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Lexicon :: Strong's H4853 - maśśā'

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Part of Speech
masculine noun, proper masculine noun
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TWOT Reference: 1421d,1421e

Strong’s Definitions

מַשָּׂא massâʼ, mas-saw'; from H5375; a burden; specifically, tribute, or (abstractly) porterage; figuratively, an utterance, chiefly a doom, especially singing; mental, desire:—burden, carry away, prophecy, × they set, song, tribute.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 66x

The KJV translates Strong's H4853 in the following manner: burden (57x), song (3x), prophecy (2x), set (1x), exaction (1x), carry away (1x), tribute (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 66x
The KJV translates Strong's H4853 in the following manner: burden (57x), song (3x), prophecy (2x), set (1x), exaction (1x), carry away (1x), tribute (1x).
masculine noun
  1. load, bearing, tribute, burden, lifting

    1. load, burden

    2. lifting, uplifting, that to which the soul lifts itself up

    3. bearing, carrying

    4. tribute, that which is carried or brought or borne

  2. utterance, oracle, burden

    proper masculine noun (BDB)
    1. Massa = "burden"

  3. a son of Ishmael

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מַשָּׂא massâʼ, mas-saw'; from H5375; a burden; specifically, tribute, or (abstractly) porterage; figuratively, an utterance, chiefly a doom, especially singing; mental, desire:—burden, carry away, prophecy, × they set, song, tribute.
STRONGS H4853: Abbreviations
† II. מַשָּׂא noun masculinePsalm 38:5 load, burden, lifting, bearing, tribute; — מ׳ absolute Nehemiah 13:19 +; construct 2 Kings 5:17 +; suffix מַשָּׂאוֺ Exodus 23:5 + 2 times; מַשַּׂאֲכֶם Deuteronomy 1:12; מַשָּׂאָם Numbers 4:27 + 2 times; —
1. load, burden of ass Exodus 23:5 (E), mules 2 Kings 5:17, camels 2 Kings 8:9, compare Isaiah 46:1, 2; hanging on a peg Isaiah 22:25 (figurative); forbidden on Sabbath Jeremiah 17:21, 22, 24, 27; Nehemiah 13:15, 19; figurative of people as burden Numbers 11:11, 17 (JE), Deuteronomy 1:12, compare עַלֿ הָיָה לְמ׳ 2 Samuel 15:33; 2 Samuel 19:36 (אֶלֿ), also וָאֶהְיֶה עָלַי לְמַשָּׂא Job 7:20; of iniquities Psalm 38:5. — Hosea 8:10 read מְשֹׁחַ, so Greek Version of the LXX We Now GASm.
2. verbal noun, lifting, uplifting, only נַפְשָׁם מ׳ Ezekiel 24:25 the uplifting of their soul, i.e. that to which they lift up their soul, their heart's desire.
3. verbal noun, bearing, carrying, Numbers 4:24 (+ לַעֲבֹד), 2 Chronicles 20:25; 35:3 (בַּכָּתֵף), so probably 1 Chronicles 15:22 (twice in verse); 1 Chronicles 15:27 (compare Be Kau; > singing, uplifting of voice, e.g. Öttli); especially of responsibility and duty of bearing sacred vessels (often || עֲבֹדָה, פְּקֻדָּה) Numbers 4:15, 19, 27 (twice in verse); Numbers 4:49, עֲבֹדַת מ׳ Numbers 4:47, מִשְׁמֶרֶת מ׳ Numbers 4:31; Numbers 4:32.
4. perhaps what is carried, brought, i.e. tribute כֶּסֶף מ׳ 2 Chronicles 17:11 silver as tribute (+ מִנְחָה; compare נשׂא
Qal; others, silver by the load i.e. in great quantity). — I. מַשָּׂא see above.

†III. מַשָּׂא noun masculineIsaiah 14:28 utterance, oracle (compare נשׂא 1b (6); GfJeremiah 23:33); — מ׳ absolute Isaiah 14:28 +; usually construct Isaiah 13:1 +; — of prophetic utterance: 2 Kings 9:25; Isaiah 14:28; Ezekiel 12:10; 2 Chronicles 24:27 (with עַל); בָבֶל מ׳ Isaiah 13:1, מוֺאָב מ׳ Isaiah 15:1, compare Isaiah 17:1; Isaiah 19:1; Isaiah 21:1, 11; Isaiah 22:1; Isaiah 23:1; Isaiah 30:6; Nahum 1:1; בערב מ׳ Isaiah 21:13 is later insert (Di); מ׳ = revelation, אֲשֶׁר חָזָה חֲבַקּוּק הַנָּבִיא הַמּ׳ Habakkuk 1:1; י׳ מ׳ utterance of י׳ Jeremiah 23:33, 34, 36, 38 (3 times in verse) (compare 2 Kings 9:25), see also 2 Kings 9:33b (read אַתֶּם הַמַּשָּׂא), with word-play, — followed by וְנָטַשְׁתִּי 2 Kings 9:36b; דְבַר י׳ מ׳ Zechariah 9:1 (+ בארץ), Zechariah 12:1 (+ עַליִֿשְׂרָאֵל), Malachi 1:1 (+ אֶליִֿשׂ׳). — Proverbs 31:1 see I. מַשָּׂא; in Proverbs 30:1 read מִמַּשָּׂא from Massa (Mühlau, De), or הַמַּשָּׂאִי (Wild), which however is perhaps not original, but borrowed from Proverbs 31:1 (compare Wildon the passage FrankenbSpr. p. 5; corrupt name of Agur's home or tribe, Kau).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


23:5; 23:5


4:15; 4:19; 4:24; 4:27; 4:27; 4:31; 4:32; 4:47; 4:49; 11:11; 11:17


1:12; 1:12

2 Samuel

15:33; 19:36

2 Kings

5:17; 5:17; 8:9; 9:25; 9:25; 9:33; 9:36

1 Chronicles

15:22; 15:27

2 Chronicles

17:11; 20:25; 24:27; 35:3


13:15; 13:19; 13:19




38:5; 38:5


30:1; 31:1; 31:1


13:1; 13:1; 14:28; 14:28; 14:28; 15:1; 17:1; 19:1; 21:1; 21:11; 21:13; 22:1; 22:25; 23:1; 30:6; 46:1; 46:2


17:21; 17:22; 17:24; 17:27; 23:33; 23:33; 23:34; 23:36; 23:38


12:10; 24:25








9:1; 12:1



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4853 matches the Hebrew מַשָּׂא (maśśā'),
which occurs 65 times in 59 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Exo 23:5–Jer 23:36)

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:5 - “If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying under its burden, and you would refrain from helping it, you shall surely help him with it.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:15 - “And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is set to go, then the sons of Kohath shall come to carry them; but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These are the things in the tabernacle of meeting which the sons of Kohath are to carry.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:19 - “but do this in regard to them, that they may live and not die when they approach the most holy things: Aaron and his sons shall go in and appoint each of them to his service and his task.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:24 - “This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, in serving and carrying:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:27 - “Aaron and his sons shall assign all the service of the sons of the Gershonites, all their tasks and all their service. And you shall appoint to them all their tasks as their duty.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:31 - “And this is what they must carry as all their service for the tabernacle of meeting: the boards of the tabernacle, its bars, its pillars, its sockets,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:32 - “and the pillars around the court with their sockets, pegs, and cords, with all their furnishings and all their service; and you shall assign to each man by name the items he must carry.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:47 - from thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old, everyone who came to do the work of service and the work of bearing burdens in the tabernacle of meeting—
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 4:49 - According to the commandment of the LORD they were numbered by the hand of Moses, each according to his service and according to his task; thus were they numbered by him, as the LORD commanded Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:11 - So Moses said to the LORD, “Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all these people on me?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:17 - “Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 1:12 - ‘How can I alone bear your problems and your burdens and your complaints?
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 15:33 - David said to him, “If you go on with me, then you will become a burden to me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 19:35 - “I am today eighty years old. Can I discern between the good and bad? Can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink? Can I hear any longer the voice of singing men and singing women? Why then should your servant be a further burden to my lord the king?
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 5:17 - So Naaman said, “Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 8:9 - So Hazael went to meet him and took a present with him, of every good thing of Damascus, forty camel-loads; and he came and stood before him, and said, “Your son Ben-Hadad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying, ‘Shall I recover from this disease?’ ”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 9:25 - Then Jehu said to Bidkar his captain, “Pick him up, and throw him into the tract of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite; for remember, when you and I were riding together behind Ahab his father, that the LORD laid this burden upon him:
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 15:22 - Chenaniah, leader of the Levites, was instructor in charge of the music, because he was skillful;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 15:27 - David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers, and Chenaniah the music master with the singers. David also wore a linen ephod.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 17:11 - Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents and silver as tribute; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred male goats.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:25 - When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies,[fn] and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 24:27 - Now concerning his sons, and the many oracles about him, and the repairing of the house of God, indeed they are written in the annals of the book of the kings. Then Amaziah his son reigned in his place.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 35:3 - Then he said to the Levites who taught all Israel, who were holy to the LORD: “Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, built. It shall no longer be a burden on your shoulders. Now serve the LORD your God and His people Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:15 - In those days I saw people in Judah treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and loading donkeys with wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them about the day on which they were selling provisions.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 13:19 - So it was, at the gates of Jerusalem, as it began to be dark before the Sabbath, that I commanded the gates to be shut, and charged that they must not be opened till after the Sabbath. Then I posted some of my servants at the gates, so that no burdens would be brought in on the Sabbath day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:20 - Have I sinned?
What have I done to You, O watcher of men?
Why have You set me as Your target,
So that I am a burden to myself?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:4 - For my iniquities have gone over my head;
Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:1 - The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel—to Ithiel and Ucal:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:1 - The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:1 - The burden against Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 14:28 - This is the burden which came in the year that King Ahaz died.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 15:1 - The burden against Moab.

Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste
And destroyed,
Because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste
And destroyed,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:1 - The burden against Damascus.

“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 19:1 - The burden against Egypt.

Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud,
And will come into Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence,
And the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:1 - The burden against the Wilderness of the Sea.

As whirlwinds in the South pass through,
So it comes from the desert, from a terrible land.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:11 - The burden against Dumah.

He calls to me out of Seir,
“Watchman, what of the night?
Watchman, what of the night?”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:13 - The burden against Arabia.

In the forest in Arabia you will lodge,
O you traveling companies of Dedanites.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:1 - The burden against the Valley of Vision.

What ails you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:25 - ‘In that day,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall, and the burden that was on it will be cut off; for the LORD has spoken.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 23:1 - The burden against Tyre.

Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
For it is laid waste,
So that there is no house, no harbor;
From the land of Cyprus[fn] it is revealed to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 30:6 - The burden against the beasts of the South.

Through a land of trouble and anguish,
From which came the lioness and lion,
The viper and fiery flying serpent,
They will carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys,
And their treasures on the humps of camels,
To a people who shall not profit;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 46:1 - Bel bows down, Nebo stoops;
Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle.
Your carriages were heavily loaded,
A burden to the weary beast.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 46:2 - They stoop, they bow down together;
They could not deliver the burden,
But have themselves gone into captivity.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 17:21 - ‘Thus says the LORD: “Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 17:22 - “nor carry a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath day, nor do any work, but hallow the Sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 17:24 - “And it shall be, if you heed Me carefully,” says the LORD, “to bring no burden through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but hallow the Sabbath day, to do no work in it,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 17:27 - “But if you will not heed Me to hallow the Sabbath day, such as not carrying a burden when entering the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.” ’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:33 - “So when these people or the prophet or the priest ask you, saying, ‘What is the oracle of the LORD?’ you shall then say to them, ‘What oracle?’[fn] I will even forsake you,” says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:34 - “And as for the prophet and the priest and the people who say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’ I will even punish that man and his house.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:36 - “And the oracle of the LORD you shall mention no more. For every man’s word will be his oracle, for you have perverted the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts, our God.

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