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Lexicon :: Strong's H4970 - māṯay

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Part of Speech
interrogative adverb
Root Word (Etymology)
From an unused root meaning to extend
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TWOT Reference: 1266

Strong’s Definitions

מָתַי mâthay, maw-thah'ee; from an unused root meaning to extend; properly, extent (of time); but used only adverbially (especially with other particle prefixes), when (either relative or interrogative):—long, when.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 3x

The KJV translates Strong's H4970 in the following manner: when, long.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 3x
The KJV translates Strong's H4970 in the following manner: when, long.
  1. when?

    1. with prep

      1. against when?, until when?, how long?, after how long?

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מָתַי mâthay, maw-thah'ee; from an unused root meaning to extend; properly, extent (of time); but used only adverbially (especially with other particle prefixes), when (either relative or interrogative):—long, when.
STRONGS H4970: Abbreviations
מָתַי 43 interrogative adverb when? (Arabic bdb060705; Assyrian mati: in Late Hebrew and Aramaic with the interrogative אַי, אֵימָתִי, אֵימָת, bdb060706), in OT only of future time:
a. alone, † Genesis 30:30 מָתַי אעשׂה גם אנכי לביתי when shall I also do, etc.? Amos 8:5; Psalm 41:6; Psalm 42:3; Psalm 94:8; Psalm 101:2; Psalm 119:82; Psalm 119:84; Proverbs 6:9; b Proverbs 23:35; Job 7:4 מָתַי אָקוּם, Nehemiah 2:6.
b. לְמָתַי against when?Exodus 8:5 לְמָתַי לְךָ אַעְתִּיר.
c. עַדמָֿתַי until when? how long? followed by imperfect Exodus 10:7 עד מתי יהיה זה לנו למוקשׁ, 1 Samuel 1:14; Jeremiah 4:14, 21; Psalm 74:10; Psalm 82:2; Psalm 94:3; Proverbs 1:22 +, followed by participle1 Sam Proverbs 16:1; 1 Kings 18:21 הַסְּעִפִּים עַלשְֿׁתֵּי פֹּסְחִים אַתֶּם עַדמָֿתַי, followed by perfect † Exodus 10:3; Psalm 80:5; עַד מָתַי לֹא2 Samuel 2:26; Hosea 8:5; Zechariah 1:12; alone, Isaiah 6:11 וָאֹמַר עַדמָֿתַי אֲדֹנָי, Habakkuk 2:6 הוֺי הַמַּרְבֶּה לֹאלֿוֺ עַדמָֿתַי; with an aposiop., Psalm 6:4 עַדמָֿתָ֑י וְאַתָּה י׳, Psalm 90:13.
d. אַחֲרֵי מָתַי עוֺד, after how long yet?Jeremiah 13:27.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs




8:5; 10:3; 10:7

1 Samuel


2 Samuel


1 Kings







6:4; 41:6; 42:3; 74:10; 80:5; 82:2; 90:13; 94:3; 94:8; 101:2; 119:82; 119:84


1:22; 6:9; 16:1; 23:35




4:14; 4:21; 13:27










Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4970 matches the Hebrew מָתַי (māṯay),
which occurs 43 times in 40 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:30 - For it was little that thou hadst before me, and it is increased to a multitude, and Jehovah has blessed thee from the time I came; and now, when shall I also provide for my house?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 8:9 - And Moses said to Pharaoh, Glory over me, for what time shall I intreat for thee, and for thy bondmen, and for thy people, to cut off the frogs from thee and from thy houses; so that they shall remain in the river only?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:3 - And Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and said to him, Thus saith Jehovah the God of the Hebrews: How long dost thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:7 - And Pharaoh's bondmen said to him, How long shall this man be a snare to us? let the men go, that they may serve Jehovah their God: dost thou not yet know that Egypt is ruined?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:27 - How long shall I bear with this evil assembly, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 1:14 - And Eli said to her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:1 - And Jehovah said to Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thy horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite; for I have provided me a king among his sons.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:26 - And Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? and how long shall it be ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 18:21 - Then Elijah drew near to all the people, and said, How long do ye halt between two opinions? if Jehovah be God, follow him; and if Baal, follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 2:6 - And the king said to me -- the queen also sitting by him, -- For how long shall thy journey be, and when wilt thou return? And it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:4 - If I lie down, I say, When shall I rise up, and the darkness be gone? and I am full of tossings until the dawn.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 6:3 - And my soul trembleth exceedingly: and thou, Jehovah, till how long?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 41:5 - Mine enemies wish me evil: When will he die, and his name perish?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 42:2 - My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:10 - How long, O God, shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy contemn thy name for ever?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 80:4 - Jehovah, God of hosts, how long will thine anger smoke against the prayer of thy people?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 82:2 - How long will ye judge unrighteously, and accept the person of the wicked? Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 90:13 - Return, Jehovah: how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:3 - How long shall the wicked, O Jehovah, how long shall the wicked triumph?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:8 - Understand, ye brutish among the people; and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 101:2 - I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. When wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:82 - Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:84 - How many shall be the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:22 - How long, simple ones, will ye love simpleness, and scorners take pleasure in their scorning, and the foolish hate knowledge?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:9 - How long, sluggard, wilt thou lie down? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:35 - -- 'They have smitten me, and I am not sore; they have beaten me, and I knew it not. When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.'
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 6:11 - And I said, Lord, how long? And he said, Until the cities be wasted, without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land become an utter desolation,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:14 - Wash thy heart, Jerusalem, from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:21 - How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:4 - How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of all the fields wither? Because of the wickedness of them that dwell therein, the beasts and the birds perish; for they say, He will not see our end.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:27 - Thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy fornication, on the hills, in the fields, -- thine abominations, have I seen. Woe unto thee, Jerusalem! Wilt thou not be made clean? after how long a time yet?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:26 - How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, and who are prophets of the deceit of their own heart?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:22 - How long wilt thou wander about, thou backsliding daughter? For Jehovah hath created a new thing on the earth, a woman shall encompass a man.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 47:5 - Baldness is come upon Gazah; Ashkelon is cut off, the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:13 - And I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that one who spoke, How long shall be the vision of the continual sacrifice and of the transgression that maketh desolate, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden down under foot?
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 12:6 - And he said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, How long is it to the end of these wonders?
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:5 - Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will they be incapable of purity?
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 8:5 - saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat? making the ephah small and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances for deceit:
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 2:6 - Shall not all these take up a proverb about him, and a taunting riddle against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? -- and to him that loadeth himself with pledges!
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 1:12 - And the angel of Jehovah answered and said, Jehovah of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these seventy years?
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