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Lexicon :: Strong's H4284 - maḥăšāḇâ

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TWOT Reference: 767d

Strong’s Definitions

מַחֲשָׁבָה machăshâbâh, makh-ash-aw-baw'; or מַחֲשֶׁבֶת machăshebeth; from H2803; a contrivance, i.e. (concretely) a texture, machine, or (abstractly) intention, plan (whether bad, a plot; or good, advice):—cunning (work), curious work, device(-sed), imagination, invented, means, purpose, thought.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 56x

The KJV translates Strong's H4284 in the following manner: thought (28x), device (12x), purpose (6x), work (3x), imaginations (3x), cunning (1x), devised (1x), invented (1x), means (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 56x
The KJV translates Strong's H4284 in the following manner: thought (28x), device (12x), purpose (6x), work (3x), imaginations (3x), cunning (1x), devised (1x), invented (1x), means (1x).
  1. thought, device

    1. thought

    2. device, plan, purpose

    3. invention

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מַחֲשָׁבָה machăshâbâh, makh-ash-aw-baw'; or מַחֲשֶׁבֶת machăshebeth; from H2803; a contrivance, i.e. (concretely) a texture, machine, or (abstractly) intention, plan (whether bad, a plot; or good, advice):—cunning (work), curious work, device(-sed), imagination, invented, means, purpose, thought.
STRONGS H4284: Abbreviations
מַחֲשָׁבָה noun feminine thought, device (chiefly in poetry and late) — absolute מ׳ Jeremiah 18:11; Jeremiah 49:30; מַחֲשֶׁ֫בֶת Ezekiel 38:10; מַחֲשָׁ֑בֶת Exodus 35:33; 2 Chronicles 2:13; construct מַחֲשֶׁבֶת Esther 8:5; 2 Chronicles 26:15; suffix מַחֲשַׁבְתּוֺ Esther 8:3; Esther 9:25; plural מַחֲשָׁבוֺת Jeremiah 11:19 + 7 times; מַחֲשְׁבֹת Exodus 31:4 + 3 times; construct מַחְשְׁבוֺת Isaiah 59:7 + 13 times; מַחְשְׁבֹת Genesis 6:5; suffix מַחְשְׁבוֺתַי Isaiah 55:8 etc. + 19 times suffixes; —
1. thought:
a. of man אדם מ׳ Psalm 94:11; לֵב מ׳ Psalm 33:11 thoughts of the mind; (לבׅ (כל) יצר מ׳ Genesis 6:5 (J), 1 Chronicles 28:9; 1 Chronicles 29:18.
b. of God יהוה מ׳ Micah 4:12; with אֶלֿ Psalm 40:6; עַלֿ Jeremiah 51:29; the thoughts of God are exceeding deep Psalm 92:6; higher than man's thoughts Isaiah 55:8 (twice in verse); Isaiah 55:9 (twice in verse).
2. device, plan, purpose Isaiah 55:7; Isaiah 59:7; Isaiah 65:2; Isaiah 66:18; Jeremiah 6:19; Jeremiah 18:12; Psalm 56:6; Proverbs 19:21; Job 21:27; Lamentations 3:60, 61; Esther 8:5; חָרוּץ מ׳ Proverbs 21:5; עֲרוּמִים מ׳ Job 5:12; צדיקים מ׳ Proverbs 12:5; עמים מ׳ Psalm 33:10; אֹון מ׳ Isaiah 59:7; Jeremiah 4:14; Proverbs 6:18; רע מ׳ Proverbs 15:26; שָׁלוֺם מ׳ Jeremiah 21:11; חשׁב מ׳ devise devices 2 Samuel 14:14; Jeremiah 11:19; Jeremiah 18:11, 18; Jeremiah 29:11; Jeremiah 49:20, 30; Jeremiah 50:45; Ezekiel 38:10; Daniel 11:24, 25; Esther 8:3; Esther 9:25; מ׳ as subject of נָכוֺן be established Proverbs 16:3; Proverbs 20:18; הפר מ׳ break plans Proverbs 15:22.
3. invention Exodus 31:4; Exodus 35:32, 33, 35 (all P), 2 Chron 2:13; 2 Chronicles 26:15 (see חָשַׁב I 5).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


6:5; 6:5


31:4; 31:4; 35:32; 35:33; 35:33; 35:35

2 Samuel


1 Chronicles

28:9; 29:18

2 Chronicles

2:13; 2:13; 26:15; 26:15


8:3; 8:3; 8:5; 8:5; 9:25; 9:25


5:12; 21:27


33:10; 33:11; 40:6; 56:6; 92:6; 94:11


6:18; 12:5; 15:22; 15:26; 16:3; 19:21; 20:18; 21:5


55:7; 55:8; 55:8; 55:9; 59:7; 59:7; 59:7; 65:2; 66:18


4:14; 6:19; 11:19; 11:19; 18:11; 18:11; 18:12; 18:18; 21:11; 29:11; 49:20; 49:30; 49:30; 50:45; 51:29


3:60; 3:61


38:10; 38:10


11:24; 11:25




Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4284 matches the Hebrew מַחֲשָׁבָה (maḥăšāḇâ),
which occurs 56 times in 52 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Gen 6:5–Dan 11:24)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:5 - And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts H4284 of his heart was only evil continually.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 31:4 - To devise cunning works, H4284 to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 35:32 - And to devise curious works, H4284 to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 35:33 - And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning H4284 work.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 35:35 - Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work. H4284
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 14:14 - For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, H4284 that his banished be not expelled from him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 28:9 - And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: H4284 if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 29:18 - O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts H4284 of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:14 - The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson; also to grave any manner of graving, and to find out every device H4284 which shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my lord David thy father.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 26:15 - And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented H4284 by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 8:3 - And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device H4284 that he had devised against the Jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 8:5 - And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised H4284 by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king's provinces:
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 9:25 - But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, H4284 which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 5:12 - He disappointeth the devices H4284 of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:27 - Behold, I know your thoughts, H4284 and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 33:10 - The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices H4284 of the people of none effect.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 33:11 - The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts H4284 of his heart to all generations.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:5 - Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts H4284 which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:5 - Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts H4284 are against me for evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 92:5 - O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts H4284 are very deep.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:11 - The LORD knoweth the thoughts H4284 of man, that they are vanity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:18 - An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, H4284 feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:5 - The thoughts H4284 of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:22 - Without counsel purposes H4284 are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:26 - The thoughts H4284 of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:3 - Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts H4284 shall be established.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 19:21 - There are many devices H4284 in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:18 - Every purpose H4284 is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 21:5 - The thoughts H4284 of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 55:7 - Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: H4284 and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 55:8 - For my thoughts H4284 are not your thoughts, H4284 neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 55:9 - For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts H4284 than your thoughts. H4284
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 59:7 - Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts H4284 are thoughts H4284 of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 65:2 - I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; H4284
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:18 - For I know their works and their thoughts: H4284 it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:14 - O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts H4284 lodge within thee?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:19 - Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, H4284 because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 11:19 - But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices H4284 against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:11 - Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device H4284 against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:12 - And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, H4284 and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:18 - Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices H4284 against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 29:11 - For I know the thoughts H4284 that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts H4284 of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:20 - Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Edom; and his purposes, H4284 that he hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitations desolate with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:30 - Flee, get you far off, dwell deep, O ye inhabitants of Hazor, saith the LORD; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath taken counsel against you, and hath conceived a purpose H4284 against you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:45 - Therefore hear ye the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Babylon; and his purposes, H4284 that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 51:29 - And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose H4284 of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:60 - Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations H4284 against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:61 - Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations H4284 against me;
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 38:10 - Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: H4284
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:24 - He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices H4284 against the strong holds, even for a time.

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