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Lexicon :: Strong's H4631 - mᵊʿārâ

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Part of Speech
feminine noun
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TWOT Reference: 1704a

Strong’s Definitions

מְעָרָה mᵉʻârâh, meh-aw-raw'; from H5783; a cavern (as dark):—cave, den, hole.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 39x

The KJV translates Strong's H4631 in the following manner: cave (36x), den (2x), holes (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 39x
The KJV translates Strong's H4631 in the following manner: cave (36x), den (2x), holes (1x).
  1. cave, den, hole

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מְעָרָה mᵉʻârâh, meh-aw-raw'; from H5783; a cavern (as dark):—cave, den, hole.
מְעָרָה 40 noun feminine cave; — absolute מ׳ Genesis 19:30 +; construct מְעָרַת Genesis 23:19 +; plural מְעָרוֺת Judges 6:2 +, construct id. Isaiah 2:19; — cave, especially as place of sojourn or refuge Genesis 19:30 (J), 1 Samuel 24:3 (twice in verse); 1 Samuel 24:7, 8, 10 (Ginsb; 1 Samuel 24:4, 8, 9, 11 van d. H. Bear), 1 Kings 19:1, 13; Ezekiel 33:27; Joshua 10:16 (בַמַּקֵּדָה מ׳) + 7 times Joshua 10; Judges 6:2; 1 Samuel 13:6; 1 Kings 18:4, 13, compare Psalm 57:1; Psalm 142:1; מְעָרוֺת צֻרִים Isaiah 2:19, hence פָּרִצִים מ׳ Jeremiah 7:11 robbers' cave; Isaiah 32:14 den (of wild beasts); — עֲדֻלָּם מ׳ 1 Samuel 22:1; 2 Samuel 23:13, whence in || 1 Chronicles 11:15, read probably מְצֻדַת ע׳ or מְצָדַת We, compare Dr, Bu Kit HPS; — as burial place, הַמַּכְפֵּלָה מ׳ Genesis 23:9 + (see מַכְפֵּלָה) = מ׳ alone Genesis 23:11, 17, 20; Genesis 49:29, 32 (all P).
[H4632 אֲשֶׁר לַצִּידֹנִים מ׳ Joshua 13:4 (D), cave-region in Lebanon east of Sidon, modern Mughâr Ǧezzîn, according to most, but dubious; perhaps, rather, near Tyre BuhlMDPV 1895, 55].
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


19:30; 19:30; 23:9; 23:11; 23:17; 23:19; 23:20; 49:29; 49:32


10; 10:16


6:2; 6:2

1 Samuel

13:6; 22:1; 24:3; 24:4; 24:7; 24:8; 24:8; 24:9; 24:10; 24:11

2 Samuel


1 Kings

18:4; 18:13; 19:1; 19:13

1 Chronicles



57:1; 142:1


2:19; 2:19; 32:14






Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4631 matches the Hebrew מְעָרָה (mᵊʿārâ),
which occurs 40 times in 36 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:30 - Lot went up from Zoar, and [fn]stayed in the [fn]mountains, and his two daughters with him; for he was afraid to [fn]stay in Zoar; and he [fn]stayed in a cave, H4631 he and his two daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:9 - that he may give me the cave H4631 of Machpelah which he owns, which is at the end of his field; for the full price let him give it to me in [fn]your presence for [fn]a burial site.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:11 - “No, my lord, hear me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave H4631 that is in it. In the presence of the sons of my people I give it to you; bury your dead.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:17 - So Ephron’s field, which was in Machpelah, which faced Mamre, the field and cave H4631 which was in it, and all the trees which were in the field, that were [fn]within all the confines of its border, [fn]were deeded over
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:19 - After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave H4631 of the field at Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:20 - So the field and the cave H4631 that is in it, [fn]were deeded over to Abraham for [fn]a burial site by the sons of Heth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:9 - Then his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave H4631 of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, facing Mamre,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:29 - Then he charged them and said to them, “I am about to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave H4631 that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:30 - in the cave H4631 that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a [fn]burial site.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:32 - the field and the cave H4631 that is in it, purchased from the sons of Heth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 50:13 - for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave H4631 of the field of Machpelah before Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field for a [fn]burial site from Ephron the Hittite.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:16 - Now these five kings had fled and hidden themselves in the cave H4631 at Makkedah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:17 - It was told Joshua, saying, “The five kings have been found hidden in the cave H4631 at Makkedah.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:18 - Joshua said, “Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave, H4631 and assign men by it to guard them,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:22 - Then Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave H4631 and bring these five kings out to me from the cave.” H4631
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:23 - They did so, and brought these five kings out to him from the cave: H4631 the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:27 - It came about at [fn]sunset that Joshua gave a command, and they took them down from the trees and threw them into the cave H4631 where they had hidden themselves, and put large stones over the mouth of the cave, H4631 to this very day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:2 - The [fn]power of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of Midian the sons of Israel made for themselves the dens which were in the mountains and the caves H4631 and the strongholds.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:6 - When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait (for the people were hard-pressed), then the people hid themselves in caves, H4631 in thickets, in cliffs, in cellars, and in pits.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 22:1 - So David departed from there and escaped to the cave H4631 of Adullam; and when his brothers and all his father’s household heard of it, they went down there to him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:3 - He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; H4631 and Saul went in to [fn]relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave. H4631
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:7 - David [fn]persuaded his men with these words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. And Saul arose, [fn]left the cave, H4631 and went on his way.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:8 - Now afterward David arose and went out of the cave H4631 and called after Saul, saying, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the ground and prostrated himself.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:10 - “Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, H4631 and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORDS anointed.’
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:13 - Then three of the thirty chief men went down and came to David in the harvest time to the cave H4631 of Adullam, while the troop of the Philistines was camping in the valley of Rephaim.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 18:4 - for when Jezebel [fn]destroyed the prophets of the LORD, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave, H4631 and provided them with bread and water.)
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 18:13 - “Has it not been told to my master what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the LORD, that I hid [fn]a hundred prophets of the LORD by fifties in a cave, H4631 and provided them with bread and water?
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 19:9 - Then he came there to a cave H4631 and lodged there; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 19:13 - When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. H4631 And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 11:15 - Now three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David, into the cave H4631 of Adullam, while the army of the Philistines was camping in the valley of Rephaim.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 57:1 - For the choir director; set to [fn]Al-tashheth. A [fn]Mikhtam of David, [fn]when he fled from Saul in the cave.
Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,
For my soul takes refuge in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge
Until destruction passes by.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 142:1 - [fn]Maskil of David, when he was [fn]in the cave. A Prayer.
I cry aloud with my voice to the LORD;
I make supplication with my voice to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 2:19 - Men will go into caves H4631 of the rocks
And into holes of the [fn]ground
Before the terror of the LORD
And the splendor of His majesty,
When He arises to make the earth tremble.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 32:14 - Because the palace has been abandoned, the [fn]populated city forsaken.
[fn]Hill and watch-tower have become caves H4631 forever,
A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 7:11 - “Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den H4631 of robbers in your sight? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 33:27 - “Thus you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “As I live, surely those who are in the waste places will fall by the sword, and whoever is in the [fn]open field I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in the strongholds and in the caves H4631 will die of pestilence.

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