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Lexicon :: Strong's H5065 - nāḡaś

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Strong’s Definitions

נָגַשׂ nâgas, naw-gas'; a primitive root; to drive (an animal, a workman, a debtor, an army); by implication, to tax, harass, tyrannize:—distress, driver, exact(-or), oppress(-or), × raiser of taxes, taskmaster.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 23x

The KJV translates Strong's H5065 in the following manner: oppressor (7x), taskmasters (5x), exact (4x), distressed (2x), oppressed (2x), driver (1x), exactors (1x), taxes (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 23x
The KJV translates Strong's H5065 in the following manner: oppressor (7x), taskmasters (5x), exact (4x), distressed (2x), oppressed (2x), driver (1x), exactors (1x), taxes (1x).
  1. to press, drive, oppress, exact, exert demanding pressure

    1. (Qal)

      1. to press, drive

      2. to exact

      3. driver, taskmaster, ruler, oppressor, tyrant, lord, exactor of tribute (participle)

    2. (Niphal) to be hard pressed

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
נָגַשׂ nâgas, naw-gas'; a primitive root; to drive (an animal, a workman, a debtor, an army); by implication, to tax, harass, tyrannize:—distress, driver, exact(-or), oppress(-or), × raiser of taxes, taskmaster.
STRONGS H5065: Abbreviations
† [נָגַשׂ verb press, drive, oppress, exact (Assyrian nagâšu, throw down, overthrow, DlHWB 448; Arabic bdb062002 rouse and drive game, drive vehemently; Ethiopic bdb062003 reign, wield power, bdb062004 king); —
Qal Perfect נ׳ 2 Kings 23:25; Imperfect יִגּשֹׁ Deuteronomy 15:2; 2nd person masculine singular תִּגּשֹׁ Deuteronomy 15:3; 2nd person masculine plural תִּנְגּ֑שֹׁוּ Isaiah 58:3; — Participle נֹגֵשׂ Isaiah 9:3 +, etc.; —
1. press, drive to work (object עַצְּבֵיכֶם your workmen), Isaiah 58:3 (GesComm., De Di Du; exact [changing ע׳, which see]. Che, etc.); see 2.
2. exact with accusative כֶּסֶף, 2 Kings 23:35; followed by accusative of person only Deuteronomy 15:2, 13.
3. Participle (= substantive) driver, task-master Exodus 3:7; Exodus 5:6, 10, 13, 14; Job 3:18; (ass-) driver Job 39:7; of (arbitrary) ruler Isaiah 3:12, ruler (good sense) Zechariah 10:4; = foreign oppressor, tyrant Isaiah 9:3 (with בְּ) Isaiah 14:2, 4; Zechariah 9:8; exactor of tribute, Daniel 11:20; plural abstract lordship = lord, ruler, figurative of צְדָקָה (personified) Isaiah 60:17 (|| שָׁלוֺם פְּקֻדָּתֵךְ).
Niph. Perfect נִגַּשׂ 1 Samuel 13:6 + 2 times + Isaiah 3:5 (וְ consecutive); — hard pressed by enemy 1 Samuel 13:6, and so 1 Samuel 14:24 (but omitted by emendation, after Greek Version of the LXX, Th We Dr Kit Bu HPS); treated harshly, of suffering servant of י׳ Isaiah 53:7; reciprocal tyrannize over (ב׳) each other Isaiah 35.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


3:7; 5:6; 5:10; 5:13; 5:14


15:2; 15:2; 15:3; 15:13

1 Samuel

13:6; 13:6; 14:24

2 Kings

23:25; 23:35


3:18; 39:7


3:5; 3:12; 9:3; 9:3; 14:2; 14:4; 35; 53:7; 58:3; 58:3; 60:17




9:8; 10:4

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H5065 matches the Hebrew נָגַשׂ (nāḡaś),
which occurs 23 times in 23 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 3:7 - And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; H5065 for I know their sorrows;
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 5:6 - And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters H5065 of the people, and their officers, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 5:10 - And the taskmasters H5065 of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 5:13 - And the taskmasters H5065 hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 5:14 - And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters H5065 had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 15:2 - And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact H5065 it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD'S release.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 15:3 - Of a foreigner thou mayest exact H5065 it again: but that which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release;
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:6 - When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) H5065 then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:24 - And the men of Israel were distressed H5065 that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:35 - And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh: he exacted H5065 the silver and the gold of the people of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give it unto Pharaohnechoh.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:18 - There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. H5065
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:7 - He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver. H5065
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:5 - And the people shall be oppressed, H5065 every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 3:12 - As for my people, children are their oppressors, H5065 and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 9:4 - For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, H5065 as in the day of Midian.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 14:2 - And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors. H5065
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 14:4 - That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor H5065 ceased! the golden city ceased!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 53:7 - He was oppressed, H5065 and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 58:3 - Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact H5065 all your labours.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 60:17 - For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors H5065 righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 11:20 - Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes H5065 in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 9:8 - And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor H5065 shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 10:4 - Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor H5065 together.
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