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Lexicon :: Strong's H4592 - mᵊʿaṭ

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Strong’s Definitions

מְעַט mᵉʻaṭ, meh-at'; or מְעָט mᵉʻâṭ; from H4591; a little or few (often adverbial or comparative):—almost (some, very) few(-er, -est), lightly, little (while), (very) small (matter, thing), some, soon, × very.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 102x

The KJV translates Strong's H4592 in the following manner: little (49x), few (23x), while (6x), almost (5x), small thing (4x), small (3x), some (2x), matter (2x), soon (2x), fewer (1x), fewest (1x), lightly (1x), very (1x), little way (1x), worth (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 102x
The KJV translates Strong's H4592 in the following manner: little (49x), few (23x), while (6x), almost (5x), small thing (4x), small (3x), some (2x), matter (2x), soon (2x), fewer (1x), fewest (1x), lightly (1x), very (1x), little way (1x), worth (1x).
  1. littleness, few, a little, fewness

    1. little, small, littleness, fewness, too little, yet a little

    2. like a little, within a little, almost, just, hardly, shortly, little worth

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מְעַט mᵉʻaṭ, meh-at'; or מְעָט mᵉʻâṭ; from H4591; a little or few (often adverbial or comparative):—almost (some, very) few(-er, -est), lightly, little (while), (very) small (matter, thing), some, soon, × very.
STRONGS H4592: Abbreviations
מְעַט 101 substantive a little, fewness, a few; — מ׳ absolute and construct, מְעָ֑ט Isaiah 10:7 +, plural מְעַטִּים Psalm 109:8; Ecclesiastes 5:1; —
a. Genesis 30:30 מעט אשׁר היה לך לְפָנַי the little that thou hadst, Genesis 47:9 מעט ורעים היו ימי שׁני חיי few and evil, Leviticus 25:52; Numbers 26:54 (compare Numbers 33:54) וְלַמְעַט תמעיט נחלתו and to the small (few) thou shalt make small his inheritance, Numbers 33:56; Numbers 35:8 תמעיטו הַֽמְעַט וּמֵאֵת, Deuteronomy 7:7 מכל־ הַֽמְעַט אתםֿ וכיֿ העמים ye are the fewest out of all peoples, 1 Samuel 14:6 לְהוֺשִׁיעַ בְּרַב אוֺ בִמְעָ֑ט, Jeremiah 42:2 כִּי נִשְׁאַרְנוּ מְעַט מֵהַרְבֵּה we are left as few out of many, Ezekiel 5:3 מִשָּׁם וְלָקַחְתָּ בְּמִסְפָּר מְעַט, Haggai 1:6 זְרַעְתֶּם הַרְבֵּה וְהָבֵא מְעָ֑ט (compare Haggai 1:9), Psalm 8:6 ותחסּרהו מעט מאלהים, Psalm 37:16 טוֺב מְעַט לַצַּדִּיק (compare Proverbs 15:16; Proverbs 16:8), 2 Chronicles 29:34 רַק הַכֹּהֲנִים הָיוּ לִמְעָ֑ט; as predicate Numbers 13:18 הַמְעַט הוּא אִםרָֿ֑ב, Joshua 7:3 כִּי מְעַט הֵמָּה, Job 10:20; Ruth 2:7; Nehemiah 7:4; Isaiah 16:14 וּשְׁאָר מְעַט מִזְעָר. — Hosea 8:10 וַיָּחֵלּוּ מְעַט and they begin as littleness (= to be minished) because of, &c.; but read probably (Greek Version of the LXX) וְיֶחְדְּלוּ מְעַט מִמְּשֹׁחַ and they shall cease for a little (d) from anointing, etc.
b. as substantive with following genitive, Genesis 18:4 מְעַט מַיִם a little of water, Genesis 24:17, 43, מְעַט אֹכֶל Genesis 43:2; Genesis 44:25; 1 Samuel 14:43; 1 Samuel 17:28 מְעַט הַצּאֹן הָהֵ֫נָּה literally the fewness of those sheep, Proverbs 6:10 +; as genitive to a previous substantive, מְתֵי מְעָ֑ט men of fewness Deuteronomy 26:5; Deuteronomy 28:62; in apposition, Isaiah 10:7 לְהַכְרִית גּוֺיִם לֹא מְעָ֑ט, Ezra 9:8 מִחְיָה מְעַט, Nehemiah 2:12 וַאֲנָשִׁים מְעַט עִמִּי, Ecclesiastes 9:4; either genitive or appositive, Ecclesiastes 10:1; Daniel 11:34 יֵעָֽזְרוּ עֵזֶר מְעָ֑ט with a help of smallness.
c. twice declined as an adjective, Psalm 109:8 יִהְיוּ יָמָיו מְעַטִּים, Ecclesiastes 5:1 עלכֿן יהיו דבריך מְעַטִּים.
d. as adverb. accusative, of place, 2 Samuel 16:1 וְדָוִד עֹבֵר מְעַט; of time, Job 10:20 b; of degree, 2 Kings 10:18 אַחְאָב עָבַד אֶתהַֿבַּעַל מְעָ֑ט, Ezekiel 11:16 and have been to them for a sanctuary but little, Zechariah 1:15; repeated מְעַט מְעַט by little, by little = gradually, Exodus 23:30; Deuteronomy 7:22.
e. phrases:
a. with the interrogative הֲ, † Genesis 30:15 אֶתֿ קַחְתֵּך הַֽמְעַט וְלָקַחַת אִישִׁי was thy taking my husband (too) little? and (wilt thou be) for taking also my son's love-apples? Numbers 16:9-10 כִּי מִכֶּם הַֽמְעַט כְּהֻנָּה גַּם וּבִקַּשְׁתֶּם ֗֗֗ הִבְדִּיל is it too little for you that J. hath separated, etc.,... and do ye seek, etc.? Numbers 16:13 ַֽֽֽהמְעַט כִּי הֶעֱלִיתָנוּ ֗֗֗ כִּי תִשְׂתָּרֵר גַּם הִשְׂתָּרֵר, Joshua 22:17f. וגו׳ תָּשׁוּבו וְאַתֶּם ֗֗֗ לָנוּ הַֽמְעַט, Isaiah 7:13 וגו׳ תַלְאוּ כִּי אֲנָשִׁים הַלְאוֺת מִכֶּם הַֽמְעַט is wearying men too little for you, that you will weary also my God? Ezekiel 34:18 (as Ew Co AV RV), Job 15:11 אֵל תַּנְחוּמוֺת מִמְּךָ הַֽמְעַט. But Ezekiel 16:20 (si vera lectio) was it (too) little because of thy whoredom? (was that insufficient for thee? Kö iii. 406 m).
b. עוֺד מְעַט וְ׳, † Exodus 17:4 עוֺד מְעַט וּסְקָלֻנִי yet a little, and they will stone me, Jeremiah 51:33; Hosea 1:4; Psalm 37:10; עוֺד מְעַט מִזְעָר וְ׳Isaiah 10:25; Isaiah 29:17; compare Haggai 2:6; Job 24:24.
2.כִּמְעַט like a little: hence
a. within a little, almost (compare ὀλίγου), Genesis 26:10 כִּמְעַט שָׁכַב ֗֗֗ almost had lain..., Psalm 73:2 Qr, Psalm 94:17; Psalm 119:87; Proverbs 5:14 (all followed by perfect); Ezekiel 16:47 כִּמְעַט קָט וַתַּשְׁחִתִי מֵהֶן like a little, and thou hadst done more corruptly than they; Songs 3:4 כִּמְעַט שֶׁעָבַרְתִּי מֵהֶם = hardly had I passed.
b. with imperfect, just, 2 Samuel 19:37 כמעט יעבר עבדך just would thy servant pass over; lightly, easily, quickly (compare δἰ ὀλίγου), Psalm 2:12 אַפּוֹ ֺכִּמְעַט יִבְעַר כִּי, Psalm 81:15; Job 32:22.
c. = shortly, 2 Chronicles 12:7.
d. = little worth, Proverbs 10:20 כמעט ולב רשׁעים.
e. pleonastic for מְעַט, Isaiah 1:9 (accents) כִּמְעָ֑ט שָׂרִיר a little remnant, Psalm 105:12 (= 1 Chronicles 16:19) כִּמְעַט וְגָרִים בָּהּ; כִּמְעַט רֶגַע like the littleness of a moment = for a little moment, Isaiah 26:20; Ezra 9:8.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


18:4; 24:17; 24:43; 26:10; 30:15; 30:30; 43:2; 44:25; 47:9


17:4; 23:30




13:18; 16:9; 16:10; 16:13; 26:54; 33:54; 33:56; 35:8


7:7; 7:22; 26:5; 28:62


7:3; 22:17



1 Samuel

14:6; 14:43; 17:28

2 Samuel

16:1; 19:37

2 Kings


1 Chronicles


2 Chronicles

12:7; 29:34


9:8; 9:8


2:12; 7:4


10:20; 10:20; 15:11; 24:24; 32:22


2:12; 8:6; 37:10; 37:16; 73:2; 81:15; 94:17; 105:12; 109:8; 109:8; 119:87


5:14; 6:10; 10:20; 15:16; 16:8


5:1; 5:1; 9:4; 10:1

Song of Songs



1:9; 7:13; 10:7; 10:7; 10:25; 16:14; 26:20; 29:17


42:2; 51:33


5:3; 11:16; 16:20; 16:47; 34:18




1:4; 8:10


1:6; 1:9; 2:6



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4592 matches the Hebrew מְעַט (mᵊʿaṭ),
which occurs 101 times in 92 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Gen 18:4–Psa 2:12)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:4 - Let a little H4592 water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:17 - And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little H4592 water of thy pitcher.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:43 - Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little H4592 water of thy pitcher to drink;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:10 - And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly H4592 have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:15 - And she said unto her, Is it a small matter H4592 that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son's mandrakes.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:30 - For it was little H4592 which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:2 - And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little H4592 food.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:11 - And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little H4592 balm, and a little H4592 honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:25 - And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little H4592 food.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 47:9 - And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few H4592 and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:4 - And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost H4592 ready to stone me.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:30 - By little H4592 and little H4592 I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:52 - And if there remain but few H4592 years unto the year of jubile, then he shall count with him, and according unto his years shall he give him again the price of his redemption.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 13:18 - And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few H4592 or many;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:9 - Seemeth it but a small thing H4592 unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:13 - Is it a small thing H4592 that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:54 - To many thou shalt give the more inheritance, and to few H4592 thou shalt give the less inheritance: to every one shall his inheritance be given according to those that were numbered of him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:56 - According to the lot shall the possession thereof be divided between many and few. H4592
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 33:54 - And ye shall divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families: and to the more ye shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer H4592 ye shall give the less inheritance: every man's inheritance shall be in the place where his lot falleth; according to the tribes of your fathers ye shall inherit.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 35:8 - And the cities which ye shall give shall be of the possession of the children of Israel: from them that have many ye shall give many; but from them that have few H4592 ye shall give few: every one shall give of his cities unto the Levites according to his inheritance which he inheriteth.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:7 - The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest H4592 of all people:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:22 - And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little H4592 and little: H4592 thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 26:5 - And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, H4592 and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:38 - Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little H4592 in; for the locust shall consume it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:62 - And ye shall be left few H4592 in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:3 - And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few. H4592
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 22:17 - Is the iniquity of Peor too little H4592 for us, from which we are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in the congregation of the LORD,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 4:19 - And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little H4592 water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 2:7 - And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little H4592 in the house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:6 - And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few. H4592
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:29 - Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little H4592 of this honey.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:43 - Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what thou hast done. And Jonathan told him, and said, I did but taste a little H4592 honey with the end of the rod that was in mine hand, and, lo, I must die.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:28 - And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few H4592 sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:8 - And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, H4592 I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:1 - And when David was a little H4592 past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 19:36 - Thy servant will go a little way H4592 over Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:10 - So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little H4592 water in a vessel, that I may drink.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:12 - And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little H4592 oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 10:18 - And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, Ahab served Baal a little; H4592 but Jehu shall serve him much.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:19 - When ye were but few, even a few, H4592 and strangers in it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 12:7 - And when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some H4592 deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 29:34 - But the priests were too few, H4592 so that they could not flay all the burnt offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till the work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:8 - And now for a little H4592 space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little H4592 reviving in our bondage.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 2:12 - And I arose in the night, I and some H4592 few H4592 men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 7:4 - Now the city was large and great: but the people were few H4592 therein, and the houses were not builded.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 10:20 - Are not my days few? H4592 cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, H4592
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:11 - Are the consolations of God small H4592 with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:24 - They are exalted for a little while, H4592 but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:22 - For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon H4592 take me away.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 2:12 - Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. H4592 Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

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