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Lexicon :: Strong's H4966 - māṯôq

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Part of Speech
adjective, masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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TWOT Reference: 1268c

Strong’s Definitions

מָתוֹק mâthôwq, maw-thoke'; or מָתוּק mâthûwq; from H4985; sweet:—sweet(-er, -ness).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 12x

The KJV translates Strong's H4966 in the following manner: sweet (8x), sweeter (2x), sweetness (2x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 12x
The KJV translates Strong's H4966 in the following manner: sweet (8x), sweeter (2x), sweetness (2x).
  1. sweet

    masculine noun
  2. sweetness, pleasant (thing)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מָתוֹק mâthôwq, maw-thoke'; or מָתוּק mâthûwq; from H4985; sweet:—sweet(-er, -ness).
מָתוֺק adjective sweet, and noun [masculine] sweetness (on form see Lag BN 30, 60, compare BaNB 13, 36); — absolute מ׳ Judges 14:14 + 9 times; feminine מְתוּקָה Ecclesiastes 5:11; plural מְתוּקִים Psalm 19:11; —
1. sweet, of honey Judges 14:14 (where מ׳ = substantive a sweet thing), Judges 14:18 (both Samson's riddle), Proverbs 24:13; so = sweetness, Ezekiel 3:3; more generally, כָּלמַֿר מ׳ Proverbs 27:7 every bitter thing is sweet to one hungry; figurative Psalm 19:11 (God's commandments, sweeter than honey), compare Proverbs 16:24 (simile of pleasant words) לְחִכִּי וּפִרְיוֺ מ׳ Songs 2:3 (i.e his caresses); לְמָ֑ר וּמ׳ שָׂמִים מַר לְמ׳ Isaiah 5:20 making bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter (obscuring moral distinctions; || הָאֹמְרִים לָרַע טוֺב וְלַטּוֺב רָ֑ע).
2. = pleasant, sleep of the toiler Ecclesiastes 5:11; light Ecclesiastes 1:17 (|| טוֺב לַעֵינַיִם לִרְאוֺת אֶתהַֿשֶּׁמֶשׁ).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


14:14; 14:14; 14:18


19:11; 19:11


16:24; 24:13; 27:7


1:17; 5:11; 5:11

Song of Songs







Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4966 matches the Hebrew מָתוֹק (māṯôq),
which occurs 12 times in 11 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:14 - So he said to them,
“Out of the eater came something to eat,
And out of the strong came something H4966 sweet H4966.”
But they could not tell the answer to the riddle in three days.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:18 - So the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down,
“What is sweeter H4966 than honey?
And what is stronger than a lion?”
And he said to them,
“If you had not plowed with my heifer,
You would not have found out my riddle.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:10 - They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much pure gold;
Sweeter H4966 also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:24 - Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet H4966 to the soul and healing to the bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:13 - My son, eat honey, for it is good;
Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet H4966 to your taste;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:7 - A satisfied [fn]person [fn]despises honey,
But to a hungry [fn]person any bitter thing is sweet H4966.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:12 - The sleep of the laborer is sweet H4966, whether he eats little or much; but the [fn]full stomach of the rich person does not allow him to sleep.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:7 - The light is pleasant H4966, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:3 - The Bride
“Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
So is my beloved among the [fn]young men.
In his shade I took great delight and sat down,
And his fruit was sweet H4966 to my [fn]taste.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:20 - Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who [fn]substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who [fn]substitute bitter for sweet H4966 and sweet H4966 for bitter!
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 3:3 - And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your [fn]body with this scroll which I am giving you.” Then I ate it, and it was as sweet H4966 as honey in my mouth.

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