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Lexicon :: Strong's H4994 - nā'

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Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive particle of incitement and entreaty, which may usually be rendered:
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Strong’s Definitions

נָא nâʼ, naw; a primitive particle of incitement and entreaty, which may usually be rendered; 'I pray', 'now', or 'then'; added mostly to verbs (in the Imperative or Future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjunction:—I beseech (pray) thee (you), go to, now, oh.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 9x

The KJV translates Strong's H4994 in the following manner: now, I beseech ..., I pray ..., Oh, go to.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 9x
The KJV translates Strong's H4994 in the following manner: now, I beseech ..., I pray ..., Oh, go to.
  1. I (we) pray, now, please

    1. used in entreaty or exhortation

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
נָא nâʼ, naw; a primitive particle of incitement and entreaty, which may usually be rendered; 'I pray', 'now', or 'then'; added mostly to verbs (in the Imperative or Future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjunction:—I beseech (pray) thee (you), go to, now, oh.
STRONGS H4994: Abbreviations
I. נָא particle of entreaty or exhortation I (we) pray, now (enclitic) (Syriac acn, Wcn; compare Ethiopic ነዲ፡ veni, age! Di§ 160.1 Lex675ii. 244); — attached:
1. to the imperative, especially in colloquial style, when it expresses an entreaty or admonition, as Genesis 12:13 אִמְרִי־נָא say, I pray, Genesis 13:9 הִפָּרֶד־ מֵעָלַי נָא, Genesis 13:14 שָׂא־נָא עֵינֶיךָ, Genesis 15:5 הַבֶּט־נָא השׁמימה, Genesis 24:2 + often, Numbers 20:10 שׁמעו־נא המוֺרים, Judges 13:4; Judges 16:6, 10, 28; Judges 18:5, etc., Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 5:3; Amos 7:2, 5; rarely in a command, Genesis 22:2; Isaiah 7:3). Ironically, in a challenge, Isaiah 47:12; Job 40:10. Once anomalously attached to a substantive, or (accents) prefixed to a verb, Numbers 12:13 אֵ֕ל נָא֛ רְָפָ֥א נָא֖ (Ew § 246 a Di אַל־נָא; see 3b).
2. to the perfect with waw consecutive, in a precative sense (Dr§ 119 δ) Genesis 40:14.
3. to the imperfect, when leave is asked, or a prayer or desire expressed;
a. in 1st person, especially with ה cohortative, Genesis 19:8 אוציאה־נא let me, I pray, bring out, Genesis 19:20 אִמָּֽלְטָה־נָּא שָׁ֑מָּה, Genesis 24:12 הַקְרֵה־נָא לְפָנַי Genesis 24:14 הַטִּי־נָא Genesis 24:17; Genesis 24:23; Genesis 24:43; Genesis 24:45; Genesis 25:30; Genesis 32:12, 30 + often, Exodus 3:18 נלכה־נא let us go, I pray, Numbers 20:17; Isaiah 5:5; and in self-deliberation, Genesis 18:21 ארדה־נּא I will go down, now ! Exodus 3:3 אסורה־נּא ואראה I will turn aside, now, and see, 2 Samuel 14:15; Songs 3:2; Isaiah 5:1; with אַל Job 32:21.
b. in 2nd person, with אַל, in deprecation, Genesis 18:3 אל־נא תעבר מעל עבדך, Genesis 19:7; Genesis 47:29; Numbers 10:31, etc.; hence elliptical אל־נא do not, I pray, (do this,) Genesis 19:18; Genesis 33:10; Numbers 12:13 Ew Di.
c. in 3rd person, Genesis 18:4 יֻקַּח־נָא let there be brought, I pray, Genesis 26:28; Genesis 33:14; Genesis 44:18, 33, etc., 2 Samuel 14:11, 12, 17; 1 Kings 17:21; 2 Kings 2:9; Psalm 7:10; Psalm 118:2; Psalm 118:3; ironically Isaiah 19:12; Isaiah 47:13, or defiantly Jeremiah 17:15 where is the word of J.? יָבוֺא נָא; with אַל, Genesis 13:8 אַל־נָא תְהִי מְרִיבָה, Genesis 18:30 אַל־נָא יִחַר לַאדֹנָי, Genesis 37:27; Numbers 12:12.
4. joined to conjunctions and interjections:
a. [אָהּ־נָא, contracted] H577 אָ֫נָּא.
b. אַל־נָא see above 3b, c.
c. אִם־נָא, especially in the phrase אם נא מצאתי חן בעיניך, used by one craving a favourable hearing Genesis 30:27; Genesis 33:10; Judges 6:17; 1 Samuel 27:5, and with נא repeated in the request itself Genesis 18:3; Genesis 47:29; Genesis 50:4; Exodus 33:13; Exodus 34:9; otherwise Genesis 24:42.
d. הִנֵּה־נָא behold, I pray, craving a favourable consideration of the fact pointed to by הִנֵּה, and of the request founded upon it (with which נא is often repeated), Genesis 12:11; Genesis 16:2; Genesis 18:27, 31; Genesis 19:2, 8, 19, 20; Genesis 27:2; Judges 13:3; Judges 19:9; 1 Samuel 9:6; 1 Samuel 16:15; 2 Samuel 13:24; 2 Kings 2:16, 19; 2 Kings 4:9 +, Job 13:18; Job 33:2; Job 40:15, 16.
e. (לנו) אוֺי־נָא לי Woe, now, to me (us) ! Jeremiah 4:31; Jeremiah 45:3; Lamentations 5:16.
f. אַיֵּה־נָא where, pray ? Psalm 115:2.
g. נֶגְדָּה־נָּא, peculiarly, Psalm 116:14; Psalm 116:18 my vows to J. I will perform, נגדה־נא לכל־עמו O that (it may be) before all his people !

† II. נָא adjective raw, of flesh Exodus 12:9 (P; opposed to H1311 בשׁל). I. נָא above.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


12:11; 12:13; 13:8; 13:9; 13:14; 15:5; 16:2; 18:3; 18:3; 18:4; 18:21; 18:27; 18:30; 18:31; 19:2; 19:7; 19:8; 19:8; 19:18; 19:19; 19:20; 19:20; 22:2; 24:2; 24:12; 24:14; 24:17; 24:23; 24:42; 24:43; 24:45; 25:30; 26:28; 27:2; 30:27; 32:12; 32:30; 33:10; 33:10; 33:14; 37:27; 40:14; 44:18; 44:33; 47:29; 47:29; 50:4


3:3; 3:18; 12:9; 33:13; 34:9


10:31; 12:12; 12:13; 12:13; 20:10; 20:17


6:17; 13:3; 13:4; 16:6; 16:10; 16:28; 18:5; 19:9

1 Samuel

9:6; 16:15; 27:5

2 Samuel

13:24; 14:11; 14:12; 14:15; 14:17

1 Kings


2 Kings

2:9; 2:16; 2:19; 4:9


13:18; 32:21; 33:2; 40:10; 40:15; 40:16


7:10; 115:2; 116:14; 116:18; 118:2; 118:3

Song of Songs



1:18; 5:1; 5:3; 5:5; 7:3; 19:12; 47:12; 47:13


4:31; 17:15; 45:3




7:2; 7:5

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4994 matches the Hebrew נָא (nā'),
which occurs 403 times in 374 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 8 (Gen 12:11–Gen 37:16)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 12:11 - And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, H4994 I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 12:13 - Say, I pray thee, H4994 thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:8 - And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:9 - Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:14 - And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:5 - And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:2 - And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:3 - And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:4 - Let a little water, I pray you, H4994 be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:21 - I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:27 - And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:30 - And he said unto him, Oh H4994 let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:31 - And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:32 - And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:2 - And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:7 - And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:8 - Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:18 - And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:19 - Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:20 - Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:2 - And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:2 - And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:12 - And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:14 - And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:17 - And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:23 - And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:42 - And I came this day unto the well, and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:43 - Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:45 - And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:30 - And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:28 - And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:2 - And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:3 - Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:9 - Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:19 - And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:21 - And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:26 - And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:14 - And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:27 - And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:12 - And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:11 - Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:29 - And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:10 - And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:11 - Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:14 - Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:15 - And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:8 - And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:6 - And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:14 - And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:16 - And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

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