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Lexicon :: Strong's H4592 - mᵊʿaṭ

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TWOT Reference: 1228a

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 - “Please let a little H4592 water be brought and wash [fn]your feet, and make yourselves comfortable under the tree;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:17 - Then the servant ran to meet her, and said, “Please let me drink a little H4592 water from your jar.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:43 - behold, I am standing by the [fn]spring, and may it be that the [fn]young unmarried woman who comes out to draw water, and to whom I say, “Please let me drink a little H4592 water from your jar”;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:10 - And Abimelech said, “What is this that you have done to us? One of the people might easily H4592 have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:15 - But she said to her, “Is it a small H4592 matter H4592 for you to take my husband? And would you take my son’s mandrakes also?” So Rachel said, “Therefore he may sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:30 - “For you had little H4592 before [fn]I came, and it has [fn]increased to a multitude, and the LORD has blessed you [fn]wherever I turned. But now, when shall I provide for my own household also?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:2 - So it came about, when they had finished eating the grain which they had brought from Egypt, that their father said to them, “Go back, buy us a little H4592 food.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:11 -

Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the best products of the land in your [fn]bags, and carry down to the man as a gift, a little H4592 balsam and a little H4592 honey, labdanum resin and [fn]myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:25 - “And our father said, ‘Go back, buy us a little H4592 food.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 47:9 - So Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The [fn]years of my living abroad are [fn]130; few H4592 and [fn]unpleasant have been the [fn]years of my life, nor have they [fn]attained the [fn]years [fn]that my fathers lived during the days of their living abroad.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:4 - So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, “What am I to do with this people? A little H4592 more and they will stone me!”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:30 - “I will drive them out from you little H4592 by little H4592, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:52 - but if few H4592 years remain until the year of jubilee, he shall so calculate with him. In proportion to his years he is to refund the amount for his redemption.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 13:18 - “See what the land is like, and whether the people who live in it are strong or weak, whether they are few H4592 or many.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:9 - Is it too small H4592 an honor for you that the God of Israel has singled you out from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to perform the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:13 - “Is it [fn]not enough H4592 that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, but you would also appoint yourself as master over us?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:54 - “To a larger group you shall increase their inheritance, and to a smaller H4592 group you shall decrease their inheritance; each shall be given their inheritance corresponding to the total of those who were numbered of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 26:56 - “Corresponding to the selection by lot, their inheritance shall be divided between the larger and the smaller H4592 groups.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 33:54 - ‘You shall maintain the land as an inheritance by lot according to your families; to the larger you shall give more inheritance, and to the smaller H4592 you shall give less inheritance. Wherever the lot falls to anyone, that shall be his. You shall pass on land as an inheritance according to the tribes of your fathers.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 35:8 - “As for the cities which you shall give them from the possession of the sons of Israel, you shall take more from the larger, and you shall take fewer from the smaller H4592; each shall give some of his cities to the Levites in proportion to his inheritance which he possesses.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:7 -

“The LORD did not [fn]make you His beloved nor choose you because you were greater in number than any of the peoples, since you were the fewest H4592 of all peoples,

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 7:22 - “And the LORD your God will drive away these nations from you little H4592 by little H4592; you will not be able to put an end to them quickly, otherwise the [fn]wild animals would become too numerous for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 26:5 - “And you shall respond and say before the LORD your God, ‘My father was a [fn]wandering Aramean, and he went down to Egypt and [fn]resided there, few H4592 in number; but there he became a great, mighty, and populous nation.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:38 -

“You will bring out a great amount of seed to the field, but you will gather in little H4592, because the locust will devour it.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:62 - “Then you will be left few H4592 in [fn]number, whereas you were as numerous as the stars of heaven, because you did not [fn]obey the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:3 - Then they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not have all the people go up; have only about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai; do not trouble all the people there, for they are few H4592.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 22:17 - ‘Is the wrongdoing of Peor [fn]not enough H4592 for us, from which we have not cleansed ourselves to this day, although [fn]a plague came on the congregation of the LORD,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 4:19 - And he said to her, “Please give me a little H4592 water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a leather bottle of milk and gave him a drink; then she covered him.
Unchecked Copy BoxRth 2:7 - “And she said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ So she came and has remained from the morning until now; she has been sitting in the house for a little H4592 while H4592.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:6 -

Then Jonathan said to the young man who was carrying his armor, “Come, and let’s cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised men; perhaps the LORD will work for us, because the LORD is not limited to saving by many or by few H4592!”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:29 - Then Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. See now that my eyes have brightened because I tasted a little H4592 of this honey.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:43 -

So Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” And Jonathan told him, and said, “I did indeed taste a little H4592 honey with the end of the staff that was in my hand. Here I am, I must die!”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:28 -

Now Eliab his oldest brother heard him when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why is it that you have come down? And with whom have you left those few H4592 sheep in the wilderness? I myself know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:8 - ‘I also gave you your master’s house and put your master’s wives [fn]into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too H4592 little H4592, I would have added to you [fn]many more things like these!
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 16:1 -

Now when David had gone on a little H4592 beyond the summit, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him with a team of saddled donkeys, and on them were two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred cakes of raisins, a hundred summer fruits, and a jug of wine.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 19:36 - “Your servant would merely H4592 cross over the Jordan with the king. So why should the king compensate me with this reward?
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:10 - So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the entrance of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, “Please get me a little H4592 water in a [fn]cup, so that I may drink.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:12 - But she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have no food, only a handful of flour in the [fn]bowl and a little H4592 oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering [fn]a few sticks so that I may go in and prepare it for me and my son, so that we may [fn]eat it and die.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 10:18 -

Then Jehu gathered all the people and said to them, “Ahab served Baal a little H4592; Jehu will serve him much.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:19 -

When they were only a few in number,

Very few H4592, and strangers in it,

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 12:7 -

When the LORD saw that they had humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, “They have humbled themselves, so I will not destroy them; and I will grant them a little H4592 deliverance, and My wrath will not be poured out on Jerusalem by means of Shishak.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 29:34 - But the priests were too few H4592, so that they were unable to skin all the burnt offerings; therefore their brothers the Levites helped them until the work was finished and the other priests had consecrated themselves. For the Levites were more [fn]conscientious to consecrate themselves than the priests.
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 9:8 - “But now for a brief H4592 moment grace has been shown from the LORD our God, to leave us an escaped remnant and to give us a [fn]peg in His holy place, so that our God may enlighten our eyes and grant us a little H4592 reviving in our bondage.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 2:12 - And I got up in the night, I and a few H4592 men with me. I did not tell anyone what my God was putting into my [fn]mind to do for Jerusalem, and there was no animal with me except the animal on which I was riding.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 7:4 - Now the city was large and spacious, but the people in it were few H4592 and the houses were not built.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 10:20 -

“Would He not leave my few H4592 days alone?

[fn]Withdraw from me so that I may have a little H4592 cheerfulness

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 15:11 -

“Are the consolations of God too little H4592 for you,

Or the word spoken gently to you?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:24 -

“They are exalted a little H4592 while H4592, then they are gone;

Moreover, they are brought low, and like everything they are gathered up;

Like the heads of grain they wither.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:22 -

“For I do not know how to flatter,

Otherwise my Maker would quickly H4592 take me away.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 2:12 -

[fn]Kiss the Son, that He not be angry and you perish on the way,

For His wrath may be kindled quickly H4592.

How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

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