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Lexicon :: Strong's H4616 - maʿan

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Strong’s Definitions

מַעַן maʻan, mah'-an; from H6030; properly, heed, i.e. purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically, in order that:—because of, to the end (intent) that, for (to, ... 's sake), + lest, that, to.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 10x

The KJV translates Strong's H4616 in the following manner: that, for, to, to the end, because of, lest, to the intent.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 10x
The KJV translates Strong's H4616 in the following manner: that, for, to, to the end, because of, lest, to the intent.
  1. purpose, intent

    1. for the sake of

    2. in view of, on account of

    3. for the purpose of, to the intent that, in order to

    4. to the end that

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מַעַן maʻan, mah'-an; from H6030; properly, heed, i.e. purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically, in order that:—because of, to the end (intent) that, for (to, ... 's sake), + lest, that, to.
STRONGS H4616: Abbreviations
[מַ֫עַן] substantive purpose, intent, only with לְ, in לְמַ֫עַן 271 preposition and conjunction for the sake of, on account of, to the intent or in order that (abbreviated from מַעֲנֶה : compare מַ֫עַל; Köii. 116); — with suffix לְמַעֲנִי, לְמַעַנְךָ, and לְמַעַנְכֶם; —
1. preposition: —
a. Genesis 18:24 wilt thou... not spare the place למען חמשׁים הציקים for the sake of the 50 righteous? Deuteronomy 30:6 חַיֶּיךָ ל׳ for thy life's sake, 1 Kings 8:41 the foreigner who comer from afar שְׁמֶ֑ךָ ל׳, Isaiah 43:14 לְמַעַנְכֶם שִׁלַּחְתִּי בָבֶ֫לָה, Isaiah 45:4; Isaiah 62:1 ציון ל׳, Isaiah 63:17 עבדיך ל׳, Isaiah 65:8; Ezekiel 36:22 (twice in verse); Job 18:4; Psalm 122:8; Psalm 122:9; (עַבְדִּי ד׳) לְמַעַן דָּוִד, i.e. for the sake of David's memory, and the promises given to him, † 1 Kings 11:12, 13, 32, 34; 1 Kings 15:4; 2 Kings 8:19; 2 Kings 19:34 (= Isaiah 37:35), Isaiah 20:6 (all D2); לְמַעֲנִי (of י׳) for my own sake, i.e. to vindicate my name, † 2 Kings 19:34 (= Isaiah 37:35), 2 Kings 20:6; Isaiah 43:25; Isaiah 48:11 לְמַעֲנִי לְמַעֲנִי אֶעֲשֶׁה, so לְמַעַנְךָ Daniel 9:19, אֲדֹנָי ל׳ Daniel 9:17; י׳ is said (or entreated) to act (שִׁמְךָ, שְׁמִי) לְמַעַן שְׁמוֺ i.e. to maintain his reputation, or character, † Psalm 23:3; Psalm 25:11; Psalm 31:4; Psalm 79:9; Psalm 106:8; Psalm 143:11; Jeremiah 14:7, 21; Ezekiel 20:9, 14, 22, 44; Isaiah 48:9; simile חַסְדְּךָ ל׳ (i.e. to maintain it consistently) † Psalm 6:5; Psalm 44:27, טוּבְךָ ל׳Psalm 25:7, צִדְקוֺ ל׳Isaiah 42:21.
b. In view of, on account of (but not expressing causation distinctly, like מִן 2f, or מִפְּנֵי), Deuteronomy 3:26 בי לְמַעַנְכֶם ויתעבר י׳ on your account, 1 Kings 11:39 זֹאת ל׳ in view of this, שׁוֺרֲרַי ל׳ on account of my watchful foes, † Psalm 5:9; Psalm 27:11, צורריך ל׳ Psalm 8:3, simil. Psalm 69:19; Psalm 48:12 (Psalm 97:8) משׁפטיך ישמח הר ציון ֗֗֗ ל׳ in view of thy judgments.
c. Following infinitive Genesis 18:19 לְמַעַן הָבִיא י׳ for the purpose of J.'s bringing = to the intent that J. might bring, Genesis 37:22 הַצִּיל ל׳ in order to rescue, Genesis 50:20; Exodus 1:11; Exodus 9:16; Exodus 10:1, etc., Deuteronomy 2:30; Deuteronomy 6:28, etc., 2 Kings 10:19; Jeremiah 7:10, 18; Jeremiah 11:5; Jeremiah 50:34 (on הִרגיע, see עַד 2a b), Ezekiel 14:5; Ezekiel 21:5; Ezekiel 22:6 etc., Ezekiel 36:5, + often (Köiii.595 f.). Once, pleonastic, לְמַעַן לָמוּג לֵב Ezekiel 21:20 (compare כַּעֲבוּר לְ 1 Chronicles 19:3; but read probably הִמּוֺג).
2. conjunction (followed by imperfect): —
a. לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר Genesis 18:19 I have known him אשׁר יְצַוֶּה ל׳ to the end that he might command, etc., Deuteronomy 27:3; Joshua 3:4; 2 Samuel 13:5; Jeremiah 42:6; more often
b. without אשׁר, as Genesis 12:13 לְמַעַן יִיטַב לִי, Genesis 27:25; Exodus 4:5 יאמינו ל׳, Exodus 8:6; Exodus 8:18; Exodus 9:29; Exodus 10:2; Isaiah 5:19; Isaiah 23:16; Psalm 9:15; Psalm 30:13; Psalm 48:14 + often (Köiii. 571).
c. Following לֹא
(b) לֹא ל׳Ezekiel 14:11; Ezekiel 19:9; Ezekiel 25:10; Ezekiel 26:20; Zechariah 12:7; Psalm 119:11; Psalm 119:80; Psalm 125:3 (Köiii. 574. Less common than לְבִלְתִּי or מִן with infinitive, or פֶּן־.
Note 1.לְמַעַן is always in order that, never merely so that ἐκβατικῶς); but sometimes, in rhetorical passages, the issue of a line of action, though really undesigned, is represented by it ironically as if it were designed: Deuteronomy 29:18 (see Dr) סְפוֺת וגו׳ וְהִתְבָּרֵךְ כִּלְבָבוֺ ֗֗֗ ל׳ and he congratulate himself... in order to sweep away the moistened with the dry (i.e. to destroy all together), Isaiah 30:1; Isaiah 44:9 יֵבוֺשׁוּ בל יראו ובל ידעו ל׳ in orer that they may be put to shame, Jeremiah 7:18 הַכְעִיסֵנִי ל׳, Jeremiah 7:19 פְּנֵיהֶם בּשֶׁת ל׳, Jeremiah 27:10, 15; Jeremiah 32:29; Hosea 8:4 their silver, etc., they have made into idols יִכָרֵת ל׳ in order that it may be cut off (of course, not the real purpose of the idolatry), Amos 2:7; Micah 6:16: compare Psalm 51:6 (see Comn.) in order that thou mightest be just when thou judgest (that is, by manifesting thy justice in judgement on my sin). compare bdb077501 Qor 28:7 (FlKl. Schr. i. 397 f.).
Note 2. — In Joshua 4:24 for the anomalous יְרָאתֶם ל׳, read infinitive יִרְאָתָם ל׳ in order that they might fear (Dr§ 14 Obs.): Nehemiah 6:13 לְמַעַן שָׂכוּר הוּא לְמַעַן אִירָא (si vera lectio) the first ל׳ points forwards, to this intent was he hired, to the intent that I should be afraid. — On Proverbs 16:4, see מַעֵנֶה above.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


12:13; 18:19; 18:19; 18:24; 27:25; 37:22; 50:20


1:11; 4:5; 8:6; 8:18; 9:16; 9:29; 10:1; 10:2




2:30; 3:26; 20:18; 27:3; 29:18; 30:6


3:4; 4:24

2 Samuel


1 Kings

8:41; 11:12; 11:13; 11:32; 11:34; 11:39; 15:4

2 Kings

8:19; 10:19; 19:34; 19:34; 20:6

1 Chronicles







5:9; 6:5; 8:3; 9:15; 23:3; 25:7; 25:11; 27:11; 31:4; 48:12; 48:14; 51:6; 69:19; 79:9; 97:8; 106:8; 119:11; 119:80; 122:8; 122:9; 125:3; 143:11




5:19; 20:6; 23:16; 30:1; 37:35; 37:35; 42:21; 43:14; 43:25; 44:9; 45:4; 48:9; 48:11; 62:1; 63:17; 65:8


7:10; 7:18; 7:18; 7:19; 11:5; 14:7; 14:21; 27:10; 27:15; 32:29; 42:6; 50:34


14:5; 14:11; 19:9; 20:9; 20:14; 20:22; 20:44; 21:5; 21:20; 22:6; 25:10; 26:20; 31:14; 36:5; 36:22; 36:30; 46:18


9:17; 9:19









Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4616 matches the Hebrew מַעַן (maʿan),
which occurs 272 times in 252 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 6 (Gen 12:13–Deu 12:25)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 12:13 - “Please say that you are my sister so H4616 that it may go well with me because of you, and that [fn]I may live on account of you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:19 - “For I have [fn]known him, so H4616 that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of Yahweh to do righteousness and justice, so H4616 that Yahweh may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:24 - “Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not [fn]spare the place for the sake H4616 of the fifty righteous who are in it?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:25 - So he said, “Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, that my soul may bless you.” And he brought it near to him, and he ate; he also brought him wine, and he drank.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:22 - Reuben further said to them, “Shed no blood. Cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not put forth your hands against him”—that he might deliver him out of their hands to return him to his father.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 50:20 - “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order H4616 to do [fn]what has happened on this day, to keep many people alive.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:11 - So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with [fn]hard labors. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:5 - “that they may believe that Yahweh, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 8:10 -

Then he said, “Tomorrow.” So he said, “May it be according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like Yahweh our God.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 8:22 - “But on that day I will make a distinction for the land of Goshen, where My people are [fn]living, so that no swarms of flies will be there, that H4616 you may know that [fn]I, Yahweh, am in the midst of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 9:16 - “But, indeed, for this reason I have caused you to stand, in order to show you My power and in order H4616 to recount My name through all the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 9:29 - And Moses said to him, “As soon as I go out of the city, I will spread out my [fn]hands to Yahweh; the [fn]thunder will cease, and there will be hail no longer, that you may know that the earth is Yahweh’s.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:1 -

Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Come to Pharaoh, for I have [fn]hardened his heart and the heart of his servants with firmness, that I may [fn]set these signs of Mine [fn]among them,

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:2 - and that you may recount in the [fn]hearing of your son and of your grandson, how I dealt severely with the Egyptians, and how I [fn]put My signs among them, that you may know that I am Yahweh.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 11:7 - ‘But for any of the sons of Israel a dog will not even [fn]bark, whether against man or beast, that you may know how Yahweh makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 11:9 -

Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, so H4616 that My miraculous wonders will be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:9 - “And it will be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the law of Yahweh may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand Yahweh brought you out of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:4 -

Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My [fn]law.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:32 - Then Moses said, “This is [fn]what Yahweh has commanded, ‘Let an omerful of it be kept throughout your generations, that they may see the bread that I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 20:12 -

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:12 -

“Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall [fn]rest so H4616 that your ox and your donkey may [fn]rest, and the son of your maidservant, as well as your sojourner, may refresh themselves.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 33:13 - “So now, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so H4616 that I may find favor in Your sight. See also, that this nation is Your people.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 17:5 - [fn]The reason is so H4616 that the sons of Israel may bring their sacrifices which they were sacrificing in the open field, that they may bring them in to Yahweh, at the doorway of the tent of meeting to the priest, and sacrifice them as sacrifices of peace offerings to Yahweh.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:3 - ‘I will also set My face against that man and will cut him off from among his people because he has given some of those who are his seed to Molech, so H4616 as to defile My sanctuary and to profane My holy name.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:43 - so H4616 that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am Yahweh your God.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 15:40 - so H4616 that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:40 - as a [fn]memorial to the sons of Israel that no [fn]outsider who is not of the seed of Aaron should come near to burn incense before Yahweh; so that he will not become like Korah and his congregation—just as Yahweh had spoken to him by the hand of Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 27:20 - “And you shall put some of your [fn]splendor on him, in order H4616 that all the congregation of the sons of Israel may obey him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 36:8 - “And every daughter who comes into possession of an inheritance of any tribe of the sons of Israel shall be wife to one of the family of the tribe of her father, so H4616 that the sons of Israel each may possess the inheritance of his fathers.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:30 - “But Sihon king of Heshbon was not willing for us to pass [fn]through his land, for Yahweh your God stiffened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, in order H4616 to give him over into your hand, as he is today.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:26 - “But Yahweh was angry with me on your account H4616 and would not listen to me; and Yahweh said to me, ‘[fn]Enough! Speak to Me no more of this matter.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:1 -

“So now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to do, so H4616 that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which Yahweh, the God of your fathers, is giving you.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:40 - “So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am commanding you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days on the land which Yahweh your God is giving you for all the days.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 5:14 -

but the seventh day is a sabbath of Yahweh your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male slave or your female slave or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who is within your gates, so H4616 that your male slave and your female slave may rest as well as you.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 5:16 -

‘Honor your father and your mother, as Yahweh your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which Yahweh your God gives you.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 5:29 - ‘Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments all the days, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 5:33 - “In all the way which Yahweh your God has commanded you, you shall walk, that you may live and that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days in the land which you will possess.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 6:2 - so H4616 that you and your son and your grandson might fear Yahweh your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I am commanding you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 6:18 - “And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of Yahweh, that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which Yahweh swore to give your fathers,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 6:23 - But He brought us out from there in order H4616 to bring us in, to give us the land which He had sworn to our fathers.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:1 -

“The entire commandment that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which Yahweh swore to give to your fathers.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:2 - “And you shall remember all the way which Yahweh your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:3 - “And He humbled you and let you be hungry 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 by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:16 - “In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you [fn]in the end,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:18 - “But you shall remember Yahweh your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 9:5 - “It is not for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart that you are going to possess their land, but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that Yahweh your God is dispossessing them before you, in order H4616 to confirm the [fn]oath which Yahweh swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:8 -

“You shall therefore keep every commandment which I am commanding you today, so H4616 that you may be strong and go in and possess the land into which you are about to cross to possess it;

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:9 - so that you may prolong your days on the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers to give to them and to their seed, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:21 - so H4616 that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers to give them, as [fn]long as the heavens remain above the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 12:25 - “You shall not eat it, so H4616 that it may be well with you and your sons after you, for you will be doing what is right in the sight of Yahweh.

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