready (1x), shortly (1x), speedily (1x), straightway (1x), suddenly (1x).
  1. (Qal) to hasten

    1. (Niphal) to be hurried, be anxious

      1. hasty, precipitate, impetuous

    2. (Piel)

      1. to hasten, make haste

      2. hasten (used as adverb with another verb)

      3. to hasten, prepare quickly, do quickly, bring quickly

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מָהַר mâhar, maw-har'; a primitive root; properly, to be liquid or flow easily, i.e. (by implication); to hurry (in a good or a bad sense); often used (with another verb) adverbially, promptly:—be carried headlong, fearful, (cause to make, in, make) haste(-n, -ily), (be) hasty, (fetch, make ready) × quickly, rash, × shortly, (be so) × soon, make speed, × speedily, × straightway, × suddenly, swift.
STRONGS H4116: Abbreviations
† I. [מָהַר] verb hasten (Late Hebrew Pi.,and derivatives; Arabic bdb055404 be practised, skilled (with Assyrian mâru, send, order, govern, compare II. מהר); Ethiopic bdb055405 train teach; Syriac bdb055406 Pa. id.; compare also Egyptian māhar, trained warrior Bondi57); —
Niph. Perfect 3rd person feminine singular נִמְהָ֑רָה Job 5:13; Participle נִמְהָר Habakkuk 1:6; plural נִמְהָרִים Isaiah 32:4; construct נִמְהֲרֵי Isaiah 35:4; — be hurried = anxious, disturbed נְמְהֲרֵילֵֿב Isaiah 35:4; hasty, precipitate, subject עֵצָה Job 5:13; so participle as substantive Isaiah 32:4; impetuous, of Chaldeans, Habakkuk 1:6 (|| מַר).
Pi. Perfect מִהַר 1 Samuel 4:14; Isaiah 51:14; 3rd person feminine singular מִהֲרָה Jeremiah 48:16 etc.; Imperfect יְמַהֵר Isaiah 5:19 + 2 times; וַיְמַהֵר Genesis 18:6 + 8 times (1 Samuel 28:30 see below); 3rd person feminine plural תְּמַהֵרְנָה Jeremiah 9:17 etc.; Imperative masculine singular מַהֵר Genesis 19:22 +; מַהֲרָה 1 Samuel 23:27; 1 Kings 22:9, etc.; Infinitive construct מַהֵר Proverbs 7:23 +; Participle מְמַהֵר Genesis 41:32; Malachi 3:5 (on מַהֵר Zephaniah 1:14 [1 Samuel 23:22] compare Köi. 268 SchwZAW x. 1890, 176 see I. מַהֵר), feminine plural מְמַהֲרוֺת Proverbs 6:18; —
1. hasten, make haste, = go or come quickly Genesis 18:6; 1 Samuel 9:12 (but strike out Greek Version of the LXX We Dr Kit Bu HPS), Nahum 2:6; Isaiah 49:17; 1 Chronicles 12:9; = go eagerly, (followed by Infinitive of purpose) Proverbs 1:16; Isaiah 59:7; Participle = swift, prompt Malachi 3:5; of bird Proverbs 7:23; figurative of calamity Isaiah 5:19 (|| חוּשׁ) Jeremiah 48:16, מַהֵר שָׁלָל חָשׁ בַּז Isaiah 8:1, 3, below.
2. hasten + verb, (מ׳ having really adverbial force): followed by Infinitive Genesis 18:7 (מִהַר לַעֲשׂת); compare Genesis 27:20; Genesis 41:32 (subject God), Exodus 2:18; Exodus 10:16; Exodus 12:33; 2 Samuel 15:14; Isaiah 32:4; Isaiah 51:14; Proverbs 6:18; Ecclesiastes 5:1; more often followed by verb with ו Genesis 24:18, 20, 46; Genesis 44:11 (all J), Genesis 45:9, 13 (E), probably Genesis 43:30 (J), also Exodus 34:8 (J), Joshua 4:10; Joshua 8:14, 19 (all J E), Judges 13:10; 1 Samuel 4:14; 1 Samuel 17:48; 1 Samuel 23:27; 1 Samuel 25:18, 23, 34 (twice in verse); 1 Samuel 28:24; 2 Samuel 15:14; 2 Samuel 19:17; 1 Kings 20:33, 41; 2 Kings 9:13; Jeremiah 9:17; so even when active is not wholly voluntary 1 Samuel 28:20 (but read probably וַיִּבָּהֵל Greek Version of the LXX We Dr Kit Bu); also, ו omitted, Psalm 106:13; especially with Imperative Genesis 19:22 (J), Judges 9:48; Esther 6:10; so also מַהֵר עֲנֵנִי Psalm 69:18; Psalm 102:3; Psalm 143:7; compare Psalm 79:8 (see Olon the passage).
3. transitive hasten, = prepare quickly Genesis 18:6; = bring quickly 1 Kings 22:9 2 Chronicles 18:8; Esther 5:5; = do quickly 2 Chronicles 24:5 (twice in verse).

I. מַהֵר adjective hastening, speedy, swift (strictly Pi. Participle for מְמַהֵר see below מהר); — of יוֺם י׳, מְאד קָרוֺב וּמ׳ Zephaniah 1:14; read also feminine הַמְּהֵרָה (רַגְלוֺ) 1 Samuel 23:22 his swift foot (for MT רָאָהוּ מִ׳ ר׳) Th We Dr Bu; deeper corruption assumed by HPS.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


18:6; 18:6; 18:6; 18:7; 19:22; 19:22; 24:18; 24:20; 24:46; 27:20; 41:32; 41:32; 43:30; 44:11; 45:9; 45:13


2:18; 10:16; 12:33; 34:8


4:10; 8:14; 8:19


9:48; 13:10

1 Samuel

4:14; 4:14; 9:12; 17:48; 23:22; 23:22; 23:27; 23:27; 25:18; 25:23; 25:34; 28:20; 28:24

2 Samuel

15:14; 15:14; 19:17

1 Kings

20:33; 20:41; 22:9; 22:9

2 Kings


1 Chronicles


2 Chronicles

18:8; 24:5


5:5; 6:10


5:13; 5:13


69:18; 79:8; 102:3; 106:13; 143:7


1:16; 6:18; 6:18; 7:23; 7:23




5:19; 5:19; 8:1; 8:3; 32:4; 32:4; 32:4; 35:4; 35:4; 49:17; 51:14; 51:14; 59:7


9:17; 9:17; 48:16; 48:16




1:6; 1:6


1:14; 1:14


3:5; 3:5

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4116 matches the Hebrew מָהַר (māhar),
which occurs 64 times in 60 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Gen 18:6–Isa 5:19)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:6 - So Abraham hurried H4116 into the tent to Sarah, and said,[fn]Quickly, H4116 prepare H4116 three [fn]measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:7 - Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and [fn]choice calf and gave it to the servant, and he hurried H4116 to prepare it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:22 - “Hurry, H4116 escape there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the town was called [fn]Zoar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:18 - She said, “Drink, my lord”; and she quickly H4116 lowered her jar to her hand, and gave him a drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:20 - So she quickly H4116 emptied her jar into the trough, and ran back to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:46 - “She quickly H4116 lowered her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’; so I drank, and she watered the camels also.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:20 - Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have it so quickly, H4116 my son?” And he said, “Because the LORD your God caused it to happen to me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:32 - “Now as for the repeating of the dream to Pharaoh twice, it means that the matter is determined by God, and God will quickly H4116 bring it about.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:30 - Joseph hurried H4116 out for [fn]he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he sought a place to weep; and he entered his chamber and wept there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:11 - Then they hurried, H4116 each man lowered his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:9 - “Hurry H4116 and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 45:13 - “Now you must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and all that you have seen; and you must hurry H4116 and bring my father down here.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:18 - When they came to Reuel their father, he said, “Why have you come back so soon H4116 today?”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:16 - Then Pharaoh hurriedly H4116 called for Moses and Aaron, and he said, “I have sinned against the LORD your God and against you.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:33 - The Egyptians urged the people, to send them out of the land in haste, H4116 for they said, “We will all be dead.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:8 - Moses made H4116 haste H4116 [fn]to bow low toward the earth and worship.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:10 - For the priests who carried the ark were standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything was completed that the LORD had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. And the people hurried H4116 and crossed;
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:14 - It came about when the king of Ai saw it, that the men of the city hurried H4116 and rose up early and went out to meet Israel in battle, he and all his people at the appointed place before the desert plain. But he did not know that there was an ambush against him behind the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:19 - The men in ambush rose quickly from their place, and when he had stretched out his hand, they ran and entered the city and captured it, and they quickly H4116 set the city on fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:48 - So Abimelech went up to Mount Zalmon, he and all the people who were with him; and Abimelech took [fn]an axe in his hand and cut down a branch from the trees, and lifted it and laid it on his shoulder. Then he said to the people who were with him, “What you have seen me do, hurry H4116 and do [fn]likewise.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:10 - So the woman ran quickly H4116 and told her [fn]husband, “Behold, the man who [fn]came the other day has appeared to me.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:14 - When Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he said, “What does the noise of this commotion mean?” Then the man came hurriedly H4116 and told Eli.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 9:12 - They answered them and said, “He is; [fn]see, he is ahead of you. Hurry H4116 now, for he has come into the city today, for the people have a sacrifice on the high place today.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:48 - Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly H4116 toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 23:27 - But a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Hurry H4116 and come, for the Philistines have made a raid on the land.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:18 - Then Abigail hurried H4116 and took two hundred loaves of bread and two jugs of wine and five sheep already prepared and five measures of roasted grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:23 - When Abigail saw David, she hurried H4116 and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David and bowed herself to the ground.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:34 - “Nevertheless, as the LORD God of Israel lives, who has restrained me from harming you, unless you had come quickly H4116 to meet me, surely there would not have been left to Nabal until the morning light as much as one [fn]male.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 25:42 - Then Abigail quickly H4116 arose, and rode on a donkey, with her five maidens who [fn]attended her; and she followed the messengers of David and became his wife.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 28:20 - Then Saul immediately H4116 fell full length upon the ground and was very afraid because of the words of Samuel; also there was no strength in him, for he had eaten no [fn]food all day and all night.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 28:24 - The woman had a fattened calf in the house, and she quickly H4116 slaughtered it; and she took flour, kneaded it and baked unleavened bread from it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 15:14 - David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise and let us flee, for otherwise none of us will escape from Absalom. Go in haste, H4116 or he will overtake us quickly H4116 and bring down calamity on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 19:16 - Then Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjamite who was from Bahurim, hurried H4116 and came down with the men of Judah to meet King David.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 20:33 - Now the men [fn]took this as an omen, and quickly H4116 [fn]catching his word said, “Your brother Ben-hadad.” Then he said, “Go, bring him.” Then Ben-hadad came out to him, and he [fn]took him up into the chariot.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 20:41 - Then he hastily H4116 took the bandage away from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him that he was of the prophets.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 22:9 - Then the king of Israel called an officer and said,[fn]Bring H4116 quickly H4116 Micaiah son of Imlah.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 9:13 - Then they hurried H4116 and each man took his garment and placed it under him on the bare steps, and blew the trumpet, saying, “Jehu is king!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:8 - From the Gadites there [fn]came over to David in the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for war, who could handle shield and spear, and whose faces were like the faces of lions, and they were as swift H4116 as the gazelles on the mountains.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:8 - Then the king of Israel called an officer and said,[fn]Bring H4116 quickly H4116 Micaiah, Imla’s son.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 24:5 - He gathered the priests and Levites and said to them, “Go out to the cities of Judah and collect money from all Israel to [fn]repair the house of your God [fn]annually, and you shall do H4116 the matter quickly.” H4116 But the Levites did not act H4116 quickly. H4116
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:5 - Then the king said, “Bring H4116 Haman quickly H4116 that we may do [fn]as Esther desires.” So the king and Haman came to the banquet which Esther had prepared.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 6:10 - Then the king said to Haman, “Take quickly H4116 the robes and the horse as you have said, and do so for Mordecai the Jew, who is sitting at the king’s gate; do not fall short in anything of all that you have said.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 5:13 - “He captures the wise by their own shrewdness,
And the advice of the cunning is quickly H4116 thwarted. H4116
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:4 - The [fn]sorrows of those who have [fn]bartered for another god will be multiplied;
I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,
Nor will I take their names upon my lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:13 - They quickly H4116 forgot His works;
They did not wait for His counsel,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:16 - For their feet run to evil
And they hasten H4116 to shed blood.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:18 - A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly H4116 to evil,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:23 - Until an arrow pierces through his liver;
As a bird hastens H4116 to the snare,
So he does not know that it will cost him his life.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:2 - [fn]Do not be hasty H4116 [fn]in word or [fn]impulsive H4116 in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:19 - Who say, “Let Him make H4116 speed, H4116 let Him hasten His work, that we may see it;
And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near
And come to pass, that we may know it!

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