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Lexicon :: Strong's H4966 - māṯôq

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Part of Speech
adjective, masculine noun
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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).
STRONGS H4966: Abbreviations
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 - And he said to them, Out of the eater came forth food, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 14:18 - And the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? And he said to them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:10 - More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honey-comb.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:24 - Pleasant words are as a honey-comb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 24:13 - My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honey-comb, which is sweet to thy taste:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:7 - The full soul lotheth a honey-comb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:12 - The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eateth little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:7 - Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 2:3 - As the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:20 - Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 3:3 - And he said to me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
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