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Lexicon :: Strong's H4478 - mān

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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TWOT Reference: 1208,1209

Strong’s Definitions

מָן mân, mawn; from H4100; literally a whatness (so to speak), i.e. manna (so called from the question about it):—manna.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 14x

The KJV translates Strong's H4478 in the following manner: manna (14x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 14x
The KJV translates Strong's H4478 in the following manner: manna (14x).
  1. manna

    1. the bread from Heaven that fed the Israelites for 40 years of wilderness wanderings

    2. means 'What is it?'

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מָן mân, mawn; from H4100; literally a whatness (so to speak), i.e. manna (so called from the question about it):—manna.
STRONGS H4478: Abbreviations
† I. מָן noun masculineNumbers 11:9 manna (= Arabic bdb057702, known to Bedouin in Sinai Peninsula; a juice exuding in heavy drops from twigs (some say also the leaves) of Ṭarfa (Ṭŭrfa) tree (tamarix gallica mannifera) in West Sinai Peninsula, end of May and in June, sweet, sticky, honey-like; compare DiExodus 16:36 RobBRi. 75, 115, 590 EbGS 233 ff., 574 ff. SocZMG xxxiv. 1881, 254); — מ׳ absolute Exodus 16:15 + 12 times, suffix מַנֵךָ Nehemiah 9:20: — manna: מַההֿוּא יָֽךְעוּ לֹא כִּי הוּא מָן וַיּאֹמְרוּ Exodus 16:15; Exodus 16:31; Exodus 16:33; Exodus 16:35; Exodus 16:35; Numbers 11:6, 7, 9 (described Exodus 16:14, 31; Numbers 11:7; accompare dew Exodus 16:14; Numbers 11:9); ceased after Israel reached Canaan Joshua 5:12 (twice in verse); as 2nd accusativeהֶאֱכִילְךָ אֶתהַֿמָּן Deuteronomy 8:3, compare Deuteronomy 8:16 מָן לֶאֱכֹל וַיַּמְטֵר עֲלֵיהֶם Psalm 78:24; מִפִּיהֶם לֹאמָֿנַעְת וּמַנְךָ Nehemiah 9:20.

† II. מָן in Exodus 16:15 (with reference to the manna) יָֽדְעוּ לֹא כִּי הוּא מָן אֶלאָֿחִיו אִיש וַיּאֹמְרו מַההֿוּא, most probably 'What is it?' the question being intended as a popular etymology of מָן 'manna,' based upon the late Aramaic bdb057703 What ? (man is 'Who?' in Arabic, Aramaic מַן bdb057704), Mandaean (מאן), Ethiopic (manu), 'What?' in these dialects being bdb057705 מָה bdb057706 מָא (Ethiopic ment); מָן in the sense of 'What?' must correspond to the later Syriac bdb057707 contracted from bdb057708 Targum מָדֵין§ 68 WSG 125).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


16:14; 16:14; 16:15; 16:15; 16:15; 16:31; 16:31; 16:33; 16:35; 16:35; 16:36


11:6; 11:7; 11:7; 11:9; 11:9; 11:9


8:3; 8:16




9:20; 9:20



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4478 matches the Hebrew מָן (mān),
which occurs 14 times in 12 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:15 - When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?”[fn] For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:31 - Now the house of Israel called its name manna. It was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:33 - And Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar, and put an omer of manna in it, and place it before the LORD to be kept throughout your generations.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:35 - The people of Israel ate the manna forty years, till they came to a habitable land. They ate the manna till they came to the border of the land of Canaan.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:6 - But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:7 - Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:9 - When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:3 - And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word[fn] that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:16 - who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 5:12 - And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:20 - You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:24 - and he rained down on them manna to eat
and gave them the grain of heaven.
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