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Lexicon :: Strong's H4985 - māṯaq

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Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 1268

Strong’s Definitions

מָתַק mâthaq, maw-thak'; a primitive root; to suck, by implication, to relish, or (intransitively) be sweet:—be (made, × take) sweet.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 5x

The KJV translates Strong's H4985 in the following manner: sweet (5x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 5x
The KJV translates Strong's H4985 in the following manner: sweet (5x).
  1. to be or become sweet or pleasing

    1. (Qal)

      1. to be or become sweet

      2. to be or become pleasant

      3. to suck

    2. (Hiphil) to give sweet taste

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מָתַק mâthaq, maw-thak'; a primitive root; to suck, by implication, to relish, or (intransitively) be sweet:—be (made, × take) sweet.
מָתֹק verb become or be sweet, pleasant (Late Hebrew מתק, especially Pi.; Assyrian [matâḳu] be sweet, in derivatives; Ethiopic bdb060805 sweet; Aramaic bdb060806 suck (with pleasure), מְתַק id., be sweet; Arabic bdb060807 (bdb060807a before bdb060807b) see smack the lips (with pleasure), bdb060808 sweetness); —
Qal Perfect 3rd person masculine singular suffix מְתָקוֺ [H4988 Job 24:20]; 3rd person plural plural מָֽתְקוּ Job 21:33; Imperfect 3rd person masculine plural יִמְתָּ֑קוּ Proverbs 9:17, וַיִמְתְּקוּ Exodus 15:25; —
1. literally become sweet, of water (opposed to מָרִים) Exodus 15:25 (J); are (i.e. taste) sweet, מַיִם גְּנוּבִים יִמ׳ Proverbs 9:17 (figurative of delights of illicit pleasure).
2. = be pleasant, מָֽתְקוּ לוֺ Job 21:33 sweet (pleasant) to him are the clods of the valley (said of one resting in the grave).
3. suck (Aramaic sense, compare Syriac above) מְתָקוֺ רִמָּה [H4988 Job 24:20] the worm doth suck him, feast on him (on verb masculine compare Ges§ 145. 7Synt. § 345 a DaSynt. § 113 (b)), Di De Buhl (compare Kau Da; also SS who render 'angenehm finden'), but this sense in Hebrew dubious; text perhaps corrupt (compare conjectures by Bu Du).
Hiph. Imperfect 3rd person feminine singular אִם תַּמְתִּיק בְּפִיו רָעָה Job 20:12 if evil gives a sweet taste in his mouth (declarative Hiph.); 1st person plural אֲשֶׁר יַחְדָּו נַמְתִּיק סוֺד Psalm 55:15 [Psalm 55:14] we who used to make sweet (our) intimacy.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


15:25; 15:25


20:12; 21:33; 21:33




9:17; 9:17

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4985 matches the Hebrew מָתַק (māṯaq),
which occurs 5 times in 5 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:25 - Then he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet.
There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:12 - “Though evil tastes sweet in his mouth
And he hides it under his tongue,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:33 - “The clods of the valley will [fn]gently cover him;
Moreover, all mankind will [fn]follow after him,
While countless others go before him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:14 - We who had sweet [fn]fellowship together,
Walked in the house of God among the commotion.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:17 - “Stolen water is sweet;
And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”

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