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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
Dictionary Aids

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 which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when H4970 shall I provide for mine own house also?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 8:9 - And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when H4970 shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:3 - And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long H4970 wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:7 - And Pharaoh's servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:27 - How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, 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 unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:1 - And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine 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 - Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 18:21 - And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 2:6 - And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:4 - When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 6:3 - My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 41:5 - Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall 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 - O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 80:4 - O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 82:2 - How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 90:13 - Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:3 - LORD, how long shall the wicked, 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. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect 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 are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:22 - How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:9 - How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:35 - They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 6:11 - Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:14 - O Jerusalem, wash thine heart 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 every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:27 - I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when shall it once be?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:26 - How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:22 - How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 47:5 - Baldness is come upon Gaza; Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:13 - Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 12:6 - And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be 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 it be ere they attain to innocency?
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 by deceit?
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 2:6 - Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 1:12 - Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years?
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