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Lexicon :: Strong's H5998 - ʿāmal

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A primitive root
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Strong’s Definitions

עָמַל ʻâmal, aw-mal'; a primitive root; to toil, i.e. work severely and with irksomeness:—(take) labour (in).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 11x

The KJV translates Strong's H5998 in the following manner: labour (8x), take (3x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 11x
The KJV translates Strong's H5998 in the following manner: labour (8x), take (3x).
  1. to labour, toil

    1. (Qal) to labour

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
עָמַל ʻâmal, aw-mal'; a primitive root; to toil, i.e. work severely and with irksomeness:—(take) labour (in).
STRONGS H5998: Abbreviations
עָמַל verb labour, toil (Late Hebrew id.; Arabic bdb076501 labour, make; Sabean עמל work (? noun or verb) CISiv. No. 250; Aramaic עֲמַל, bdb076502; Zinjirli עמל; Assyrian nîmelu, gain, possessions); —
Qal Perfect 3rd person masculine singular ע׳ Ecclesiastes 2:21; 3rd person feminine singular עָֽמְלָה Proverbs 16:26; 2nd person masculine singular עָמַלְתָּ Jonah 4:10; 1st person singular עָמַלְתִּי Ecclesiastes 2:11 + 2 times; 3rd person plural עָֽמְלוּ Psalm 127:1; Imperfect 3rd person masculine singular יַעֲמֹל Ecclesiastes 1:3 + 3 times; — labour (very late): in building Psalm 127:1; tillage, with בְּ Jonah 4:10; generally, with בְּ Ecclesiastes 2:21, with לְ Proverbs 16:26; Ecclesiastes 5:15, with לְ + infinitive Ecclesiastes 8:17; עֲמָלוֺ שֶׁיַּעֲמֹל Ecclesiastes 1:3; Ecclesiastes 5:17, compare Ecclesiastes 2:11, 19, 20.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


127:1; 127:1


16:26; 16:26


1:3; 1:3; 2:11; 2:11; 2:19; 2:20; 2:21; 2:21; 5:15; 5:17; 8:17


4:10; 4:10


Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H5998 matches the Hebrew עָמַל (ʿāmal),
which occurs 11 times in 11 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 127:1 - A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 16:26 - A worker’s appetite works for him;
his mouth urges him on.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 1:3 - What does man gain by all the toil
at which he toils under the sun?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:11 - Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:19 - and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:20 - So I turned about and gave my heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors under the sun,
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:21 - because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:16 - This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:18 - Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment[fn] in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 8:17 - then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 4:10 - And the LORD said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night.
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