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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 you had little before [fn]I came and it has [fn]increased to a multitude, and the LORD has blessed you [fn]wherever I turned. But now, when H4970 shall I provide for my own household also?”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 8:9 - Moses said to Pharaoh,[fn]The honor is yours to tell me: when H4970 shall I entreat for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs be [fn]destroyed from you and your houses, that they may be left only in the Nile?”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:3 - Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How H4970 long H4970 will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:7 - Pharaoh’s servants said to him, “How H4970 long H4970 will this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God. Do you not [fn]realize that Egypt is destroyed?”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:27 - “How H4970 long H4970 shall I bear with this evil congregation who are grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are [fn]making against Me.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 1:14 - Then Eli said to her, “How H4970 long H4970 will you make yourself drunk? Put away your wine from you.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:1 - Now the LORD said to Samuel, “How H4970 long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:26 - Then Abner called to Joab and said, “Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that it will be bitter in the end? How H4970 long H4970 will you [fn]refrain from telling the people to turn back from following their brothers?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 18:21 - Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How H4970 long H4970 will you [fn]hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 2:6 - Then the king said to me, the queen sitting beside him, “How H4970 long H4970 will your journey be, and when H4970 will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me, and I gave him a definite time.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 7:4 - “When I lie down I say,
‘When H4970 shall I arise?’
But the night continues,
And I am [fn]continually tossing until dawn.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 6:3 - And my soul is greatly dismayed;
But You, O LORD—how H4970 long? H4970
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 41:5 - My enemies speak evil against me,
“When H4970 will he die, and his name perish?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 42:2 - My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When H4970 shall I come and [fn]appear before God?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 74:10 - How H4970 long, H4970 O God, will the adversary revile,
And the enemy spurn Your name forever?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 80:4 - O LORD God of hosts,
How H4970 long H4970 will You [fn]be angry with the prayer of Your people?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 82:2 - How H4970 long H4970 will you judge unjustly
And show partiality to the wicked? [fn]Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 90:13 - Do return, O LORD; how H4970 long H4970 will it be?
And [fn]be sorry for Your servants.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:3 - How H4970 long H4970 shall the wicked, O LORD,
How H4970 long H4970 shall the wicked exult?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:8 - Pay heed, you senseless among the people;
And when H4970 will you understand, stupid ones?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 101:2 - I will [fn]give heed to the [fn]blameless way.
When H4970 will You come to me?
I will walk within my house in the [fn]integrity of my heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:82 - My eyes fail with longing for Your [fn]word,
[fn]While I say, “When H4970 will You comfort me?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:84 - How many are the days of Your servant?
When H4970 will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:22 - “How H4970 long, H4970 O [fn]naive ones, will you love [fn]being simple-minded?
And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing
And fools hate knowledge?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:9 - How H4970 long will you lie down, O sluggard?
When H4970 will you arise from your sleep?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:35 - “They struck me, but I did not become [fn]ill;
They beat me, but I did not know it.
When H4970 shall I awake?
I will seek [fn]another drink.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 6:11 - Then I said, “Lord, how H4970 long?” H4970 And He answered,
“Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant,
Houses are without people
And the land is utterly desolate,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:14 - Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem,
That you may be saved.
How H4970 long H4970 will your wicked thoughts
Lodge within you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:21 - How H4970 long H4970 must I see the standard
And hear the sound of the trumpet?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:4 - How H4970 long H4970 is the land to mourn
And the vegetation of the countryside to wither?
For the wickedness of those who dwell in it,
Animals and birds have been snatched away,
Because men have said, “He will not see our latter ending.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:27 - “As for your adulteries and your lustful neighings,
The lewdness of your prostitution
On the hills in the field,
I have seen your abominations.
Woe to you, O Jerusalem!
How H4970 long H4970 will you remain unclean?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:26 - “How H4970 long? H4970 Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:22 - “How H4970 long H4970 will you go here and there,
O faithless daughter?
For the LORD has created a new thing in the earth
A woman will encompass a man.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 47:5 - “Baldness has come upon Gaza;
Ashkelon has been ruined.
O remnant of their valley,
How H4970 long will you gash yourself?
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:13 - Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to that particular one who was speaking, “How H4970 long H4970 will the vision about the regular sacrifice apply, [fn]while the transgression causes horror, so as to allow both the holy place and the host [fn]to be trampled?”
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 12:6 - And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How H4970 long H4970 will it be until the end of these wonders?”
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 8:5 - [fn]He has rejected your calf, O Samaria, saying,
“My anger burns against them!”
How H4970 long will they be incapable of innocence?
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 8:5 - saying,
“When H4970 will the new moon [fn]be over,
So that we may sell grain,
And the sabbath, that we may open the wheat market,
To make the [fn]bushel smaller and the shekel bigger,
And to cheat with [fn]dishonest scales,
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 2:6 - “Will not all of these take up a taunt-song against him,
Even mockery and insinuations against him
And say, ‘Woe to him who increases what is not his—
For how H4970 long H4970
And makes himself [fn]rich with loans?’
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 1:12 - Then the angel of the LORD said, “O LORD of hosts, how H4970 long H4970 will You have no compassion for Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which You have been indignant these seventy years?”
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