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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 happened as he drew near to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Now H4994 behold, I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 12:13 - “Please H4994 say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that [fn]I may live on account of you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:8 -

So Abram said to Lot, “Please H4994 let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:9 - “Is not the whole land before you? Please H4994 separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:14 -

And Yahweh said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now H4994 lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward;

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:5 - And He brought him outside and said, “Now H4994 look toward the heavens, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your seed be.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:2 - So Sarai said to Abram, “Now H4994 behold, Yahweh has shut my womb from bearing children. Please H4994 go in to my servant-woman; perhaps I will [fn]obtain children through her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:3 - and he said, “[fn]My Lord, if now H4994 I have found favor in Your sight, please H4994 do not [fn]pass Your servant by.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:4 - “Please H4994 let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and [fn]rest yourselves under the tree;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:21 - “I will go down now H4994 and see whether they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:27 - And Abraham answered and said, “Now H4994 behold, I have [fn]ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:30 - Then he said, “Oh H4994 may H4994 the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak; suppose thirty are found there?” And He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:31 - And he said, “Now H4994 behold, I have [fn]ventured to speak to the Lord; suppose twenty are found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it on account of the twenty.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:32 - Then he said, “Oh H4994 may H4994 the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once; suppose ten are found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it on account of the ten.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:2 - And he said, “Now H4994 behold, my lords, please H4994 turn aside into your servant’s house, and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” They said however, “No, but we shall spend the night in the square.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:7 - and said, “Please H4994, my brothers, do not act wickedly.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:8 - “Now H4994 behold, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please H4994 let me bring them out to you, and do to them what is good in your eyes; only do nothing to these men, inasmuch as they have come under the [fn]shelter of my roof.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:18 - But Lot said to them, “Oh H4994 no, my lords!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:19 - “Now H4994 behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your lovingkindness, which you have shown me by preserving my life; but I cannot escape to the [fn]mountains, lest calamity overtake me and I die;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:20 - now H4994 behold, this town is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please H4994, let me escape there (is it not small?) [fn]that my life may be preserved.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:2 - Then He said, “Take now H4994 your son, your only one, whom you love, Isaac, and go forth to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:2 - And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who ruled over all that he owned, “Please H4994 place your hand under my thigh,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:12 - And he said, “O Yahweh, the God of my master Abraham, please H4994 cause this to happen before me today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:14 - now may it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please H4994 let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I will give water to your camels to drink also’—may she be the one whom You have decided for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:17 - Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please H4994 give me a little water to drink from your jar.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:23 - and said, “Whose daughter are you? Please H4994 tell me, is there a place for us to lodge in your father’s house?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:42 -

“So I came today to the spring and said, ‘O Yahweh, the God of my master Abraham, if now H4994 You will make my journey on which I go successful;

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:43 - behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and may it be that the [fn]maiden who comes out to draw, and to whom I say, “Please H4994 let me drink a little water from your jar”;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:45 -

“Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah was coming out with her jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew, and I said to her, ‘Please H4994 give me a drink.’

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:30 - Then Esau said to Jacob, “Please H4994 give me a swallow from the red stuff[fn]this red stuff, for I am [fn]famished.” Therefore his name was called [fn]Edom.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:28 - Then they said, “We see plainly that Yahweh has been with you; so we said, ‘Let there now H4994 be an oath between us—between [fn]you and us—and let us cut a covenant with you,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:2 - [fn]And Isaac said, “Behold now H4994, I am old, and I do not know the day of my death.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:3 - “So now, please H4994 take up your gear, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:9 - “Go now H4994 to the flock and [fn]get for me two choice [fn]young goats from there, that I may prepare them as a savory dish for your father, such as he loves.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:19 - And Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn; I have done as you told me. Rise up, please H4994, sit and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:21 - Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please H4994 come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:26 - Then his father Isaac said to him, “Please H4994 come near and kiss me, my son.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:14 -

And in the days of the wheat harvest, Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please H4994 give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:27 - But Laban said to him, “If now H4994 I have found favor in your sight, stay with me; I have interpreted an omen that Yahweh has blessed me on your account.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:12 - “He said, ‘Lift up now H4994 your eyes and see that all the male goats which are [fn]mating are striped, speckled, and mottled; for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:11 - “Deliver me, I pray H4994, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and strike me down with the mothers and the children.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:29 - Then Jacob asked him and said, “Please H4994 tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And he blessed him there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:10 - And Jacob said, “No, please H4994, if now H4994 I have found favor in your sight, then take my present from my hand, [fn]for I see your face as one sees the face of God, and you have received me favorably.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:11 - “Please H4994 take my blessing which has been brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me and because I have [fn]everything.” Thus he urged him, and he took it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:14 - “Please H4994 let my lord pass on before his servant, and I will lead on slowly, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my lord at Seir.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:15 -

Then Esau said, “Please H4994 let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But he said, “Why do this? Let me find favor in the sight of my lord.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:8 -

But Hamor spoke with them, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter; please H4994 give her to him as a wife.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:6 - And he said to them, “Please H4994 listen to this dream which I have [fn]had:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:14 - Then he said to him, “Go now H4994 and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:16 - And he said, “I am seeking my brothers; please H4994 tell me where they are pasturing the flock.”

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