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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 - “Perhaps my father will touch H4959 me, then I will be like a [fn]deceiver in his sight, and I will bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:22 - So Jacob came close to his father Isaac, and he touched H4959 him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:34 - Now Rachel had taken the [fn]household idols and put them in the camel’s saddlebag, and she sat on them. So Laban searched H4959 through H4959 all the tent, but did not find them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:37 - “Though you have searched H4959 through H4959 all my property, what have you found of all your household property? Set it here in front of my relatives and your relatives, so that they may decide between the two of us.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:21 - Then the LORD said to Moses, “Reach out with your hand toward the sky, so that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt H4959.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:29 - and you will be groping H4959 about H4959 at noon, just as a person who is blind gropes H4959 in the darkness, and you will not be successful in your ways; but you will only be [fn]oppressed and robbed all the time, with no one to save you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 5:14 - “By day they meet with darkness,
And grope H4959 at noon as in the night.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:25 - “They grope H4959 in darkness with no light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken person.
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