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Lexicon :: Strong's H5892 - ʿîr

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From עוּר (H5782) a city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post)
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TWOT Reference: 1587a,1615

Strong’s Definitions

עִיר ʻîyr, eer; or (in the plural) עָר ʻâr; or עָיַר ʻâyar; (Judges 10:4), from H5782 a city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post):—Ai (from margin), city, court (from margin), town.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 1,089x

The KJV translates Strong's H5892 in the following manner: city (1,074x), town (7x), every one (2x), variant (6x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 1,089x
The KJV translates Strong's H5892 in the following manner: city (1,074x), town (7x), every one (2x), variant (6x).
  1. excitement, anguish

    1. of terror

  2. city, town (a place of waking, guarded)

    1. city, town

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
עִיר ʻîyr, eer; or (in the plural) עָר ʻâr; or עָיַר ʻâyar; (Judges 10:4), from H5782 a city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post):—Ai (from margin), city, court (from margin), town.
STRONGS H5892: Abbreviations
I. עִיר noun [masculine] excitement; — of terror, וּבֶהָלוֺת ע׳ Jeremiah 15:9; of rage (si vera lectio), לֹא אָבוֺא בְּעִיר Hosea 11:9, but St proposes לְבָעֵר compare We Oort Now GASm. — בָּעִיר Psalm 73:20 see עור Hiph. — see II, III. עִיר.

II. עִיר 1092 noun feminineGenesis 10:12 (AlbrZAW xvi.40 f.) city, town (√ unknown; Late Hebrew id.; ? Phoenician ער Lzb345; Sabean ער fortified height (compare 3) PräZMG xxvi (1872), 437, ערן, עהרן city CISiv. pp. 94, 95, 173); — ע׳ absolute Genesis 4:17 +, construct Genesis 24:10 +; הָעִ֫ירָה 1 Kings 14:12 + 7 times; suffix עִירִי 2 Samuel 19:38 2 times, etc.; plural עָרִים Isaiah 6:11 +, עֲיָרִים Judges 10:4 (text error, or word-play, compare GFM); construct עָרֵי Genesis 19:29 +; suffix עָרַי Zechariah 1:17, עָרֵיכֶם Isaiah 1:7 +, etc.; —
1. city, town, abode of men Genesis 4:17 (J) and often; גְּדֹלָה Genesis 10:12 (J), +, or קְטַנָּה Ecclesiastes 9:14 (compare Genesis 19:20); especially
a. fortified: עָרִים בְּצֻרוֺת 2 Samuel 20:6 +, etc., see בָּצַר, מִבְצָר; עִיר מִבְצַרצֹֿר Joshua 19:29 (P) fortified city (of) Tyre, מָצוֺר ע׳ Psalm 31:22 +, etc., see מָצוֺר, מְצוּרָה below צוּר (Micah 7:12 see מָצוֺר); עָזלָֿנוּ ע׳ Isaiah 26:1, עָרֵי מָעוּזּוֺ Isaiah 17:9; וּבְרִיחַ דְּלָתַיִם ע׳ 1 Samuel 23:7; חוֺמָה ע׳ Leviticus 25:29, compare Leviticus 25:30 (P), 1 Kings 4:13; on Hosea 10:14 see I. עַם 2b (1 Samuel 9:14 read הַשֵּׁעַר Greek Version of the LXX We Dr and others).
b. opposed to הַפְּרָזִי כֹּפֶר 1 Samuel 6:18, הַפּ׳ עָרֵי Deuteronomy 3:5, הַפְּרָזוֹת ע׳ Esther 9:19; distinguished from dependencies חֲצֵרִים Joshua 13:23 + often P.
c. עָרֶיה are dependent towns Joshua 13:17 (P), Jeremiah 19:15.
†d. עָרֵי הַמַּמְלָכָה Joshua 10:2 (JE) royal cities (i.e. with a king, compare Tel Amarna al šarri), so singular 1 Samuel 27:5, opposed to הַשָּׁדֶה עָרֵי 1 Samuel 27:5 rural towns; הַמְּלוּכָה ע׳ 2 Samuel 12:26 (but read הַמַּיִם ע׳ We Bu Kit Löhr HPS, see 2 below).
†e. עֶרֵי מִסְכְּנוֺת Exodus 1:11 storage-cities, so 1 Kings 9:19 2 Chronicles 8:6, 4; 17:12; for נַפְתָּלִי ע׳ מ׳ 2 Chronicles 16:4 read probably כִּנְרוֺת עֵלוֿגו׳ (as 1 Kings 15:20; Be Kit Buhl); compare הֶרֶכֶב ע׳ 1 Kings 9:19; 1 Kings 10:26 2 Chronicles 8:6; 9:25; 2 Chronicles 1:14; הַפָּרָשִׁים ע׳ 1 Kings 9:19 2 Chronicles 8:6.
†f. (הַ)מִקְלָט ע׳ (P) asylum-cities Numbers 35:11, 13, 14; Joshua 20:2, compare Numbers 35:25, 26, 27, 28, 32, לְמִקְלָט ע׳ Numbers 35:12; מִקְלַט הָרֹצֵחַ ע׳ Joshua 21:13 + 4 times in Joshua 21.
g. (הָ)אֱלֹהִים ע׳ = Jerusalem: Psalm 46:5; Psalm 87:3, compare Psalm 48:2; Psalm 48:9; י׳ ע׳ Isaiah 60:14; Psalm 101:8; צְבָאוֺת י׳ ע׳ Psalm 48:9.
h. city = inhabitants 1 Samuel 4:13; 1 Samuel 5:12; Isaiah 22:2; Ruth 1:19, so 2 Samuel 20:22 (reading הָעִיר for MT הָעָם) Greek Version of the LXX We Dr and others (compare also following).
i. combinations are: רֹכְלִים ע׳ Ezekiel 17:4 city of merchants; מוֺשָׁב ע׳ Psalm 107:4; Psalm 107:7; Psalm 107:36 city for dwelling; especially of character or condition: † הַצֶּדֶק ע׳ Isaiah 1:26, † ע׳ הָאֱמֶת Zechariah 8:3; † הַקּדֶשׁ ע׳ Isaiah 48:2; Isaiah 52:1; Nehemiah 11:1, 18, compare Daniel 9:24, all of Jerusalem; עָרֵי קָדְשֶׁ֑ךָ Jeremiah 5:17 of Judaean cities; of foreign cities, תְּהִלָּךְ ע׳ Jeremiah 49:25, הָע׳ הַהֻלָּלה Ezekiel 26:17, הָעַלִּיזָה הָע׳ Zephaniah 2:15; of Jerusalem also הַיּוֺנָה הָע׳ Zephaniah 3:1 oppressive city, (הַ)דָּמִים ע׳ bloody city Ezekiel 22:2; Ezekiel 24:6, 9 and (of Nineveh) Nahum 3:1.
2. of fortress in a city especially עִיר דָּוִד 2 Samuel 5:7, 9; 2 Samuel 6:10 + often (see דָּוִד); כֵית הַבָּ֑עַל ע׳ 2 Kings 10:25 (crpt; Klo proposes דְּבִיר for ע׳, compare Kmp Benz Kit); הַמַּיִם ע׳ 2 Samuel 12:27 (so read also 2 Samuel 12:26, see 1d).
3. apparently fortified place, of any size, עִיר מִבְצָר בְּכָלעָֿרֵיהֶם מִמִּגְּדַּל נוֺצְרִים עַדֿ 2 Kings 17:9 2 Kings 18:8; compare Numbers 13:9 (P; but on compare of ver. see Di); perhaps also עֲמָלֵק ע׳ 1 Samuel 15:5 (HPS). — Hosea 7:4 see I. עור Hiph.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


4:17; 4:17; 10:12; 10:12; 19:20; 19:29; 24:10




25:29; 25:30


13:9; 35:11; 35:12; 35:13; 35:14; 35:25; 35:26; 35:27; 35:28; 35:32




10:2; 13:17; 13:23; 19:29; 20:2; 21:13





1 Samuel

4:13; 5:12; 6:18; 9:14; 15:5; 23:7; 27:5; 27:5

2 Samuel

5:7; 5:9; 6:10; 12:26; 12:26; 12:27; 19:38; 20:6; 20:22

1 Kings

4:13; 9:19; 9:19; 9:19; 10:26; 14:12; 15:20

2 Kings

10:25; 17:9; 18:8

2 Chronicles

1:14; 8:4; 8:6; 8:6; 8:6; 9:25; 16:4; 17:12


11:1; 11:18




31:22; 46:5; 48:2; 48:9; 48:9; 73:20; 87:3; 101:8; 107:4; 107:7; 107:36




1:7; 1:26; 6:11; 17:9; 22:2; 26:1; 48:2; 52:1; 60:14


5:17; 15:9; 19:15; 49:25


17:4; 22:2; 24:6; 24:9; 26:17




7:4; 10:14; 11:9






2:15; 3:1


1:17; 8:3

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H5892 matches the Hebrew עִיר (ʿîr),
which occurs 1,095 times in 936 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 19 (Gen 4:17–Lev 25:29)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 4:17 -

Then Cain [fn]knew his wife, and she conceived and [fn]gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city H5892 and called the name of the city H5892 Enoch, after the name of his son.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:11 - From that land he went out to Assyria and built Nineveh and Rehoboth-Ir and Calah,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 10:12 - and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city H5892.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:4 - And they said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city H5892, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, lest we be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:5 - Then Yahweh came down to see the city H5892 and the tower which the sons of men had built.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:8 - So Yahweh scattered them from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city H5892.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:12 - Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived in the cities H5892 of the [fn]valley and moved his tents as far as Sodom.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:24 - “Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city H5892; will You indeed sweep it away and not [fn]spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:26 - So Yahweh said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city H5892, then I will [fn]spare the whole place on their account.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:28 - “Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the whole city H5892 because of five?” And He said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:4 - Before they lay down, the men of the city H5892, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, from young to old, all the people [fn]from every quarter;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:12 -

Then the two men said to Lot, “Whom else have you here? A son-in-law, and your sons, and your daughters, and everyone you have in the city H5892, bring them out of the place;

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:14 - And Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who [fn]were to marry his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place, for Yahweh will destroy the city H5892.” But he appeared to his sons-in-law [fn]to be jesting.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:15 -

Now at the [fn]breaking of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Get up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the [fn]punishment of the city H5892.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:16 - But he hesitated. So the men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the [fn]hands of his two daughters, for the compassion of Yahweh was upon him; and they brought him out and put him outside the city H5892.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:20 - now behold, this town H5892 is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please, let me escape there (is it not small?) [fn]that my life may be preserved.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:21 - And he said to him, “Behold, I grant you this [fn]request also, that I will not overthrow the city H5892 of which you have spoken.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:22 - “Hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city H5892 was called [fn]Zoar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:25 - and He overthrew those cities H5892, and all the [fn]valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities H5892, and what grew on the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:29 -

Thus it happened, when God destroyed the cities H5892 of the [fn]valley, that God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities H5892 in which Lot lived.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:10 - Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the sons of Heth, even of all who went in at the gate of his city H5892, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 23:18 - to Abraham as purchased in the sight of the sons of Heth, before all who came in at the gate of his city H5892.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:10 -

Then the servant took ten camels from the camels of his master, and he went with all kinds of good things of his master’s in his hand. So he arose and went to [fn]Mesopotamia, to the city H5892 of Nahor.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:11 - And he made the camels kneel down outside the city H5892 by the well of water at evening time, the time when the women go out to draw water.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:13 - “Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city H5892 are coming out to draw water;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:33 - So he called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city H5892 is Beersheba to this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 28:19 - And he called the name of that place [fn]Bethel; however, [fn]previously the name of the city H5892 had been Luz.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 33:18 -

Now Jacob came safely to the city H5892 of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Paddan-aram, and he camped before the city H5892.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:20 - So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city H5892 and spoke to the men of their city H5892, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:24 - And all who went out of the gate of his city H5892 listened to Hamor and to his son Shechem, and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city H5892.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:25 -

Now it happened on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, each took his sword and came upon the unsuspecting city H5892 and killed every male.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:27 - Jacob’s sons came upon the slain and plundered the city H5892 because they had defiled their sister.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:28 - They took their flocks and their herds and their donkeys and that which was in the city H5892 and that which was in the field;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:5 -

Then they journeyed on, and there was [fn]a terror from God upon the cities H5892 which were around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 36:32 - And Bela the son of Beor became king in Edom, and the name of his city H5892 was Dinhabah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 36:35 - Then Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who struck down Midian in the field of Moab, became king in his place; and the name of his city H5892 was Avith.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 36:39 - Then Baal-hanan the son of Achbor died, and [fn]Hadar became king in his place; and the name of his city H5892 was [fn]Pau; and his wife’s name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, daughter of Mezahab.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:35 - “Then let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and let them store up the grain for food in the cities H5892 under Pharaoh’s authority, and let them keep watch over it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:48 - So he gathered all the food of these seven years which happened in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities H5892; he placed in every city H5892 the food from its own surrounding fields.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:4 - Now they had just gone out of the city H5892 and were not far off when Joseph said to his house steward, “Arise, pursue the men; you shall overtake them and say to them, ‘Why have you repaid evil for good?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 44:13 - Then they tore their clothes, and each man loaded his donkey and returned to the city H5892.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 47:21 - As for the people, he moved them to the cities H5892 from one end of Egypt’s border to the other end.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:11 - So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with [fn]hard labors. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities H5892, Pithom and Raamses.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 9:29 - And Moses said to him, “As soon as I go out of the city H5892, I will spread out my [fn]hands to Yahweh; the [fn]thunder will cease, and there will be hail no longer, that you may know that the earth is Yahweh’s.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 9:33 - And Moses went out of the city H5892 from Pharaoh and spread out his [fn]hands to Yahweh; and the [fn]thunder and the hail ceased, and rain [fn]no longer poured on the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 14:40 - then the priest shall command them to tear out the stones with the mark in them and throw them away [fn]at an unclean place outside the city H5892.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 14:41 - “And he shall have the house scraped all around [fn]inside, and they shall pour out the plaster that they scrape off at an unclean place outside the city H5892.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 14:45 - “He shall therefore tear down the house, its stones and its timbers and all the plaster of the house, and he shall take them outside the city H5892 to an unclean place.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 14:53 - “However, he shall let the live bird go free outside the city H5892 into the open field. So he shall make atonement for the house, and it will be clean.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 25:29 -

‘Likewise, if a man sells a house for habitation in a walled city H5892, then his redemption right remains valid until a full year from its sale; his right of redemption lasts a full year.

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