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Lexicon :: Strong's H4975 - māṯnayim

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From an unused root meaning to be slender
Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 1267a

Variant Spellings

Variant spellings for this word: מתנים (Gesenius) מתן (Strongs)

Strong’s Definitions

מֹתֶן môthen, mo'-then; from an unused root meaning to be slender; properly, the waist or small of the back; only in plural the loins:— greyhound, loins, side.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 47x

The KJV translates Strong's H4975 in the following manner: loins (42x), side (4x), greyhound (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 47x
The KJV translates Strong's H4975 in the following manner: loins (42x), side (4x), greyhound (1x).
  1. loins, hips

    1. used with H2223 in Pr. 30:31; perhaps an extinct animal, exact meaning unknown

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מֹתֶן môthen, mo'-then; from an unused root meaning to be slender; properly, the waist or small of the back; only in plural the loins:— greyhound, loins, side.
STRONGS H4975: Abbreviations
מָתְנַ֫יִם noun masculine dual loins (Arabic bdb060802 back, bdb060803 the two sides of the back, etc.; Syriac bdb060804; — absolute מ׳ Deuteronomy 33:11 + 7 times, מָתְנָ֑יִם Ezekiel 29:7; Ezekiel 47:4; construct מָתְנֵי Jeremiah 13:11 + 3 times; suffix מָתְנַי Isaiah 21:3, מָתְנָ֑י Jeremiah 13:2; מָתְנֵיהֶם 1 Kings + Jeremiah 20:32 + 4 times, etc.; — loins:
a. place of wearing girdle 1 Kings 2:5; 2 Kings 1:8; Jeremiah 13:1, 2, 4, 11; Ezekiel 23:15; figurative Isaiah 11:5 righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins.
b. hence place of things attached to girdle: — sword girded on (חגר על, אסר 2 Samuel 20:8; Nehemiah 4:12; opposed to, וּמָתְנֵי מְלָכִים אֲפַתֵּחַ Isaiah 45:1 and the loins of kings I will loosen, i e. will disarm them (י׳ before Cyrus; compare Che); ink-horn Ezekiel 9:2, 3, 11.
c. girding up loins = make ready for action, וַיְשַׁנֵּס מָתְנָיו 1 Kings 18:46; more often חָגַר מ׳ 2 Kings 4:29; 2 Kings 9:1; Exodus 12:11 (P), Daniel 10:5; אָזַר מ׳ Jeremiah 1:17.
d. זַרְזִיר מ׳ Proverbs 30:31 that which is girt in the loins, i.e. probably either a greyhound Ew Bö De (contracted, as if by a belt), or a war-horse, charger, Bo Ges Hi Str Wild (with a saddle); compare also זרזיר; text perhaps corrupt (Wild).
e. girded with sackcloth (in mourning) Genesis 37:34 (J), Amos 8:10; Isaiah 20:2; 1 Kings 20:31, 32; Jeremiah 48:37.
f. linen breeches of priests were to extend מִמָּתְנַיִם וְעַד יְרֵכַיִם Exodus 28:42 (P); to be עַלמָֿת׳ Ezekiel 44:18; loins of slaves are girt with waistcloth, compare Job 12:18 (see also אֵזוֺר).
g. in general of the middle of the body, מֵי מָת׳ Ezekiel 47:4 (i.e. water reaching to the loins); so of the appearance of י׳ in Ezekiel's visions Ezekiel 1:27 (twice in verse); Ezekiel 8:2 (twice in verse).
a. loins as seat of strength, Deuteronomy 33:11; 1 Kings 12:10 2 Chronicles 10:10; חַזֵּק מָתְנַיִם Nahum 2:2 (|| אַמֵּץ כֹּחַ); כֹּחוֺ בְּמָתְנָיו Job 40:16 (of hippopotamus); in combination with 1a (figurative) חָֽגְרָה בְּעוֺז מ׳ Proverbs 31:17 she girdeth her loins with strength, she puts on energy with her girdle; compare also בְּשִׁבְרוֺן מ׳ Ezekiel 21:11 sigh with breaking of loins, i.e. in entire collapse of strength; so תָּמִיד הַמְעַ֑ד וּמ׳ Psalm 69:24 and make their loins continually to shake, make them totter; compare Ezekiel 29:7 (where read וְהִמְעַדְתָּ for וְהַעֲמַדְתָּ, see מָעַד).
b. as seat of keenest pain, due to grief or dread Nahum 2:11; Isaiah 21:3 (as in travail); so probably also Psalm 66:11 (compare Bae; and see מוּעָקָה below עוק).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs




12:11; 28:42


33:11; 33:11

2 Samuel


1 Kings

2:5; 12:10; 18:46; 20:31; 20:32

2 Kings

1:8; 4:29; 9:1

2 Chronicles





12:18; 40:16


66:11; 69:24


30:31; 31:17


11:5; 20:2; 21:3; 21:3; 45:1


1:17; 13:1; 13:2; 13:2; 13:4; 13:11; 13:11; 48:37


1:27; 8:2; 9:2; 9:3; 9:11; 21:11; 23:15; 29:7; 29:7; 44:18; 47:4; 47:4






2:2; 2:11

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4975 matches the Hebrew מָתְנַיִם (māṯnayim),
which occurs 47 times in 45 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:34 - And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, H4975 and mourned for his son many days.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:11 - And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins H4975 girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:42 - And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins H4975 even unto the thighs they shall reach:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 33:11 - Bless, LORD, his substance, and accept the work of his hands: smite through the loins H4975 of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 20:8 - When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab's garment that he had put on was girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins H4975 in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 2:5 - Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, H4975 and in his shoes that were on his feet.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 12:10 - And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. H4975
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 18:46 - And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, H4975 and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 20:31 - And his servants said unto him, Behold now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings: let us, I pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, H4975 and ropes upon our heads, and go out to the king of Israel: peradventure he will save thy life.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 20:32 - So they girded sackcloth on their loins, H4975 and put ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant Benhadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my brother.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 1:8 - And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. H4975 And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 4:29 - Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, H4975 and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 9:1 - And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, H4975 and take this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead:
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:10 - And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. H4975
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 4:18 - For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, H4975 and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:18 - He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins H4975 with a girdle.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:16 - Lo now, his strength is in his loins, H4975 and his force is in the navel of his belly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 66:11 - Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. H4975
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 69:23 - Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins H4975 continually to shake.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:31 - A greyhound; H4975 an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:17 - She girdeth her loins H4975 with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 11:5 - And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, H4975 and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 20:2 - At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, H4975 and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:3 - Therefore are my loins H4975 filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 45:1 - Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins H4975 of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 1:17 - Thou therefore gird up thy loins, H4975 and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:1 - Thus saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, H4975 and put it not in water.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:2 - So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins. H4975
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:4 - Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, H4975 and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:11 - For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins H4975 of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:37 - For every head shall be bald, and every beard clipped: upon all the hands shall be cuttings, and upon the loins H4975 sackcloth.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:27 - And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins H4975 even upward, and from the appearance of his loins H4975 even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 8:2 - Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins H4975 even downward, fire; and from his loins H4975 even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 9:2 - And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: H4975 and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 9:3 - And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side; H4975
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 9:11 - And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, H4975 reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 21:6 - Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins; H4975 and with bitterness sigh before their eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:15 - Girded with girdles upon their loins, H4975 exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity:
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 29:7 - When they took hold of thee by thy hand, thou didst break, and rend all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brakest, and madest all their loins H4975 to be at a stand.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 44:18 - They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; H4975 they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 47:4 - Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. H4975
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 10:5 - Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins H4975 were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 8:10 - And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, H4975 and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:1 - He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins H4975 strong, fortify thy power mightily.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:10 - She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, H4975 and the faces of them all gather blackness.
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