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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 H4616 it may go well for me because of you, and that [fn]I may live on account of you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:19 - “For I have [fn]chosen him, so H4616 that H4616 he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so H4616 that H4616 the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:24 - “Suppose there are fifty righteous people 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 to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, that [fn]I may bless you.” And he brought it to him, and he ate; he also brought him wine and he drank.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:22 - Then Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him”—so H4616 that H4616 later he might rescue 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 H4616 order H4616 to H4616 bring about [fn]this present result, to keep many people alive.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:11 - So they appointed taskmasters over them to oppress them with [fn]hard labor. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 4:5 - “so H4616 that H4616 they may believe that the LORD, 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, so H4616 that H4616 you may know that there is no one like the LORD our God.

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

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have [fn]hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, so H4616 that H4616 I may [fn]perform these signs of Mine [fn]among them,

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:2 - and that you may tell in the [fn]presence of your son, and of your grandson, how I made a mockery of the Egyptians and how I [fn]performed My signs among them, so that you may know that I am the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 11:7 - ‘But not even a dog will [fn]threaten any of the sons of Israel, nor anything from person to animal, so H4616 that H4616 you may [fn]learn how the LORD distinguishes between Egypt and Israel.’
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 11:9 -

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

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 13:9 - “And it shall [fn]serve as a sign to you on your hand, and as a reminder [fn]on your forehead, that the law of the LORD may be in your mouth; for with a powerful hand the LORD brought you out of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:4 -

Then the LORD 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, so H4616 that H4616 I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My [fn]instruction.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:32 - Then Moses said, “This is [fn]what the LORD has commanded: ‘A [fn]full omer of it is to be kept safe throughout your generations, so H4616 that H4616 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, so H4616 that H4616 your days may be prolonged on the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:12 -

“For six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor so H4616 that H4616 your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave, as well as the stranger residing with you, may refresh themselves.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 33:13 - “Now then, if I have found favor in Your sight in any way, please let me know Your ways so that I may know You, in H4616 order H4616 that H4616 I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 17:5 - This shall be done so H4616 that H4616 the sons of Israel will bring their sacrifices which they were sacrificing [fn]in the open field—so that they will bring them to the LORD at the doorway of the tent of meeting to the priest, and sacrifice them as sacrifices of peace offerings to the LORD.
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 his [fn]children to Molech, so H4616 as to defile My sanctuary and to profane My holy name.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:43 - so H4616 that H4616 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 the LORD your God.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 15:40 - so H4616 that H4616 you will remember and do all My commandments and be holy to your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:40 - as a reminder to the sons of Israel so H4616 that H4616 no [fn]layman, anyone who was not of the [fn]descendants of Aaron, would approach to burn incense before the LORD; then he would not become like Korah and his group—just as the LORD had spoken to him [fn]through Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 27:20 - “And you shall put some of your [fn]authority on him, so H4616 that H4616 all the congregation of the sons of Israel will 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 marry one of the family of the tribe of her father, so H4616 that H4616 the sons of Israel may each 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 the LORD your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, in H4616 order H4616 to H4616 hand him over to you, as he is today.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:26 - “But the LORD was angry with me on your account H4616, and would not listen to me; instead, the LORD said to me, ‘[fn]Enough! Do not speak to Me any more about this matter.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:1 -

“Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so H4616 that H4616 you will live and go in and take possession of the land which the LORD, 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 [fn]giving you today, so that it may go well for you and for your children after you, and that you may [fn]live long on the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 5:14 - but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the LORD your God; you shall not do any work that day, you or your son or your daughter, or your male slave or your female slave, or your ox, your donkey, or any of your cattle, or your [fn]resident who [fn]stays with you, so H4616 that H4616 your male slave and your female slave may rest as well as you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 5:16 -

‘Honor your father and your mother, just as the LORD your God has commanded you, so H4616 that H4616 your days may be prolonged and that it may go well for you on the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

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

“All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, so H4616 that H4616 you may live and increase, and go in and take possession of the land which the LORD swore to give to your forefathers.

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:2 - “And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, in H4616 order H4616 to H4616 humble you, putting you to the test, 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 go hungry, and fed you with the manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, in H4616 order H4616 to H4616 make you [fn]understand that man shall not live on bread alone, but man shall live on everything that comes out of the mouth of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:16 - “In the wilderness it was He who fed you manna which your fathers did not know, in H4616 order H4616 to H4616 humble you and in H4616 order H4616 to H4616 put you to the test, to do good for you [fn]in the end.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:18 - “But you are to remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, in H4616 order H4616 to H4616 confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 9:5 - It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you are going in to take possession of their land, [fn]but it is because of the [fn]wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God is driving them out from before you, and in H4616 order H4616 to H4616 confirm the [fn]oath which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 11:8 -

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

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

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