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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 - It came about, when he [fn]was approaching Egypt, that he said to his wife Sarai, “See now H4994, I know that you are a [fn]beautiful woman;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 12:13 - “Please H4994 say that you are my sister so that it may go well for 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 relatives!

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

The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now H4994 raise your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward, and eastward and westward;

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:5 - And He took him outside and said, “Now H4994 look toward the heavens and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your [fn]descendants be.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:2 - So Sarai said to Abram, “See now H4994, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Please H4994 have relations with my slave woman; perhaps I will [fn]obtain children through her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:3 - and 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 [fn]your feet, and make yourselves comfortable under the tree;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:21 - “I will go down now H4994 and see whether they have done entirely as the outcry, which has come to Me indicates; and if not, I will know.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:27 - And Abraham replied, “Now H4994 behold, I have [fn]ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am only 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, “No, but we shall spend the night in the public square.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:7 - and said, “Please H4994, my brothers, do not act wickedly.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:8 - “Now H4994 look, I have two daughters who have not [fn]had relations with any man; please H4994 let me bring them out to you, and do to them [fn]whatever you like; only do not do anything to these men, because 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 compassion, which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the [fn]mountains, for the disaster will overtake me and I will 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]so that my life may be saved.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:2 - Then He said, “Take now H4994 your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go 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 - Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household who was in charge of all that he owned, “Please H4994 place your hand under my thigh,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:12 - And he said, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, please H4994 [fn]grant me success today, and show kindness 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 [fn]who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:17 - Then the servant ran to meet her, and said, “Please H4994 let me drink a little water from your jar.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:23 - and he said, “Whose daughter are you? Please H4994 tell me, is there room for us to stay overnight at your father’s house?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:42 -

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

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:43 - behold, I am standing by the [fn]spring, and may it be that the [fn]young unmarried woman who comes out to draw water, 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 came out with her jar on her shoulder, and went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please H4994 let me drink.’

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:30 - and Esau said to Jacob, “Please H4994 let me have a mouthful of [fn]that red stuff there, for I am exhausted.” Therefore he was called [fn]Edom by name.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:28 - They said, “We have seen plainly that the LORD has been with you; so we said, ‘An oath must now H4994 be taken [fn]by us,’ that is, [fn]by you and us. So let us make a covenant with you,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:2 - Then [fn]Isaac said, “Behold now H4994, I am old and I do not know the day of my death.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:3 - “Now then, please H4994 take 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]bring me two choice [fn]young goats from there, so that I may prepare them as a delicious meal for your father, such as he loves.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:19 - Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn; I have done as you told me. Come now H4994, sit and eat of my game, so that [fn]you may bless me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:21 - Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please H4994 come close, so 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 close and kiss me, my son.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:14 -

Now in the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrake fruits 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 [fn]it pleases you at H4994 all H4994, stay with me; I have determined by divination that the LORD has blessed me on your account.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 31:12 - “He said, ‘Now H4994 raise your eyes and see that all the male goats that are [fn]mating are striped, speckled, or mottled; for I have seen everything that Laban has been doing to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:11 - “Save me, please H4994, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and [fn]attack me and the mothers with the children.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:29 - And 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 - Jacob said, “No, please H4994, if now H4994 I have found favor in your sight, then accept my gift 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 accept my [fn]gift which has been brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me and because I have [fn]plenty.” So he urged him, and he accepted it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:14 - “Please H4994 let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will proceed at my leisure, at the pace of the cattle that are ahead of me and at 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, “[fn]What need is there? 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 [fn]in marriage.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:6 - 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 - He said, “I am looking for my brothers; please H4994 tell me where they are pasturing the flock.

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