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Lexicon :: Strong's H5288 - naʿar

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Part of Speech
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 - I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me—to Aner, Eshkol and Mamre. Let them have their share.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:7 - Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:4 - Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:12 - But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring[fn] will be reckoned.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:17 - God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:18 - Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:19 - Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:20 - God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:3 - Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:5 - He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:12 - “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 22:19 - Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:27 - The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:19 - The young man, who was the most honored of all his father’s family, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:2 - This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:12 - Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 43:8 - Then Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the boy along with me and we will go at once, so that we and you and our children may live and not die.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:22 - And we said to my lord, ‘The boy cannot leave his father; if he leaves him, his father will die.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:30 - “So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father, and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy’s life,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:31 - sees that the boy isn’t there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:32 - Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:33 - “Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:34 - How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:16 - the Angel who has delivered me from all harm —may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly on the earth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 2:6 - She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 10:9 - Moses answered, “We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, and with our flocks and herds, because we are to celebrate a festival to the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 24:5 - Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 33:11 - The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 11:27 - A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:22 - But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 28:50 - a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 6:21 - They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 6:23 - So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 7:10 - If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 7:11 - and listen to what they are saying. Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp.” So he and Purah his servant went down to the outposts of the camp.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 8:14 - He caught a young man of Sukkoth and questioned him, and the young man wrote down for him the names of the seventy-seven officials of Sukkoth, the elders of the town.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 8:20 - Turning to Jether, his oldest son, he said, “Kill them!” But Jether did not draw his sword, because he was only a boy and was afraid.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 9:54 - Hurriedly he called to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and kill me, so that they can’t say, ‘A woman killed him.’ ” So his servant ran him through, and he died.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:5 - You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:7 - But he said to me, ‘You will become pregnant and have a son. Now then, drink no wine or other fermented drink and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from the womb until the day of his death.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:8 - Then Manoah prayed to the LORD: “Pardon your servant, Lord. I beg you to let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:12 - So Manoah asked him, “When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule that governs the boy’s life and work?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 13:24 - The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the LORD blessed him,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:26 - Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:7 - A young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who had been living within the clan of Judah,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:11 - So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man became like one of his sons to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:12 - Then Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in his house.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 18:3 - When they were near Micah’s house, they recognized the voice of the young Levite; so they turned in there and asked him, “Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? Why are you here?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 18:15 - So they turned in there and went to the house of the young Levite at Micah’s place and greeted him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 19:3 - her husband went to her to persuade her to return. He had with him his servant and two donkeys. She took him into her parents’ home, and when her father saw him, he gladly welcomed him.

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