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Lexicon :: Strong's H5254 - nāsâ

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Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
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TWOT Reference: 1373

Strong’s Definitions

נָסָה nâçâh, naw-saw'; a primitive root; to test; by implication, to attempt:—adventure, assay, prove, tempt, try.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 36x

The KJV translates Strong's H5254 in the following manner: prove (20x), tempt (12x), assay (2x), adventure (1x), try (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 36x
The KJV translates Strong's H5254 in the following manner: prove (20x), tempt (12x), assay (2x), adventure (1x), try (1x).
  1. to test, try, prove, tempt, assay, put to the proof or test

    1. (Piel)

      1. to test, try

      2. to attempt, assay, try

      3. to test, try, prove, tempt

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
נָסָה nâçâh, naw-saw'; a primitive root; to test; by implication, to attempt:—adventure, assay, prove, tempt, try.
STRONGS H5254: Abbreviations
† [נָסָה] verb Pi. test, try (Late Hebrew id., Pi.; Targum Pa. נַסִּי; Syriac Pa. bdb065001; compare Ethiopic bdb065002 temptation); —
Pi. Perfect 3rd person masculine singular נִסָּה Deuteronomy 4:34 + 3 times; suffix נִסָּהוּ Exodus 15:25; 3rd person feminine singular נִסְּתָה Deuteronomy 28:56; 1st person singular נִסִּיתִי Ecclesiastes 7:23, + 4 times Perfect; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular suffix יְנַסֵּם Daniel 1:14; 1st person singular אֲנַסֶּה Judges 6:39; suffix אֲנַסְּכָה Ecclesiastes 2:2; 3rd person masculine plural יְנַסּוּ Numbers 14:22; 2nd person masculine plural תְּנַסּ֑וּן Exodus 17:2, + 7 times Imperfect; Imperative נַס Daniel 1:12; suffix נַסֵּנִי Psalm 26:2; Infinitive construct נַסּוֺת Exodus 20:20, + 8 times Infinitive; Participle מְנַסֶּה Deuteronomy 13:4; —
1. test, try (synonym בחן), absolute 1 Samuel 17:39 (a sword); with בְּ Judges 7:39; Ecclesiastes 2:1; with accusative Daniel 1:12, 14; accusative + בְּ 1 Kings 10:1 2 Chronicles 9:1; Ecclesiastes 7:23.
2. attempt, assay, try to do a thing, with Infinitive Deuteronomy 4:34; Deuteronomy 28:56; with accusative Job 4:2 (venture a word).
3. test, try, prove, tempt [but not in modern sense of the word: see DrDeuteronomy 6:16; Psalms 453, 483]
a. God tests or proves Abraham Genesis 22:1 (E), Israel Exodus 15:25; Exodus 20:20 (E), Exodus 16:4 (J), Deuteronomy 8:2, 16; Deuteronomy 13:4; with בְּ Judges 2:22; Judges 3:1, 4; tribe of Levi Deuteronomy 33:8 (poem); Hezekiah 2 Chronicles 32:31; psalmist Psalm 26:2.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs




15:25; 15:25; 16:4; 17:2; 17:2; 17:7; 20:20; 20:20


14:22; 14:22


4:34; 4:34; 6:16; 6:16; 8:2; 8:16; 13:4; 13:4; 28:56; 28:56; 33:8


2:22; 3:1; 3:4; 6:39

1 Samuel


1 Kings


2 Chronicles

9:1; 32:31




26:2; 26:2; 78:18; 78:41; 78:56; 95:9; 106:14


2:1; 2:2; 7:23; 7:23




1:12; 1:12; 1:14; 1:14

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H5254 matches the Hebrew נָסָה (nāsâ),
which occurs 36 times in 34 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:1 - Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:25 - So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:4 - Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:2 - Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, “Give us water, that we may drink.” So Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the LORD?”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:7 - So he called the name of the place Massah[fn] and Meribah,[fn] because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 20:20 - And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 14:22 - “because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:34 - “Or did God ever try to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 6:16 - “You shall not tempt the LORD your God as you tempted Him in Massah.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:2 - “And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 8:16 - “who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end—
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 13:3 - “you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:56 - “The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her delicateness and sensitivity, will refuse[fn] to the husband of her bosom, and to her son and her daughter,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 33:8 - And of Levi he said:

Let Your Thummim and Your Urim be with Your holy one,
Whom You tested at Massah,
And with whom You contended at the waters of Meribah,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 2:22 - “so that through them I may test Israel, whether they will keep the ways of the LORD, to walk in them as their fathers kept them, or not.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:1 - Now these are the nations which the LORD left, that He might test Israel by them, that is, all who had not known any of the wars in Canaan
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:4 - And they were left, that He might test Israel by them, to know whether they would obey the commandments of the LORD, which He had commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 6:39 - Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:39 - David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:1 - Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 9:1 - Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with hard questions, having a very great retinue, camels that bore spices, gold in abundance, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 32:31 - However, regarding the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, whom they sent to him to inquire about the wonder that was done in the land, God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:2 - If one attempts a word with you, will you become weary?
But who can withhold himself from speaking?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 26:2 - Examine me, O LORD, and prove me;
Try my mind and my heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:18 - And they tested God in their heart
By asking for the food of their fancy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:41 - Yes, again and again they tempted God,
And limited the Holy One of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:56 - Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God,
And did not keep His testimonies,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 95:9 - When your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they saw My work.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 106:14 - But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness,
And tested God in the desert.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:1 - I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:23 - All this I have proved by wisdom.
I said, “I will be wise”;
But it was far from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 7:12 - But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!”
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:12 - “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:14 - So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.
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