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Lexicon :: Strong's H665 - 'ēp̄er

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From an unused root meaning to bestrew
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TWOT Reference: 150a

Strong’s Definitions

אֵפֶר ʼêpher, ay'-fer; from an unused root meaning to bestrew; ashes:—ashes.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 22x

The KJV translates Strong's H665 in the following manner: ashes (22x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 22x
The KJV translates Strong's H665 in the following manner: ashes (22x).
  1. ashes

  2. (CLBL) worthlessness (fig.)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
אֵפֶר ʼêpher, ay'-fer; from an unused root meaning to bestrew; ashes:—ashes.
STRONGS H665: Abbreviations
אֵ֫פֶר noun [masculine] ashes (as light, flying?) — א׳ absolute Genesis 18:27 +; construct Numbers 19:9, 10ashes of red heifer, used in purifications Numbers 19:9, 10; on head, as sign of humiliation 2 Samuel 13:19; contrition Daniel 9:3 (|| צוֺם, שַׂק), Jonah 3:6 (|| שַׂק) compare Job 42:6 (עָפָר וא׳), Isaiah 58:5 (|| שַׂק); mourning Esther 4:1, 3(|| שַׂק) compare Job 2:8 (ישׁב בתוך הא׳), Jeremiah 6:26 (|| שַׂק), Ezekiel 27:30 (|| עפר); in simile scattereth hoarfrost כָּא׳ Psalm 147:16; but also as filthy, loathsome כעפר וא׳ Job 30:19 (Di simile of mourning, grief), as worthless, מִשְׁלֵי א׳ Job 13:12 proverbs of ashes; figurative of worthlessness Isaiah 44:20; insignificance עפר וא׳ Genesis 18:27; ignominy Ezekiel 28:18; Malachi 3:21; distress & sorrow כַּלָּחֶם אָכָ֑לְתִּי א׳ Psalm 102:10 (so Assyrian compare ZimBP 42) compare Lamentations 3:16; Isaiah 61:3 (אֵפֶר תַּחַת פְּאֵר).
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


18:27; 18:27


19:9; 19:9; 19:10; 19:10

2 Samuel



4:1; 4:3


2:8; 13:12; 30:19; 42:6


102:10; 147:16


44:20; 58:5; 61:3






27:30; 28:18





Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H665 matches the Hebrew אֵפֶר ('ēp̄er),
which occurs 22 times in 22 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:27 - And Abraham replied, “Now behold, I have [fn]ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am only dust and ashes H665.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 19:9 - ‘Now a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes H665 of the heifer and put them outside the camp in a clean place, and [fn]the congregation of the sons of Israel shall keep them for water to remove impurity; it is [fn]purification from sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 19:10 - ‘And the one who gathers the ashes H665 of the heifer shall wash his clothes and will be unclean until evening; and it shall be a permanent statute for the sons of Israel and for the stranger who resides among them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 13:19 - Tamar took ashes H665 and put them on her head, and tore her [fn]long-sleeved garment which was on her; and she put her hand on her head and went on her way, crying out as she went.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:1 -

When Mordecai learned of everything that had been done, [fn]he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes H665, and went out into the midst of the city and wailed loudly and bitterly.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:3 - In each and every province where the command and decree of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and mourning rites; and many had sackcloth and ashes H665 spread out as a bed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 2:8 - And Job took a piece of pottery to scrape himself while he was sitting in the ashes H665.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 13:12 -

“Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes H665,

Your defenses are defenses of clay.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:19 -

“He has thrown me into the mire,

And I have become like dust and ashes H665.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 42:6 -

Therefore I retract,

And I repent, sitting on dust and ashes H665.”

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 102:9 -

For I have eaten ashes H665 like bread,

And mixed my drink with weeping

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 147:16 -

He [fn]showers snow like wool;

He scatters the frost like ashes H665.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:20 - He [fn]feeds on ashes H665; a deceived heart has misled him. And he cannot save [fn]himself, nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 58:5 -

“Is it a fast like this that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself?

Is it for bowing [fn]one’s head like a reed

And for spreading out sackcloth and ashes H665 as a bed?

Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to the LORD?

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 61:3 -

To grant those who mourn in Zion,

Giving them a garland instead of ashes H665,

The oil of gladness instead of mourning,

The cloak of praise instead of a disheartened spirit.

So they will be called [fn]oaks of righteousness,

The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:26 -

Daughter of my people, put on sackcloth

And roll in ashes H665;

[fn]Mourn as for an only son,

A most bitter mourning.

For suddenly the destroyer

Will come against us.

Unchecked Copy BoxLam 3:16 -

He has also made my teeth grind with gravel;

He has made me cower in the dust H665.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 27:30 -

And they will make their voice heard over you

And cry out bitterly.

They will throw dust on their heads,

They will wallow in ashes H665.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 28:18 -

“By the multitude of your wrongdoings,

In the unrighteousness of your trade

You profaned your sanctuaries.

Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you;

It has consumed you,

And I have turned you to ashes H665 on the earth

In the eyes of all who see you.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:3 - So I gave my [fn]attention to the Lord God, to seek Him by prayer and pleading, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes H665.
Unchecked Copy BoxJon 3:6 - When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, removed his robe from himself, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat on the [fn]dust H665.
Unchecked Copy BoxMal 4:3 - “And you will crush the wicked underfoot, for they will be ashes H665 under the soles of your feet on the day [fn]that I am preparing,” says the LORD of armies.
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