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Lexicon :: Strong's H4962 - maṯ

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From the same as מָתַי (H4970)
Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 1263

Strong’s Definitions

מַת math, math; from the same as H4970; properly, an adult (as of full length); by implication, a man (only in the plural):— few, × friends, men, persons, × small.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 22x

The KJV translates Strong's H4962 in the following manner: men (14x), few (2x), few (with H4557) (1x), friends (1x), number (1x), persons (1x), small (1x), with (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 22x
The KJV translates Strong's H4962 in the following manner: men (14x), few (2x), few (with H4557) (1x), friends (1x), number (1x), persons (1x), small (1x), with (1x).
  1. male, man

    1. males, men

    2. few men (in prose)

      1. less emphasis on sex

    3. men (poetic)

      1. less emphasis on sex

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מַת math, math; from the same as H4970; properly, an adult (as of full length); by implication, a man (only in the plural):— few, × friends, men, persons, × small.
STRONGS H4962: Abbreviations
† [מַת] noun masculine male, man (מְתוּֿ in proper name; Zinjirli מת collective males, male offspring; Assyrian mutu, husband; Ethiopic bdb060701 id.; compare Egyptian m-t, phallus, male, Steind in BaNB § 2b, δ); — only plural מְתִים Job 11:3 + 3 times, מְתִם Deuteronomy 2:34; Deuteronomy 3:6 + Judges 20:48 (probably), for MT מְתֹם, so GFM; construct מְתֵי Genesis 34:30 + 13 times; suffix 2nd person feminine singular מְתַיִךְ; Isaiah 3:25; 3rd person masculine singular מְתָיו Deuteronomy 33:6; —
1. males, men, Isaiah 3:25 (|| גְּבוּרָתֵךְ); more distinctly, וְהַטָּף (וְ)הַנָּשִׁים מְתִם עִיר Deuteronomy 2:34; Deuteronomy 3:6 every city of males (male population, compare Dr), and the women, etc.; Judges 20:48 (see above; opposed to בְּהֵמָה).
2. usually less emphasis on sex, in prose only phrase:
a. מִסְפָּר מְתֵי men of number (numerable, i.e. few) Genesis 34:30 (J; apposition of אֲנִי = Jacob, representing his family), Deuteronomy 4:27; Jeremiah 44:28, also Psalm 105:12 = 1 Chronicles 16:19; compare מִסְפָּר מְתָיו וִיהִי Deuteronomy 33:6 and (but) let his men be few.
b. בִּמְתֵי מְעָ֑ט = consisting of a few men Deuteronomy 26:5; Deuteronomy 28:62
3. elsewhere only in poetry, sex usually not emphasized:
a. Job 11:3; Job 24:12; Psalm 17:14 (twice in verse) (but text probably corrupt, of. Bae We; at least omit ממתים ידך Ol Bi Che, compare Hup-Now); מְתֵי ישׂראל Isaiah 41:14.
b. poetic phrase: מְתֵי שָׁוְא men of false-hood Job 11:11; Psalm 26:4; אָוֶן מ׳ Psalm 22:15 men of wickedness; סוֺדִי מ׳ Psalm 19:19 men of my cycle; אָהֳלִי מ׳ Job 31:31 men of my tent (household); רָעָב מ׳ Isaiah 5:13 men of hunger, but read probably מְזֵי ר׳ sucked out, empty from hunger (as Deuteronomy 32:24) Ew De Che Di Du (compare מָזֶה).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


34:30; 34:30


2:34; 2:34; 3:6; 3:6; 4:27; 26:5; 28:62; 32:24; 33:6; 33:6


20:48; 20:48

1 Chronicles



11:3; 11:3; 11:11; 24:12; 31:31


17:14; 22:15; 26:4; 105:12


3:25; 3:25; 5:13; 41:14




Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4962 matches the Hebrew מַת (maṯ),
which occurs 22 times in 21 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:30 - Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me repulsive among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and [fn]since my men H4962 are few H4962 in number, they will band together against me and [fn]attack me, and I will be destroyed, I and my household!”
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 2:34 - “So we captured all his cities at that time and [fn]utterly destroyed [fn]the men H4962, women, and children of every city. We left no survivor.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:6 - “We [fn]utterly destroyed them, as we did to Sihon king of Heshbon, [fn]utterly destroying [fn]the men H4962, women, and children of every city.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:27 - “The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few H4962 in number among the nations where the LORD drives you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 26:5 - “And you shall respond and say before the LORD your God, ‘My father was a [fn]wandering Aramean, and he went down to Egypt and [fn]resided there, few in number H4962; but there he became a great, mighty, and populous nation.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:62 - “Then you will be left few in [fn]number H4962, whereas you were as numerous as the stars of heaven, because you did not [fn]obey the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 33:6 - “May Reuben live and not die,
Nor may his people H4962 be few.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:19 - When they were only a few H4962 in number,
Very few, and strangers in it,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:3 - “Shall your boasts silence people H4962?
And will you scoff, and no one rebuke?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:11 - “For He knows false people H4962,
And He sees injustice [fn]without investigating.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 19:19 - “All [fn]my associates H4962 loathe me,
And those I love have turned against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 22:15 - “Will you keep to the ancient path
Which wicked people H4962 have walked,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 24:12 - “From the city people H4962 groan,
And the souls of the wounded cry for help;
Yet God does not pay attention to the offensiveness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:31 - “Have the people H4962 of my tent not said,
‘Who can [fn]find one who has not been satisfied with his meat’?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 17:14 - From people H4962 by Your hand, LORD,
From people H4962 [fn]of the world, whose portion is in this life,
And whose belly You fill with Your treasure;
They are satisfied with children,
And leave their abundance to their babies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 26:4 - I do not sit with [fn]deceitful people H4962,
Nor will I go with [fn]pretenders.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 105:12 - When they were only a few H4962 people H4962 in number,
Very few, and strangers in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:25 - Your men H4962 will fall by the sword
And your [fn]mighty ones in battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:13 - Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge;
And their [fn]nobles are famished,
And their multitude is parched with thirst.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 41:14 - “Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you people H4962 of Israel;
I will help you,” declares the LORD, “and your [fn]Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 44:28 - ‘Those who escape the sword will return from the land of Egypt to the land of Judah [fn]few H4962 in number. Then all the remnant of Judah who have gone to the land of Egypt to reside there will know whose word will stand, Mine or theirs.
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