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Lexicon :: Strong's H517 - 'ēm

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Part of Speech
feminine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive word
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TWOT Reference: 115a

Strong’s Definitions

אֵם ʼêm, ame; a primitive word; a mother (as the bond of the family); in a wide sense (both literally and figuratively [like father]):—dam, mother, × parting.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 220x

The KJV translates Strong's H517 in the following manner: mother (214x), dam (5x), parting (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 220x
The KJV translates Strong's H517 in the following manner: mother (214x), dam (5x), parting (1x).
  1. mother

    1. of humans

    2. of Deborah's relationship to the people (fig.)

    3. of animals

  2. point of departure or division

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
אֵם ʼêm, ame; a primitive word; a mother (as the bond of the family); in a wide sense (both literally and figuratively [like father]):—dam, mother, × parting.
STRONGS H517: Abbreviations
אֵם 221 noun feminine mother (Phoenician אם, Arabic أُمًّ, إِمًّ Ethiopic እዎ, Sabean אם (only in proper names compare e. g. BaeRel 118) Assyrian ummu COTGloss; Aramaic אֵם, אִימָּא, axmAe  ) — א׳ absolute Genesis 32:12 +; construct Genesis 3:20 +; suffix אִמִּי Genesis 20:12 + etc.; plural only suffix אִמֹּתֵנוּ Lamentations 5:3; אִמֹּתָם Jeremiah 16:3; Lamentations 2:12 (twice in verse); —
1. literal (human) mother, as parent Genesis 20:12; Genesis 32:12; Genesis 44:20; Exodus 2:8; Psalm 51:7; Psalm 113:9 (opposed to עֲקֶרֶת) Jeremiah 15:8 10; Jeremiah 20:14; Jeremiah 22:26; Jeremiah 50:12; 1 Chronicles 4:9; Songs 6:9; Songs 8:5 +; hence of Eve אֵם כָּל־חָ֑י Genesis 3:20; in poetry of birth, יָצָא מִבֶּטֶן אֵם Job 1:21; Ecclesiastes 5:14; יָצָא מֵרֶחֶם אֵם Numbers 12:12 compare Psalm 139:13 (Jeremiah 20:18 &) מִמְּעֵי אִמִּי גּוֺזִי Psalm 71:6 (subject י׳, compare גחה Psalm 22:10; > גּוֺזִי = my benefactor from birth Thes Ew Hup Pe); also וַתְּהִי אִמִּי קִבְרִי Jeremiah 20:17; מִבֶּטֶן אֵם = from earliest existence Judges 16:17; Job 31:18; Psalm 22:11; so מִמְּעֵי אֵם Isaiah 49:1; as giving suck Songs 8:1 (שְׁדֵי אֵם) Psalm 22:10; compare Psalm 131:2 (see Exodus 2:9 compare Exodus 2:8); as exercising authority Genesis 21:21; Genesis 24:28; Genesis 27:11), 13) 14; Judges 17:2f; Ruth 1:8; Songs 3:4; Songs 8:2 etc.; especially of queen-mother as possessing dignity & influence 1 Kings 1:11; 1 Kings 2:13) 19) 20; 2 Chronicles 22:2), 3; Songs 3:11; Proverbs 31:1; compare names of mothers of kings of Judah 1 Kings 14:21), 31; 1 Kings 15:2), 10), 13 +; as shewing love & care 1 Samuel 2:19; 1 Kings 3:27; 1 Kings 17:23; 2 Kings 4:30; Isaiah 66:13 (simile of י׳'s comforting his people; compare also Genesis 27:45); as beloved & lamented 1 Kings 19:20 (|| אָב) Genesis 24:67; Psalm 35:14; בֶּן־אִמּוֺ = own (uterine) brother Genesis 43:29; & || אָח Genesis 27:29; Deuteronomy 13:7; Judges 8:19; Psalm 50:20; Psalm 69:9; Songs 1:6; compare Songs 8:1; so בַּת־אִמּוֺ Leviticus 18:9; Leviticus 20:17; Deuteronomy 27:22 (|| בַּת־אָבִיו) Genesis 20:12; often with אָב, as parentes Jeremiah 16:3; Zechariah 13:3 (twice in verse); Isaiah 8:4; as rightfully claiming honour, authority, etc., compare above, Genesis 28:7 (P) compare Genesis 37:10 (E) Judges 14:2f, so in precept Proverbs 1:8; Proverbs 6:20; Proverbs 10:1; Proverbs 15:20 etc. compare Ezekiel 22:7; laws enjoining these Exodus 20:12 = Deuteronomy 5:16; Leviticus 19:3 compare Deuteronomy 22:15; laws prohib. contrary Exodus 21:15), 17 (E) Leviticus 20:9 (twice in verse) (H) Deuteronomy 21:18), 19; Deuteronomy 27:16; laws as to mourning for Leviticus 21:2), 11 (H) Numbers 6:7 (P) compare Jeremiah 16:7; Ezekiel 44:25; left for wife Genesis 2:24; for mother-in-law Ruth 2:24; [Ruth 2:11] for husband Deuteronomy 21:13 (law for captive women); compare Deuteronomy 33:9 (of devoted service of Levites); loving, caring for children Proverbs 4:3 (on the opposite compare Psalm 27:10); loved, cared for Joshua 2:13 compare Joshua 2:18; Joshua 6:23. 1 Samuel 22:3; 1 Kings 19:20 compare 2 Samuel 19:38.
†2. figurative of Deborah as caring for her people אֵם בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל Judges 5:7 (compare אָב Isaiah 22:21; Job 29:16); so of a city 2 Samuel 20:19 ('stock, race, community' RSK 28 compare Proph. iv. n 8); of Israel Hosea 2:4; Hosea 2:7; Hosea 4:5; compare Hosea 10:14; of Judah Isaiah 50:1 (twice in verse); of Hittite as mother of Jerusalem אָבִיךְ הָאֱמֹרִי וְאִמֵּךְ חִתִּית Ezekiel 16:3), 45 compare Ezekiel 16:44; Ezekiel 16:45; also Ezekiel 19:2), 10 & see Ezekiel 23:2.
† 3. of animals, dam Exodus 22:29 (of ox & sheep) Leviticus 22:27 (of bullock, sheep, or goat); Exodus 23:19 = Exodus 34:26 = Deuteronomy 14:21 (of kid); mother-bird Deuteronomy 22:6 (twice in verse); Deuteronomy 22:7; figurative Job 17:14 לַשַּׁחַת קָרָאתִי אָבִי אָ֑תָּה אִמִּי וַאֲחֹתִי לָרִמָּֽה ׃.
†4. = point of departure or division אֵם הַדֶּרֶךְ Ezekiel 21:26. (|| ראֹשׁ שְׁנֵי הַדְּרָכִים).
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


2:24; 3:20; 3:20; 20:12; 20:12; 20:12; 21:21; 24:28; 24:67; 27:11; 27:14; 27:29; 27:45; 28:7; 32:12; 32:12; 37:10; 43:29; 44:20


2:8; 2:8; 2:9; 20:12; 21:15; 21:17; 22:29; 23:19; 34:26


18:9; 19:3; 20:9; 20:17; 21:2; 21:11; 22:27


6:7; 12:12


5:16; 13:7; 14:21; 21:13; 21:18; 21:19; 22:6; 22:7; 22:15; 27:16; 27:22; 33:9


2:13; 2:18; 6:23


5:7; 8:19; 14:2; 16:17; 17:2



1 Samuel

2:19; 22:3

2 Samuel

19:38; 20:19

1 Kings

1:11; 2:13; 2:19; 2:20; 3:27; 14:21; 14:31; 15:2; 15:10; 15:13; 17:23; 19:20; 19:20

2 Kings


1 Chronicles


2 Chronicles

22:2; 22:3


1:21; 17:14; 29:16; 31:18


22:10; 22:10; 22:11; 27:10; 35:14; 50:20; 51:7; 69:9; 71:6; 113:9; 131:2; 139:13


1:8; 4:3; 6:20; 10:1; 15:20; 31:1



Song of Songs

1:6; 3:4; 3:11; 6:9; 8:1; 8:1; 8:2; 8:5


8:4; 22:21; 49:1; 50:1; 66:13


15:8; 15:10; 16:3; 16:3; 16:7; 20:14; 20:17; 20:18; 22:26; 50:12


2:12; 5:3


16:3; 16:44; 16:45; 16:45; 19:2; 19:10; 21:26; 22:7; 23:2; 44:25


2:4; 2:7; 4:5; 10:14



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H517 matches the Hebrew אֵם ('ēm),
which occurs 220 times in 202 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 5 (Gen 2:24–Deu 22:7)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 2:24 - Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 3:20 - And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:12 - And yet indeed she is my sister: she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:21 - And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took for him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:28 - And the damsel ran, and told these things to her mother's house.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:53 - And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: He gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:55 - And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:67 - And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:11 - And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:13 - And his mother said to him, upon me be thy curse, my son; only obey my voice, and go, bring them to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:14 - And he went, and took, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savory meat, such as his father loved.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 27:29 - Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee; be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 28:2 - Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 28:5 - And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padan-aram, to Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 28:7 - And that Jacob obeyed his father, and his mother, and was gone to Padan-aram;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 29:10 - And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother; that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:14 - And Reuben went, in the days of wheat-harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.
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 shall come and smite me, and the mother with the children.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:10 - And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said to him, what is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:29 - And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye spoke to me? And he said, God be gracious to thee, my son.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:20 - And we said to my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one: and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:8 - And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 20:12 - Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:15 - And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:17 - And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 22:30 - Likewise shalt thou do with thy oxen, and with thy sheep: seven days it shall be with his dam; on the eighth day thou shalt give it to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 23:19 - The first of the first-fruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 34:26 - The first of the first-fruits of thy land thou shalt bring to the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:7 - The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:9 - The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 18:13 - Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 19:3 - Ye shall fear every man his mother and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:9 - For every one that curseth his father or his mother, shall surely be put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:14 - And if a man shall take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they: that there be no wickedness among you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:17 - And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 20:19 - And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister, nor of thy father's sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:2 - But for his kin, that is near to him, that is, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:11 - Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 22:27 - When a bullock, or a sheep, or a goat is brought forth, then it shall be seven days under the dam; and from the eighth day and thenceforth it shall be accepted for an offering made by fire to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 24:11 - And the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the LORD, and cursed: and they brought him to Moses: (and his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:)
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 6:7 - He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:12 - Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed at the time of his birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 5:16 - Honor thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may be well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 13:6 - If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, who is as thy own soul, shall entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:21 - Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it to the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it to an alien: for thou art a holy people to the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:13 - And she shall put off from her the raiment of her captivity, and shall remain in thy house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that, thou shalt go in to her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:18 - If a man shall have a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have chastened him, will not hearken to them:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 21:19 - Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out to the elders of his city, and to the gate of his place;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:6 - If a bird's nest shall chance to be before thee in the way on any tree, or on the ground, whether with young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 22:7 - But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.

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