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Lexicon :: Strong's H5288 - naʿar

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masculine noun
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TWOT Reference: 1389a

Strong’s Definitions

נַעַר naʻar, nah'-ar; from H5287; (concretely) a boy (as active), from the age of infancy to adolescence; by implication, a servant; also (by interch. of sex), a girl (of similar latitude in age):—babe, boy, child, damsel (from the margin), lad, servant, young (man).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 238x

The KJV translates Strong's H5288 in the following manner: young man (76x), servant (54x), child (44x), lad (33x), young (15x), children (7x), youth (6x), babe (1x), boys (1x), young (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 238x
The KJV translates Strong's H5288 in the following manner: young man (76x), servant (54x), child (44x), lad (33x), young (15x), children (7x), youth (6x), babe (1x), boys (1x), young (1x).
  1. a boy, lad, servant, youth, retainer

    1. boy, lad, youth

    2. servant, retainer

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
נַעַר naʻar, nah'-ar; from H5287; (concretely) a boy (as active), from the age of infancy to adolescence; by implication, a servant; also (by interch. of sex), a girl (of similar latitude in age):—babe, boy, child, damsel (from the margin), lad, servant, young (man).
STRONGS H5288: Abbreviations
II. נַ֫עַר 239 noun masculine
1. boy, lad, youth.
2. retainer (not in P) (Late Hebrew as Biblical Hebrew; Phoenician נער Lzb324); — נ׳ absolute Genesis 37:2 +; construct 1 Samuel 2:13 +; suffix נַעֲרוֺ Judges 19:3 +, נַעֲרָהּ 2 Kings 4:24; plural נְעָרִים 1 Samuel 25:5 +, construct נַעֲרֵי Exodus 24:5 +; suffix נְעָרַי Nehemiah 4:10; Nehemiah 5:10, etc.; —
1. boy, lad, youth (approximately + 133 times)
a. of infant Exodus 2:6 (E; 3 months old), to be born Judges 13:5, 7, 8, 12, just born 1 Samuel 4:21, not weaned 1 Samuel 1:22; also Isaiah 8:4, compare Isaiah 7:16 +.
b. of lad just weaned 1 Samuel 1:24 (strike out 2nd נער, compare further Dr Bu HPS), 1 Samuel 1:25; 1 Samuel 1:27, etc.
c. = youth: of young Ishmael Genesis 21:12f. (E), Isaac Genesis 22:5, 12 (E), Joseph Genesis 37:2 (E; 17 years old), Benjamin Genesis 43:8; Genesis 44:22f. (J), sons of Samuel 1 Samuel 2:17, of Jesse 1 Samuel 16:11; קָטֹן נ׳ little lad 1 Samuel 20:35; 1 Kings 3:7; 2 Kings 5:14; Isaiah 11:6, קָטָן נ׳ 1 Kings 11:17, plural 2 Kings 2:23.
e. of marriageable age Genesis 34:19 (J), warrior Absalom 2 Samuel 18:5, 12 +, Zadok 1 Chronicles 12:28, etc.
2. servant, retainer (approximately + 105 times):
a. = personal attendant, household servant, Numbers 22:22 (J), Judges 7:10; Judges 7:11; Judges 19:3; 1 Samuel 9:3f.; 2 Kings 4:12; 2 Kings 4:25
Note. נער occurs in Pentateuch as Kt with Qr perpet. נַעֲרָה which see.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


14:24; 19:4; 21:12; 22:5; 22:12; 34:19; 37:2; 37:2; 43:8; 44:22


2:6; 10:9; 24:5








7:10; 7:11; 8:20; 13:5; 13:7; 13:8; 13:12; 19:3; 19:3

1 Samuel

1:22; 1:24; 1:25; 1:27; 2:13; 2:17; 4:21; 9:3; 16:11; 17:33; 17:42; 20:35; 25:5; 25:5

2 Samuel

2:14; 18:5; 18:12

1 Kings

3:7; 11:17; 20:14

2 Kings

2:23; 4:12; 4:24; 4:25; 5:14; 19:6

1 Chronicles

12:28; 22:5; 29:1

2 Chronicles

13:7; 34:3


4:10; 4:10; 4:17; 5:10




1:15; 1:16; 1:17


37:25; 148:12






3:4; 3:5; 7:16; 8:4; 10:19; 11:6; 20:4; 37:6; 65:20


1:6; 1:7; 51:22







Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H5288 matches the Hebrew נַעַר (naʿar),
which occurs 239 times in 221 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 5 (Gen 14:24–Jdg 19:3)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 14:24 - [fn]I will take nothing except what the young H5288 men H5288 have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their share.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:7 - Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and [fn]choice calf and gave it to the servant H5288, and he hurried to prepare it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:4 - Before they lay down, the men of the city—the men of Sodom—surrounded the house, both young H5288 and old, all the people [fn]from every quarter;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:12 - But God said to Abraham, “[fn]Do not be distressed because of the boy H5288 and your slave woman; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac [fn]your descendants shall be named.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:17 - God heard the boy H5288 crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “[fn]What is the matter with you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the boy H5288 where he is.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:18 - “Get up, lift up the boy H5288, and hold him by [fn]the hand, for I will make a great nation of him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:19 - Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the [fn]skin with water and gave the boy H5288 a drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:20 -

And God was with the boy H5288, and he grew; and he lived in the wilderness and became an archer.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:3 - So Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young H5288 men H5288 with him and his son Isaac; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place of which God had told him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:5 - Then Abraham said to his young H5288 men H5288, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the boy H5288 will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:12 - He said, “Do not reach out your hand against the boy H5288, and do not do anything to him; for now I know that you [fn]fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:19 - So Abraham returned to his young H5288 men H5288, and they got up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham lived in Beersheba.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:27 -

When the boys H5288 grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a [fn]civilized man, living in tents.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:19 - The young H5288 man H5288 did not delay to do [fn]this, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter. Now he was more respected than all the household of his father.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:2 - These are the records of the generations of Jacob.

Joseph, when he was seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers, while he was still a youth H5288, along with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:12 - “Now a Hebrew youth H5288 was there with us, a servant of the captain of the bodyguard, and we told him the dreams, and he interpreted our dreams for us. For each man he interpreted according to his own dream.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:8 - So Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the boy H5288 with me and we will arise and go, so that we may live and not die, we as well as you and our little ones.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:22 - “But we said to my lord, ‘The boy H5288 cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, [fn]his father would die.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:30 - “So now, when I come to your servant, my father, and the boy H5288 is not with us—since [fn]our father’s life is so attached to the boy’s life
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:31 - when he sees that the boy H5288 is not with us, he will die. So your servants will bring the gray hair of your servant, our father, down to Sheol in sorrow.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:32 - “For your servant accepted responsibility for the boy H5288 from my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then [fn]my father can let me take the blame forever.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:33 - “So now, please let your servant remain as a slave to my lord instead of the boy H5288, and let the boy H5288 go up with his brothers.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:34 - “For how shall I go up to my father if the boy H5288 is not with me? I fear that I may see the evil that would [fn]overtake my father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:16 -

The angel who has redeemed me from all evil,

Bless the boys H5288;

And may my name [fn]live on in them,

And the [fn]names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;

And may they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:6 - When she opened it, she [fn]saw the child, and behold, the boy H5288 was crying. And she had pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:9 - Moses said, “We shall go with our young H5288 and our old; with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we shall go, for we [fn]must hold a feast to the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 24:5 - And he sent young H5288 men H5288 of the sons of Israel, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed bulls as peace offerings to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 33:11 - So the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When [fn]Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young H5288 man H5288, would not depart from the tent.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:27 - So a young H5288 man H5288 ran and informed Moses, and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:22 - But God was angry that he was going, and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the road as an adversary against him. Now he was riding on his donkey, and his two servants H5288 were with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:50 - a nation [fn]with a defiant attitude, who will have no respect for the old, nor show favor to the young H5288.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 6:21 - They [fn]utterly destroyed everything in the city, both man and woman, young H5288 and old, and ox, sheep, and donkey, with the edge of the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 6:23 - So the young H5288 men H5288 who were spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all she had; they also brought out all her relatives, and placed them outside the camp of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 7:10 - “But if you are afraid to go down, go with Purah your servant H5288 down to the camp,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 7:11 - so that you will hear what they say; and afterward [fn]you will have the courage to go down against the camp.” So he went down with Purah his servant H5288 to the [fn]outposts of the army that was in the camp.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 8:14 - And he captured a youth H5288 from [fn]Succoth and questioned him. Then the youth wrote down for him the leaders of Succoth and its elders, seventy-seven men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 8:20 - So he said to Jether his firstborn, “Rise, kill them.” But the youth H5288 did not draw his sword, for he was afraid, because he was still a youth H5288.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:54 - Then he called quickly to the young H5288 man H5288, his armor bearer, and said to him, “Draw your sword and kill me, so that it will not be said of me, ‘A woman killed him.’” So [fn]the young H5288 man H5288 pierced him through, and he died.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:5 - “For behold, you will conceive and give birth to a son, and no razor shall come upon his head, for the boy H5288 shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he will begin to save Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:7 - “But he said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and now you shall not drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any [fn]unclean thing, for the boy H5288 shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:8 -

Then Manoah pleaded with the LORD and said, “Lord, please let the man of God whom You have sent come to us again so that he may teach us what we are to do for the boy H5288 who is to be born.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:12 - Then Manoah said, “Now when your words [fn]are fulfilled, what shall be the boy’s H5288 way of life and his vocation?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:24 -

So the woman gave birth to a son, and named him Samson; and the child H5288 grew up and the LORD blessed him.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:26 - Then Samson said to the boy H5288 who was holding his hand, “[fn]Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, so that I may lean against them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:7 -

Now there was a young H5288 man H5288 from Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he was [fn]staying there.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:11 - The Levite agreed to live with the man, and the young H5288 man H5288 became to him like one of his sons.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:12 - So Micah [fn]consecrated the Levite, and the young H5288 man H5288 became his priest and [fn]lived in the house of Micah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 18:3 - When they were near the house of Micah, they recognized the voice of the young H5288 man H5288, the Levite; and they turned aside there and said to him, “Who brought you here? And what are you doing in this place? And what do you have here?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 18:15 - So they turned aside there and came to the house of the young H5288 man H5288, the Levite, to the house of Micah, and asked [fn]him how he was doing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 19:3 - Then her husband set out and went after her to speak [fn]gently to her in order to bring her back, [fn]taking with him his servant H5288 and a pair of donkeys. And she brought him into her father’s house, and when the girl’s father saw him, he was glad to meet him.

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