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Lexicon :: Strong's H4959 - māšaš

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Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
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TWOT Reference: 1262

Strong’s Definitions

מָשַׁשׁ mâshash, maw-shash'; a primitive root; to feel of; by implication, to grope:—feel, grope, search.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 9x

The KJV translates Strong's H4959 in the following manner: grope (4x), feel (3x), search (2x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 9x
The KJV translates Strong's H4959 in the following manner: grope (4x), feel (3x), search (2x).
  1. to feel, grope

    1. (Qal) to feel, grope

    2. (Piel) to feel over or through, grope

      1. to feel through

      2. to grope

    3. (Hiphil) to feel

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מָשַׁשׁ mâshash, maw-shash'; a primitive root; to feel of; by implication, to grope:—feel, grope, search.
STRONGS H4959: Abbreviations
† [מָשַׁשׁ] verb feel, grope (Late Hebrew id. Pi.; Arabic bdb060601 feel; Ethiopic bdb060602 Di166; Aramaic bdb060603, מְשַׁשׁ Pa., Palp. — see also ימשׁ, II. מושׁ); —
Qal Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular suffix יְמֻשֵּׁנִי Genesis 27:12 perhaps my father will feel me; וַיְמֻשֵּׁהוּ Genesis 27:22 and he felt of him (both J).
Pi. Perfect 2nd person masculine singular מִשַּׁשְׁתָּ; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular יְמַשֵּׁשׁ Deuteronomy 28:29, וַיְמַשֵּׁשׁ Genesis 31:34; 3rd person masculine plural יִמַשְׁשׁוּ Job 5:4; Job 12:25; Participle מְמַשֵּׁשׁ Deuteronomy 28:29; — feel over or through, grope:
1. לָבָּן אֶתכָּֿלהָֿאֹהֶל וַיְמ׳ Genesis 31:24 and Laban felt through the whole tent (i.e. searched it); so (object כֵּלַי) Genesis 31:37 thou hast felt through all my possessions (or baggage; both E).
2. grope, of blind Deuteronomy 28:29b (in simile), periphrase conjectural, וְהָיִיתָ מְמַשֵּׁשׁ Deuteronomy 28:29a and thou shalt become one that gropes at noonday (figurative of judicial blindness); compare Job 5:14; Job 12:25.
Hiph. Imperfect וְיָמֵשׁ חשֶׁךְ Exodus 10:21 that one may feel (the) darkness; read also Imperative suffix הֲמִשֵׁנִי (for והימשׁני, see ימשׁ) Judges 16:26 and let me touch the pillars (2 accusative)
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


27:12; 27:22; 31:24; 31:34; 31:37




28:29; 28:29; 28:29; 28:29




5:4; 5:14; 12:25; 12:25


Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4959 matches the Hebrew מָשַׁשׁ (māšaš),
which occurs 9 times in 8 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:12 - My father peradventure will feel H4959 me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:22 - And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt H4959 him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:34 - Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched H4959 all the tent, but found them not.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:37 - Whereas thou hast searched H4959 all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:21 - And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. H4959
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:29 - And thou shalt grope H4959 at noonday, as the blind gropeth H4959 in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 5:14 - They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope H4959 in the noonday as in the night.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:25 - They grope H4959 in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.
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