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Lexicon :: Strong's H4581 - māʿôz

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masculine noun
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TWOT Reference: 1578a

Strong’s Definitions

מָעוֹז mâʻôwz, maw-oze'; (also מָעוּז mâʻûwz ); or מָעֹז mâʻôz (also מָעֻז mâʻuz; from H5810; a fortified place; figuratively, a defence:—force, fort(-ress), rock, strength(-en), (× most) strong (hold).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 37x

The KJV translates Strong's H4581 in the following manner: strength (24x), strong (4x), fortress (3x), hold (2x), forces (1x), fort (1x), rock (1x), strengthen (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 37x
The KJV translates Strong's H4581 in the following manner: strength (24x), strong (4x), fortress (3x), hold (2x), forces (1x), fort (1x), rock (1x), strengthen (1x).
  1. place or means of safety, protection, refuge, stronghold

    1. place of safety, fastness, harbour, stronghold

    2. refuge (of God) (fig.)

    3. human protection (fig.)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מָעוֹז mâʻôwz, maw-oze'; (also מָעוּז mâʻûwz ); or מָעֹז mâʻôz (also מָעֻז mâʻuz; from H5810; a fortified place; figuratively, a defence:—force, fort(-ress), rock, strength(-en), (× most) strong (hold).
STRONGS H4581: Abbreviations
מָעוֺז noun masculineJudges 6:26 place or means of safety, protection (MT suffixes as if from עזז, but probably erroneous, compare BuhlLex 13 Ges§ 85 k); — מ׳ absolute Judges 6:26 +, construct Isaiah 30:2 +; suffix מָעוּזִי 2 Samuel 22:33 (but read הַמְּאַזְּרֵנִי as || Psalm 18:33), מָעוּזִּי Psalm 31:3 +, מָעֻזִּי Isaiah 27:5 +, מָעוּזּוֺ Psalm 52:9 +, מָעֻזֹּה Daniel 11:10, etc. (read probably מְעוֺזִּי, etc.); plural מָעֻזִּים Daniel 11:38; Daniel 11:39, suffix מָעֻזְּנֶיהָ Isaiah 23:11, read מָעֻזֶּיהָ (Ges§ 20 o CheHeb. Hpt. and others; strike out dagesh forte in all, see above); —
1. literally place of safety Judges 6:26, hence (with the collateral idea of strength, as if from עזז = fastness Isaiah 23:11, 14 (in Isaiah 23:14 CheHeb. Hpt. proposes מְחוֺזְכֶם your city), Ezekiel 24:25; Ezekiel 30:15; Daniel 11:7, 10, 19, הַמִּקְדָּשׁ הַמּ׳ Daniel 11:31, מִבְצְרֵי מָעֻזִּים Daniel 11:39; הַיָּם מ׳ i.e. harbour Isaiah 23:4, but strike out Ol Du CheHpt.; מֵאוֺיֵב מ׳ Nahum 3:11; compare עָרֵי מ׳ Isaiah 17:9.
a. figurative, of God (י׳) as refuge Nahum 1:7; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 31:5; Psalm 37:39; Psalm 52:9; Isaiah 25:4 (twice in verse); Joel 4:16 [Joel 3:16], עֻזִּי וּמָעֻזִּי וּמְנוּסִי י׳ Jeremiah 16:19, יְשׁוּעוֺת מְשִׁיחוֺ מ׳ Psalm 28:8 (|| עָזֿ); so צוּר מ׳ Isaiah 17:10; Psalm 31:3, אֱלֹהֵי מ׳ Psalm 43:2; also יַחֲזֵק בְּמָעֻזִּי Isaiah 27:5 let him lay hold of my refuge (me as refuge); compare הִיא מָעֻזְּכֶם חֶדְוַת י׳ Nehemiah 8:10, לַתֹּם דֶּרֶךְ י׳ מ׳ Proverbs 10:29.
b. of a heathen god, אֱלוֺהַּ מָעֻזִּים Daniel 11:38 (read מְחֹזִים cities CheIsaiah 23:1, Heb. Hpt.).
3. figurative of human protection, פַּרְעֹה מ׳ Isaiah 30:2, 3 (both || צֵּל מִצְרַיִם); ראֹשִׁי אֶפְרַיִם מ׳ Psalm 60:9 = Psalm 108:9, i.e. my helmet; also (of angel) Daniel 11:1 (|| מַחֲזִיק).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


6:26; 6:26; 6:26

2 Samuel





18:33; 27:1; 28:8; 31:3; 31:3; 31:5; 37:39; 43:2; 52:9; 52:9; 60:9; 108:9




17:9; 17:10; 23:1; 23:4; 23:11; 23:11; 23:14; 23:14; 25:4; 27:5; 27:5; 30:2; 30:2; 30:3




24:25; 30:15


11:1; 11:7; 11:10; 11:10; 11:19; 11:31; 11:38; 11:38; 11:39; 11:39




1:7; 3:11

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4581 matches the Hebrew מָעוֹז (māʿôz),
which occurs 37 times in 35 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:26 - and build an altar to the LORD your God on the top of this stronghold H4581 in an orderly way, and take a second bull and offer a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah which you shall cut down.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:33 -

“God is my strong fortress H4581;

And He [fn]sets the [fn]blameless on [fn]His way.

Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 8:10 - Then he said to them, “Go, eat the festival foods, drink the sweet drinks, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your [fn]refuge H4581.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:1 -

A Psalm of David.

The LORD is my light and my salvation;

Whom should I fear?

The LORD is the [fn]defense H4581 of my life;

Whom should I dread?

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 28:8 -

The LORD is [fn]their strength,

And He is a refuge H4581 of salvation to His anointed.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:2 -

Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly;

Be a rock of [fn]strength H4581 for me,

A [fn]stronghold to save me.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 31:4 -

You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,

For You are my strength H4581.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:39 -

But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;

He is their strength H4581 in time of trouble.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 43:2 -

For You are the God of my strength H4581; why have You rejected me?

Why do I go about mourning [fn]because of the oppression of the enemy?

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 52:7 -

“Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge H4581,

But trusted in the abundance of his riches

And was strong in [fn]his evil desire.”

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 60:7 -

“Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine;

Ephraim also is the [fn]helmet H4581 of My head;

Judah is My scepter.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 108:8 -

“Gilead is Mine, Manasseh is Mine;

Ephraim also is the [fn]helmet H4581 of My head;

Judah is My [fn]scepter.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 10:29 -

The way of the LORD is a stronghold H4581 for the upright,

But ruin to the workers of injustice.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:9 -

On that day [fn]their strong H4581 cities will be like [fn]abandoned places in the forest,

Or like branches which they abandoned before the sons of Israel;

And [fn]the land will be a desolation.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:10 -

For you have forgotten the God of your salvation

And have not remembered the rock of your refuge H4581.

Therefore you plant delightful plants

And set them with vine shoots of a strange god.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 23:4 -

Be ashamed, Sidon,

For the sea speaks, the stronghold H4581 of the sea, saying,

“I have neither been in labor nor given birth,

I have neither brought up young men nor raised virgins.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 23:11 -

He has stretched His hand out over the sea,

He has made the kingdoms tremble;

The LORD has given a command concerning Canaan to demolish its strongholds H4581.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 23:14 -

Wail, you ships of Tarshish,

For your stronghold H4581 is destroyed.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 25:4 -

For You have been a stronghold H4581 for the helpless,

A stronghold H4581 for the poor in his distress,

A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat;

For the breath of the ruthless

Is like a rain storm against a wall.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 27:5 -

“Or let him [fn]rely on My protection H4581,

Let him make peace with Me,

Let him make peace with Me.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:2 -

Who proceed down to Egypt

Without consulting [fn]Me,

To take refuge in the safety H4581 of Pharaoh,

And to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:3 -

“Therefore the safety H4581 of Pharaoh will be your shame,

And the shelter in the shadow of Egypt, your humiliation.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 16:19 -

LORD, my strength and my stronghold H4581,

And my refuge in the day of distress,

To You the nations will come

From the ends of the earth and say,

“Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood,

Futility, and [fn]things of no benefit.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 24:25 -

‘As for you, son of man, will it not be on the day when I take from them their stronghold H4581, the joy of their splendor, that which is precious in their eyes and their [fn]heart’s longing, their sons and their daughters,

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 30:15 -

“I will pour out My wrath on [fn]Sin,

The stronghold H4581 of Egypt;

I will also eliminate the hordes of [fn]Thebes.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:1 -

“In the first year of Darius the Mede, [fn]I arose to be of [fn]assistance and a protection H4581 for him.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:7 - “But one of the [fn]descendants of her line will arise in his place, and he will come against their army and enter the fortress H4581 of the king of the North, and he will deal with them and prevail.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:10 -

“And his sons will mobilize and assemble a multitude of great forces; and one of them will keep on coming and overflow and pass through, so that he may [fn]again wage war up to his fortress H4581.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:19 - “So he will turn his face toward the fortresses H4581 of his own land, but he will stumble and fall and not be found.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:31 - “Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress H4581, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination [fn]of desolation.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:38 - “But [fn]instead he will honor a god of fortresses H4581, a god whom his fathers did not know; he will honor him with gold, silver, precious stones, and treasures.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:39 - “And he will take action against the strongest H4581 of fortresses with the help of a foreign god; he will give great honor to [fn]those who acknowledge him and will make them rulers over the many, and will parcel out land for a price.
Unchecked Copy BoxJoe 3:16 -

The LORD roars from Zion

And utters His voice from Jerusalem,

And the heavens and the earth quake.

But the LORD is a refuge for His people,

And a stronghold H4581 for the sons of Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:7 -

The LORD is good,

A stronghold H4581 in the day of trouble,

And He knows those who take refuge in Him.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:11 -

You too will become drunk,

You will be hidden.

You too will search for a refuge H4581 from the enemy.

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